Sunday Quotes 2020

Quotations Used in the Sunday Message
 
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“Opening New Doors…  Part 2: Allow The Phoenix To Fly” 09-20-20

Weekly Statement:

“It’s Hard To Fly When Our Wings Are Clipped” sv

Scripture:

Matthew 7:7-8 (NRSV) “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Proverbs 4:25 (NRSV) 25 Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.

Isaiah 42:6a-7 (NIV) 6a “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand… to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

Psalm 16:7-8 (NIV)  7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. 8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Isaiah 58:11  (NIV) 11 The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Special Reading:

A phoenix is a mythological bird that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again...[it] obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix symbolized renewal… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_(mythology)

Quotes:

Old ways won’t open new doors… New experiences can inspire you to take paths that you never imagined, opening you up to a whole new world of possibilities. ashleybridget.com/blogs

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.   Joseph Campbell

Come to the edge, He said. They said: We are afraid. Come to the edge, He said. They came. He pushed them, And they flew . . .   Guillaume Apollinaire

Anything is possible when you release your fears and find the courage to fly. Rahul Rao

 

 

 

 


“Opening New Doors…Part 1:Crossing The Bridge”  09-13-20   Youth “Fly-Up” Sun

Weekly Statement:

“With God Centered Courage We Cross Bridges To Open New Doors” sv

Scripture:

Psalm 37:23-24  (NIV) 23 The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

Philippians 4:13  (NASB) 13 I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.

2 Chronicles 20:12  (NKJV) 12 … For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

Isaiah 43:18-19  (NIV)  18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing!

Unity Reading:

We need more awareness of this divine power in us, and when we awaken to the spiritual man, which every one of us has within us, we shall see that through spiritual unfoldment all good things are possible of accomplishment as Jesus promised.  Charles Fillmore  Keep A True Lent

Quotes:

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. Alan Cohen

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this... I can take the next thing that comes along.  Eleanor Roosevelt

A mind focused on doubt and fear cannot focus on the journey to victory.   Mike Jones

Accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be. Sonia Ricotti

 

 

 

 


“From Fear To Faith…The Power Of Prayer”   09-06-20

Weekly Statement:

“Faith Is Trusting God’s Voice vs Our Own” sv

Scripture:

Isaiah 65:24 (NIV) 24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

Psalm 46:10  (NKJV)  10 Be still, and know that I am God

1 Corinthians 2:4-5  (NKJV) 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit… 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NASB)  7 for we walk by faith, not by sight or appearance

Acts 1:14  (NIV) 14They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Matthew 18:20 20”For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Unity Reading:

Dynamic, creative, transforming power is roused to spiritual action when man affirms his unity with Almightyness and his undaunted faith in it’s power…  When man turns wholeheartedly to God, the prayer of faith brings forth abundantly. Healing currents of life are freed and flow into and through soul and body…  Since the prayer of faith is the activity of divine love (relationship & oneness with God), let us pray without ceasing, knowing God hears… Charles & Cora Fillmore  Teach us To Pray

Quotes:

Prayer is not merely an occasional impulse to which we respond when we are in trouble:  prayer is a life attitude. Walter A. Mueller

“Good morning, Lord! What are You up to today? Can I be a part of it? Thank You. Amen." Norman Grubb

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?   Corrie Ten Boom

God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.  Mother Teresa

“Standing in Truth, I move from fear to faith.”  By faith, I dare to see what cannot be seen by human eyes, but exists as surely as the sun exists behind a cloud. I trust in universal goodness, so much so that I rest deeply in the peace of spiritual assurance. I remain faithful during times when my human brain cannot envision the magnificent possibilities of a healthful life, harmonious love, or boundless prosperity. Moving from fear to faith, I see my life through spiritual eyes.  www.unity.org/wdop

I do believe we're all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.  Harvey Fierstein

 

 

 

 


“Praying Outside-The-Box”  08-30-20

Weekly Statement:

“Prayer Moves Us From Outer Appearances To Alignment With Omnipresent God” sv

Scripture:

John 10:38b (NRSV) 38b …and believe that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”

Jeremiah 33:2a-3 (NRSV)  Thus says the Lord who made the earth… Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Proverbs 2:2,9-10 (NASB)  2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding…  9 Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul…

Ephesians 6:18  (NIV) 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying…

Unity Reading:

Prayer is man’s steady effort to know God. There is an intimate connecting spirit that logically unites man and his source…  God-Mind, composed of radiant ideas, vibrant life, glorious new inspiration, is ours to use. Charles & Cora Fillmore   Teach Us to Pray

Prayer is the most effective method of renewal and transformation, because in prayer [we] associate with God and not with the problem. Myrtle Fillmore How To Let God Help you

Quotes:

Whatever form and shape prayer takes, our first concern is not to press God for the things we think we need or the matters we are concerned about, but rather a quest for God's presence and relationship. Charles Ringma

We don't pray to get God's attention. We pray to turn our attention toward Him. Christopher Knippers

I talk to everyone. All the time. The question is not to whom do I talk, but who listens?” Conversations With God - Neale Donald Walsh

There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful that that of a continual conversation with God.   Brother Lawrence

We are always in the presence of God. There is never a non-sacred moment! His presence never diminishes. Our awareness of His presence may falter, but the reality of His presence never changes. Max Lucado

Praying without ceasing is not ritualized, nor are there even words. It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God. Peace Pilgrim

If you begin to live life looking for the God that is all around you, every moment becomes a prayer.  Frank Bianco

 

 

 

 


“Does Prayer Make A Difference?”  08-23-20

Weekly Statement:

“Prayer Deepens Our Connection With Divine Spirit, Changing Us, Not God” sv

Scripture:

Jeremiah 29:12 (ESV) 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.

John 10:30 (NRSV)  30 “The Father and I are one.”

John 14:11 (NRSV)  11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me…

Matthew 6:9-13 (Lamsa Holy Bible-Translation from the Aramaic Peshitta Texts – George M. Lamsa)

Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, As in heaven, so on earth. Give us bread for our needs from day to day. And forgive us our offences, As we have forgiven our offenders. And do not let us enter into temptation, But deliver us from evil (wrong, wickedness, error).For thine is the kingdom… And the power …And the glory…For ever and ever. Amen.

