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After reading some of the comments on other discussion groups I thought it would be a great idea to have a group dedicated to a prayer chain. This group would be an outlet for those in need of support, love and prayers during difficult times in their lives. This way they can come to one place, and other members will have their names and be able to add them to their prayer list. In these troubling and difficult times that we are all facing I think it is needed.
Friday at 7:57 AM
My peace comes from the center of my being. When I practice centering myself, I maintain a peaceful state of harmony.
I find a quiet place to meditate and direct my attention within. I imagine a large circle filled with a layer of fine sand. Focusing on the center, I visualize tracing the sand around and around, moving slowly to the outer edge, creating a peaceful spiral. I see my life as this circle. As I generate serenity from the inside, I move with ease and grace in the world.
Peace emanates from my calm center, and I bring my tranquil presence wherever I go. I infuse each situation in my life with my calmness, grateful to be a radiating center of the peace of God.
He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.”—Mark 6:31
Thursday at 7:12 AM
Whatever happens in my life, I can experience happiness within me. I deserve happiness and I am worthy of love. I am joyful when I am content with myself and connected to others.
I let go of what might have been as well as past mistakes. By forgiving myself and others, I clear away barriers to giving and receiving love. When I release the past, I choose happiness and freedom. I feel the love of God enfolding me. I trust my Creator withholds nothing good from me. I appreciate the blessings in my life and claim the good still unfolding.
Whether I am praying alone, playing with friends, or planning an adventure, I am content with myself and with others. In this moment, I am enough and I have enough to be happy.
O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.—Psalm 84:12
Wednesday at 6:55 AM
When praying for others, I center myself in the awareness of God within me. I remember that God is also within those for whom I pray. I affirm my faith in the power of prayer and give thanks for the activity of Spirit in all situations.
If I am tempted to worry, I realign my emotions, thoughts, actions, and words, for they are part of my prayer. When I pray for a loved one’s healing, I visualize them whole and healthy. When I pray for a friend seeking a job, I imagine them gainfully employed in fulfilling work. Praying for the people of the world, I imagine Divine Love, Light, and Life at work in their lives.
Filled with faith and focused on gratitude, I live in prayer for others.
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.—Colossians 4:2
Sunday, January 18 at 4:50 AM
Wintertime brings the beauty and stillness of a fresh fallen snowfall; hot chocolate; woolen gloves; snow angels; sled rides; ski slopes; snowmen; and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Heidi Satterberg wrote: “God gave us spring and summer, then winter after fall. The season that is known for snow is my favorite one of all”.
However, wintertime also brings blustery cold winds. January 1, 2015 was ushered in with the temperatures below freezing for most of the United States and snow in the United Kingdom. For part of the world this time of year is deep wintertime.
In the winter a friend of mine would comment that the leafless trees were not a pleasurable sight to her. It was difficult for her to see the artistic beauty of the branches as they reached up toward the sky.
Obviously none of us have control over the weather, nor can we successfully wish the snow and ice storm away; so how does a person turn around the wintertime gloominess to create positive and warm thoughts without moving to Florida (USA) or Provence (France)?
Heidi Satterberg wrote about an example to use to chase away the grey skies: “Against the grey of winter there's color in the trees; like cardinals and blue jays and little chickadees”.
Millie Stamm wrote about an artist who changed a drab winter painting into one of pleasure as he “...drew a picture of a winter scene. The trees were heavily laden with snow. To one side of the picture was a dark, bleak-looking house. The picture gave a feeling of depression. Suddenly the artist, with a quick stroke of yellow crayon, put a light in the window of the house. The effect was magical. Immediately the scene was transformed into one of cheer”.
As God's people, seize this opportunity on this winter day to turn to His Word to develop a personal approach to brush away with a quick stroke the wintertime doldrums!
Paul states in Philippians to: “fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise”. There is an action plan that produces a real thought turn-a-round, is it not?
First, “fix your thoughts” and that means in order to do that, you will need to be still and center your thoughts on God and admire His beautiful winter handiwork.
Concentrate on what the first word “true” means to you. An example for “true”, could be it is true that God created the earth, plus the earth needs to have the necessary seasons, and that includes the cold and snow. Praise Him for the beauty of the winter season, which also includes the birds perched upon the tree limbs, and the beauty of the snow.
Then quietly move down Paul's list to “honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable” and you will be surprised how quickly you will be thinking godlike thoughts which will turn the cold winds into the warmness of God's wintertime beauty.
Lord God, thank You for each season of the year. Help us to see the beauty in each one of them. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington
Saturday, January 17 at 1:27 PM
As I choose to forgive, I find peace and freedom.
I may be angry at others or at myself for past actions. But no matter the difficulty, I can choose to forgive and live in peace.
Unlimited forgiveness means I am willing to cease blaming others and myself. When I stop pointing my finger, I become ready to genuinely feel my emotions. I don’t have to weather my feelings alone—I can pray to God for help. If anger returns, I choose to forgive again, as many times as needed.
To forgive does not mean I approve of what has happened. It means I am ready to leave the past behind, and be free and joyful again. I keep my intention to forgive, and I am patient with myself. As I let go of resentment and pain, I welcome the gift of grace.
“How often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy times seven times.”—Matthew 18:21-22