“Sometimes we pray for God to change our circumstances when God wants to use our circumstances to change us.”
I’m not sure how I feel about that. Simply relaxing and allowing change is so hard for me. I am a doer. A controller. I take charge. I get things done. I know how to handle the situation.
But do I really? I have no omniscient sight that lets me see the future. I’m not pre-cognitive. But I do have God’s Spirit as a living breathing entity within me. We all do. God lives in us and gives us knowledge and growth so we can be more like him.
I know it sounds convoluted- let God be more God in us. But when I relax and choose not to worry and take control- when I relax and allow the Universe to create change in my heart, I become more the person I am meant to be- and those pesky circumstances will eventually take care of themselves.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says God, thoughts of peace, not of evil, to give you hope and a future.
Accept that I am loved and allow that Love to direct my day.
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Often attributed to Gandhi
I read recently that Gandhi did not actually say the words I have quoted for you here but the author did not indicate whom he thought had said them. In any event it seems likely, the spirit of the great man is in the words.
Regardless of their origin, I do love how these words remind me that we cannot effect change by sitting on our hands.
If we have any value to offer our world it is in our ability to observe and understand where change is needed.
Then if we are able, we do what we can. No matter how small, our efforts count.
May I stay in a spirit of openness to see where help is needed and, be willing to make an effort. I want to BE the change.
Be still and know that I am God.
In all your ways acknowledge me and I will direct your path.
Today as I move through my day may pay attention to you within me. Leading, guiding, showing me how to live and love and be. A better friend. A better daughter and sister. A better lover. All these things matter to you because they matter to me. You love me and want to love others through me.
May I live in your love.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts.
Thank you Holy One for beauty on a cloudy day. Help me to see what you see and hear what you hear and think what you think.
Listen and see that our God is good.
“might as well get stoned
Get it off my mind
Ain’t got a thing to do
All I’ve got is time
The bottle’s all I’ve had to be a friend of mine
And since my whiskey’s gone
I might as well get stoned.”
I love Chris Stapleton. His music speaks to my mindset when I am feeling so low I can’t get off the floor. Sometimes it seems like the only thing to do is give up, give in, and dig in. Feel sorry for myself. Embrace the aloneness. Enjoy the bliss of darkness. Wallow in the pit of despair.
But that’s not what God wants for us. There is another way. I owe it to myself to raise my vibration in whatever way I can. Good feelings will return, but I have to want them. I have to be willing to let go of the darkness and embrace the light.
It really is my choice.
“In the world of bodies, we are all separate. In the world of spirit, we are all one.” – Marianne Williamson
Thankful Thoughts and Goals
May I learn to rest in Your Spirit and be guided by the knowledge and experience of Your love that resides within.
You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.
–Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland the movie, from the book by Lewis Carroll
Today I am thankful that my ‘craziness’ is just part of who I am and I can accept that. On some level I can rise above, in order to function, but it’s still there.
It’s what makes me special, what allows me to be compassionate of others, and what reminds me there is always more beneath the surface.
Recognize myself and others as more than what they appear.