THE ARAMAIC PRAYER OF JESUS as translated from Aramaic in 'Prayers of the Cosmos' by Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz

O, Birther of the Cosmos, focus your light within us -- make it useful. Create your reign of unity now, Your one desire then acts with ours, As in all light, So in all forms, Grant us what we need each day in bread and insight: Loose the cords of mistakes binding us, As we release the strands we hold of other's guilt. Don't let surface things delude us, But free us from what holds us back. From you is born all ruling will, The power and the life to do, The song that beautifies all, From age to age it renews. I affirm this with my whole being.

Psalm 42:1-2a (ESV)  1As the deer longs for the water brooks, So my soul longs for You, O God. 2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God…

Unity Reading:  

Prayer, then, is to change our minds and hearts so that God’s omnipresent good may fill our minds and hearts and manifest in our lives. Myrtle Fillmore

Sometimes we pray to a God outside of ourselves. It is the God in the midst of us that frees and heals. Myrtle Fillmore

Quotes:

Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life  Jonathan Edwards

Prayer is exhaling the spirit of man and inhaling the spirit of God. Edwin Keith

Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. Søren Kierkegaard

What we usually pray to God is not that His will be done, but that He approve ours. Helga Bergold Gross

Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer as a means for getting something for ourselves; the Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself. Oswald Chambers

 

 

 

 


“Patience…Our Key To Calm Amidst Storms  Part 2: Willing To Trust”  08-16-20

Weekly Statement:

“Patience Demonstrates Abiding Trust In The Natural Flow Of God’s Omnipresence” sv

Scripture:

John 14:27  (NASB) 27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Psalm 9:10 (NKJV)  10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Psalm 40:4-5  (NASB)  4 How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust, And has not turned to the

proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood. 5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done…

James 5: 7 (NIV) 7Be patient, then, brothers and sisters...  See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.

Unity Reading:

When we make the mind trustful and confident, we put it in harmony with creative Mind; then its force flows to us in abundance with the law of like attracting like.  Charles Fillmore  Jesus Christ Heals

Quotes:

Common man's patience will bring him more happiness than common man's power.  Amit Kalantri

Our patience will achieve more than our force. Edmund Burke

Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in your mind. David G. Allen

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it. Arnold H. Glasow

How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners and instant cameras teach patience to its young?  Paul Sweeney

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence…   Brian Adams

 

 

 

 


“Patience…Our Key To Calm Amidst Storms  Part 1: Recovering Equilibrium”    08-09-20

Weekly Statement:

“Patience Centers Us In The Harmony Of The Present Moment” sv

Scripture:

Romans 12:12 (ESV) 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Psalm 27:14  (NRSV)  14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Psalm 37:7,9b (NKJV) Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him…  9b …those who wait on the Lord, They shall inherit the earth.

Colossians 3:12  (NIV) 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Unity Reading:

Patience is a state of mind that beholds the world from the harmony of the Christ Mind, a freedom from personal thinking. It is an attitude of mind characterized by poise, calmness, and a quiet, restful trust, especially in the face of trying conditions.  Charles Fillmore  Keep A True Lent

Quotes:

Do You embrace the moment fully you’re breathing in? Focusing on the present moment can transform our perspective on life and rid us of our worries and depression.  Pawan Kumar

Few of us ever live in the present. we are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone. Louis L’Amour

The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. Abraham Maslow

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present. Alice Morse Earle

At some point you just have to let go of what you thought should happen and live in what is happening. Unknown

The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is. Eckhart Tolle

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.  Amit Ray

Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.  Oprah Winfrey

 

 

 

 


“The Healing Power Of Gratitude – Part 2: Love In Expression”  08-02-20

Weekly Statement:

“Radiating Inner Gratitude Towards Others Is Love Expressing Itself” sv

Scripture:

Colossians 3:14 (NIV) And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

2 Corinthians 9:11a  (ESV) 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way… 

Matthew 5:15-16a (NIV) 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men…

Matthew 18:20 (NKJV) 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.

2 Corinthians 8:7 (NCV) 7 You are rich in everything—in faith, in speaking, in knowledge, in truly wanting to help, and in the love you learned from us. In the same way, be strong also in the grace of giving.

Special Readings:

The earth is constantly bathed in electromagnetic fields. Those fields affect and connect every living organism on the planet – human beings included.

We are all living in a common vibrational field. And each of us contributes our own positive or negative vibrations to the field – based on our thoughts, feelings and interactions.

Large numbers of people creating heart-centered states of love and compassion will generate a more coherent field environment that can benefit others and help offset the current planetary-wide wave of fear and incoherence.

Global Coherence Initiative (GCI) The Global Coherence Initiative is a science-based, co-creative project to unite people in heart-focused love and intention, to facilitate the shift in global consciousness from instability and discord to compassionate care, cooperation and increasing peace.  www.heartmath.org/gci/

We need not settle for our present disconnection from the healing, life-affirming, and uplifting human experience of gratitude. By engaging with the perennial wisdoms, we are reminded of our natural capacity to feel and express gratitude. Through conscious and sustained practice over a period of time, we can discover again how gratitude and all its related qualities—thankfulness, appreciation, compassion, generosity, grace, and so many other positive states—can become integrated and embodied in our lives. gratefulness.org/resource/what-is-gratitude-angeles-arrien/

Quotes:

…Literally when we feel gratitude, we are unifying ourselves with source energy. It is of a higher vibrational state of consciousness… gratitude is unifying us with who we naturally are. Aaron Doughty

Heart Coherence is: When the mind and emotions are brought into alignment and synchronization with the energetic heart’s intuitive guidance. Rollin McCraty

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily.  The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.  Adabella Radici

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  William Arthur Ward

It’s time to “feed the field” with more love & care for each other… We are at a point in the history of consciousness where we have an opportunity to make an evolutionary leap to a more cooperative and compassionate way of being.  Rollin McCraty

 

 

 

 


“The Healing Power Of Gratitude – Part 1: Shifting Our Focus, Uplifting Our Spirits”  07-26-20

Weekly Statement:

“Immersed in God’s Loving Presence We Experience A Natural State Of Gratitude” sv

Scripture:

Psalm 118:24 24This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Colossians 3:15 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… and be thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18  (NRSV) 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances… 

Colossians 2:6-7b NASB 6Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7b…overflowing with gratitude.  

