God Is Present

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If you are not focused on this moment…you are missing your life.

(Listen to my song “Breathe On Me” by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 25:13

“Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

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Many times this statement by Jesus is taken to mean some sort of warning about when death will come…and that you better have your act together or else!

That is a very fearful interpretation.

Does that interpretation sound like something the same guy who preached love and forgiveness would say? It seems a far cry from the guy who commanded us to “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44).

Jesus always reached out to those who were struggling in their imperfection and unworthiness. That’s because God’s love does not depend on our worthiness.

God’s love is given continuously…in each moment. True love is never withheld.

But are we ready to receive it?

Are we “awake” to the Grace that God is ready to give us?

Or are we asleep…distracted by other worldly things with no lasting importance?

God wants to lift us in the places where we are unable to do so…with a Love that will heal us and make us whole. For this to happen…our egos have to get out of the way.

Stop.

Be silent.

Awaken to the Divine Presence.

As Jesus said: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand”(Mark 1:15).

The time of salvation and freedom…is now!

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Listen to the song of the day “Breathe On Me” by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!

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Faith

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The Love that created you will lead you…if you follow.

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1 Corinthians 1:9

God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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God will never let us go…despite all the times we have turned away and despite all the times in the future when we will slip and fall.

Remember that God is love (1 John 4:8).

Also remember: “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

Love was made flesh and took human form in Jesus. Love became human.

Jesus said that he is “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). If we follow him…trust him…become friends with him…he will show us who we are.

There are so many influences and voices trying to tell each of us what we should do, think and act in order to be someone.

If you want to know why you are here…if you want to know the real you…your true self…get to know Jesus.

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Listen to the song of the day “I Want to Follow You” by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!

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Gratitude

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May we be living signs of thanksgiving.

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Psalm 145:10

All your works give you thanks, O Lord, and your faithful bless you.

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The Greek word for “Eucharist” means thanksgiving.

Jesus showed us how to live our lives as “thanksgiving” to others.

He gave of himself in the name of love…pouring himself out in unconditional love for all…even when persecuted and crucified.

We are called to do the same.

We become what we eat. In the Christian tradition….when we receive the Eucharist at communion we are meant to become thanksgiving to all.

We are meant to go forth and use our gifts and talents to be living signs of Christ…living signs of thanksgiving.

Each of us is unique in how we do this since each of us is a unique creation of God. When we are living in this manner we are giving thanks to God.

All of creation gives praise and thanks to God in its very being.

Here is a good question to ask of yourself each day:

How am I being the unique vessel of God’s thanksgiving to the world?”

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Listen to the song of the day “Glorify You with Me” by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!

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Love Never Lets Go

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If you are in need of a lift…know that you are rooted in God’s grace.

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2 Thessalonians 16-17

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word.

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Here is some really, really good news: The Creator of all things…is love (1 John 4:8).

Love is carrying us…inspiring us…consoling us…grieving with us…laughing with us…and celebrating with us.

Love is giving us “everlasting encouragement and good hope” through grace.

Allow today’s scripture reading to settle in your soul.

Meditate on it.

Rest in it.

Feel the peace this brings.

The world needs you to share it.

Start with the people you meet today.

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Express Yourself

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Our lives are like melodies in God’s symphony of Love.

(Listen to my song “Shall We Sing” by clicking HERE)

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Psalm 96:1

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all you lands.

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All of creation metaphorically sings a song in its very being.

Every living thing through its very nature…pours out all that it is without any indecision or hesitancy…except us human beings

We have freedom of choice.

Many times…we compare ourselves to others and determine that we are not good enough. We envy others or wish we could be different or try to out-do others.

This is because our egos are in charge.

Your ego must diminish so your true self can emerge!

What if we simply were ourselves to the fullest extent with no filters?

What if we simply kept in tune with the song in our hearts and followed Jesus while pursuing our deepest passions?

What unique song is God trying to sing through you?

Each person has a song to share that is different than any other person’s song and each is beautiful.

Sing your song.

Be you…in each moment.

The Master Composer is yearning to make your song a part of the on-going symphony of love.

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Listen to the song of the day “Shall We Sing” by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!

 

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The Great Compassion

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The source of all life is Love.

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Psalm 107:5-6

Hungry and thirsty, their life was wasting away within them. They cried to the Lord in their distress; from their straits he rescued them.

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Jesus said that he is the vine and we are the branches. When we sever our connection to the Giver of Life…we wither.

Of course…we can never actually sever our connection with God…but we can choose to ignore it.

It’s a matter of consciousness.

We can choose to live apart from this conscious union with our Loving Creator…or simply be unconscious of it…perhaps deluded by the attractions of power, prestige and possessions.

We can nurture a conscious connection with our Loving Source by practicing being present to the Divine Presence.

Try contemplative practices such as:

  • Centering prayer and meditation.
  • Lectio Divina: Read scripture in silence while listening in your heart for a word or phrase that moves you.
  • Walk or sit in the midst of nature and nurture a sense of awe and wonder.
  • Lose yourself in anything creative…like music, poetry or art.

If we do this we will begin to be aware of promptings from God on decisions in life.

At one time…I was “hungry and thirsty” with my life seemingly “wasting away” within me. I did cry out to the God in my distress…and it was in the silence of my surrender that I heard a gentle whisper that redirected my life.

Looking back…I clearly see how God rescued me (and many times since!).

Have faith and trust that God will lead you through your struggles to wholeness.

God is always good even when we or life’s happenings are seemingly not!

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Remember…God loves you!

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God Restores and Renews

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Turn to Love and live.

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Ezekiel 36:25-26

I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts.

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Prophets like Ezekiel had some harsh predictions for God’s people after they had turned to idols and to self-centered and non-life-giving pursuits. But he also had comforting words when they returned to God.

In reality…it wasn’t God who made bad things happen to them. They were responsible since they had turned away from their Loving Source.

God had never left them. That would be impossible!

God is always reaching out in love to each of us because that’s what Love does.

But we always have the option of whether we want to cooperate.

It’s about relationship.

When the people turned back to God…there was no chastisement.

God immediately began the process of cleansing them from their impurities and giving them a new heart and spirit.

Is there some area of your life where you have turned from God and have instead pursued some kind of idol such as power, prestige, possessions, wealth, physical appearance, sports, or even religion itself?

What is standing in the way of your relationship with God?

What is standing in the way of you being able to love all people and all creation?

Whatever it is…lay it down before your loving Creator. God is always ready to “sprinkle clean water upon you” and restore you…again and again and again.

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Listen to the song of the day “Singing My Song” by clicking HERE.

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CD’s available for purchase at BillTonnisMusic.com by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

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