Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Brief Quotes - The Greatest Blessings

The greatest blessings usually follow the most trying circumstances.  
That's why they are called miracles.

This has proven true in my life over and over again.  As I currently face a season of some really trying circumstances, I am reminded of this truth.  

There can be no miracle without difficulty or impossibility preceding it.  

There can be no victory without adversity which must be overcome.

I took the picture above in August of 2014.  I had just begun a hike at one of my favorite places and enjoyed this amazing moment where a butterfly danced around me and simply stopped to pose for me to get this close and take her picture. I could have easily touched her. The butterfly overcame her own adversity of transformation  in order to have danced around me that day and shown off in all her glory.  And that morning, I had made myself a willing participant to take this upwards hike up to one of my favorite places of peace and beauty.  

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Heroes Seeking Victory

Can you be an overcomer without enduring adversity?
Can you be a victor without fighting a battle?
Can you achieve without attempting success and risking failure?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Finding Comfort and Hope in Psalm 103

This morning I sought comfort from God and one of my favorite psalms of all time, Psalm 103.  My prayers and needs prompted me to create a new personal version of Psalm 103:

Praise the LORD GOD, oh my soul,
and forget not all his benefits and sovereignty
Praise the LORD GOD, oh  my soul,
who forgives all my failures and heals all my dis-eases

The Lord God redeems my life from the pits of sorrow, pain, and despair
And crowns me with all-encompassing love and compassion
God satisfies my desires with the better things he has ordained for me
So that I am strengthened and my faith is renewed
Praise the LORD GOD, oh my soul,
and forget not all his benefit and sovereignty

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Quotes - Religion is a Love Affair with Information

Mick Mooney is a kindred spirit and often takes the words right out of my mouth:

"Religion is a love affair with information, yet Christ came to offer a different kind of love affair. It's not one that revolves around information. This love revolves around life, around living and loving, and around letting go of the religious desire to be 'right' and accuse others of being 'wrong.' This love invites us to get busy living a new way of life, where judging between right and wrong is taken out of our hands, and those judgments are tossed away, to become scattered in the dust behind us. Instead of judgment, we take hold of grace, mercy, and love fully, both for ourselves and for others, with reckless abandonment."

Read more where that came from at Mick Mooney's Huffington Post article titled:
According to Jesus the Real Issue Isn't the Lack of Morals--
It's the Abundance of Hypocrisy

Related posts:

I am not a Christian
Daily Truth - Let Us Make God in Our Image
Brief Quotes - Who We Believe God to Be
Walking Away from Organized Religion Leads Me to Freedom
The Way of God's Love

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Brief Quotes - Where Contentment and Peace are Found

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thoughts - In Spite of the Obstacles

The other afternoon there was a stunning sunset taking place. I reached for my camera and did my best to capture the God moment before it disappeared.  I became frustrated trying to snap pictures of the beauty in between all the houses around me.  I felt uncertain that I captured anything I would be pleased with or would do justice to the real thing. I wished I had noticed the sunset happening earlier so I could have driven to a better location with an unimpeded view. I was so doubtful, I simply put my camera away and didn’t even care to look at the pictures at that moment.  Subsequently, I forgot I had even taken them.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thoughts - Can You Wake Up Any More?

Once you wake up, can you wake up any more?

I have come to realize that we can continue to wake up to life.  There is so much to awaken to and become aware of beyond what we already know—not only within ourselves but also outside of ourselves. 

Awakening more challenges the status quo and what has become comfortable to us in our current state of awareness.  It propels us to learn new things and adjust to new surroundings.  It is not for those who prefer to remain comfortable and undisturbed.