Be still my child and relax. All will be okay. You need not worry about the things of this world. Resolutions will come. You need to focus on what matter’s in life. Love. Love in all you do and say. Do not worry about the sins of other people. Do not worry about other people’s actions or words. They do not matter in God’s world. You need to focus on God and His sheep. God is not saying not to preach to lost sheep. God wants you not to waste energy on wolves. The wolves will see that you are God’s sheep and that you have God’s love in your heart. They see this in you when you speak with kind words. There is nothing wrong with asking for respect. Respect is essential, but it is not the be all end all. Jesus wasn’t respected, and it did make Him feel inferior. Jesus prayed for those who did not respect Him. Jesus wants the lost to be found, and God is the One who can change circumstances. Jesus pleads on your behalf. So, God wants you to keep in mind His presence. His presence will help guide you. Again, God will remind you to dig deep down to the depth of your soul to find the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is waiting for you to ask for guidance and wisdom. Remember God is the King of the Universe, so all else pales in comparison. Remember God will help you throughout today. God can control the weather, and He can control the outcomes of the day. Remember to seek God’s face and call upon His name. God’s name is powerful, and He can calm you. He calmed the sea; He can calm your sea of emotions. Respectfully listen to all who cross your path today. Keep calm and have a great day.
I and Thou Reflections – Focus on God
Be still so God can impart wisdom unto you. You are troubled. You seem to think that a home is what will satisfy you. That is not true. Only trusting in God can meet your needs. There is nothing wrong with wanting a lovely home and someone to share it with. But true love is just from God. God can only satisfy that hunger you have in your heart; the yearning to love; the desire to do what is right; the longing to help those in need. Listen to God’s words. People in your life are helping you see how strong you are. How full of courage and full of life and strength. You have an inordinate capacity for work. Now, God needs you to focus on Him. God wants to walk you through the next few days so you won’t feel so stressed and scattered. Focus on your mission. Focus on the mission of others. Are they guided by biblical principles? Remember all of the details. This is your strength. You need to worry less and hear God more. God promises to work all of this out for you. You need to be prepared and to pray for wisdom. If what you are planning is meant to be, you will be guided by the Holy Spirit the entire way. Even if this is not in God’s plan, God will still be walking beside you. Remember that God is with you always and cares very much about you and how you feel about your work. Together, you and God can make this happen; maybe a new job, a new place to live or new people to meet. Keep smiling. God is waiting!
I and Thou Reflections – God Adores You
God really needs you to focus on Him. Once you lose your focus, it is hard for you to accomplish all God has planned for you. Your head is spinning; yet God promises to take care of you. God will meet all of your needs. Trust God. God knows you find it hard to trust. Most people do. God knows you are uniquely designed. You have a great deal of love in your heart and you accept people as they are. You need to continue accepting and loving people; even if they annoy you. God’s love needs to shine through you – so you need to start thinking like Him.
Prepare yourself for new opportunities. God will be here to hear you. God will be here to guide you. Your job right now is to take each day as it comes.
God appreciates you quieting yourself so you can hear Him. Once you get the hang of this, it will be more simple. God is glad you are resting in Him. It is hard for people to rest in God. People are on the go with lots of places to be. Even though God can read your mind – God want you to seek Him out. You need to humble yourself and ask for forgiveness when you do wrong. And, ask for healing when you feel ill.
God remembers the details. He can remember everything. Nothing escapes Him. He has the power to forgive and forget all that is evil. Are you burning with lust or are you burning with love? Do you think God really cares about the difference? The one thing about marriage is – it is a covenant. It is an agreement that you have made with another person in the presence of God. It is a very serious promise. And, God knows you tried as best as you could to preserve your marriage. You tried counseling and books, and all types of words and actions; yet nothing was good enough to change a hard heart. God wants for you to do what is right. God will reveal to you what He wants you to do. God specializes in dreams you know. His dream for you right now is to have peace and joy in your heart. Stay quiet so God can send you peace and joy; love that radiates through your whole body. A love that cleanses the pain; the pain from the unknown. The pain from the future; the pain from the present and the pain from the past. Bow your heard in reverence and pray for your children. Pray for all the children of the world. Think more globally. Think of a worldly cause and pay more attention to the global economy. There is a huge world out there and God wants you to start tasting it piece by piece. Let God nurture you. Let God love you. Let God adore you for you. God loves and accepts you for who you are who you were and who you will become. God will provide you with the energy you will need in the next few days. Remember to take time to listen. Remember God can stop time. So, please don’t worry about running out of time. God knows that you do worry about running out of time. And, that you are not good enough. YOU are good enough. You are perfect. You are God’s perfect child. God doesn’t make mistakes.
