Artwork by: Elsa Weib
Settling into a new environment takes time and patience. Acclimating to a new routine takes time and patience too! Whether you are beginning high school, college, or your first job, you will need to work hard and learn the ropes. Leaning on God helps alleviate anxiety when transitioning to a new situation. Keep your eyes on God, and let God worry about it. God wants you to do what you do. God wants you to transform you into the person you are meant to be. Be thankful and grateful for the people that God places in your life to encourage and support you on your journey. God wants to bless you. All you need to do is ask for blessings. Invite God to walk side by side, along the way, with you.
Artwork by: Mrs. Neeraj Parswal
Self-sufficiency is antithetical to Christian doctrine; yet, you seem to enjoy doing everything yourself and not asking for help. Maybe it is time to check your attitude. Your faith. Your direction. Where are you going? Are you really allowing God to direct you? To lead you to new and different causes? Are you fulfilling God’s mission for you? God longs for you to rely on faith for strength and courage. Talk to God. Ask God for direction. For motivation. To transform. Into a new creation. Be thankful for people who are placed into your life to serve a purpose to lean on, to support, to encourage. Autonomy is worldly. Reliance on faith is Godly. Choose wisely.
Fathers. Mothers. Daughters. Sons. HUMANS.
God wants the best for you and from you. Commune with God to set and reach goals. Weave God into your daily life. Try going to God each start of a new day to ask for guidance and priority setting. And, at the end of each day, spend time to be thankful. Thankful for another day. A gift. The gift of life. The gift of friendship. The gift that may have a lasting impact on a soul. Think outside of your comfort zone. You have had experiences in your life that molded you into you. You would not have been able to achieve what you have achieved without those experiences. Lessons give you courage and confidence. You can be a person filled with love and peace and genuine caring for the people who cross your path. God craves to mold you. Let go and let God. And, do all the beautiful things God wants you to do.
Mother’s Day is bittersweet if you have a good relationship with one child and a non-existent relationship with the other. How on earth can this happen? Well, today we are not going to try to figure this out. No one is to blame, and no one is to be sad.
Today is a day of celebration!
Whether or not you are in good standing with your children, today is a day to celebrate Mothers; regardless of the emotional baggage that may or may not be there. Mother’s are rocks. Mother’s are saints. Mother’s are close to being divine. Whether your mother is alive or not, think of the nine-month gestation period which she carried you. She loved you from the moment she suspected she was pregnant. She delivered, fed, and nurtured YOU! And, that is worth celebrating!
God wants you to feel peace where you are. The peace of a great community and the beauty of your surroundings. The trees, the plains, the mountains, the ocean. Where ever you are…the vastness that is in front of you. Whether there are skyscrapers or small-town squares, you are where you are right now. You are right in saying this is the right home for you at this right time which is right now. If you take time to listen, God speaks to all of us. The birds singing. The flowers blooming. The sounds of nature all around us. Whether we can see the little dipper or the big dipper or no dipper at all, God is where you are. Are you?
We live in a world of chaos. One of struggle, pain, and sorrow. The tug between good and evil. God and no God. Is there really a God? And, if there is, how come there is so much pain? Life is life. And, in life, there is God. God’s world is a world of order. It is one of goodness, love, and peace. God is so real; sometimes, it is hard for the human mind to grasp. A mystery. And, don’t we all love a good mystery? God is in each person; waiting for you to allow yourself to hear. Shhh….do you hear? It takes faith and a full surrender to have the complete peace God wants you to have. The peace that all is well. The peace that allows God to work miracles. The peace that will enable you to enjoy what you do. The peace of community. The peace of solitude. The peace of God. Let us radiate God’s goodness, love, and peace. Shall we?