1 John 4:16  (ESV) 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Psalm 119:76a  (NIV) 76a May your unfailing love be my comfort....

Special Readings:

It [Gratitude] is a fullness of heart that moves us from limitation and fear to expansion and love. When we’re appreciating something, our ego moves out of the way and we connect with our soul. Gratitude brings our attention into the present… The deeper our appreciation, the more we see with the eyes of the soul and the more our life flows in harmony with the creative power of the universe. https://chopra.com/articles/cultivate-the-healing-power-of-gratitude

Gratefulness connects us to the heart, for it is here that all relationships in longing, love, sympathy, and compassion resolve in a point of unity… Here then, we discover gratitude’s healing power, seeing opportunity for growth in the midst of troubles, embracing the wisdom of beginnings and endings, and tolerating limitations while striving for better ways… We begin to breathe with the universe.  William Young

Quotes:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Melodie Beattie

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily.  The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.  Adabella Radici

‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say…  Alice Walker

The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.  Charles Schwab

The soul that gives thanks can find comfort…  Hannah Whitall Smith

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.   William Blakel

Rest and be thankful...   William Wordsworth

 

 

 

 


“Calmness In Times Of Cranky Exhaustion”  07-19-20

“Trusting God’s Presence Within Brings Calm Amidst The Storm” sv

Scripture:

Proverbs 12:25 (ESV) 25a Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down…

Isaiah 30:15b (NRSV)  15b …In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.

Wisdom 7:7  (NRSV)  Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me; I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.

Isaiah 26:3  (NKJV)  You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You…

Special Reading:

We live in unprecedented circumstances where there is an overarching sense of ambiguity and lack of control. It is understandable that everyone is confronting their own challenges and may not fully recognize or understand their internal and external responses to this environment. Ivy Tan

Quotes:

Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we're frantic, life will be frantic. If we're peaceful, life will be peaceful. Marianne Williamson

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength. Corrie ten Boom

Everything you do can be done better from a place of relaxation.  Stephen C. Paul

The one who had the power to calm the elements of the earth has power to calm our souls.  Elder Robert D. Hales

Engaging in behaviours that build your spiritual core connection opens pathways to…more calm and much more joy. Dr. Stephen G. Payne

Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be. Wayne W. Dyer

Keep calm and remember: the time to take a deep breath is when you think you don't have time for one.  Marc Chernoff

 

 

 


“In This Together…Caring For Each Other”   07-12-20 (ReOpening)

Weekly Statement:

“Through Loving Intention We Connect Heart To Heart, In Person Or In Spirit” sv

Scripture:

Proverbs 17:17  (NIV) 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Colossians 3:14 (NIV) And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect Unity.

Wisdom 7:7  (NRSV) Solomon’s Respect for Wisdom Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me; I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.

Romans 1:11-12 (NRSV) 11 For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you 12 or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours & mine.

Hebrews 10:24-25  (ESV) 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some (can “meet” in different ways), but encouraging one another…

Unity Reading:

This wisdom of Spirit is man’s through the all-knowing and all-discerning power of Spirit within him, and he need never fear going wrong if he listens to his divine intuition. Charles & Cora Fillmore The Twelve Powers Of Man

Quotes:

Community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves but for one another… Henri Nouwen

God is my ultimate source of truth and wisdom, and dwells forever at the center of my being. Therefore, any thought, emotion, or action that takes me further from my center can be neither truthful, nor wise.  Bill Crawford

The Holy Spirit will prompt us in the right direction as we learn to hear His voice and respond in obedience. Crystal McDowell

People say, "What can one person do? What is the sense of our small effort?" They cannot see that we can only lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action of the present moment. Dorothy Day

I nod to a passing stranger, and the stranger nods back, and two human beings go off, feeling a little less anonymous.  Robert Brault

 

 

 

 

 

 “Racial Equity…Healing Forward”  06-28-20

Weekly Statement:

“Prejudice Lies In Our Own Consciousness, Healing Must Occur There First” sv

Scripture:

Romans 2:2 (NRSV)   2 Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others…

James 2:3-4  (NKJV)  3 …You look upon the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

1 John 2:11  (NIV) 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

Colossians 3:10-11 (ESV)  10 …Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

John 13:34  (NKJV) 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Special Reading:

There is only one race—the human race. Caucasians, Africans, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews are not different races. Rather, they are different ethnicities of the human race. More importantly, all human beings are created in the image and likeness of God.   www.rivchurch.com

Quotes:

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. Audre Lorde

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. Nelson Mandela

Hating people because of their color is wrong and it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just wrong. Muhammad Ali

Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth.  Edwin Hubbell Chapin

If tolerance, respect and equity permeate family life, they will translate into values that shape societies, nations and the world. Kofi Annan

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. Martin Luther King Jr

People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other…

With patient and firm determination we will press on until every valley of despair is exalted to new peaks of hope, until every mountain of pride and irrationality is made low by the levelling process of humility and compassion; until the rough places of injustice are transformed into a smooth plane of equality of opportunity; and until the crooked places of prejudice are transformed by the straightening process of bright-eyed wisdom…  Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.   Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

 

 


Honoring The Father Figures In Our Lives"  06-21-20

Weekly Statement:

 “With Gratitude We Honor Dads & Father Figures Who Are Positive Role Models” sv

Scripture:

Genesis 1:27 (NRSV) 27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

John 5:19b-20 (NASB) (Jesus Talking…) 19b…"For whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. 20For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing…

Proverbs 20:7 (NKJV ) The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.

