Sunday Quotes 2022

Quotations Used in the Sunday Message
 
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“Every Day Forgiveness…Embracing Self”   05.15.22

Weekly Statement:

“Forgiveness Takes Every Day Practice Embracing Ourselves & Healing With Love” sv

Scripture:

Colossians 3:8-9  (ESV) But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander…

Matthew 6:12 (NKJV)  12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.

Proverbs 12:25 (NIV) 25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

Luke 6:37  (ESV)  37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven…

Mark 11:25 (NKJV)  25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him… 

Proverbs 10:12 (NRSV)  12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Special Reading:

Seek thoughts that align with love for you. If your thoughts lead to self-pity, and other lower vibrations, chances are you will continue to give yourself more material to hate. This is because this form of judgment is not rooted in self-love. Be kinder to yourself. Forgive your wrongs with a heart that wants to manifest more right. A judge’s job is to restore balance, to reset harmony. As your own judge, learn to do so with compassion and a mindset for evolution…  When self-judgment arises, shift mental gears. Step out of the conversation you’re having with yourself. Don’t engage the negative thought, just passively acknowledge it. When you don’t get defensive, your truths come to the surface. Leo Carver

Quotes:

We achieve inner health only through forgiveness - the forgiveness not only of others but also of ourselves. Joshua Loth Liebman

I have learned, that the person I have to ask for forgiveness from the most is: myself. You must love yourself. You have to forgive yourself, every day, whenever you remember a shortcoming, a flaw, you have to tell yourself “That’s just fine”. You have to forgive yourself so much, until you don’t even see those things anymore. Because that’s what love is like.  C. JoyBell C.

You can't undo, unsay, unsend, unlove, unkiss, unhurt, unfeel anything. All you can do is accept the past, enjoy the present, and learn for the future. Ayanda Magagula

Turn down the volume of your negative inner voice and create a nurturing inner voice to take it’s place. When you make a mistake, forgive yourself, learn from it, and move on instead of obsessing about it. Equally important, don’t allow anyone else to dwell on your mistakes or shortcomings or to expect perfection from you. Beverly Engel

Forgiveness means letting go of the past.  Gerald Jampolsky     

Without forgiveness and love, you will live with resentment, bitterness, malice and strife which result in more pain. You can never love without forgiving. Forgiveness deepens your ability to love and frees you from pain. Kemi Sogunle

 

 

 “Honoring The Divine Feminine  05.08.22

Weekly Statement:

“The ‘Divine Feminine’ Exemplifies ‘Mother God’ As Intuition, Patience, Comfort & Love.” sv

Scripture:

Proverbs 31:25-26 25 Strength and dignity are her clothing… 26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

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

Deuteronomy 32:18 (NRSV) God speaking… 18 You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.  

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

Proverbs 1:8b-9   (ESV) 8b …Forsake not your mother's teaching,9 for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.

Proverbs 31:28 (NASB)  28 Her children rise up and bless her…

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:

The Divine Feminine is an energy that has been with us since ancient times. Consciousness is basically divided up into the ‘masculine’ side and the ‘feminine’ side, and we need both to achieve our highest creative potential. The Divine Feminine represents the connection to the part of our consciousness responsible for nurture, intuition, and empathy… Suzanne Kingsbury

Divine masculine and feminine energy exists in all things…and in a world dominated by masculine energy, more and more people today are looking to tap into the divine feminine. Divine feminine and divine masculine can't exist without the other. This means that despite our cultural associations of masculine and feminine with men and women, respectively, we all have both energies within us. They just might not be evenly balanced. www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/divine-feminine

Quotes:

Mother energy is universal. It is the large expression of the sacred feminine that comes from spirit. Elaine Seiler         

The divine feminine is the spiritual concept that there exists a feminine counterpart to the patriarchal and masculine worship structures that have long dominated organized religions. The divine feminine extends well beyond one belief system, and instead can be used as a spiritual lens to balance our perspective.  www.thegoodtrade.com/features/divine-feminine

Masculine and feminine roles are not biologically fixed but socially constructed. Judith Butler

It’s a perfect moment to quietly meditate on the cosmic Great Mother who can inspire us all; the divine, feminine Spirit of nurturance known as The Goddess, so revered in ancient times and being rediscovered by women today. Sarah Ban Breathnach.

