Wake Up From the Dream…And Live in Success

May 21, 2018

Last night I had a dream that I was at work. I have a good reputation there, but in the dream, I was accused of something that may have cost me my job. I knew I was completely innocent, yet I couldn’t think of the words to use to defend myself. I stressed over the interview I would soon have with my boss and colleagues. Just before the meeting began, I woke up.

I remember how relieved I was when I realized this was only a dream. The hurt of being falsely accused, and the worry of what I needed to say to keep my job was all imaginary. It was the middle of the night, but I actually went to the bathroom with a smile on my face as I realized it was just an imaginary reality.

I share this because I have been reading of a lot of “A Course in Miracles” lately. This is one of the main themes of the book. It’s that the circumstances and the past of our lives is really all a dream. It’s only as real as we make it. Any of these past events that we are remembering, we are remembering it now, in the present. The truth that we should be awake to is the presence and power of God and His spirit in our lives now. That is reality. Again, the rest, such as the circumstances, the past, and anything not having to do with God and His Spirit and power, is all a dream.

Please understand, I am not saying to completely give up thoughts about the past, or even things in life that need to be taken care of now. However, we cannot allow ourselves to be haunted by nightmares of the past. If negative things have happened, we can use them as a learning experience to help us in the present. If positive things have happened, we can reflect on them and use them to encourage and sustain us today. However, one of the greatest keys to success is to stay focused on God, His Spirit, and His power in the present moment.

How can we stay present and focused on God? One way is to reflect on the knowledge that He is in everyone and everything. When you see people and things, avoid focusing on and judging the outside appearance. Instead, reflect on the inner, Godly presence. Remember….the Bible says to “seek first the kingdom of God, and all else shall be given to you”. When you seek God in yourself and others, you are setting yourself up to receive all blessings the kingdom of God can offer! Also, I believe you are following God’s command to love your neighbor as yourself. After all, God is in others, as He is in you. When you seek God in this way, you are seeing and being His love!

Another way to stay focused on this Godly reality to is to be thankful. We receive in life what we most focus on. If you are focused on all of the good in your life, you are given more reasons to be thankful. It also keeps your mind occupied on what is real instead of the dreams our circumstances represent.

I have continued to learn and teach this fact…the quality of our circumstances is determined by the quality of our mind. If we focus on God’s truth, goodness, and love, for the most part, that’s what we will experience in our lives. If we dwell in the dream of negative circumstances and allow them to dictate the quality of our thoughts, we will only perpetuate those circumstances.

So my advice is to wake up! Anything outside of God and is will is just a dream. Like me, you can smile after you realize this, and live in an awake state, seeking God, His truth, His power, and His love in your life and the life of others. That’s what life is all about. Enjoy the blessings 🙂

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If You Are Struggling With God, Do This

March 25, 2018

Every once in a while, we struggle with what God is doing in our lives. Perhaps we believe He is not acting fast enough. Perhaps we believe He is angry with us. We may even believe He has abandoned us, wondering if He will ever come back for us.

I will start by saying that none of the above statements are true in God’s eyes. He acts on His own time, forgives every sin we ever commit, and absolutely never forsakes us. However, at some point we all feel those things are happening. If you’re there now, you can take comfort in knowing you’re not alone.

As I was doing my Bible reading today, I read about someone feeling the same way. It’s from the writer of Psalm 77. He had those same thoughts of God abandoning Him. What brought him back was the words in verses 11 and 12… But then I recall all you have done, O LordI remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.

What an excellent key to overcoming struggles with God! Even if you are not doubting God and his presence, this is excellent advice to add and maintain joy in your life. Take time each day throughout the day to meditate on what God has done in your life. Focus on the excellence you have seen and what He has done for you and others. Give thanks that He is always with you whether you realize it or not, and that He is working in your life, even if it’s not exactly the way you would think.

I notice that whenever I am thankful for the things in my life, I receive more to be thankful for. I notice that when I seek God, He always seems to show me things that acknowledge His presence. He will do the same for you. When you are having doubts, remember and ponder on the great things God has done for you and for all the earth. It will make a world of difference in your day. Enjoy the blessings!


Shine Your Light…Be a Positive Inspiration

November 30, 2017

I have written several articles about the light we have within us, and how God loves it when we act as a beacon to shine this light to those around us.

