Thursday, October 29, 2009

Unfailing love





~ Ageless Medley | Amy Grant ~


I'm not here to preach, however, my strong faith and spirituality keeps me going through turbulent times as well as enhancing the good times. My faith in God is mixed in with my "Peace, Love and Happiness" in all ways . . .

Hope you can find some meaning in the following words . . . they speak volumes to me . . .




Unfailing Love

by Max Lucado

“Love,” Paul says, “never fails” (1 Cor. 13:8 NIV).

The verb Paul uses for the word fail is used elsewhere to describe the demise of a flower as it falls to the ground, withers, and decays. It carries the meaning of death and abolishment. God’s love, says the apostle, will never fall to the ground, wither, and decay. By its nature, it is permanent. It is never abolished.

Love “will last forever” (NLT).

It “never dies” (MSG).

It “never ends” (RSV).

Love “is eternal” (TEV).

God’s love “will never come to an end” (NEB).

Love never fails.


Governments will fail, but God’s love will last. Crowns are temporary, but love is eternal. Your money will run out, but his love never will.

How could God have a love like this? No one has unfailing love. No person can love with perfection. You’re right. No person can. But God is not a person. Unlike our love, his never fails. His love is immensely different from ours.

Our love depends on the receiver of the love. Let a thousand people pass before us, and we will not feel the same about each. Our love will be regulated by their appearance, by their personalities. Even when we find a few people we like, our feelings will fluctuate. How they treat us will affect how we love them. The receiver regulates our love.

Not so with the love of God. We have no thermostatic impact on his love for us. The love of God is born from within him, not from what he finds in us. His love is uncaused and spontaneous.

Does he love us because of our goodness? Because of our kindness? Because of our great faith? No, he loves us because of his goodness, kindness, and great faith. John says it like this: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us” (1 John 4:10 NIV).

Doesn’t this thought comfort you? God’s love does not hinge on yours. The abundance of your love does not increase his. The lack of your love does not diminish his. Your goodness does not enhance his love, nor does your weakness dilute it. What Moses said to Israel is what God says to us:

The LORD did not choose you and lavish his love on you because you were larger or greater than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! It was simply because the LORD loves you. (Deut. 7:7–8 NLT)

God loves you simply because he has chosen to do so.

He loves you when you don’t feel lovely.

He loves you when no one else loves you. Others may abandon you, divorce you, and ignore you, but God will love you. Always. No matter what.

This is his sentiment: “I’ll call nobodies and make them somebodies; I’ll call the unloved and make them beloved” (Rom. 9:25 MSG).

This is his promise. “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself” (Jer. 31:3 NLT).


From A Love Worth Giving
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 2002) Max Lucado




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Simple Abundance



You simply will not be the same person two 
months from now after consciously giving 
thanks each day for the abundance
that exists in your life.  And you will have
 set in motion an ancient spiritual law: 
the more you have and are grateful
 for, the more will be given you.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Simple Abundance





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Friday, October 23, 2009

Lucky




~ If That's Love (original version) | Laura Pausini ~



After having some time to sleep and ponder my life circumstances, I woke up feeling extremely lucky.

Why am I feeling lucky?

I have a chance to start my life all over again . . . a clean slate. There is someone or something else out there for me, whether it be a job or another lover who will make me feel fulfilled and happy.

I'm grateful for this revelation and hopefully the end of all the tears and hating myself for not really knowing why . . . I did nothing wrong except love a man who doesn't know how to love.


On the other hand . . . maybe I'm being too impatient . . . I don't know.  

In the meantime, I love jeans . . . and myself!







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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Understanding trust




~ This Is Not Goodbye | Melissa Etheridge ~


You may have a greater sense of loyalty to your loved ones today. Even though you might have experienced betrayal in the past, being able to trust those you care about could deepen your devotion and increase your commitment to support them in their endeavors. Perhaps today you can better understand your ability to feel dedicated to others by considering what you bring to a relationship that produces trust. You might try thinking back to a time when someone entrusted you with personal information and reflect upon what you did in that situation. If they were able to count on you, you may ask yourself what it is that makes you trustworthy. Recognizing how others rely on you could make it easier to give your loved ones your full moral support.

