Faith is simpler than we make it out to be

All God really wants is our awe

and wonder at His majesty.

Wherever we are,

whatever we’re doing,

we can stand together in spirit-

at the foot of His perfect love,

eternally pouring beauty into the world.

Whether we’re at church or home,

in the mountains or on a train-

we can pay attention;

we can gaze at the vastness of all that He is;

we can marvel at His grandeur all around us.

Everything beautiful points to His glory-

it’s our simple job to notice.

The more we allow our actions to flow from that awareness,

the more our presence can lead others to Him.

 

Related Scripture

John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.”

Luke 10: 38-42

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.

Growing in spiritual maturity

When I first sensed the marvel of Your presence in my heart,

I was drawn like a child to a carnival ride.

I perceived Your power and imagined

You’d take me further and faster –

exactly where I wanted to go,

I said yes.

Years of wholehearted yeses later,

I’ve learned that the richness of Your Spirit is the

journey, goal and destination –

in and of Itself.

You haven’t taken me any further,

only deeper-

into love.

I haven’t gained anything,

only lost –

my illusions.

Yet You continue to enchant me and

somehow draw me in, voluntarily –

through the pain of letting go,

into the richness of prayerful silence

and contemplation of Your unfathomable treasure trove

of mysteries.

Prayer to be filled with Divine Love

Lord, thank You for showing us what it means to love perfectly.

Through Your life, death and resurrection,

You gave us everything we will ever need to live as children of the Light,

including Your Spirit.

We can’t always control what happens to us,

but by Your grace, we can control how we respond.

I want to grow in my capacity to love others as You did, Lord. 

Whatever challenges life throws at me,

give me the courage to respond in a way that glorifies

Your presence within and all around me.

Strengthen me to make choices that reflect the perfection

of Your life-giving love, even when I’m under pressure.

Fill me with patience, humility, kindness,

forgiveness or whatever Divine attribute

most powerfully expresses Your Love in the moment.

Bless me with the inner peace

and discernment to know the right response,

so I can do Your work in the world –

casting out darkness,

with the Light of Your Infinite Love.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

 

 

Related Scripture

1 Corinthians 13

The Way of Love

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Prayer for healing of the DNA

Jesus, You are the ultimate genius, who healed the sick with Your unconditionally loving presence, while You walked the earth.

Your power is high above even the very best medical practitioners. All the  mysteries of science point to Your ultimate glory and power over all created things.

I am convinced that You are Perfect Love and Total Healing Power as much today as You ever were.

Thank You for being the Divine Physician of infinite possibilities for our souls.

Thank You for the Majestic presence of Your Holy Spirit in our lives.

Thank You for the glorious plans You have for each and every one of us.

Today, I choose to place all of my hope and trust in You.

I want to invite Your Infinite Healing Presence into every cell of my body.

Please flow the light of Your love into the very structure of my DNA.

Shape and form even the most hidden, deep and secret parts of my genetic make-up,

which have been passed down from generation to generation.

Heal all negative family patterns of emotional and physical problems,

and replace them with a pattern of deep and abiding wellness,

which is reflective of Your Divine Love.

Give all future generations the grace to be defined only by Your highest holy will

and plans for them,

that we may be formed ever closer to Your image and likeness

and ever more capable of doing Your healing work in the world.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Are you dealing with issues related to family patterns and genetics? Comment below, and we will lift you in prayer for healing! 

Prism prayer

Lord,

I invite You to pour a steady stream

of Your Radiant Light

into my soul.

I welcome Your Pristine Spirit to shine always

through my words,

actions,

prayers,

and presence.

I want to be a prism of Your Glory in the world.

Please allow all the colors of Your love to flow freely through me into those,

who wish to experience You for themselves.

Guidance prayer

Sometimes, life is complicated.

I can’t see far enough ahead to know-

I’m not sure, where this path leads-

or that one-

When I don’t know,

I remember: Faith is simple. 

I know who I want to follow.

I know how to call on Him with a prayer,

and I know how to listen

for His gentle whispers

in the quiet

of my soul.

Lord, guide feet as they fall to the ground.

Light paths,

open eyes …

Take hands, and

gently lead us

along the narrow pathway,

beyond our limits-

into the Light of Your Love.

Steering kids toward the treasure of faith

My boys had a rough time getting off to school this morning. There was arguing and drama – normal kid stuff, but it was stressful until we got into the van at the very last minute.

Once they buckled up, I knew I needed to connect with their hearts and steer us all back into the spirit of faithfulness we try to live by as a family.

I made a dramatic joke about how badly we needed Jesus, and I started asking (out loud) for some of our favorite saints to pray the Lord’s peace back into our hearts. “St. Benedict, pray for us. You kids know he prays for us every day because you have his medal pinned in your backpacks, right? St. Ignatius, pray for us. Joshua, aren’t you doing a school project on him?  Dylan, St. Anthony is one of your favorites-let’s ask Him to pray for us too … we need all the help we can get this morning.”

These prayers shifted us into a more light-hearted spirit and wonderful conversation, which helped me clarify my beliefs in a way I think is worth sharing.

Joshua said, “I could never be a saint.”

Dylan said “Yeah, me neither because they have to give away all of their things to the poor.”

Rhys agreed, “yeah Saints, can never even have an X-box.”

I love moments of honesty like this with my boys because I can use them as teachable moments.

I responded, “Guys,  don’t sell yourselves short. The church teaches that we’re all called to be saints, and there are all kinds of saints. Though clergy do take a vow of poverty to literally be poor, the rest of us are just called to be detached from attachment to physical possessions no an emotional level, so we’re generous to others and follow Jesus above all else. And the vow of poverty isn’t that bad – think about our Father Tony – he still gets to travel and live a wonderful life.”

I then encouraged them “Instead of focusing on how hard it looks to be a saint from the outside, remember they’re just like you, and shift your focus to how powerful their relationship with the Holy Spirit must have been for them to love God so much they were willing and able to complete such heroic missions on earth. No one forced the saints to do all the amazing sacrifices, they chose out of love of God because they were filled with so much of His spirit. Saints are just regular people like us, who choose to follow Jesus. We can pray to be filled with so much of God’s love that we can do amazing things with our lives too.”

It was a mouthful, but all three tuned into these truths.

I added. “Just ask Jesus to purify your intentions and desires, so you start to WANT the things of God. You’ll be amazed at the things you can do, when you’re full of the Holy Spirit. There really is nothing better than the Holy Spirit (even an x-box) -and I hope and pray you realize and experience that truth someday.”

I stand by that truth. In my life, I’ve had to detach from a lot, and I have learned that there really IS nothing better than the Holy Spirit itself and all the gifts it brings us including total freedom. I’ll continue to pray for the boys to realize that and try to share that message with others through writing.

I’m committed to continually steer my kids and as many people as possible in the direction of true faith.

Lord, bless us and our children with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit today … purify our desires, wills, intellects and imaginations. Help us encounter Your love in a powerful, life changing way, so we can answer Your calling to Glorify you with our lives by doing what would be impossible without Your help.

Related Scripture

Philipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Luke 11:13 So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!

James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, with whom there is no change or shifting shadow.

Takeaways

We are ALL called to be saints!

The Holy Spirit is a GREATER gift than anything physical on this earth.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can do great things, like the saint did.

Reflections

Do you have any attachments to earthly possessions that are holding you back from more fully embracing God’s calling on your life?

Have you had a life changing encounter with God’s love, which motivated you to make a sacrifice out of love?

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Lord help us desire Your spirit above all things! Help us realize the treasure that You are.