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 7:53 AM
I learn, grow, and thrive in the school of Mother Nature.
Like me, plants and animals thrive in a variety of conditions—from lush to harsh. When I feel in the flow of abundance, I sing like the birds. When I am hungry for love or peace, I remember how animals adapt to find food and water as seasons or conditions change.
I watch a squirrel bury acorns and I consider saving a little for later. I see a tree freely giving fruit, and I effortlessly offer my gifts. I touch a delicate flower and pledge to honor my own vulnerability. I feel solid earth beneath my feet or loose soil in my hands. Sometimes I live on the solid ground of familiarity; other times my life becomes rich soil for new ideas. I open myself to the teachings of Mother Nature, and I am blessed.
Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap ... and yet God feeds them.—Luke 12:24
Wednesday at 6:06 AM
Today I recognize and appreciate how the earth blesses me. As I stop to smell the flowers, I breathe out a thank-you for their sweet scent. I place my hand on a tree and acknowledge its service of shelter and shade. During a rain shower, I envision the interconnection of the rivers, lakes, and oceans nourishing and supporting all living things.
I bless all the creatures of the earth, from the bee who pollinates the crops that become my food, to the graceful giraffe who reminds me to elevate my perspective. I witness the joy of a squirrel burying an acorn and wonder about the tree the acorn may become. I am one with the earth’s inhabitants, and I honor them all.
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.—Psalm 24:1
Monday at 8:19 AM
Monday at 8:13 AM
Sometimes I feel anxiety, fear, or doubt because of my life circumstances. A family member may be in the hospital. I may be struggling with finances or relationships. If I let my imagination go wild, my worry only increases.
Instead, I remind myself that the comforting love of God is only a thought away. Whenever I begin to think of the problem, I shift my thoughts immediately and remember my faith in God.
I say the “Prayer for Protection”: The light of God surrounds me; the love of God enfolds me; the power of God protects me; the presence of God watches over me. Wherever I am, God is! I am comforted and at peace.
As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.—Isaiah 66:13
Sunday, April 19 at 4:04 AM
While on my daily walk, I enjoy the freedom of the outdoors. I see freedom in a robin’s flight. I hear freedom in the rhythm of the rain. I feel freedom in the wind’s warm caress. It occurs to me that like the robin, rain, and wind, I am an expression of freedom.
Regardless of my circumstances, I choose to affirm freedom. I experience freedom with my mind, body, and soul. My unlimited spirit can never be bound by outer conditions. One cannot bind peace, joy, or love.
I express my spiritual gifts with every thought of forgiveness, every moment spent with a friend, and every word of kindness. As I share my gifts, I experience liberation. I am free right where I am.
For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters.—Galatians 5:13
Saturday, April 18 at 11:19 AM
Whatever I face, I can move through it with grace. The stabilizing power of God’s strength is within me. I call forth this spiritual resource for whatever time, energy, and clarity I need. I move forward with unwavering faith, balance, and grace.
When I trust in divine strength, I am poised and self-confident. I am blessed and I bless others. My inner strength soothes and calms those around me. Conflicts or drama yield to the power of Spirit.
Centered in God, I make steady progress and overcome challenges with peace and joy. My heart is comforted and secure. I persist and endure, supported by the love of God.
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.—Isaiah 30:15
Thursday, April 16 at 1:22 PM
Apr 15, 2015
On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"
"It was great, Dad."
"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.
"Oh yeah," said the son.
"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father. The son answered:
"I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."
The boy's father was speechless. Then his son added, "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."
Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.