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If you begin to live life looking for
the God that is
all around you,
every moment becomes a prayer.
want to have a non-miraculous day, I suggest that newspaper and caffeine
form the crux of your morning regimen. Listen to the morning news
in the shower, read the headlines as you are walking out the door, make
you're keeping tabs on everything: the wars, the economy, the
gossip, the natural
disasters. . . But if you want the day ahead to be full of miracles,
then spend some time each morning with God.
Life is nothing but the expansion of love.
We can cultivate divine love
by entering into the Source.
The Source is God, who is all Love. We must try to love all of humanity with the inner awareness,
consciousness, and conviction that inside
each individual is the living
presence of God.
This kind of split makes me crazy, this
territorializing of the holy. Here
God may dwell. Here God may
not dwell. It contradicts
everything in my experience, which says: God dwells where I dwell. Period.
God does not want us to abandon our dreams, but will
lovingly work with us to
refine our unrealistic dreams,
to restore our broken dreams, to realize
our delayed dreams,
and to redesign our shattered dreams so both
purposes and our dreams can be fulfilled.
I believe in the absolute oneness of God and
therefore of humanity.
though we have many bodies? We
have but one soul. . . . I know
God is neither in heaven nor down below,
but in everyone.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
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In seeking a more meaningful life, you might choose
to pull the
slow down, and listen to life.
blackberries. Watch it snow—really watch it. Lie on the grass
and look at clouds. Write a letter to a friend who expects one
only at Christmas. Look closely at the words of a hymn.
a photo album. Notice
the expression on your child’s face
as she draws. Write a poem. But such actions begin
deeper: with humbling ourselves
childlike faith before Him; in
what He knows, not what we know;
in trusting that, just as
what’s best for a boat like
the people who made it,
so does our Maker
know what’s best for those He made.
If you want a television, you go out
and work for it
and you buy it.
If you want
to learn about Aztec
pottery, you take a course.
relationship with God
the active and passionate
of you, yourself. You
to risk it. You have to
abandon yourself to it.
have to leap into the fire. Nobody
will do it for you;
nobody can do it for you.
God knows change can make your life richer.
Live for today
but hold your hands open to tomorrow.
Anticipate the future
and its changes with joy.
There is a seed of God’s love
in every event, every circumstance,
every unpleasant situation
in which you may find yourself.
Don’t get stuck in a rut
hung up on an outdated blessing. You serve a God of change!
That experience showed me that I--from moment to
moment--am the only person
in control of my connection to God.
It’s not that God is deciding to connect with me,
whether I had a good day, or did good or bad deeds.
It’s all up to me.
God, the awareness of God, the love of God, the blessings of
ecstasy--is always there.
It’s me who separates from God by judging,
by indulging in
negativity, by criticizing myself, as well as others.
Barbara De Angelis
There are dry, fruitless, lonely places in
of our lives, where we seem to travel
alone, sometimes feeling as though
surely have lost the way. What
am I doing
here? How did this
happen? Lord, get me
He does not get us
out. Not when
at any rate, because it
was He all
along who brought us to this place. He has
been here before—it is
not wilderness to
Him, and He
walks with us. There are
to be seen and learned in these apparent
which cannot be
seen and learned
the “city”—in places of comfort,
God does not intend to
make it no wasteland.
intends rather to keep
us, to hold us with
His strength, to
with His sure words,
place where there is nothing else
God who is goodness and truth is also beauty.
It is this innate
human and divine longing, found in the company of
and truth, that is able to recognize and leap up at beauty
rejoice and know that all is beautiful, that there is not one speck
beauty under the sun that does not mirror back the beauty of God.
Here’s an experiment: For one whole day think, speak, and act exactly
as you would
if you were absolutely convinced of the truth of the statements
has all power and infinite intelligence, and that His nature is
goodness and love. To think
in this manner all day will be the most
difficult thing, because thought
is so subtle. To speak in
these truths will be easier, if you are vigilant.
To act in accordance
with them will be the easiest part, although
it may require much
in the way of moral courage.
The material world. . . says:
If you use this product, you will be popular.
If you live in this neighborhood, you have arrived.
If you win this award,
your worth will be validated.
The material world demands that you do
something to earn favor.
God doesn’t work this way. His
grace is a gift.
nothing we can do to make God love us more.
There’s nothing we
can do—or can have done—to make God love
us less. And when we accept
this—not just nonchalantly agree, intellectually, that it’s true, but
in our very hearts—it fills our life sails with a cleansing
|God is no White Knight who charges into the world
to pluck us
like distressed damsels from the jaws of dragons, or diseases.
God chooses to become present to and through us.
It is up to us to rescue one another.
We have often heard it said that God never closes
one door unless he opens
is a great comfort to know we never really lose when we believe,
defeat can be
turned to good if we will absorb the lesson in it.
yet, how often we refuse to go through
that door that has been
opened for us.