I and Thou Reflections – Let God Navigate Today
You are a busy person. You really can’t sit still can you? You rise in the morning and make breakfast and make tonight’s meal. Then, you go online to check all of your emails. Then, you stumble to grab a cup of coffee and then decide to still your heart and your mind to commune with God, even if it is after your morning routine. God thanks you for taking time to listen. To trust. And, to embrace. To feel loved. Comforted. God wants you to continue seeking His will because He will direct your ways. Let Him control your life. God may send you to faraway places and let your love shine through to people who need a warm smiling trusting face. That is you. Someone whom God has molded. Someone who seeks His face. His direction. His wisdom. You are ready now to embark on a journey. A journey to an unknown place. It could be down the street – it could be around the corner or it could be in another country. Wherever God takes you – you know that you will go. So, be open to God’s direction and keep all of your options open. God will put the pieces of the puzzle together for you so you need not have to worry or stress about what comes next. Listen quietly and God will direct you. It is challenging to close your mind off from the sounds of life; the airplane in the sky above, a car driving down the street, someone blowing their horn, the birds chirping their songs. There are a lot of distractions – but there is also the promise; the promise of God’s love through these sounds. God loves all the people in the airplanes that fly in the sky. God loves the driver of the car that is blowing the horn and God created every single bird in the universe to sing sweet songs so all people can enjoy listening to them. You see, when you pay attention to the details you will see extraordinary evidence of God’s love; God’s love for everything that He created. God created all of these wonderful things for you to enjoy. That is part of the abundant living that your hear about. Except God’s doesn’t really involve financial matters. God’s treasure for you is love. It is the love that surrounds you in this universe – the love that walks by each and every day; the eyes that look or glance swiftly at you; the smiles that people make. All of these wonderful expressions are expressions of God’s love. Think of this love today. Everywhere you go, see life through God’s eyes. See the depth of God’s love in all creation. Pay attention to the destruction that humankind has done to earth. Feel deeply the pain that God feels when He sees the children who aren’t being taken care of, or the homeless person that just doesn’t get a break, or the woman that looks rich on the outside yet burns with pain of loneliness on the inside. You, have been created for many purposes. One of which is your warm smile. Lovingly smile at every person you see today. Do this with reverence to God. This will be your prayer to God today. Look each person in the eyes warmly and deeply and see where that will take you today. Remember to be patient in all you do and say today. Now, go get dressed and get on with your day. God will bless you if you allow it.
[Today, I feel the presence of God speaking to me about God’s authority. Presence. Being. Spiritual Guide. Director. To use personal pronouns of He/She does not capture the Spirit of God. As in the Gospel of John, ….”1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” Here, we see God is Word both literally and figuratively. How do you address this?]
I and Thou Reflections – Commune with God in Joy and Sorrow and Everything In-Between
Prayer: I know you are not a God of chaos. Help me remain calm and full of your peace. It is challenging to remain calm in the middle of a storm. Yet, I remember how the disciples were worried and had fear in the middle of the storm in the middle of ferocious water. You calmed the sea. You brought peace and calmness to a stormy situation. Now, I ask that you bring me peace and joy that comes from knowing you and hearing your voice. I feel so blessed to hear your voice and have you walk with me through life. You are my constant companion; one that never leaves nor forsakes. I thank you for being the God of the universe and the God of my heart – the God I call friend.
Listen quietly as God tells you to continue to trust Him and make Him your priority. Work is good to have. Something to do to earn a living; however, real peace and real satisfaction comes from trusting and walking with God, day by day. God is there for you to depend on. Where ever you are, God is there. God has never left nor has He forsaken you. Although you may have thought that from time to time, it is not true. God has been here right beside you through the good and through the bad. God has helped you when you have asked for His help. God has not ignored you when you have ignored Him. God waits patiently each day to answer your questions and to have a quiet time with you. Many people ask God to help them in time of crisis. God invites you to seek Him out in times of love, joy and peace – just to commune with Him each day. God dwells within. To dwell within all people who hear His voice. Listen. Can you hear it?