The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation. James E. Faust

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. Cynthia Ozick

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

 

 

 

 “Appreciating Spring…Celebrating May Day  05-01-22

Core Statement:Open To The Promises Of Spring, Our Souls Are Renewed & UpliftedSV

Scripture:

Wisdom 7: 7,17-18 (NRSV) 7…I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me… 17 For it is he [God] who gave me unerring knowledge of what exists, to know the structure of the world and the activity of the elements; 18 the beginning and end and middle of times, the alternations of the solstices and the changes of the seasons…

Deuteronomy 32:2  (NIV) Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.

Psalm 51:10  (NIV) 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Hosea 6:3  (NIV) Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.

Special Reading:

What is May Day and why is it celebrated?

May Day is the first day of May, traditionally a celebration (or festival) of spring and the resurrection of nature after the winter months. May Day probably has Roman origins, emerging from the festival Floralia, which was a celebration of fertility and nature that took place around early May and was dedicated to the goddess Flora. However, it is also believed that May Day has roots in the Celtic festival Beltane.

The celebration of May Day is deeply connected to the earth’s enduring cycle of birth, life and death, focusing on the power and energy of the natural world… People would traditionally collect flowers, blossom and branches to decorate their homes, and as they gathered their bouquets they would literally ‘sing in the May’. The most iconic expression of May Day celebrations is the May Pole, the centre of the celebrations and the dancing. The dance around it was an expression of the joy of new life.   Helen Carr

The May Day basket is still a cherished tradition for some Americans, although it’s not well known today. People would leave a paper basket or cone containing spring flowers and sweets on each other’s doorsteps, usually anonymously… The custom was to knock on the door, yell “May basket!” and then run. https://www.almanac.com/content/what-may-day

When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring. Madeleine M. Kunin

It’s a spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want to — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  Mark Twain

Renewal requires opening yourself up to new ways of thinking and feeling.  Deborah Day

Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again. Sarah Ban Breathnach

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.  Rachel Carson

Spring Is…

…The reminder that delicate shoots must push through dirt

…The realization of how much darkness we’ve survived

…The time of indecision, restless clouds and soft sunshine

…The knowledge that not everything blooms at the same time

…The astonishment of regrowth, of the forgotten reawakening

…The season of hope, of trying before you know you’ll succeed

@Positively Present

 

 

 

 

 

 “Earth Day Focus 2022…Act Boldly, Innovate Broadly, Implement Equitably” 04-24-22

Core Statement:

“As Respectful Stewards Of Mother Earth We Take Bold, Accountable Action” sv    

Scripture:

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.

Philippians 2:4 (ESV)  4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Isaiah 24:4-5 (NRSV)   The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers; the heavens languish

together with the earth. The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant.  

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.”

1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV) Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Special Readings:

This is the moment to change it all — the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, our livelihoods… together, we must Invest In Our Planet…Because a green future is a prosperous future. We need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It’s going to take all of us. All in. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet… while there is still time to solve the climate crisis, time to choose BOTH a prosperous and sustainable future, and time to restore nature and build a healthy planet for our children and their children. Time is short.  www.earthday.org/earth-day-2022/

…The Hebrew word for dominion does not mean “to dominate” or “to exploit.” Rather, it means “to take responsibility for,”  In the first creation story, human beings were created last, not as the so-called “crown of creation,” but in order to exercise responsibility for the well-being of the garden Earth… Being stewards of creation is foundational to what it means to be human. Caring for creation is not an add-on, not a sideline, not related just to part of our calling. It represents our proper human relationship to Earth…in a caretaker position in regard to environmental stewardship. https://lutheransrestoringcreation.org/the-stewardship-of-creation-a-theological-reflection/

Quotes:

Water & air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans. Jacques Cousteau

Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect. Chief Seattle, 1855

When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money. Alanis Obomsawin

What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on. Henry David Thoreau

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. Rachel Carson

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   

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 Prayer

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Through Darkness Into Light…We Rise Above"  04-17-22 Easter

Weekly Statement:

“Breaking Through Dark, Limiting Beliefs We Rise Into A Consciousness Of Light” 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…

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

Joshua 1:9 (NKJV) 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.”