It is so much
easier to stand back and wail about
the closed one.
to be a certain amount of gratification in defeat. Sometimes a door will close
for us because that particular one
would have caused us
but it never closes for punishment.
God is love—and love does not
nor does it have any power
but to give what is right and good for us. With
this knowledge we can walk with grace through those doors that
open to us.
Far beyond your intellect, far beyond your
lies inexhaustible knowledge and wealth, strength and
peace and joy. Do not
use your intellect to find the answers
for God and his manifestations.
Everything is God.
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View life as a learning opportunity.
Ask God what He wants you to learn
from the situations you face. .
. . When we set aside specific time to listen,
He often encourages us with
His presence and promises, and interprets
to some degree the circumstances
of life. Take advantage of
the natural lull
after hard times when you’re pulling together the
sort through the events and ferret out the lessons.
We all know that it is God alone who is our
peace—although nearly all of us
forget it from time to time. We
forget it when we begin to neglect our daily visit
with God. Now, when you think
that you are too busy for your daily visit,
let me ask you frankly, what wonderful thing are you doing that is more
There is nothing that you could possibly do with that time that would
greater benefit than perfect peace. As a matter of fact, if you have something
very important and urgent to do, your visit will make that very important
thing go through much more easily and successfully.
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hurrying through a busy airport to get to my gate
on time for a connecting flight, I came upon a lady
in a wheelchair.
Amidst the chaos of the hundreds
of people rushing around us, my eyes met hers.
The sweetest smile appeared on her face.
I smiled back,
but I knew she would never fully realize how that
small gesture had filled my soul.
I believe that
God is in our everyday.
Many moments occur in our
lives which reveal his face, his touch, his voice.
Look for him today.
He will be found.
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is a tranquil Being, and abides in a tranquil eternity.
So must your
become a tranquil and clear little pool, wherein the serene light
can be mirrored. . . . Nothing in the whole world is worth the loss
even the faults which you have committed should only
humble, but not
disquiet you. God is full of joy, peace, and happiness.
Endeavor then to obtain a continually joyful
and peaceful spirit.
all anxious care, vexation, murmuring, and melancholy,
which darken your
If you perceive such feelings arising,
turn gently away from them.
really quite simple.
When we look at a tree, God is there.
When we look at a flower, God is there.
When we look at the sky,
God is there.
When we look at the earth, God is there.
see God in the faces of people on the street, in the faces of our
children, our friends, our partners, our colleagues, and our bosses.
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us—those like us and those unlike us—every moment
a prayer and the world becomes a different place to live in.
Anne Wilson Schaef
we are completely honest with ourselves we know deep down in our
that the usual goals and strivings of self-sufficiency and self-
fulfillment we have
are not our real destiny.
We sense an uneasiness
with the common, ordinary life
of delights and pleasures, and begin to
hear this quiet voice from the
soul’s depths, a whispering of a more
meaningful, richer life.
We are in essence
seeking God and feel that
He is indeed drawing us to Him. When we respond,
it is to God that we are responding.
Clara M. Matheson
God doesn’t expect us to perform for him.
He loves us always—when
we’re disappointed or hurt or making a mess of things.
speak to him in a language that only he can understand.
to him is that we are vulnerable, that we are completely ourselves.
We are work, too, but God cherishes us.
are all born with a belief in God.
It may not have a name or face.
We may not even see it as God.
But it is there.
It is the sense
that comes over us as we stare into the starlit sky, or watch the last
fiery rays of an evening sunset.
It is the morning shiver as we wake
on a beautiful day and smell a richness in the air that we know and
love from somewhere we can’t quite recall.
It is the mystery behind
the beginning of time and beyond the limits of space.
It is a
sense of otherness that brings alive something deep in our hearts.
God a compliment by asking great things of him.
Teresa de Avila
God every day; they just don't recognize him.
|God has spoken very boldly about his desire to be a
presence in our lives.
want to heal the ache and loneliness in my own life, one of the things
need to do is get away, alone with God. . . . In the silence God will
to you most powerfully. Too
often his words to us get muffled, lost, or
covered by the crowd of many
noises both inside and outside of us. We
must have a quiet heart in order to hear God's distinctive
message to us.
your children to school and kissing your wife goodbye. Eating lunch
with a friend. Trying to do a decent day's work. Hearing the
against the window. There is no event so commonplace but that God is
present within it, always hiddenly, always leaving you room to recognize
or not to recognize him, but all the more fascinatingly because of that,
the more compellingly and hauntingly. . . . If I were called upon to state
few words the essence of everything I was trying to say both as a
and a preacher, it would be something like this: Listen to your
life. See it
for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and the pain
of it no
less than in the excitement and the gladness: touch, taste, smell
to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all
are key moments and life itself is grace.
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|From the world we see,
hear, and touch, we behold inspired visions
that reveal God's glory. In the sun's light, we catch warm rays of
and glimpse His eternal design. In the birds' song, we hear his
and it reawakens our need of Him. At the wind's touch,
we feel His Spirit and sense our eternal existence.