God created all people. Over the years, people have scattered and lost sight of God. Many cultures rejected God and began to believe they were self-sufficient. They didn’t need God in their life. Many people today, still believe they don’t need God and worse, they think that people who do believe in God, are somehow weak or less than. It is the people who dare to stand up and say YES I believe in God, the one True God, the God who made heaven and earth that is seen and unseen, who hear God’s voice. The Giver of Life. The Almighty God. God brought all goodness to the planet. It is the people and the work of Satan that destroyed so much of the goodness. In the end, God will reign. Forever and ever. The human mind doubts this, and it is tough to believe that there will be a forever and ever. Life will end as we know it; yet, our spirits will live. It will BE forever. Your soul will commune with God eternally. You will live in the light, and your physical aches and pains will disappear. You will have no more pain. No more sorrow. No more heartaches. You will be reunited with those who have passed onto the next life before you…spouses, parents, all of your loved ones and especially estranged children. Declare God’s divinity now! Stand up! Be accountable! Ask Forgiveness! Go and spread the Good News! God is alive! Every knee shall bow down to God. Be bold and worship! All are welcome and that means YOU…it is time…rejoice! God is alive!
You seem to be in a rush most of the time. You have a need to “get things done.” Sometimes you really don’t think; yet, you act. Does this sound like you? Perhaps you may need to slow down, think more and work less.
God wants you to be happy, secure and full of joy. And, for you to do this, you will need to slow down your pace and take time to be kind. Stop. Smell the roses. God will lead you to a tranquil place far removed from civilization as you know it, where you can grow and have the freedom to do what you need to do. God provides choices. Weigh them carefully. Ask for guidance.
Quiet your mind and receive God’s presence. Focus and create a space to commune with God where you can open your mind and heart. Ask God questions. God may not give you the answer that you are looking for, but God will answer. Because God hears. God hears everyone. Not many people understand God. It takes faith to feel God’s presence. Trust God. Slow down. Take time to experience joy. The joy of spring. The joy of chirping birds. The joy of butterflies. The joy of friendship. The joy of community. The joy of you. Go and be the joy!
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. You are about to begin a journey that God will take you on. It is the journey of faith, love, and grace. God is taking you from your toxic environment and taking you to a place where people respect, value and appreciate one another. God knows your reservations. The numbers do not add up. Trust God and know that it will all work. Follow your passion.
Purging is good for the soul. And, before you embark on your journey purging is a must! Have less clutter in your life. Less clutter means more focus. More focus on what really matters. After the purge, you will be all set to move. Moving is cleansing. Moving is growth. Moving can mean a new opportunity.
Whether you are moving literally or figurately, Spring is a great time to rethink your future. Reach out to your neighbors and friends. Connect with them. Show your new neighbors how God works in your life each day. Help them to see that life is in God’s hands no matter what you plan and or hope for. Love them. And, when you do, God will bless you!
Pay close attention to your heart and soul. There is a blockage. Release your demons. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to you. Hand over your emptiness and sadness to God. For that matter, hand over all of yourself to God because cynicism is real and prevents blessings. Let God mold you. Trust God. There is nothing to fear. God has been walking beside you your whole life. God gives you what you can handle – nothing more – nothing less. Open your heart and your mind. One day it will all make sense. Until then, go to God. Receive God’s, infinite love. Ask God to comfort you and to make you feel comfortable. God’s arms will embrace you with love and calmness. When you find that place within yourself, you will find peace. God will do a mighty work with you. Keep listening. Keep communing with God. God’s love is overflowing, and God can’t wait for you to choose to receive it. God’s presence is everywhere. It is in your emptiness and depression. It is in your joy and celebration. God is walking with you day by day. Walk humbly. Be kind. Go forth and spread God’s love.
Will your decision glorify God? Go to God with all your choices. Each and every one of them. You no longer need to worry about decisions. God is your decision maker. Fully trust God. Fully allow God to intervene and bring you to wholeness. Seek God.
Love. Love is a treasure. You are learning what really matters in life. Keep an open mind and keep God in the forefront. God will lead you to people who can help you. Relax. Be yourself. Be confident in God. Be confident in yourself. You are a child of God. God is a big God. You will do great things. Seek God.
Keep allowing God to direct you. This is the peace God gives. God freely gives to all who hear. Be still. Listen. Keep hearing and listening. Breathe deeply. Breathe the love that God has for this world. Breathe it all in. God’s love. God’s direction. Love people. Show kindness. Love one another. And, seek God.