Understanding our ability to trust and be trusted helps us remain committed to others. Trusting people is one of the most difficult challenges in life since there is always the fear of getting hurt. Giving to others without trusting ourselves first means that we aren’t offering them our full attention, since we might be providing support for deeper reasons of which we may not be conscious. Knowing how we trust and what we need in a relationship, however, lets us completely commit ourselves to it since by being honest with ourselves we can open ourselves fully to others. As you more deeply understand your ways of trusting today, you will be able to provide unconditional love and support to your loved ones.

Source: Daily OM



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Outside Looking In



Tusk | Fleetwood Mac ~


Give up the Fight
By Mastin Kipp

Listen to the quiet whispers
Within your heart
This is how you start
To set yourself free
The adventure begins
By listening within
And knowing that
What's unseen
Can come to be
You're meant for far greater things than this
When you give up the fight
And step into the Light
Your Fear transforms
Into Bliss


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That is how I feel . . . outside looking in.

Why am I miserable?  Why did I need a "time out"?

The roller coaster of happy, sad, happy, sad . . . hope, no hope . . . dwindling faith.  A life of love from far away . . .

Feeling anger and resentment for reasons I still don't thoroughly understand, but my negative attitude perceives it as all bad.  

The problem is, I really don't know.

Would I rather live a life with no love than to have a love that makes me feel this way?

Why does the road to peace, love and happiness have to be so rocky?

Am I willing to give up the fight?


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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Don't take anything for granted




~ Set Fire to the Rain | Adele ~

When we are supported by others, expressing gratitude tells the universe that we appreciate our good fortune. When we take the time to reflect upon the countless miracles that happen to assist us, we may notice that the change in our level of awareness will change the quality of our life for the better.
So often in life we tend to take things for granted. We may feel that we haven’t been given everything that we deserve. Reflecting upon the abundance of life, however, helps us develop a keener sense of awareness of our gifts. Thank the universe for its support today, and you will be able to gratefully accept everything that life has to offer you.

Source: Daily Om






I'm happy to be in survival mode . . . and surviving . . .

life could be better, but it could also be much worse.

 I'm grateful! 

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Strength and confidence




~ Easy As Life | Elton John/Aida ~


Fundamentally, what everyone needs is
mental strength and confidence, to manage
the mind, just as we manage
the outside world.

Amma (Sudhamani)


Not always as easy as it sounds! 



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Adversity




~ Hazy Shade Of Winter | The Bangles ~


If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

Anne Bradstreet




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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Changing consciousness





~ Roll with the Changes | REO Speedwagon ~


Why should we care about raising our consciousness? 

When we set an intention to change and grow, we begin a journey in which we move from coping, to learning and finally, to the enjoyment of living.

Here are some of the shifts we move through:

From dependence on the clock, to charting a direction, to moment-to-moment guidance from intuition.

From doing things right, to doing the right things, to being your true self.

From lack of self discipline to having personal willpower to serving divine will.

From being out of control, to being in control, to trusting and letting go of the need to control.

With each step, we experience greater freedom, fulfillment and joy. Worth going for, don’t you think?

“Every human has four endowments - self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom . . . The power to choose, to respond, to change.” 
Stephen R. Covey


Change is never easy, whether it is good or bad, whether we are self-motivated to become the best person we can be . . . for any reason.

Having faith and trust in yourself through the changes helps with any life transition is the greatest way I have found to cope with change.

Although becoming a widow after a long and happy marriage was the most devastating event of my life, the lessons I have since learned about life in general . . . and myself . . . are proving to be invaluable lessons for the rest of my life.