Special Reading:

The modern day father comes in various forms… He can be single or married; externally employed or stay-at home; gay or straight; an adoptive or step-parent; and a more than capable caregiver to children facing physical or psychological challenges. Psychological research across families from all ethnic backgrounds suggests that fathers' affection and increased family involvement help promote children's social and emotional development. 
www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/changing-father 

Quotes:

Spiritual maturity is about nurturing, honoring, and balancing both sides of your nature. And ALL men, women, and non-binaries/trans, possess both the masculine and feminine aspect inside. lwww.lonerwolf.com/divine-masculine/

Real fatherhood means love and commitment and sacrifice and a willingness to share responsibility.... William Bennett

Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers - and fathering is a very important stage in their development.  David M. Gottesman

Lately all my friends are worried they’re turning into their fathers. I’m worried I’m not. Dan Zevin

My dad has given me the best gift anyone has ever given me. He gave me wings to fly.   Adria Arjona

Having children is like living in a frat house: nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up. Ray Romano

 

 

 

 


“Sailing Uncharted Waters With Faith”  06-14-20

Weekly Statement:

“Sailing Uncharted Waters Requires Letting Go Of The Familiar Shore” sv

Scripture:

Genesis 12:1-2  (NRSV) 1Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you…

Philippians 3:13b (NKJV) 13b…but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead…

Deuteronomy 4:29-31 (NASB)

29 …You will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.  30 When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you…you will return to the Lord your God and listen to His voice. 31 For the Lord your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you…

James 1:5-8  (ESV) 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith…

Special Reading:

When you walk to the edge of all the light you have, and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly. Patrick Overton, The Leaning Tree

Quotes:

Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all… We don't know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. But really we just don't know.  Pema Chödrön

Whenever we proceed from the known into the unknown, we may hope to understand, but we may have to learn at the same time a new meaning of the word 'understanding.  Werner Karl Heisenberg

Relinquish your attachment to the known, step into the unknown, and you will step into the field of all possibilities. Deepak Chopra

Faith means living with uncertainty - feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark.  Dan Millman

The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings. Kakuzō Okakura

When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge. Tuli Kupferberg

 

 

 

 

 

“Love’s Healing Power…Embracing Justice For All”   06-07-20

Weekly Statement:

“We Manifest Justice For All Through Consciously Embracing Love’s Healing Power” sv

Scripture:

Jeremiah 22:3 (NRSV) Thus says the Lord: Act with justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor anyone who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence…

Isaiah 58:6  (NIV) (fast from oppression) “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

Micah 6:8 (NRSV) …And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Ephesians 4:31-32  (NRSV)  31 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another…

Special Reading: Unity Worldwide Ministries: A Prayer for the Wounded Heart of Humanity…

We call upon God’s Love in this important moment, knowing that Divine Love is the greatest power in the Universe. We pray for the wounded heart of humanity as we grieve, rage, cry, and despair over injustice and inequity. May Divine Love enfold and comfort everyone who is hurting. May Divine Wisdom guide each person and institution in taking inspired action to ensure that all are celebrated for their inherent goodness as a part of God’s creation. May we remain resolute in walking the course of human rights and social justice for all. We pray in the spirit of unity, love, and oneness. Amen.

Quotes:

Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions. Tony Robbins

Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.    Martin Luther King Jr.

Until our world decides that every human matters, that everyone has a right to food and safety and freedom and healthcare and equality, it is the obligation of those privileged to have food and safety and freedom and healthcare and equality to fight tirelessly for those who do not. L.R. Knost

You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.  Cheryl Strayed

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love…    We must discover the power of love…the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

 

 


“Standing Together We Find Strength To Climb Mountains”  05-31-20

Weekly Statement:

“Developing A Universal Consciousness Of Oneness We Will Climb Mountains Together” SV     

Scripture:

Colossians 2:5 (ESV) For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith...

Matthew 18:20 (NKJV) 20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Hebrews 10:24,25  (ESV) 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works… 25 …encouraging one another…

Isaiah 41:10  (NKJV)   10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you… 

Special Reading:

Coming Together To Fight The Covid 19 World Pandemic…

The WHO has developed research protocols that are being used in more than 40 countries, in a coordinated way, and some 130 scientists, funders and manufacturers from around the world have signed a statement committing to work with WHO to speed the development of a vaccine…  The agency’s focus, Chief Tedros Ghebreyesus said, is “on working with countries and with partners to bring the world together to confront this common threat together”…  and WHO is committed to “serve all people of the world with equity, objectivity and neutrality.” https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/04/1061412

Quotes:

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.  William James

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men…  Herman Melville

Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Brené Brown

It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.  Martin Luther King Jr.

There is beauty and power in unity. We must be united in heart and mind. One world, one people. Lailah Gifty Akita

 

 

 


“Honoring Those Who’ve Sacrificed Their All” 05-24-20

Weekly Statement:

“We Honor With Gratitude Those Who’ve Served and Given Their All” SV     

Scripture:

John 15:13  (NIV)   13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Galatians 5:13 (CEV)  13 My friends, you were chosen to be free. So don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do anything you want. Use it as an opportunity to serve each other with love.

Philippians 2:4-5 (NASB) 4 Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus…

Presidential Proclamation: In honor and recognition of all of our fallen heroes, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended, has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. (The President has so proclaimed Memorial Day, May 25, 2020, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and designated the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time when people might unite in prayer.)

In December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” Public Law 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. All Americans are encouraged to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. (In his proclamation the President has further asked all Americans to observe the “National Moment of Remembrance” beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.)

Quotes:

It is fitting and proper that we devote one day each year to paying special tribute to those whose constancy and courage constitute one of the bulwarks guarding the freedom of this nation and the peace of the free world. Dwight D. Eisenhower                                                                                                                                                              

Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of our armed forces. Charlie Dent       

Here and everywhere in the Universe, freedom must be protected and nurtured and supported. For everywhere in life it is challenged. It is a gift. And it is a gift that you as an individual and you as a member of a Spiritual Family must advocate for, preserve and protect. Marshal Vian Summers

The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class - it is the cause of human kind… Anna Julia Cooper

 

 

 

 


“Being vs Doing…Neither Right or Wrong”  05-17-20

Weekly Statement:

“Incorporating Both Our “Being” & “Doing” Nature Creates A Balanced Life Expression” sv

Scripture:

Genesis 1:27  (ESV) 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Isaiah 43:19 (ESV) 19 Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV) 11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

Special Reading: (Condensed)

Feminine energy is about Being rather than Doing… Staying open to receive, to intuitive guidance, to touch & support… Not having to go anywhere or do anything. It’s about slowing down and relaxing, letting go, allowing, being present and not directing the flow of events as much as allowing the events to unfold.  Loving and nurturing self is a feminine quality all people could develop more of. We live in a “not enough” culture. Knowing that you are perfect, whole and complete just the way you are is an act of love.

