Sunday, November 19, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Pray with an open heart, releasing all that is within you and allowing the Divine to hear the depths of your heart

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

SONG OF THE WEEK

This week's song of the week reminds us that our desire and faith are what pulls us forward and keeps us afloat when the oceans in our life are rising  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m_sWJQm2fs

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Our yearning is all we need bring with us on this journey, everything else will be provided for.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If you are yearning, you are growing. If you're not, you are settling for the status quo

Monday, November 13, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The desire to have a deeper relationship with the Divine is something given to you so that the Divine can have a deeper relationship with you

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

SONG OF THE WEEK

This week's song of the week challenges us to let go of the dysfunctional relationships in our lives and ask the Divine to show us what we are looking for.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IqCfxgKZd8&feature=youtu.be

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Do you yearn for spiritual awakening?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

PRACTICING YEARNING

What is your cue to practice yearning?  Mine is a flower yearning towards the sun
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If you yearn to see the imprint of the Divine you will, if you don't you won't

Monday, November 6, 2017

YEARNING FOR BOUNTIFUL

As I have been thinking about yearning the last week, I have come to the realization that this is not about renouncing or pursuing our desires, that which we yearn for in our lives. Rather, it is about understanding our yearnings and the lessons behind it. As I did, I was reminded of a film I saw almost 30 years ago now, called The Trip to Bountiful.
In this film, Mrs. Watts, a sensitive old woman living in the city with her son and his wife, develops a yearning to visit her family home, now long abandoned, in Bountiful, Texas. Her daughter-in-law interprets this wish as sentimental senility, and she convinces her husband to thwart the old lady's attempts to take a train or bus to visit her long-abandoned homestead. Mrs. Watts expresses the elemental nature of her longing plainly: 'I haven't had my hands in dirt in twenty years. My hands feel the need of dirt.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If you do not yearn for it you cannot achieve it

Sunday, November 5, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

WHAT YOU DESIRE FOR GOD IS WHAT YOUR DESIRE WILL BECOME. SO MAKE IT AMAZING

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

dare to move outside of your own comfort zones and enter the wilderness of your spirit

Friday, November 3, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

SONG OF THE WEEK

This week's Song of the Week reminds us that there is always more to desire and yearn for then what we have right now. There are better things to be had, and we have to dare to desire them.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxuThNgl3YA

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The love in our soul in unconditional and infinite

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The November issue of One Spirit, Many Voices

The November issue of One Spirit, Many Voices is now available for download http://inspiritual.biz/newsletters/

NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER MONTH

We all know that the end of this month is Thanksgiving, but how many of you know that this month is National Peanut Butter Month. So this week I am paying homage to Peanut Butter. I love peanut butter for a few reasons. One being that it has taught me some amazing life lessons.
A friend of mine tells the story of how much he hates peanut butter, but would make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for his daughters who loved them. One day he realized that he was imposing his disdain for peanut butter on his daughter without even realizing it. He realized it when his daughter complained that he put too much jelly, which he loved, and not enough peanut butter on her sandwich. He was so focused on what he loved that he was not thinking about what she enjoyed and what spoke to her. To this day he still hates peanut butter, but puts more peanut butter on his daughter’s sandwiches and less jelly, which she enjoys, but not as much as the peanut butter. His story reminds me of how easy it is to put our needs and desires over others.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Our longing for a deeper relationship with the Divine is connected to the Divine's desire for a deeper relationship with us

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

THE GREEN MILE

Although this film came out a few years ago, it was just recently that I got to learn more about it and what it has to teach us about the mysterious ways God works in and through our lives. For those who know nothing about this film, it is the story of a man Paul Edgecombe who was once the block supervisor of the Cold Mountain Penitentiary Death row, nicknamed “The Green Mile,” because of the color of the linoleum. It is his story about the transformative power one of his inmates, John Coffey, a 6 ft 8 inch powerfully built black man had on his life. Coffey had been convicted of raping and murdering two small white girls.
Throughout this story we watch as Paul comes to realize that John possesses gifts that defy his understanding. He cures Paul of a urinary tract infection. He cures the warden’s wife of an inoperable brain tumor. John also has the gift of seeing things. When touched by the man who had raped and murdered the young girls he saw the event. By the end of the story, we know that those healed by John gained an unnaturally long lifespan. He saw John’s ghost at the scene when he was holding his wife while she died.
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THE COMPLEXITY AND MYSTERY OF LIFE