I was inspired again as I read the Bible verse that most prominently discusses this idea. Matthew 5:14-17. It says “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. 

Another version puts it like this… “Your lives light up the world. Let others see your light from a distance, for how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop? And who would light a lamp and then hide it in an obscure place? Instead, it’s placed where everyone in the house can benefit from its light. So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.” (The Passion Translation).

Do you want to be an inspiration to others? Keep in mind that the Spirit of God (this wonderful light) dwells within you. You can inspire others by simply removing any barriers to it and allowing it to shine. And the great thing about this, is that God is glorified as a result. In addition your own life will be blessed.

I challenge you today to let your light shine brightly, and see how many people you can “brighten their day”. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


A Different Take On The Lord’s Prayer

November 21, 2017

If you’eve ever been in any type of Christian church, I’m sure you have heard and probably recited the Lord’s Prayer. In some churches it is known as the “Our Father” prayer.

In case you are not familiar, Jesus was instructing His disciples of how NOT to pray. Then He showed them the ideal way to pray, which is provided for us with this prayer in the New Testament.

I recently read this prayer in several different versions, and I was able to break it down and make it simpler than it already is. Here’s what I came up with, not taking away from its original meaning. See if this resonates a bit easier for you:

Our Father in Heaven; May your name be kept holy. May your heavenly kingdom come (the one that you say is in our midst) and let it be our central focus; May YOUR will be done on earth as it is in Heaven; Please give us all we need for today; Forgive us for the wrong things we have done, and help us forgive those who have wronged us, helping us let go of any resentment; And do not cause us to be tempted, but save us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom, power, and glory forever. Amen.

I believe this is already a very easy prayer to pray, but as I broke it down thanks to the many Bible translations, it made it even easier and more relevant to my life.

I share this with you in hopes that it makes it easier for you to use this prayer for effective communication with God. As always, I invite you to share how it helps you, or other ways for us to pray more effectively. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


A Positive Affirmation About Self-Talk

November 14, 2017

If you’ve read this blog or my books, you know that one of the most significant topics I discuss is using positive affirmations to enhance the quality of your life. If you are not familiar, positive affirmations are positive phrases, messages, or scripture verses you repeat to yourself over and over again. The purpose is that, if your mind hears it enough times, it begins to believe it. For more information about using positive affirmations, I recommend these articles…How to Make Your Affirmations Believable and 7 Excellent Positive Affirmation Tips  , along with my free book…The Ease and Keys of Rapid Manifestation.

I learned about using positive affirmations from many inspirational authors. These are people who have changed many lives and empowered many people. What’s exciting to me, is that I recently found information in the Bible that encourages the use of affirmations and self-talk. Psalm 1:2 says that the blessed man delights on the Law (Word) of the Lord and meditates on it day and night.

I researched this information a bit further. I found that the original Hebrew translation says that the blessed man “soliloquizes” on the Word day and night. When I looked up the definition of soliloquy (say that 5 times fast), it is defined as “an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present (often used as a device in drama to disclose a character’s innermost thoughts” (taken from Dictionary.com).

In essence, this is what we do when we use positive affirmations. I fully trust the individuals who I learned the idea of positive affirmations from. However, I was encouraged to know that God Himself in His Word recommends using positive self-talk and repetition of His faithful promises to keep our minds pure and empowered, thus enhancing our lives and of the people around us.

So go ahead…it’s OK to talk to yourself. I promise I won’t call you crazy, especially because I do it all the time. Of course, you may not want to do it in front of other people, and you need to keep the affirmations positive. Focus on God’s Word, or simply repeat what your intention is. Once your mind starts to believe it, you take positive actions, which bring positive results. Once again, I invite you… talk to yourself and tell yourself great things. God encourages it. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


A Simple Way to Allow God to Do His Thing

February 16, 2017

I am lucky enough to have many blessings in my life. I am very thankful for the wonderful things God has given me. However, I believe I would receive a lot more from God if I simply stayed out of His way and let Him do His work in my life. God is limitless, yet I often put my own finite body and plans in the way of His, which are much more powerful and prosperous than my own.