Unity Reading:

Eastertide…the resurrection of the mind from the darkness of its doubts and false beliefs into the light of understanding… The word crucifixion means the crossing out in consciousness of certain errors that have become fixed states of mind… the giving up of the personality in order that the Christ Mind may be expressed in all its fullness.   Keep A True Lent  Charles Fillmore 

Quotes:

Rebirth is the main theme behind not only Christianity but other religions that have celebrated the resurrection mythology. The symbolic nature of Easter is the process of dying to the old self and being reborn in a spiritual sense.

Beyond religious dogma lies a deeper meaning that can be utilized for anyone inclined to live a more fulfilling life. Easter can be a powerful metaphor, one that helps us to re-examine our current state of being and then decide how we need to evolve. Sonyo Zofia

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, Thou Art That  

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

The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. Robert Flatt

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

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. Martin Luther

Information:      

History shows that the cross was used by many civilizations as a spiritual & mystical symbol (with “pagan” origins)…In Assyria, Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, Asia, India, centuries before Christ. The “cross symbol” is varied, and is much older than Jesus or Christianity. The "Christian" use of the cross did not begin until the time of Constantine, three centuries after the death Christ.

The cross is a powerful symbol representing the connection between heaven and earth, a meeting point of death and rebirth and new spiritual awareness… The horizontal dimension represents the life of matter set in space and time. The vertical dimension is the timeless spiritual plane. The cross is the expression of the meeting of the two...the best possible expression of human existence.

 

 

 

 

"Pathway of Palms...Journeying With Humbleness”   04-10-22  (Palm Sunday)

Weekly Statement:  

Humbleness Shifts Us From Ego Personality Into Higher Christ Consciousness” sv

Scripture/Websites    

Matt 21:6-9  6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

www.wikipedia.palmsunday The symbolism of the donkey may refer to the Eastern tradition that it is an animal of peace, versus the horse, which is the animal of war. A king came riding upon a horse when he was bent on war and rode upon a donkey when he wanted to point out he was coming in peace. Jesus' entry to Jerusalem would thus symbolize his entry as the Prince of Peace, not as a war-waging king.

www.gotquestions.org/Palm-Sunday.html The crowds looked for a Messiah who would rescue them politically and free them nationally, but Jesus had come to save them spiritually…Mankind’s primary need is spiritual, not political or cultural…                                                                                          

Luke 19:41-42  (NKJV) 41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 

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…

James 4:6b  (NASB) …“God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Psalm 37:11 (NASB) 11 But the humble will inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.        

James 3:13 (NIV) 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

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

Quotes:

Spiritual consciousness puts all men and all things on a common level. In the sight of God there is no great, no small… Jesus taught & exemplified the willingness of divine love to serve in humble ways… Charles Fillmore           

The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility. T.S. Eliot

A humble person is more concerned about what is right than about being right, about acting on good ideas than having good ideas, about embracing new truth than defending outdated position, about building the team than exalting self, about recognizing contribution, than being recognized for making it.  Stephen M.R. Covey

Every person that you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them. H. Jackson Brown Jr

Being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others. Gordon B. Hinckley

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. Thomas Merton

Humility is never about being small, unseen and unnoticed. Humility is really about expressing all the wonder you are in a way that all people see is the awesomeness and greatness of GOD.  TemitOpe Ibrahim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Looking Differently At Lent…A Metaphysical Perspective  04-03-22

Weekly Statement:  

“Fasting From Negative Thoughts Opens Us To Higher Christ Consciousness” SV

Scripture:

Mark 1:12-13  (NKJV) 12 Immediately the Spirit sent Him into the wilderness. 13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.

Joel 2:12 (NASB) 12a “Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting…

Isaiah 58:6 (NKJV)

6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens…

Unity Quotes:

(Paraphrased)When we consider Lent as a season of retreat from the things of the world for the cleansing of the mind and the recollection of the things of Spirit, it becomes a true season of preparation…for the resurrection of the mind from the darkness of it’s doubts and false beliefs into the light of understanding. In fasting, we as metaphysicians abstain from error thinking and meditate on spiritual Truth until we incorporate it into the consciousness of oneness with the Father. Charles Fillmore Keep A True Lent  

From a Metaphysical, Spiritual perspective, Lent stands for a voluntary retreat from the world to prepare for our resurrection from false beliefs, error thinking, and the denial of our innate divinity… It’s the meaning, not the ritual that is important… when the ritual becomes more important than the meaning behind it, we have lost our focus. From a spiritual perspective, there is only one kind of fasting: abstaining from error thoughts which dampen our awareness of our oneness with Spirit. Revs., Drs. Bil & Cher Holton

Quotes:  

  • The earliest mention of Lent in the history of the Church comes from the council of Nicaea in 325 AD. The council issued twenty canons of a practical nature, dealing with various aspects of church life, and the fifth of these canons speaks of Lent.