Masculine energy is about Doing rather than Being… It is single focused, physical rather than subtle, logical rather than intuitive and emotional; if you can’t see it then it doesn’t exist. Masculine energy is focused, goal-oriented, stable, strong, structured, logical, driven, and expressed through the physical realm… It’s an energy that is moving outward, directing energy in a certain way. Anna-Thea

Quotes:

We bristle at the designation of certain qualities being inherently “masculine” (i.e., assertive, dominant) and others being “feminine” (i.e., intuitive, caring). What shifts that paradigm, though, is the understanding that those polarities can be completely divorced from our construct of gender and that we all contain myriad combinations of both. Deganit Nuur

Our culture has conditioned us to run from uncomfortable feelings. Staying busy instead of stopping to feel. By creating a super busy lifestyle of doing, doing, doing we lose connection to the healing properties of the feminine and her state of being.  Anna-Thea

The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings. Kakuzō Okakura

There is a collective force rising up on the earth today, an energy of the reborn feminine... This is a time of monumental shift, from the male dominance of human consciousness back to a balanced relationship between masculine and feminine.  Marianne Williamson

 

 

 


“Grateful for Moms…Divine Feminine Love Expressed”  05-10-20

Weekly Statement:

“Mother God, Divine Feminine Expressed, Loves, Comforts, Embraces & Renews” sv

Scripture:

Galatians 5:22  (NASB)   22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…

Isaiah 66:13  (NRSV)  13 As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”       

Colossians 3:14 (NASB) 14Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

Unity Reading:

We read in Job 33:4  “The Spirit of God hath made me, And the breath of the Almighty giveth me life.” Bible  authorities say that wherever the name El Shaddai occurs in the Hebrew Scriptures it should have been translated “Nourisher” or “Strength-Giver,” (Shaddai in Hebrew actually means breasts) which in Hebrew is the Feminine name for God. This verse may read: The Spirit of God hath made me, And the breath of the Mother giveth me life.” Charles Fillmore  Atom Smashing Power Of Mind

Special Reading:

This Universe is created by both male and female energies… The dualistic nature of the Universe exists because of these energies which are opposite to each other: Day and Night, Expansion and Contraction, Thought and Emotion, Yin and Yang…  The Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine are another way of labeling the energies of “Receiving” vs “Creating”, “Being” vs “Doing”…

The Divine Feminine: (Condensed) The energy of Beingness… Powerful, caring, trusting…  The essence of love and divine knowing… The energy of intuition and faith, allowing the Universe to support, simply because of BEING.  By being in this energy of relaxation, trusting, allowing, giving, and receiving, we make room for rest, recovery, rejuvenation, receptivity, and love to manifest in our lives.  sacredlightalchemy.com/the-divine-feminine-and-divine-masculine/

Quotes:

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. Marion C. Garretty

The energy of the feminine embodies the nurturer, the healer and the peacemaker. While the masculine energy is focused on doing, the feminine energy revels in being. Julie Schoen

Many of our troubles in the world today arise from an over-emphasis of the masculine, and a neglect of the feminine. This modern world is an aggressive, hyperactive, competitive, masculine world, and it needs the woman's touch as never before.   Eva Burrows

Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.   Sai Baba

 

 

 


“Tolerance In Uncertain & Conflicting Times…Part 2–Practicing Peace”  05-03-20

Weekly Statement:

“We Practice Peace By Shifting From Reactionary Thoughts To Inner Centeredness” sv    

Scripture:

Psalm 46:1-2 (NASB) 1God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in tight places. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the seas…

1 Peter 3:10-11  (NIV) 10 …“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11…they must seek peace and pursue it.”

Romans 12:2 (NRSV)  2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…

1 Corinthians 14:33  33For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.

Isaiah 26:3  3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You…

Special Reading:

Scientists have now shown, we can literally rewire the neural pathways that regulate our emotions, thoughts, and reactions… You can start to disrupt the pathways you want to weaken by noticing, in the moment, when you’re having a negative reaction and choosing to take a few deep breaths instead. The process of rewiring our brains is just that – a process. You are breaking habits and changing beliefs that can be thoroughly entrenched in your mind. Vanessa Loder

Quotes:

I am learning to trust the journey even when I do not understand it.  Mila Bron

Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic—this is the

spiritual path.   Pema Chödrön

Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been for who you can become.  Hal Elrod

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. Dr. Seuss Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.  John F. Kennedy

 

 

 

 


“Tolerance In Uncertain & Conflicting Times: Part 1-Reacting or Responding?”  04-26-20

Weekly Statement:

“Being Observant Of Our Automatic Reactions Creates Opportunities To Respond Differently” sv    

Scripture:

Proverbs 12:25a ESV 25a Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down…

Matthew 11:28a  (NIV) 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened…”

Proverbs 17:9  (NRSV) 9b …One who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend.

James 1:19b  (NIV) 19b …Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…

Deuteronomy 1:17  (ESV) 17 You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike.

Special Reading:

 Respond vs. React: While these words may be similar in semantics, the difference between responding and reacting in stressful situations can be profound. The difference between the two lies in a deep breath, a pause, or a brief moment of mindful presence. That moment can mean the difference between sending the entire situation or relationship soaring to greater heights, or falling down a slippery slope.

Reactions are instinctual and stem from the subconscious mind. There’s no filtering process when you react in a situation… Responses are more thoughtful. When your respond, you first explore in your mind the possible outcomes of your reply before saying a word.  Melissa Eisler https://mindfulminutes.com/respond-vs-react-how-to-keep-your-cool-in-times-of-stress/

Quotes:

The question is not whether or not change and challenge are going to happen. They are. The question is, when they do happen, how are we going to choose to look at them and navigate them?  Jeffrey R. Anderson

We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it. Rick Warren

Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another's beliefs, practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them.  Joshua Liebman

Tolerance is the oil which takes the friction out of life. Wilbert E. Scheer

In our deepest moments of struggle, frustration, fear, and confusion, we are being called upon to reach in and touch our hearts. Then, we will know what to do, what to say, how to be.  Roberta Sage Hamilton

 

 

 

 


“Healing Planet Earth…Healing Ourselves…Celebrating Earth Day”  04-19-20

Weekly Statement:

“We Heal Planet Earth Through Mindfully Reducing Our Pollution Footprint” sv    

Scripture:

Genesis 1:26  (ESV) 26 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Genesis 2:15 (NKJV)  15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

Ezekiel 34:18 (ESV) 18 Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet?