I am currently reading “A Course in Miracles”. It is a somewhat complicated, yet thorough course that teaches what I am mentioning here. That is, relying on the Holy Spirit as a guide instead of my own ego-based, very limited wisdom. As long (it is made to take a year to get through) and sometimes difficult as the course is, there are plenty of small gems to be found and immediately applied. I share one of them today, which comes from chapter 18 part 3…

“I who am host to God am worthy of him. He who established His dwelling place in me created it as he would have it be. It is not needful that I make it ready for him, but only that I do not interfere with his plan to restore to me my own awareness of my readiness, which is eternal. I need add nothing to his plan. But to receive it, I must be willing not to substitute my own in place of it. ”

In plain English, this is saying that God who lives in you, is a part of you, and never leaves you is willing and waiting to work on your behalf. If you don’t see things happening, you may want to reflect on whether you are indeed in His way and not allowing Him to do His great work in your life. How can you hinder God? As the quote says, we can do that simply by trying to do it all ourselves and trying to add our own wisdom and work to a divine plan of blessing He already has for us.

I sometimes feel guilty and shameful when I think of this. How can I dare try to out-do God in my own limited wisdom? Why would I even think about getting in His way and not let the all-powerful God work on my behalf? The good news is that the minute we ask for forgiveness for something like this, we are instantly forgiven. At this point the key is then to yield, let God do His work, and watch the blessings begin to pour into our lives.

For me, and hopefully you, this is great news! You don’t have to do it all. In fact, the only thing you need to do is to be sensitive to His presence, pray and ask Him for blessings, and then wait for two things. One is to allow him to guide your steps and determine what action you need to take. Once you do that, your next task is to simply step back and allow Him to work. When you do that, your blessing will manifest at the proper time.

This makes it all sound very easy, and it is! The hardest part for most of us is giving up the temptation to run ahead of God and make things happen in our own power. I recommend the advice above and believe that you are a worthy dwelling of God and His spirit. Know He wants to work on your behalf, and let Him do it. Even though I still go too fast at times and create unnecessary stress, I know first-hand that when I slow down, stop striving, and allow God to work in my life, that’s when miracles happen. And they will happen for you too. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


How to Have More Wealth Than You Can Imagine

January 24, 2017

It is amazing how every time I ask God for answers He provides them. In many cases, the answers arrive rather quickly. I was recently praying for some extra money to help with some situations that have come up recently. I also prayed for the strength and peace to deal with the situation in a productive way.

When I pray, I find it extremely helpful to ask for some Bible verses that help build my faith and lead me in the right direction. In this case, I was immediately led to the following verse from Job 22:21. The NIV says, “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” Exactly what I was looking for! However, it didn’t stop there. The Message version of this same verse really caught my attention… “Give in to God, come to terms with him and everything will turn out just fine. Let him tell you what to do; take his words to heart. Come back to God Almighty and he’ll rebuild your life. Clean house of everything evil. Relax your grip on your money and abandon your gold-plated luxury. God Almighty will be your treasure, more wealth than you can imagine.”

As I read this, I was in awe. The keys to what I was looking for (and perhaps what you are too) are all in this passage. Do you want more wealth than you can imagine? Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Submit to God – leave the details and hard work to Him. Just do what you feel like He is leading you to do.
  2. Listen to (or should I say read) His words. The more you read the Bible and seek your guidance and solutions there, the more clearly you will be led. I simply did a Google search for what I was looking for, and found several guiding words besides these.
  3. Clean house of everything evil. Ask for forgiveness of your sins. He will forgive all and everything. He is only waiting for you to ask. Also, I take this as a cue to remove the negative thinking that may have been been hampering me, and instead think according to His word and promises.
  4. Avoid focusing on money (or whatever your negative circumstance is)– This seems a bit ironic. For me, it was what I was searching for. However, I realize more every day that the more I focus on God and His love and guidance instead of the money or whatever the problem is, the more abundance and solutions show up.

This all reminds me of another popular verse that sums it all up… Seek first the kingdom of God, and all else will be given to you (Matt 6:33). It’s very simple really. The more of your focus and care you put on God, the more He works for you and the darkness turns to light.

I have known this for a long time. I just needed another reminder, and received it plus more. If you are struggling with money or any other negative situation in your life, follow the words of this verse. Seek God and let Him love and guide you. I know from experience that the peace and provision He provides is indeed more than you can imagine. Enjoy the blessings 🙂