  • The word used for Lent in this fifth canon is tessar-akonta (original Greek), which means ‘forty’. The length of time was adopted in imitation of the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert at the beginning of his public ministry. (Mark 1:12-13)

  • In the early centuries fasting rules were strict…Catholics and other Christians often choose to give up specific worldly things…

  • The English word ‘Lent’ has another, very beautiful derivation. It comes from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning to ‘lengthen’. Lent comes at a time when the hours or daytime are ‘lengthening’, as spring approaches, and so it is a time when we too can ‘lengthen’ spiritually…   Father Norman Tanner S.J.

Lent is like a long 'retreat' during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God… Pope Benedict XVI

Release what no longer serves you to create a space for that which does… Randy Gage

Once you become aware of what stands in your way and become willing to release it, you signal the universe that you are ready to manifest the life you were meant to live.  Cherie Carter-Scott

Step outside for a while – calm your mind. It is better to hug a tree than to bang your head against a wall continually.  Rasheed Ogunlaru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“What Have We Learned? Part 2: Building A New Tomorrow  03-27-22

Weekly Statement: 

 Proactively Making Positive New Choices Builds Our New Tomorrow sv

Scripture:

Proverbs 18:15  (ESV) 15 An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Psalm 51:6  (ESV) Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Deuteronomy 30:11-14 (ESV) 11"For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?' 13Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?' 14But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

Psalm 32:8  (NRSV) I will instruct you & teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

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.

Special Reading:

It’s funny how it takes the entire world coming to a stop for us to realize that maybe, just maybe, we’ve been doing things the wrong way… In a world where instant gratification is the norm and everything is at our fingertips, the virtue of patience seems long lost. We’re bombarded with content on social media and streaming platforms and are constantly stimulated by text messages. Somewhere along the way, we’ve lost our ability to sit still and appreciate what is, rather than what isn’t.  So, what can we take away from these hard times? Despite all that has gone on, there have been some positives to the world coming to a stop. It’s forced us to take a step back, think, understand and appreciate what it means to live and not just survive.  Krishna L., Student at King's College London

Quotes:

Life is a beautiful dance between joy and disappointment. The great news is that we get to choose how to respond to anything that happens… The Universe is training us to be comfortable with whatever shows up in our lives…Wherever you are on your journey, just know that you are not alone and there is a Divine purpose in whatever you’re going through... Sarah Prout

Once in awhile it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way that they have been told to. Alan Keightley

There is nothing more genuine than breaking away from the chorus to learn the sound of your own voice. Po Bronson

Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty. Brene Brown

With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world. Dalai Lama

Keep moving ahead because action creates momentum, which in turn creates unanticipated opportunities. Nick Vujicic

Every human has four endowments: self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom — The power to choose, to respond, to change. Steven Covey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “What Have We Learned? Part 1: Recognizing Changes  03-20-22

Thought For The Week:

 Recognizing & Incorporating What We’ve Learned Sets Us On A New Course  sv

Scripture:

John 16:33  (NKJV)

33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

James 1:5-6  (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

Isaiah 54: 2-3a  (ESV)

2"Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. 3For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left…

Daniel 2:20-21  (NKJV) 20 Daniel answered and said: “ Blessed be the name of God… For wisdom and might are His. 21 And He changes the times and the seasons… He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.

Deuteronomy 11:10-11  (NKJV) 10 For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden; 11 but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven…

Special Reading:

Post traumatic growth is an alternative to post traumatic stress disorder. When we go through hard times, we are able to stretch and develop. When we grow from trauma—and the pandemic is an example—it results in three primary benefits:

  • We deepen connections, learning who is most supportive of us and to whom we are most committed.

  • We clarify our priorities, developing our understanding of what really matters to us—and what doesn’t.

