Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Where is Gratitude in your life?

 Today, I decided to kick of this post with a good, ol, fashioned poll. See link below to participate!

What do you think about Gratitude? I want to know because I think it’s worth looking at in order to become present to our everyday blessings.  Author, Melody Beattie has a great little book out called Gratitude; Affirming the Good Things in Life.  Inside, Beattie reminds us of the principles of Gratitude; recognition, affirmation, acceptance, and goal-setting. What aspects of gratitude stand out for you?

Acceptance of our current circumstances, shifts our attention from drab to fab in the blink of an eye, uplifting our attitude as well as our mood making stress a thing of the past. Now this doesn’t mean we have to love everything in this world, but it does mean we need to accept life on life’s terms. When we practice acceptance, space is opened for gratitude to rush in and that’s where the magic happens. Our whole outlook on life begins to change and fear, negativity, along with depression simply fade away.

As Beattie so beautifully reminds us, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

According to Gogratitude.com, “Gratitude is the Master Key that opens all doors of possibility”. They even have a flash movie and a 42 day gratitude journey with inspiring  and educational videos to kick-start you on the grateful path. Although they call it an “experiment” what more could you ask for to try a gratitude practice of your very own? What have you got to lose anyways… our old ways of being will certainly be there.

I for one, can attest that when I come from a place of gratitude, my heart is open and my eyes are anew; life looks a little brighter, my face and body become more relaxed, my finances increase and judgement simply disappears. So why don’t you come along and take the gratitude challenge with me by seeing how this practice can add years to your life in a prosperous and joy-filled way!

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God’s Grace

Today, I was given the opportunity to practice God’s Grace. At first I failed to practice grace because emotions of anger and pride got in the way. I reacted instead of responded. After further reflection and some Divine Inspiration, I shifted my emotions from ego to compassion and responded from a place of Authentic Action by rising above how I felt trespassed upon. The Lord’s Prayer reminds us to “forgive those who have trespassed against us”, so who am I to uphold a petty resentment? Today’s miracle was Grace, that transformed my judgement into forgiveness allowing me to be a good example.

Thanks be to God for the ability to hear Divine Guidance and the willingness to respond from Grace.

Where in your life could you benefit from God’s Grace today? Who could benefit from your forgiveness? Write about it and notice the blessings that come.

God’s Country… Nature!

Just beautiful! Settings like these remind me of the divine perfection within our creator. They call me to take a closer look and insight dreams of simplicity. Nature is the ultimate healer as well as instigator of hope, creativity, gratitude, and relaxation. Her tree’s provide shade and shelter while their fruit sustenance.  Streams and rivers feed into lakes and oceans that have a sound all unto their own that is both soothing and rejuvenating while being the life blood for the rest of the landscape and all that lives on/in it. Her soil is a rich and fertile womb for plants, insects, and animals.

Everything comes from mother nature; wood, fish, meat, medicine, vegetables, fruit, paper, electricity, sun, fire, and the very air we breathe. She purifies our carbon footprint while providing recreation and inspiration for generations of species.

I am so thankful, appreciative, and grateful for all of mother nature’s gifts. I relish in her beauty as well as resiliency; always forgiving man’s transgressions. The absolute intelligence of her design is an unmistakably brilliant work of art that must be respected.

Nature is the macrocosm of Eden’s paradise, where peace and harmony thrive effortlessly. It is under God’s grace that we are allowed to enjoy this bountiful garden. However, as stewards of this Earth, responsible use and care are essential in maintaining her abundance. Are your habits of consumption and attitudes helping or hurting her? Are these patterns similar to your relationships with others? I implore you to dig deep and ground yourself in her wisdom for answers that will sustain us all and allow healing to begin.

Namaste’

Reverend Lisa