Inspiration

Staying Close To What Matters

Reflections for contemplative living

We are called to decrease, allowing Him to increase. I’ve found that there is little I can do to make this happen except to surrender, stay close to Jesus’ scripture and prayer. This is truly what matters in life.

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Inspiration

Made for Freedom

Reflections for contemplative living

We are made for freedom. God’s omnipotence and omniscience respects our right to choose. In the core of our being we remain free to accept or reject God’s action in our lives—and to accept or reject it more or less intensely. God wants us to accept him with all our ‘heart, soul, mind, and strength’—in other words, as intensely as possible.

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Inspiration

Speaking Goodness

Art by Melanie, Just-beloved
Reflections for contemplative living

If we aren’t working with God, we are working against Him. All is forgiven except blasphemy, or speaking against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven, either now or in eternity. We are known by our fruits, and whatever is in our heart determines what we say.

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Inspiration

So Worthy of Respect

Reflections for contemplative living

All of God’s creation deserves respect. Many of us have felt that we were bad or worthless, or beyond the reach of genuine acceptance. If we believed in God, perhaps we thought we deserved God’s condemnation more than we deserved grace. Today, we are reminded that we are part of creation. God is everywhere in creation and within us.

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Never Give Up

Reflections for contemplative living

“You can have flaws, be anxious and even be angry, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world. Only you can stop it from failing. You are appreciated, admired and loved by so many. Remember that being happy is not having a sky without storm, a road without accidents, a job without effort, a relationship without disappointments.

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Choosing The Light

Reflections for contemplative living

What darkness do we feel in our lives today? Are we troubled by a relationship? Is guilt about past mistakes clouding our peace of mind? Do we feel threatened by a challenge that looms before us? Perhaps we live with an illness or we feel trapped by our life’s circumstances. Darkness is universal. It is one side of the coin of life.

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