The ultimate freedom in life is being able to roll with the changes and use whatever the situation is for greater good in the future. Life lessons can bring awesome change for the better if we only have faith and trust within ourselves to make good things happen.

Everything happens for a reason!



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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Aspirations and disappointments




~ After All | Collective Soul ~


Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.


Louisa May Alcott





It is amazing how close my
 horoscopes parallel my life!



October 10, 2009
A Higher Perspective
Leo Daily Horoscope


You may feel depressed and blocked today, which could cause you to feel trapped in your circumstances. You may feel that you have limited options, and you could find yourself struggling to find a solution to a problem. If you can lift your focus above your feelings, you should be able to see your situation more clearly and come up with a creative solution. Simply set aside time to be alone and release any tension from your mind and body. Empty your mind of all thoughts, and imagine your consciousness lifting above your body. Bring to mind a situation that could benefit from your insight today, and review it from this heightened sense of awareness. You may be able to see solutions that had previously eluded you or gain a clearer perspective as you see a situation in a new light.

Choosing to see challenging situations from a different perspective can open our minds to new possibilities and solutions. It is easy to become blinded by our situation when we are enmeshed in the struggle to figure it out. If we can instead lift our focus higher and choose a different perspective, we can gain a greater sense of clarity about our circumstances. With our enhanced awareness, we are able to receive insights regarding different actions we could take or come up with creative solutions to problems. By lifting your awareness above your challenges today, you will be able to see your situation clearly and come up with exciting new possibilities.






For the second time he has left me for no good reason . . . always within a month. So much for forever . . . again.


I should be strong, he says . . . I should be understanding of his "moods".

What about my "moods"? What about my feelings?

His insensitivity went too far when he announced he was leaving and not sure when (or if) he would be returning on the anniversary of JR's death . . . one of the worse emotional days for me every year.

He's pushing me away and I can only come to the conclusion that he doesn't really love me.


Today I'm grateful that I found love again . . . it showed me that I can, even though it appears that things will not work out. I got a taste of love and affection that has been missing in my life for the past 7 years.

I'm grateful for the realization that I need to get on with my life . . . perhaps I would not have come to this place without him.


I'm grateful for the grace of God which strengthens me . . . and will continue to strengthen me as the days become harder to deal with and realizing that yet another dream has died. 


I need strength to endure the deaths that continue to surround me . . . not only the death of people, but the death of love, the death of dreams, etc.

I will survive . . . I am determined to be happy again . . . and I will be :)


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Friday, October 9, 2009

TROUBLE




~ Just Another Day | Jon Secada ~




Trouble creates a capacity to handle it,
meet it as a friend,
for you'll see a lot of it and had
better be on speaking terms with it.


Oliver Wendell Holmes



We don't always see the opportunity for personal growth when life's troubles appear and seem to produce anything but stress and negativity.

Today I'm grateful to feel grief and loss on the anniversary of my husband's death, otherwise I would have never had the pleasure of his company in my life. Rather than continuing to feel negative, I'm choosing to ponder my personal growth since he's been gone . . . and realize that I have so much personal progress to be grateful for . . . as well as having the rest of my life to look forward to.

No one dies for anyone . . . life goes on.
 



Today is the first day

of the rest of my life






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Life's answers




~ From Sarah with Love | Sarah Connor ~



“Time is life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. 
To waste your time is to waste your life, 
but to master your time is to master
 your life and make the most of it.”

Alan Lakein


Refuse to feel USED by life!
Make full use of it instead.


To do this, we initially need to take control of the time of our lives.
Time management is life management, from the inside out.
It’s an INSIDE job.

You already have everything you need.
You have the power to create a life of meaning, fulfillment and joy.


Your challenge is to find what works for you!
Review the literature but make your own decisions.

To do this, you’ll need to:


* Get to know yourself --
your desires and passions, rhythms,
styles, challenges, needs and habits.

* Be aware that you always have choice.
Claim your independence and power
to choose what is right for your life,
moment by moment.










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