  • We validate our own capabilities, understanding how much we can endure and how resilient we are in the face of difficulty. Tracy Brower  Ph.D. sociologist and author 

Quotes:

When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge. Tuli Kupferberg

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

Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone. Billy Cox

Adaptability is about the powerful difference between adapting to cope and adapting to win.  Max McKeown

In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks. Warren Buffett

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.  lan Cohen

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.  John F. Kennedy

                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “Irish Music…A Gift For The Soul  03-13-22

Weekly Thought:

”Music Is A Universal Language Of Laughter & Tears That Heals, Inspires & Connects Humanity” sv

Scripture:

Ephesians 5:18b-19  (NASB)  18 …be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your hearts to the Lord…

2 Chronicles 5:13  (NIV) 13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals & other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord & sang…

Quotes:

Folk music is often a form of oral history, retelling the stories of families, communities, and generations. For diasporic communities, these songs serve as a reminder of their ancestors’ hardship and a way of expressing their heritage. In Ireland I think they are a reminder of those who left and a way of explaining an important part of Irish history. While these songs are about the Irish experience, the sense of loss, hope, and resilience they express are universal… Alexandra S. McKeever

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

Across the history of time, music has been used in all cultures for healing and medicine. Every culture has found the importance of creating and listening to music. Even Hippocrates believed music was deeply intertwined with the medical arts. Music therapy is an established form of therapy to help individuals address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs. Shilagh Mirgain, PhD.

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.  Berthold Auerbach

 

 

 

 

 “We Make A Difference…Accentuate The Positive  03-06-22

Core Statement:

 Focusing On Light & Love Accentuates The Positive To Uplift Our World  sv

Scripture:

Joshua 1:9  (NKJV)  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 4:18 (NIV) 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

1 Peter 3:8-9  (NRSV) Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing.

2 Corinthians 1:11 (ESV) 11You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks… for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

Philippians 4:8 (ESV) 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Special Reading:

Whatever we feed to our minds and then nurture will grow! Either positive or negative. Until we arrive at this level of consciousness, we are powerless over our minds, being literally victimized by unmonitored thoughts that rush in from everywhere…Until we gain knowledge and control over our minds, we will not discover the real solution to our difficulties. 

Jacquelyn Small   

Quotes:

What you notice, give attention to, talk about, get all worked up over emotionally is what you are inviting into your life, whether you mean to or not. Catherine Ponder

The news can be overwhelming and convince us that there is little good left in the world. But if you take it upon yourself to show compassion, even in little ways, you can make a tremendous impact in lives of others.  Peter Economy

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

There is now proof that our minds are hardwired to our bodies; our thoughts produce chemicals in our body as a result of those thoughts. Positive thoughts give rise to health supporting chemicals, while negative thoughts give rise to “harmful” chemicals. Rev. Paul Hasselbeck

It has been proven now scientifically, that an affirmative thought is hundreds of times more powerful than a negative thought. Rev. Michael Beckwith

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.  Helen Keller

Every thought we think, every feeling we have, every word we speak goes out into the atmosphere to either heal or harm. Let us be healers. Let us be harmless.  John R. Price

                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “Letting Love Be Our Guide…Part 2: Embracing Self and Others  02-27-22

Core Statement:

 Releasing Anger, Hurt & Guilt Removes Barriers Allowing Love To Heal  sv

Scripture:

Psalm 37:8  (NKJV) Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.

Ephesians 4:31-32  (ESV) 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another…

 

Mark 12:30-31 (NRSV) 30 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
 

1 Timothy 1:5 5But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

1 John 4:7 (NRSV) Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NKJV) 13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

Special Reading:

Love is within us. It cannot be destroyed. It can be ignored… 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

Unity Reading:

Through forgiveness, the wrong is released from its emotional stranglehold on us so that we can learn from it. Through the power and intelligence of the heart, the release of forgiveness brings expanded intelligence to work with the situation more effectively. Rev. David McArthur & Bruce McArthur

Quotes:

Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the past, by old grievances that do not permit life to proceed with new business. Not to forgive is to yield oneself to another's control... to be locked into a sequence of act and response, of outrage and revenge, escalating always. Forgiveness frees the forgiver. Lance Morrow

Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.  Harriet Nelson

Love is the greatest healing power I know. Love can heal even the deepest and most painful memories because love brings the light of understanding to the darkest corners of our hearts and minds ...  Louise Hay

I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. Lucille Ball

The healing power of love and relationships has been documented in an increasing number of well-designed scientific studies involving hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world.  Dean Ornish

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

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.  Nelson Mandela

 

 

 

 

“Letting Love Be Our Guide…Part 1: Forgiveness Heals  02-20-22

Core Statement:  

 “Love Is The Gateway Through Which Forgiveness Heals Hurtful Feelings & Emotions  sv

Scripture:

Proverbs 10:12 (NRSV) 12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Philippians 3:13 (NLT) 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not yet achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead…

Matthew 18:21-22 (NKJV) 21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Mark 11:25  (NKJV) 25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him…    

1 Peter 4:8  (NCV) 8 Most importantly, love each other deeply, because love will cause people to forgive each other….

Special Reading:

Forgiveness has been defined as a conscious decision to release negative feelings and emotions toward someone who has harmed you…This does not mean you must continue to tolerate the person who harmed you. It doesn’t even mean they deserve to be forgiven. Forgiveness simply means you are choosing to let go of the negativity you have been holding on to when you think of that person. Sometimes forgiveness can also mean letting go of negative feelings towards yourself. Learning to forgive has benefits that are far greater than we may think. Grudges are like toxins within our emotions. When you learn to eliminate these toxins, your body begins to heal… Forgiving and healing are gifts we give to ourselves in the forms of internal peace and stability… Forgiveness triggers healing automatically. www.chopratreatmentcenter.com/

Quotes:

Forgiveness is not something we do for other people. It’s something we do for ourselves to move on. Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free. www.GraciousQuotes.com

I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It’s a gift you give yourself. T.D. Jakes

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. C.S. Lewis

To forgive is to set a prisoner free, and realize the prisoner was you. Lewis B. Smedes

Forgiveness is a reflection of loving yourself enough to move on.  Dr. Steve Maraboli

There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love. Bryant H. McGill

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.  Nelson Mandela

Without forgiveness, there’s no future.  Desmond Tutu

 

 

 

 

 

 “Living Into A New Year…Part 3: My Will or God’s?”   02-13-22

Core Statement:   

 “Indwelling God, Heart-Wisdom, Is Our Higher-Self Will, Guiding Us For Greatest Good  sv

Scripture:

Proverbs 11:2  (NRSV) When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but wisdom is with the humble.

James 4:8a  (NRSV) 8a Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…

Luke 17:20b,21b (NKJV) 20b …He (Jesus) answered them and said…21b…. For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.

John 14:11 (NIV) 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me…

Matthew 6:33 (ESV) 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Romans 8:14 (NASB) 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons and daughters of God.

Psalm 16:7 (NIV) 7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. 

Unity Quotes: Charles Fillmore

“Let the God within you express itself through you in the world without.”

 “The mind of the spirit will guide you in perfect ways, even in the minute details of your life, if you will let it do so.”                                                                                                        

Quotes:

Never allow your ego to diminish your ability to listen.  Gary Hopkins

Ground yourself in the knowledge that your soul is wise and will lead you toward your greatest light… It's where your power resides.  Jodi Livon

Spirit is the essence of consciousness, the energy of the universe that creates all things. Each one of us is a part of that spirit - a divine entity. So the spirit is the higher Self, the eternal being that lives within us. Shakti Gawain

Virtually every spiritual tradition teaches that your higher Self is the presence of God within you. Wayne Dyer

As you meditate and become more spiritually attuned, you can better discern and recognize the sound of your higher Self or the voice of God speaking to you through words, images, and sensations.  Jack Canfield

The Higher Self is whispering to you softly in the silence between your thoughts. Deepak Chopra

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.  Zora Neale Hurston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “Living Into A New Year…Part 2: Shifting Old Habits  02-06-22

Core Statement:   

 “Change Requires Choiceful Awareness And A Willingness To Shift Entrenched Beliefs” sv

Scripture:

1 Peter 5:8 (NRSV) Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil [negative embedded beliefs] prowls around, looking for someone to devour.