Hebrews 12:28  (NASB) 28Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe…

Unity Reading:

People everywhere on earth are now realizing as never before that the well-being of this world rests with its inhabitants…  The pessimist moans “I could make a better world than this.” The optimist sings, “Go to it; that’s what God put you here for.” Charles Fillmore  Atom Smashing Power Of Mind

Special Reading:

The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.   https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-live/    

Quotes:

There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge, that we are caretakers of this planet. Brooke Medicine Eagle   

There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society, where bigger is not necessarily better, where

slower can be faster, and where less can be more.  Gaylord Nelson

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.  Betty Reese

Do something. Pay your rent for the privilege of living on this beautiful, blue-green, living Earth.  Dave Foreman

Teach us to walk the soft Earth as relatives to all that live.  Sioux Indian Prayer

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair.  Kahlil Gibran

 

 

 


“Through Darkness Into Light…The Easter Resurrection”  4-12-20

Thought For week:

“Spring Reminds Us Of God’s Univ/ersal Plan Of Resurrection & Transformation” sv

Scripture:

Matthew 28:1-2,5-6  1Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 5But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here, for he has risen, as he said…

Luke 23:46a  46Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!"

Joshua 1:9   9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Unity Reading:

Eastertide…the resurrection of the mind from the darkness of its doubts and false beliefs into the light of understanding… (paraphrased). Every time we rise to the realization of eternal, indwelling life, making union with Father-Mind, the resurrection of Jesus takes place within us…  The word crucifixion means the crossing out in consciousness of certain errors that have become fixed states of mind. Charles Fillmore  Keep A True Lent 

Quotes:

The Holy Week message is one of preparation to rise to a new level of being. We prepare by releasing our limitations, doing our inner work to transform our consciousness to create a receptivity to the new. Then, we move through the “crucifixion” – whatever the personal challenge and discomfort are – and allow the inner change to gestate, finally rising as the new consciousness. In this way, we are transformed. The risen Christ Consciousness within is awakened and expresses as a new version of self… Joseph Campbell

The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking. Deepak Chopra

A rebirth out of spiritual adversity causes us to become new creatures. James E. Faust

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness. Desmond Tutu

 

 

 

 


"Navigating Unknown Times With Self Compassion & Care”   04-05-20 Palm Sunday

Weekly Thought:

“Humbly Opening To God’s Unfailing Love Nurtures & Uplifts Us.” Sv

Scripture:

Micah 6:8  (ESV) …What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly

with your God? 

Matthew 5:4 (NRSV)  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Psalm 46:1 (NKJV)  1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Colossians 3:12  (NIV) 12Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Unity Reading:

Revealing Word: Jerusalem--"Habitation of peace." In man it is the abiding consciousness of spiritual peace. When we go deep into the silent recesses of our beings, we realize a stillness and sweetness beyond expression. A great peace is there--the "peace of God, which passeth all understanding" (Phil. 4:7)

Quotes:

Disappointment is just the action of your brain readjusting itself to reality after discovering things are not the way you thought they were. Brad Warner

When you have compassion and surrender to your own heart, you are surrendering to the hidden power in your heart, God. Surrender is… a power tool for listening to the voice of your spirit and following its directions. Sara Paddison, Hidden Power of the Heart

Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others. Christopher Germer

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. Anne Lamot

Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can.   Louisa May Alcott

 

 

 

 


“Letting God's Infinite Presence Outshine Fear:

Part 2-Prayer Practices For Health & Wholeness"  03-29-20

Weekly Thought:

“Prayer, In Any Form, Connects Us To Infinite Spirit & Greater Good” sv

Scripture:

Psalm 25:1-2a   (NASB)  1To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 2a O my God, in You I trust…

Psalm 46:10  (NKJV) 10 Be still, and know that I am God…

Jeremiah 29:12  (ESV)  12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.

Colossians 4:2  (NASB)  2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving…

Ephesians 6:18  (NIV) 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying…

Isaiah 65:24 (NIV)  24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

Unity Readings:

We must begin by knowing that “God is Spirit.” Spirit is not located in a big man called God but is everywhere the breath of life… “over all, and through all, and in all.” The highest form of prayer is to open our minds and quietly realize that the one omnipresent intelligence knows our thoughts and instantly answers, even before we have audibly expressed our desires.  Charles Fillmore  Jesus Christ Heals

True prayer brings about an exalted radiation of energy, and when it is accompanied by faith and love, the word of Truth bursts forth in a stream of light that, when held in mind, illuminates and uplifts.  Charles Fillmore  Atom Smashing Power Of Mind 

Quotes:

Prayer is communication with the Divine.  It can be whispered or chanted or written or expressed in the work you do. However it is expressed, it is never in vain. Donna Wilk Cardillo

If you begin to live life looking for the God that is all around you, every moment becomes a prayer. Frank Bianco

The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray.  It is not the only thing; but it is the chief thing.  The great people of the earth today are the people who pray.  I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time to pray. S.D. Gordon

We are always in the presence of God. There is never a non-sacred moment! His presence never diminishes. Our awareness of His presence may falter, but the reality of His presence never changes. Max Lucado

Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts. Alan Cohen

It is of course possible to dance a prayer. Glade Byron Addams

 

 

 

                                                       


“Letting God's Infinite Presence Outshine Fear:

Part 1-Trusting Inner Wisdom and Guidance" 03-22-20

Weekly Thought:

”Trusting Infinite Spirit, We Are Filled With Light & Wisdom” sv

Scripture:

2 Samuel 22:29 (NIV)  29 You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

1 Corinthians 2:4-5  (NKJV)   Apostle Paul:  4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

James 1:5-6a (ESV) 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith…

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Unity Reading:

The wisdom of Spirit is man’s through the all-knowing and all-discerning power of Spirit within him, and he need never fear going wrong if he listens to his divine intuition. Charles & Cora Fillmore The Twelve Powers Of Man

Quotes:

There is no illusion greater than fear. Lao Tzu

Fear can make a moth seem the size of a bull elephant. Stephen Richards

Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment… Ram Dass

A process for discernment: God is my ultimate source of truth and wisdom, and dwells forever at the center of my being. Therefore, any thought, emotion, or action that takes me further from my center can be neither truthful, nor wise.  Bill Crawford

God's guidance is like a small lamp in a dark forest… it doesn't show everything at once... but it gives enough light for your next step to be safe... Ritu Ghatourey

Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith. Henry Ward Beecher

 

 

 

 


“Soul Inspiration…An Irish Musical Experience” 03-15-20

Featuring Special Irish Music Performances By John Wiseman & Kevin Joiner

Weekly Thought:

”Opening To Music’s Vibrational Flow Helps Heal Mind, Body & Spirit” sv

Scripture:

Ephesians 5:18b-19  (NIV) 18b… be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart...