What reminds you to respect the complexity and mystery of life?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

LIFE=UNCONDITIONAL LOVE -- Can you feel the equation? I would like to say i can and perhaps one day i will, until then I will reflect on it

Monday, October 30, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Life is filled with ebbs and flows. We can try to explain the changes, but all we know is that the Divine is in control of the tidal shifts

Sunday, October 29, 2017

I DON'T KNOW

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Did you see it? The Divine just did a new thing, did you see it? How many miracles have you missed because you did not recognize them

Saturday, October 28, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It does not know how many questions you can find the answers to, there is also more that you will never understand, so just say i don't know

Friday, October 27, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Life is a mystery. There are just somethings we do and cannot explain or understand. There are some things that just leave us in awe

Thursday, October 26, 2017

SONG OF THE WEEK

This week's song of the week reminds us to just let the mystery be. https://youtu.be/nlaoR5m4L80

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The mystery of our journey helps us move us through suffering, through the cleansing tears, & brings us to a space of humility and healing.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

We cannot learn to stand until we have learned how to fall. It is all about the journey and the lessons we learn along the way.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

IMAGES OF MYSTERY



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For me, Van Gogh's The Starry Nights, captures the mystery of the evening sky. What artwork or photograph captures mystery for you?





THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What you can see is leading you to what you cant. What you can sense is leading you to what you cannot? It is all about the journey.

Monday, October 23, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What astonishes you in splendor and horror? What creates in you this sense of awe? What helps you experience mysterion in your life?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Our life is an ever revealing mystery. Our understanding of our own lives is ever evolving as we grow and evolve in our journeys

Saturday, October 21, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Live each day with holy curiosity. Each day is filled with opportunities to grow in our understanding and relationship with the Divine.

Friday, October 20, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The mystery of life is like a dance with the Divine. There are twists, turns, spins, dips, moves we are prepared for & those we are not

Thursday, October 19, 2017

SONG OF THE WEEK

The mystery of life and how things unfold are shared in this week's song of the week by Sufjan Stevens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcQjQD88t1M

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

We are a living mystery. Every step of our life and moment of our being brings us closer to reuniting with the greatest mystery of all

CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE LESSONS

So today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Well it was when I started writing this on Wednesday (LOL). I love blogging and sometimes the words seem to just flow from my brain faster than I can type them. Other times, I start and delete and start and delete, never quite satisfied with the ideas for my blog post. Sometimes it helps for me to go sit in our prayer and meditation garden, as a change of scenery sometimes helps. Other times, I will go fix myself a cup of tea or coffee. None of that was really working this week, until I did a search on the Pampered Chef website for chocolate cupcakes because Wednesday was National Chocolate Cupcake Day. What really spoke to me were three recipes one for a white chocolate cupcake with truffle filling, one for a red velvet cupcake, and one for a dark chocolate truffle cupcake. I have made the white chocolate and dark chocolate recipes a few times because I love how messy they are to eat. I love the melted chocolate that seeps out.
It was these images of “chocolate” which spoke to my soul, especially as a light skinned biracial woman. When I was pastoring, a few congregants would remind me that they were chocolate. I would then smile and remind them that chocolate comes in a wide diversity of colors. I remember once being told I was not chocolate enough to be chocolate and that white chocolate is not chocolate. Interestingly enough there is a similar debate about whether or not white chocolate, which is made from the same cocoa butter as all other chocolates, is really chocolate.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

We cannot understand one with out the other. We cannot understand one side of anything without understanding the other side