Matthew 6:13 (ESV)13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

2 Peter 3:13 (NIV) 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

Proverbs 28:13 (NKJV) 13 He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

Deuteronomy 28:12 (NIV) 12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands…           

Special Readings:

Did you know that around 40% of everything we do on a daily basis is habitual? This means that a big part of our lives is almost entirely on autopilot! Think this through for a second and evaluate those habits of yours. Do they empower you or disempower you? Do they limit you or free you? Do they help you or hinder you from reaching your goals?  www.productiveandfree.com/

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…  The mechanism to break bad habits or to change must come from within us and not from others. www.everydaypower.com

Quotes:

We are all blinded by our beliefs. Never stop questioning and realize only respectful discussions can free us from our delusions. Jim Steele

Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do. Sean Covey

One of the hardest elements of advancing racial justice is helping everyone understand the ways in which they are involved in a system or structure that perpetuates racism. Ralph Richard Banks.

Melissa De Witte  says: Black History Month is a time marked for honoring and reflecting on the experience of Black Americans, and it is also an opportunity to reexamine our nation’s deeply embedded racial problems and the possible solutions that could help build a more equitable society. www.news.stanford.edu

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

Taking responsibility for your beliefs and judgments gives you the power to change them. Byron Katie

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Living Into A New Year…Part 1: Stepping Into Our Vision”  01-30-22

 

Core Statement:

 “Living Into A Forward Vision Is A Step-By-Step Process” sv

Scripture:

Philippians 4:8  8 …whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,

whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.  

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

Mark 4:23-24   (Jesus speaking to Disciples) 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.

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

Unity Quote:

An understanding of the Logos (word) reveals to us the law under which all things are brought forth, the law of mind action. Divine Mind creates by thought, through ideas. C.F. 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. Christian Healing   Charles Fillmore

Quotes:

If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. Yogi Berra

Most times, the way isn’t clear, but you want to start anyway. It is in starting... that other steps become clearer. Israelmore Ayivor

No one can achieve their dreams, and become the kind of person they were meant to be all at once. It’s a series of little movements, and you can only take the step that’s right in front of you. Josh Hatcher

Faith talks in the language of God. Doubt talks in the language of man.  E.W. Kenyon

Whatever you did today is enough. Whatever you felt today is valid. Whatever you thought today isn't to be judged. Repeat the above each day. Brittany Burgunder

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. Rumi 

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

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Letter to God…Envisioning Higher-Self"   01-23-22

Core Statement:

“Being Open To Divine Imagination Helps Envision Infinite Possibilities Forward”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…

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

Jeremiah 29:11-12  (NIV)  11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

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

Philippians 4:8  8 …whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.

Unity Quotes:

An understanding of the Logos (word) 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

Within the seed of your desire is everything necessary for it to blossom to fulfillment. And Law of Attraction is the engine that does the work. Your work is just to give it a fertile growing place in order to expand… Your prayer causes you to focus, and the Law of Attraction causes everything in the Universe that's in vibrational harmony with your focus to come to you. Abraham (Hicks)

Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the Universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request and everything your heart desires must come to you.  Shakti Gawain

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)

 

 

 

“A New ‘Name’ & Personal Vision”…The White Stone Experience  01-16-22

Core Statement:

“God Whispering Our ‘New Name’ Calls Us To Greater Horizons” sv

Scripture:

Romans 12:2 (NRSV) Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Isaiah 43:18-19 (NRSV)  18 Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. 19 I am about to do 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 33:3 (NRSV)  3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Psalm 119:105 (NASB)  105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

John 1:1-3 (CEV) 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:

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…  Keep A True Lent  Charles Fillmore      

A change of mind effects a corresponding change in the body. If the thoughts are lifted up, the whole organism is raised to higher rates of vibration…But first there must be a renunciation or letting go of old thoughts before the new can find place in the consciousness.  Twelve Powers of Man  Charles Fillmore

Quotes:

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.  Bob Marley

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

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

The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world. Malcolm Gladwell

Create the highest grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe. Oprah Winfrey

A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it. Soren Kierkegaard

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.   Martin Luther King Jr.                                                      

White Stone Experience:

The White Stone Ceremony is an ancient ritual of new beginnings. In Jesus' day, when a person was released from prison, they were given a white stone to represent their new start. The white stone signifies your freedom. Through meditation you will receive a word or phrase symbolizing a new start - a vision/intention Spiritually recognized to guide you forward into the new year.