Posted in Life, Time/stress

Drop the weight and stress of the day

One of my favorite passages to pray with throughout the day is:

let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1)

This gets my thought off the weight and burden and keeps me focused on God, infinite Spirit. When I keep my thought on the side of God, good, then everything is lighter, fresher, and freer. Limitations begin to fall away. When we align our thought in accord with God, everything lines up. That’s why this passage is an important reminder for me to keep focused on God — big picture — and not get burdened by the details and demands of the day.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29)

Jesus says that this spiritual yoke is easy and light. When we keep our minds focused on Christ, our whole being is filled with that divine, healing, light that brings everything — every thought and detail — in accord with Christ. Bringing every thought into captivity with Christ (2 Cor 10:5).

This aligns our thought and our day. So be present. Focus on the kingdom of God within. Peace and harmony are within. One of the most freeing things Jesus said is that the kingdom of heaven is within us (Luke 17:21). It’s not out there — it’s not outside of you.

You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. (Matthew 5:8)

So drop that weight, burden, and stress. God loves you. He has given you the keys to the kingdom — the reign of harmony, bliss, and love in your day. All the love you pray for, want and need is right here.

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. (1 John 4:16)

Living the love of God makes you feel that presence of grace — the Holy Spirit. It imbues your life and mind with healing power, peace, and love. It fills your family, home, and neighborhood with the tangible feeling and presence of agape — universal, divine Love.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18)

We live in the abundance of the love and grace of infinite Spirit, God, here and now.

Acquaint yourself with God and be at peace (Job 22:21).

This consciousness of God fills us with peace and rest.

 

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Posted in Future/stability/security, Life, Time/stress

Peaceful decision making

Is human will or divine will influencing you? That is an important first question to ask when faced with a decision to make.

One way I tell the difference is in how they feel. For me divine will feels like letting, allowing God to work in me, yielding. It often includes patience, gentleness, and humbleness. It feels very natural and beautiful — like a flower opening its petals.

Human will feels to me pushy, stressed, based on lack, rush, fear of missing out on good. It often pushes it’s way forward without allowing the right ideas to come forward, to grow, and mature. Sometimes it may involve feeling pressured.

This idea of letting and allowing God to work in us is something that is essential to our spiritual growth and progress. It is a feeling of oneness — allowing Spirit to move in you and with you. It is a natural component of spiritual discernment.

I can think of a number of times when discerning the divine will and yielding to it has led to blessings and a greater sense of satisfaction, fulfillment, and harmony.

When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path.–Mary Baker Eddy

When faced with decisions, if one option feels more pushy than another that is my first clue to stop and be still and listen to my intuition. Often the option that is pushy or aggressive is not the option take. Its important not to try and take a step before God is leading you. Sometimes an idea might be good but it’s just not the right time such as a move or a career change. In these cases it’s best to be humble and patient and wait for God to open the way.

The wonderful thing is that it is God who works in us to will and do of God’s good pleasure, which is always good and beautiful.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

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Posted in Life, Love/relationships, Time/stress

Overcoming stress during the holidays

The holidays can sometimes be filled with stress for people who are busy with family preparations, etc. that it can seem to overshadow the purity and simplicity of the birth of Christ.  So how do we counteract that in our spiritual practice?

I find these words to be of great help:

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33

By seeking God first — a God-consciousness — a consciousness this is aware of who God is and God’s presence governing us and everyone in our lives, we can see harmony expressed and find our needs supplied. Whether you are running errands, doing the shopping, cooking food, etc., we can be poised and still and listening for the inner voice within telling us everything we need to know. It can even keep you from forgetting that item on your shopping list!

Seeking the Kingdom of God within gives us a sense of poise, grace, and peace that we carry with us. It enables us to keep calm and feel that inner peace — that Christ expressed — that comes from a spiritual love that embraces everyone.  It enables us to see this Love, that is God, embracing and caring for each person, stranger, and guest in our home.

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