Still here…

Wow, what a year 2016 has been. It’s amazing to think that in three days this year will be in the past. There have been so many changes and shifts on a personal level, as well as a corporate and global level.

The one thing that has remained the same is sureness of God. Whenever there are changes and shifts there tends to be anxiety and fear. The constant factor is that God remains the same. All that is necessary, to rest in the peace of God, is to Be Still and know that the Creator has it all under control.

Psalm 46:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

Coming Full Circle…

fb_img_1481132785032The Sacred Journey symbol of the cross, dove and lotus was inspired from my spiritual journey. Like any other relationship, the relationship we have with God has to be nourished and active.

A few years ago, I had a lot of questions regarding my spiritual path. For every answer, it seemed, I had three more questions for God. Those questions led me on the Path to studying the core philosophies of Buddhism. Buddhism, as a philosophy, does not believe in a Higher Power or deity. It forces you to hold a mirror to your face and take responsibility for your actions, without placing blame on anyone or anything else.

Over the months and weeks of studying, it was the act of me taking responsibility for my actions and looking at my life that led to a still small voice in my heart to say, “Marcia, I loved you so much that I paid it ALL.”

It was in that moment that I began to weep and worship at the same time. So what is this post about today, you ask? Never forget the Grace, Majesty and Power of the Cross. Jesus paid it ALL. I am grateful to God for using Buddhism to help me come full circle, back to the Cross.

The chorus from one of my favorite gospel songs says, “Jesus, I’ll never forget what you’ve done for me. Jesus, I’ll never forget how you set me free. Jesus I’ll never how you brought me out. Jesus, I’ll never forget, no never.”

Namaste and God bless,

Rev. Marcia

Did I Make God Look Good Today?

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Matthew 5:16

New King James Version (NKJV)

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

In the morning, before I leave the house there are three things that I pray:

1. Father, lead me and guide me in your way and in your service.

2. Cover and protect me and my husband from all hurt, harm and danger, both seen and unseen.

3. Help me to make YOU look good today. Help me to put your agenda before mine. I want to have a heart that longs to please you. Let nothing in my life compete for your attention.

AMEN.

What prayers do lift up in the morning?

How do you connect with God, as you know God? What are your spiritual practices?

What keeps you centered?