Forgiveness is a miracle. The older I get, the more I realize that I have not even understood this. I’m not sure there are even words to express how miraculous forgiveness is on many, many levels. So I guess this is a short post!
One of my children is currently struggling with this concept. She is exceptionally gifted in many areas, and highly intelligent, to the point that she has trouble in a normal classroom because she does not fit in anywhere. She is almost embarrassed that her lowest grade is a 98%, and does not know, or does not want to know, what her potential really is. I think there is a little of that type of fear in all of us. Here is one of my favorite quotes, although I have conflicting information on the actual source, it looks like probably Marianne Williamson.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Yesterday I was privileged to attend a sacred experience for one of my daughters. In our religion we have what is called a patriarchal blessing. It is an opportunity to receive blessings, guidance and comfort designed specifically for you. It is basically a special prayer that is recorded and preserved, designed to be used your entire life.
As expected, we had a wonderful experience. Our daughter was very comforted by how well her Father in Heaven knew her.
I was thinking how sacred some of our experiences are, and how they are not always meant to be shared. Because of the nature of sacred things, I think sometimes the world in general will too easily dismiss them as not of value, but in reality, it is the thing that is most sacred, and most personal, and most private that is often of most worth.
- Monday’s Topic: The Patriarchal Blessing (fullertonbiblestudy.com)
We are doctor shopping again, so I’ve been noticing more recently the people who work with our bodies. If there were a gift that I often wish I had, it would probably be the gift of healing. I think I can do rather well with the making a person comfortable part, but not with the healing itself.
I’ve met just a few people in my life who I feel really have the gift of healing. One was actually a physician (retired, or I wouldn’t be looking!), and others were not. I’ve been to many doctors who I think do a great job with the knowledge they have, and they have a great ability to use the tools at their disposal, but they are not overly intuitive about how bring an entire body to health. From what I’ve seen, an actual healing miracle often is accompanied by a spiritual healing of the person as well.
In our family, we have had much sickness, and much healing. Healing usually has come after much trial and error, and after much suffering and learning from that suffering. Someday I hope to better understand how faith and suffering both play a role in the healing process. In the mean time, does anyone have any great examples of healings?
Found myself praying for some much needed wisdom today. Felt blessed that my prayer was answered so quickly, so I thought I’d share the answer I needed to hear.
Use LOVE. LOVE is not a default position. LOVE is not simply something we do because we don’t know what else we can do. LOVE is our Father in Heaven’s greatest tool in dealing with us. Christ made no bones that LOVE is the substance of both the greatest and second greatest commandments. The word LOVE has multiple definitions and connotations, but the most powerful type of LOVE is not simply a feeling, it is an action verb that describes an intangible power. LOVE literally creates entire civilizations, and the absence of it destroys them. LOVE speaks to hearts, not to minds. No teaching, lecturing, or information has any value if there is not LOVE attached to it. Yet, even the smallest piece of knowledge, shared with LOVE, can change the future.
I was also reminded of a quote I heard somewhere that it is not so much that love is blind, but that love has the ability to see something in another person that others have missed.
- Today’s Verse for 01/21/2013 (jesusmyjoy.wordpress.com)
I first started this blog from a prompting that I needed to more actively acknowledge all that my Father in Heaven is doing for me. I thought I would try this little experiment for 1 month. By the end of the month I felt like I was just getting started, so I continued.
This last weekend I have been bombarded with promptings that will further direct my paths. I need to focus on other aspects, and they also will take some of my “free” time. By the end of this week I should hit 100 posts. I think that is the perfect number to rearrange my goals. I don’t want to give up looking for and finding the Lord’s hand in my life, but I think weekly instead of daily will be more appropriate. So onward to the big 100!
Faith is the power by which miracles are received. Yet faith without works is dead. Today I thought I’d challenge myself to actively appreciate the people who mean the most to me. Truly they are the greatest miracles in my life. Why would the Lord ever want to give us more if we don’t acknowledge and appreciate what he has already given us?
Today I will share 3 things that I appreciate about my husband, then do something nice for him. I’ll do the same thing over the week for each of my children (probably won’t post all those.)
- NEVER judges me
- ALWAYS makes time for his children
- Makes me LAUGH
Now I’m off to the kitchen to make cookies.
What are 3 things you love about someone YOU care about?
- Miracles (brucegerencser.net)
- Miraculas Faith (pastortimfowler.wordpress.com)
- The Making Of A Miracle (bobbylepinay.typepad.com)