Quotes:

Music is so much more than enjoyment for our ears. It affects our minds and souls to create a multi-sensory experience that goes far beyond listening. The power that different sounds can have on us is tremendous… a single song can immediately impact our mood. Andre Feriante  

Music has long been a conduit to healing. Music as therapy has shown positive and beneficial effects in managing a host of medical conditions, like high blood pressure, as well as an effective treatment for some mental health conditions. Karina Margit Erdelyi

Emigration resulted in large populations of Irish decent in areas of North America such as Boston, New York, Chicago.The majority of those who emigrated from Ireland to America in the 18th Century settled in the Appalachian Mountains. They brought with them a rich tradition of song and dance tunes which merged with the music of other settlers including European, British and African to become Appalachian "old time" music.  American country music originated in Appalachian music and there were other links to bluegrass and rock n roll. leavingcertmusic.weebly.com/american-folk.html

Music is a universal language capable of awakening emotions and unique sensations… The influence of music on our soul is so far ranging… Ever since different cultures started to form, there has always been a place for rhythmic sounds that can communicate our feelings. In every age and civilization this particular form of expression has existed, and in so many varied styles… Without realizing it, we often look to music to express feelings... In music we find a place where these emotions can overflow freely...  exploringyourmind.com/influence-music-lives/

 

 

 


Kindness Project Week #6

"Am I Willing To Receive Kindness & Appreciation?”    03-08-20

Weekly Statement:

 “Being Willing To Receive Opens Us To Experience Kindness & Appreciation.” sv

Scripture:

Ecclesiastes 3:13  (NKJV) 13 … every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.

Revelation 3:20  (NRSV) 20 Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you…

1 Corinthians 3:16 (NKJV)  16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Matthew 7:8 (ESV)  8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

1 Corinthians 13:4a (NRSV)  Love is patient; love is kind…

Special Reading:

According to the University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, two-thirds of the time Americans respond to compliments by doing something other than accepting them…  If you politely agree, your response can be interpreted as arrogance. If you deflect, you may seem modest… We’re taught from a young age to be modest and humble… It’s all about convincing others that we’re not conceited or in competition with them. Knvul Sheikh

Quotes:

Because we idealize Giving so much, we ignore the ability, blessing, and duty to Receive.   Ashlecka Aumrivani

 …you must have a capacity to receive, or even omnipotence can’t give.   C.S. Lewis

Gracious acceptance is an art – an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving…. Accepting another person’s gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you.  Alexander McCall Smith

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. Maya Angelou

Never forget to appreciate yourself and to reveal your own inner beauty. Debasish Mridha

Simply give to yourselves that which you need – which is love and appreciation without judgment. Réné Gaudette

 

 

 

 


Kindness Project Week 5: "Gratitude Magnifies Kindness" 03-01-20

Weekly Thought:

 “Expressing Gratitude For Kindness Everywhere Magnifies Its Flow.” sv

Scripture:

Colossians 3:17  (NIV) 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father…

Psalm 118: (NASB)  1Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalm 118:24 (ESV) 24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 9:1 (NASB)  9 I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart…

Proverbs 23:7  (NKJV)  7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Special Reading:

Experiencing and expressing gratitude is an important part of any spiritual practice… Regular practice of gratitude can change the way our brain neurons fire into more positive automatic patterns. The positive emotions we evoke can soothe distress and broaden our thinking patterns so we develop a larger and more expansive view of our lives.  Gratitude is an emotion of connectedness, which reminds us we are part of a larger universe with all living things.   Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D.

Quotes:

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.   Barbara De Angelis

Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations. Paramahansa Yogananda 

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gratitude is a practice, it must be cultivated and you must keep at it... Brene Brown

The law of attraction states that whatever you focus on, think about, read about, and talk about intensely, you’re going to attract more of into your life. Jack Canfield

The Soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts. Marcus Aurelius

 

 

 


Kindness Project week#4:  "Kindness In Action"  02-23-20

Thought For The Week:

 “Acts Of Kindness Uplift Us, Creating Heartfelt Connection With Others” sv

Scripture:

Micah 6:8  (NASB) 8 …And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Proverbs 21:22  (ESV)  21Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.

Proverbs 3:3  (NASB) Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Colossians 3:12  (NIV) 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Zechariah 7:8-19 (NASB)  8Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah saying, 9 “Thus has the LORD of hosts said, ‘Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother…

Special Reading:

Being kind to others has been known to help boost our own immune system, slow down aging, elevate our self esteem and improve blood pressure. Both practicing and witnessing acts of kindness can help reduce blood pressure by producing oxytocin, known as the 'love hormone. Sandra Ciminelli

Quotes:

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. Scott Adams

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. Amelia Earhart

My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.  Maya Angelou

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.  Henry James

Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can…  John Wesley

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.  Albert Schweitzer

 

 

 


Kindness Project Week 3:   "Love Lifts Us Up"  02-16-20

Weekly Thought:

 “Love Heals Energies Of Negativity To Create Heartfelt Connection & Oneness”  sv

Scripture:

1John 4:7  7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 

1 Corinthians 13:13  (NRSV)  13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

1 John 2:9-10  9Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.

Colossians 3:12-13 (NRSV)  12 …Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you…

John 13:34-35 (NKJV) 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you…  35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

Unity Reading:

…The more we talk about love, the stronger it grows in the consciousness, and if we persist in thinking loving thoughts and speaking loving words, we are sure to bring into our experience the feeling of that great love that is beyond description-the very love of God.  Talks On Truth Charles Fillmore

Quotes:

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.   Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love is within us. It cannot be destroyed. It can be ignored. To the extent that we abandon love we will feel it has abandoned us. Denying love is our only problem, and embracing it is the only answer. Through the power of love, we can let go of past history and begin again. Love heals, forgives, and makes whole.  Ernest Holmes

Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.   Sai Baba

Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is. Gary Zukav

Love doesn't make the world go 'round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile. Franklin P. Jones

Today, see if you can stretch your heart and expand your love so that it touches not only those to whom you can give it easily, but also those who need it so much.  Daphine Rose Kingma
 

 

 

 


Kindness Project- Week 2   "Prayerful Blessings" 02-09-20

Thought For The Week:

 “Focused Prayers Of Kindness Change Lives & Bring Blessings”  sv

Scripture:

Ephesians 6:18  (NIV) 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 (NASB) We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope… 

Romans 12:10-12 (NKJV)  10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;

Unity Reading:

Prayer is dynamic and accentuates the spiritual ethers that interpenetrate all substance. Prayer is related directly to the creative laws of God, and when man adjusts his mind and body in harmony with those laws, his prayers will always be effective and far-reaching…   Jesus Christ Heals Charles Fillmore

Quotes:

The great people of the earth today are the people who pray.  I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time to pray.  S.D. Gordon

Prayer is communication with the Divine.  It can be whispered or chanted or written or expressed in the work you do.  However it is expressed, it is never in vain.  Donna Wilk Cardillo

If you begin to live life looking for the God that is all around you, every moment becomes a prayer. Frank Bianco

Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts. Alan Cohen

Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.  Søren Kierkegaard

 

 

 

"Breaking Old Habits…Setting A New Course"   01-26-20

Weekly Thought:

“Changing Habits Requires Focused Willingness To Take New Action”  sv

Scripture:

1 Kings 3:12b 12b…I will give you a wise and discerning heart

Joshua 24:15  (NASB) 15 …choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Proverbs 16:3  (NIV)  Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

James 1:25  (NKJV)

25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

Proverbs 2:20  (ESV) 20 So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.

Special Reading:

We must first have the desire or motivation to make a change. Then we must change our mindset and our attitude. This drives us to make the decision to do things differently: to break the habit, or change it. Of course, we must effect a change by doing things in a new manner or using a new method. The mechanism to break bad habits or to change must come from within us and not from others. www.everydaypower.com

Quotes:

To realize the outcomes you want, it is critical to recognize and experience the transition from our present thoughts, habits, and actions to new thoughts, habits, and actions. Darren L. Johnson

Real transformation requires real honesty. If you want to move forward – get real with yourself.  Bryant McGill

The secret of change is to focus all your energy NOT on fighting the old but on BUILDING the new. Socrates

The secret to permanently breaking any bad habit is to love something greater than the habit. Bryant McGill

Saying NO to the wrong things creates space to say YES to the right things. Mack Story

Starting something new or making a big change requires effort, persistence and motivation…Doubt, fear and worry will only slow you down. Focus on doing your best now and celebrate every step of the way. Doe Zantamata

 

 


"Letter to God…Higher-Self Vision 2020"  01-19-20

Weekly Statement:

 “Declaring Our Intention Sets In Motion A Divine Flow Of Infinite Possibility” sv

Scripture:

Ephesians 4:22-24a (NIV) 22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self… 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God…

Proverbs 2:1-6 (NASB) 2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; 3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; 4 If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will discern the fear [Awe] of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Psalm 43:3a   (NASB)  3 O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me…

Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)  10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Unity Quotes:

An understanding of the Logos reveals to us the law under which all things are brought forth, the law of mind action. Divine Mind creates by thought, through ideas. Charles Fillmore  Revealing Word

God-Mind is…constantly seeking to release its perfection in you…when you ask for its guidance and place yourself, by prayer and affirmation, in mental touch with it, there is a great increase in its manifestation in your life. Charles Fillmore  Christian Healing   

Quotes:

Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision. V.S. Naipaul

You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.  Deepak Chopra

Set your intention, and trust the universe to take care of the details. Mike Fotheringham

Don't be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so. Jiminy Cricket (Cartoon character-Walt Disney)         

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.    Charles Haanel

Today is your day to dance lightly with life. Sing wild songs of adventure. Invite rainbows & butterflies out to play. Soar your spirit and unfurl your joy.  Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Write LetterTo God & Higher-Self Vision 2020…
 

 

 


“The White Stone Experience…A New ‘Name’, A New Vision”   1-12-20

Weekly Thought:

“Focusing Our Thoughts On Positive Intention Draws Greater Good Into Manifestation” sv

Scripture:

Romans 7:6   (ESV) But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit...

Deuteronomy 30:20a  20…Love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life…

Job 32:8 8 But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.

John 1:1-3 (CEV)   The Word of Life

1 In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. The Word was with God and was truly God. 2 From the very beginning the Word was with God. 3 And with this Word, God created all things. Nothing was made without the Word.

Revelations 2:17  17He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says... To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.

Unity Quotes:

We find there is in man a knowing capacity transcending intellectual knowledge ….One should give attention to this…whispering of Spirit in man. It is not of the intellect and does not originate in the skull. It is the development, in man, of a greater capacity to know himself and the purpose of creation. 12 Powers Of Man   Charles Fillmore

This is exactly what the Word is – the working power of God…Persistent meditation upon the Truth contained in the Word of God opens the mind to Spirit. The Word of God is the revelation to man of the powers and possibilities of his own being…Man’s consciousness is lifted up by the wisdom of the Word, and he finds himself master of the powers and privileges of infinity.     Keep A True Lent  Charles Fillmore       

Words are quickened by those who speak them and they pick up and carry the ideas of the speaker…Those who invoke [words of God] in prayer and meditation are given a spiritual impetus…Next to Spirit the word of Spirit is the most powerful thing in existence. (condensed)    Jesus Christ Heals  Charles Fillmore

Quotes:

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. Lao Tzu

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.     Maya Angelou

To have God speak to the heart is a majestic experience, an experience that people may miss if they monopolize the conversation and never pause to hear God's responses. Charles Stanley

Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.  Mary Oliver

Every journey begins with the first step of articulating the intention, and then becoming the intention. Byant McGill

The best way to insure you achieve the greatest satisfaction out of life is to behave intentionally. Deborah Day