I and Thou Reflection – Hear God’s Gentle Nudge
Don’t ignore God today. God knows you are running late and you think that it matters in the scheme of life. Let God tell you a secret – it doesn’t. Whether you are late or not – it doesn’t really matter. Now, sometimes it is important to be on time – for example to church – this way you can pay your dues and leave on time. Maybe you go to church because you feel obligated to go. Do you really worship God? You find it difficult to worship God because there are many distractions in this life. You are worried about your kids fitting in socially – so you sign them up for sports. That is just one example of you putting your needs before Church. If you really knew the reason for going to church – maybe you would actually go more often. You see – God wants to be your friend. And in church, this is where God connects to you because you don’t communicate with Him the rest of the week. What God wants is to share His love and He can do that in church but only if you open yourself to allow the connection. It is very difficult for you to sit still and feel God’s presence. You have to shut down your human mind that is swirling around with idle thoughts.
The key is to think divinely – something supernatural – after all God invented the natural and the supernatural. God is humble; yet he feels that you think of Him as this majestic God of the universe seeking to overthrow the power of the world to reign supreme. It really isn’t like that at all. What God really wants is for the earth to go back to the beginning of time so there can have a “do over”. This time, there will be no sin. Eve will be strong and have courage to say “no” to the serpent. Both Cain and Abel will work together and bring both types of sacrifices and God will bless each of them. Moses will gladly accept his mission and he will speak eloquently and the Jews will take the short cut to the promise land. Then, all Jews and gentiles will live in peace in the land of milk and honey. And, Jonah won’t have to run away because the people in Nineveh will be godly people.
You are slowly listening and hearing God. God promises when you trust and listen to Him – great things will happen. Remember God is your heavenly Father and everyone else can wait. God needs you to remember His priorities. God loves you and He wants you to practice what you preach -– you are slowly transforming your thinking and God wants you to continue to be open to Him, His thoughts and His gentle nudging. God wants to bring you to places where you want to go – however, it needs to be done God’s way which requires patience, grace, love and hope. You have these virtues although God knows you need to work on patience. You have the rest of your life to be patient. To listen. To hear. Only His sheep hears His voice. And, you are His sheep that needs to find lost sheep and bring them home. It is a huge task but if you trust God – He will be right beside you as you find and minister to them. Trust God. Keep your mind focused on the cross. On God. On love. On forgiveness. On healing. God has great plans for you – please take a deep breath, try to relax and let the spirit dwell within you. God wants this spirit to guide you and your thinking. Are you up for this? God will help you along the way. Now, please be calm and remember God’s love in all you do and say today.
I and Thou Reflection – Transformational Talents
Stop answering phone calls when you have been prompted to listen to God. Life can wait. You can stop and you can take time to be quiet; only when you are quiet and still you can listen. You can learn from the people in your life. Some have the gift of listening coupled with a gentle, quiet sprit.
God is proud of how you are working through what you need to work through. This is the year for you to bite the bullet and free yourself from all the pains of debt. God has heard your cries and He knows you have struggled with completely trusting in Him. He knows your heart and He knows that you have walked with Him through the pain. In all of your struggles, you need to think of how God can help you with your finances. Continue to give – don’t be so stingy. For all the money you give – you will get back in other ways. Trust God on that one. You will be financially secure soon. Let’s work together and rid these debts one by one. Let God take care of the “rights” and “wrongs”. Don’t waste another minute of your precious time worrying about these debts. They are God’s and He has already paid them.
God wants you to be free to spend time on pursuing your talents. It is your talents that will transform people’s thinking. You are meant to shine – to share God’s love to the world. Life isn’t easy – yet some of life’s lessons are so simple. Like the words God said about husbands and wives. Spouses need to love each other. And, God is sorry that some spouses can’t seem to figure out how to do that. Some of those spouses will eventually find their way. You may never hear a spouses regrets – God is sorry you were mistreated and disrespected. Someday your children will realize that you had the strength and courage to leave a marriage that was empty; empty of love, empty of intimacy. God created marriage for intimacy. He created marriage so two people can come together and be vulnerable with each other. This vulnerability opens your hearts to God’s presence.
Marriage is in a state of current flux. Too many couples are divorcing because they don’t follow the simple instruction of marrying someone of similar faith. Faith is the cornerstone of marriage, relationships and life in general. Faith brings hope and hope brings fresh love for each new day. Love grows. It is not stagnant. It is positive – it is not negative. Love is a team – it is not single thinking. Relationships that rely on God’s guidance are the one’s that will prosper and succeed. We all need to transform our thinking from selfishness to selflessness. Just as God places you in high regard – you need to place all the people you love in high regard – this will allow you to see people the way God see’s them. God created people to commune with Himself and each other. He created people out of love for one another. Don’t underestimate the power of love. It can really supersede all other emotions. Very similar to the love you have for your children; the deep loving human bond of parent and child.
