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Meditation is a Must!

With the weight of society and intensity of life we can get bogged down.

Need a breather? Need clarity?

I find I need to take time to meditate.  Meditate on things that are good and encouraging.  Also words that would spur me on to live a better life.

What do you do?

Our family has been riddled with sickness and it can cause us to tire. Sometimes this journey causes me to desire a spiritual cleansing, a recharge.

Where are the answers, clarity for me? It is the place and time with the creator for me.

This time causes faith to rise once again in my heart.

Personally time with the creator builds up my courage and stimulates my living.

It in turn gives me everything I need to take on life.

Again personally I’m more free to face the day.  I feel a celebration in meditation. Whatever I have to face that day or week I am reminded that it’s not what will happen but my response to circumstances is critical.

My quiet time with the creator God elevates my mood my thoughts my whole person.

This quiet time is liberating because I sense the creator has given me potential, creativity and abilities yet to be discovered..

Remember the movie “The Lion King” – well who doesn’t.

I love the following scene.
Mufasa: Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom.
Young Simba: Wow.
Mufasa: A king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king.
Young Simba: And this’ll all be mine?
Mufasa: Everything.
Young Simba: Everything the light touches…

Wow I thought everything the light touches is for me to enjoy and explore.  Life isn’t too bad at all. One day when the sun sets on my time here; my earthly life over, I am sure there will be another life waiting.

My sincere desire and prayer that my children and my children’s children will rise to the occasion now and at my passing to make this earth a better place.  Reign well.

 

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.  C.S. Lewis

“Only in a world where faith is difficult can faith exist.”
Lee Strobel

“Faith is only as good as the one in whom it’s invested.”
Lee Strobel

“In the inner stillness where meditation leads, the Spirit secretly anoints the soul and heals our deepest wounds.” – St. John of the Cross

“I will meditate on your precepts, and consider your ways.”

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must but Don’t You Quit!

Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up through the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup
And he learned too late when the night came down
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem the worst
That You Mustn’t Quit!

By Edgar A. Guest

 

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A man named Paul; a very bright man said some very interesting words to ponder.

Go ahead dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you:

  • compassion
  • kindness
  • humility
  • quiet strength
  • discipline
  • even-tempered
  • content with second place
  • quick to forgive an offense
  • wear love

It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Isn’t that most descriptive and inviting and worthy to action.

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Let the peace of God keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the words giving take the lead. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Creator thanking God every step of the way.
Let the peace of God rule… Peace on earth goodwill toward man!

My interpretation of 4 important words:
Peacekeeping – suggests dealing with conflict like many of our soldiers have been deployed to do.
Peacemaking – spiritual experience and daily requirement.

Thankful – acknowledge, expression.
Gratitude – deeper declaration, motivator and for me require God ‘s help.

A grateful heart should lead to peace. We are to be people of peace.

I believe God is able to help us in our humanity. Allow your grateful heart release peace in y/our daily lives.

The peace of God with understanding will guard your heart and mind.

It’s funny with the center and the core of who we are is at peace how we respond to turmoil and confusion from without. Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when the creator it displaces worry at the center of your life.

Christmas spirit is actually related to the birth of Christ born to exemplify and give peace.
Inward Christmas Peace is necessary to release to others.

The world and many individuals are facing loneliness and stormy days, traumatic events needing peace.    Needing calm.
We need peace but we also need to be so enriched with loving peace that we can give it away daily.

To aid in peace we have to have a more complete thought life. We already think about the things that hurt, negative. We need to add to our thoughts.

Eloquent Paul had more provoking, astonishing, timeless yet encouraging things to say. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

Middle Arm Peace by Gladys England Noble

Quotes to Ponder:

I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace. Helen Keller

Happiness without peace is temporal; peace along with happiness is eternal. James H. Aughey

First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others. Thomas Kempis

Peace is more than just the absence of war. True peace is justice, true peace is freedom. And true peace dictates the recognition of human rights. Ronald Regan

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. Mahatma Gandhi

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. Dwight D. Eisenhower

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. C.S. Lewis


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