Keep feeling positive and full of hope. This is the year to rid yourself of guilt – put your old way of thinking away – bury it – and create a new way of thinking. A higher way of thinking – this is what is meant of “to be Christ-like”. Enter into the realm of God’s presence – a place of love and openness; a place where life’s difficulties are handed over to God; a place where you can feel free and light. There is no need to carry the baggage any longer. Your past is your past. You will learn and grow more. Look toward the future with great anticipation; for God is there for you – waiting for you to meet Him. In the depth of your soul is where God lives so tap into that life force for wisdom. Be open to God’s presence and continue to use your talents – for God has shared them only with you – lay your life down and see where it will go.
I and Thou Reflection – New Thinking
It’s hard for you to stop your busy life to listen to God. God wants you to keep trying and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t. Keep your eyes and ears on God. Listen carefully and God will speak so you can listen. He wants you to concentrate on living in the present. In all you do give thanks. Give thanks that you are learning great lessons for life. This year especially is going to be about change. Don’t ask questions – trust God…
God knows you are not feeling well. Trust God to heal you. God is the healer – nothing is too large or too small for Him. Enter into His presence and experience love, grace and truth. Splendor is the word God chooses to describe eternal life. You will have perfect teeth and a perfect body that has no aches or pains. Your mind will think clearly and not have pain or pressure from life’s ills; you my dear need to change your thinking. Yes, God wants you to continue to be honest – work hard and do what you need to do – but don’t make it make you sick. You have worked very hard the past few years – so keep that in mind when you force yourself to take breaks at work. Breaks are good. Trust God on this. Test God. God is truth and He is faithful – Now get on with your day with a new type of thinking.
I and Thou Reflection – Out of the Whirlwind
Jesus died on the cross so that people don’t have to get hung up on laws or rules, if you will. His grace is sufficient. People spend their whole lives working toward being good, following the rules of society and what is in their heart—which may not be the truth.
Church is not truth. Marriage is not truth. Only God is truth. You need to open your heart to receive God. And when you do, God reveals truth. Only God. Not lawyers. Not man. God’s commandment is to love one another. Focus on love and you will find truth. The inner spirit within you is God. So, be quiet and listen to Him.
God is not a control freak. He wants you to live abundantly in His love. You can’t understand the divine with a human mind. God has chosen you to reflect His love. God wants you to focus on love. Love that is super human. God wants the whole world to know that you did not endure your pain for nothing. Your pain and suffering will lead people to God.
You need to listen more carefully to God’s nudges— God wants you to write His messages down on paper. Will you do that for Him?
God has given you talent and perseverance to do what you want to do. God will open doors that are unimaginable for you. God can’t reveal the future to you—God wants you to rest assure that you will be in the palm of His hands. God will lead you and I know that you will follow.
You have a great opportunity each day at your work. Make them be rememberable. Stop complaining and praise God for employment. You have good health right now—be thankful that God has kept you from harm. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Look to God—look up—ahead—He will be there—all you have to do is follow. Trust God—He is your heavenly Father.
Earthly relationships are full of baggage and parents inflict wounds upon their children without realization. They mean no harm. But you —you have been blessed with an openness to God and you seek His wisdom. Continue to seek God’s wisdom.
God has sent you many angels to assist you with your thinking and decision making. Treasure them. Love them. Be strong. Be a rock. Learn to trust God and fear less. The enemy is constantly fighting. Release your fear to God.
Remember life on earth is limited—life with God is eternal. Rid yourself of all the bitterness in your heart. Yes—you were wronged. But how could others come to God without the pain you suffered? Keep your mind and heart focused on God. There is a greater purpose for all of that pain. God will meet your worldly needs.
In all you do, give thanks. It’s okay to question God. He loves questions. It’s okay to doubt His existence. He can sometimes hardly explain it himself. —But what God can tell you is that He is your heavenly Father and Jesus rolled up in One. One that is truth. One that is responsible for your existence. He is mighty. He is gentle. He is truth. He is love.
Now—get on with your day, remembering to be thankful and lighthearted. Think clearly and be calm. Smile with love in your heart. The love that God has put there is for those close to you to enjoy. And for those afar to see His presence within you.
Coming soon! Each week there will be inspiration and hope for all those who are heavy laden or not!