How to Receive From the Universe

What is it that you want to “attract” into your life today? Riches? Love? A bigger home or a new car? Better health? What will you do to get these things? Work more hours? Join an internet dating site? Think positive thoughts?

There are many belief systems out there in this world of ours today that tell us how to receive the desires of our hearts. One of them I’d like to talk about  is the “law of attraction” which gained immense popularity with the book entitled “The Secret”, published several years ago.

The basic premise of the book is that we can attract whatever we desire in our lives simply by thinking about it. Yep. Honest. The book promises that by focusing on the object of our desires, things will “magically” appear in our lives. The interesting thing is this book has sold over 6 million copies and has spawned a whole series of books along these lines. Millions of people are adhering to this concept.

Let me share a story that happened last weekend at the mall while I was getting my hair done. So there I am in the chair, and the young lady straightening my hair, perhaps all of 20 maybe 22 years of age, starts asking about my relationship status. I don’t know why, but people always seem to be very interested in that topic for some reason.

“I’m  single,” I replied.

“Well, you need to start thinking about Mr. Wonderful and start expecting him to appear at any moment.”

She’s talking about Faith – believing in what has not yet been seen. I smiled.

But no, during the entire conversation there was not one mention of God.

She was the second gal I had met in the past two weeks who believed in the law of attraction. Now I am all for thinking positive thoughts, believe me. In fact, scripture exhorts us to think on good things: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Phil 4:8). However, God does have a starring role in our blessings. James 1:17 says “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,”. To leave God out of the equation is – well – unthinkable in my humble opinion.

So now I ask you – do you believe in the law of attraction? Do you believe that simply by thinking about your desires they will appear? Or do you believe that there is a God who wants the best for us and is more than willing to bless his children according to his will for our lives? I would love to hear what you have to say about this topic.

Until next time, keep looking up and remember – good things happen to those who wait upon the Lord.

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Life is Like Hiking

Fall is a great time for hiking, isn’t it? The leaves are just starting to turn and the weather is ideal.
Now that summer is over and the pool is closed, it is time to switch exercise venues. As long as the weather is conducive, I prefer to be outside rather than in the gym. Anybody with me on this?

Gorgeous weather last Sunday, so after church I decided to don my trusty hiking boots and head on over to the park down the road to clear my mind and get some exercise.

This time I am going to stay on the path I know.

Last time I hiked, I tried a different trail, got lost, and ended up having to hitch a ride from a stranger to get back to my car. Never again, I vowed. I fixed my eyes on the red tree markings and headed towards the woods. What a level of comfort I felt, knowing where I was going and where I would end up.

I watched people coming and going from all different directions on the various trails. Some were walking their dogs. Others were jogging. Some were alone. Others had a friend or spouse. Then the thought occurred to me that life is like hiking in many ways.

We take all sorts on paths on our journey through life, don’t we?  Some take us the long way around and others are a complete dead end. Whatever path we choose,  I believe we are all seeking the same things in this journey we call life:
– community  (a sense of belonging)
– serenity ( a sense of peace)
– fulfillment (a sense of purpose)
– love (connection to God & others).

What differs is the path we each choose to fulfill these needs. After having explored many different belief systems, I chose the path of Christianity. Why? One simple reason – the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Why would I believe (put my faith and trust) in someone who is dead and buried? We’re all going to end up that way so what makes them any different from me? Not a thing. I wanted someone who has overcome everything including death itself and that person is Jesus Christ.

Jesus offers me the power to overcome every fear and every obstacle, climb every mountain and be victorious in any circumstance. Who wouldn’t want that? Plus, I have the peace of knowing where I am going in this life and where I will end up when it’s all said and done. I have a sense of community in the family of God, and inner peace knowing that Jesus is always with me. I have purpose and most of all, I feel truly loved.

What about you, dear one? Are you on the right path for you? How are you feeling most days? Do you have a sense of fulfillment & belonging? Do you feel joyful, at peace and confident of the future? If not, I encourage you to take a step of faith, open your mind and your heart, and take a walk on God’s path. You will never be alone and it will be the adventure of your life, I promise you.

Until next time, send me your thoughts and of course – keep looking up!

When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

Ever feel like you don’t understand life sometimes? Why good people die? Why tragedies occur?  When you don’t know which direction to go in life? Why prayers go unanswered?

prgrsvimghttp://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4921127425345689&w=207&h=207&c=8&pid=3.1&qlt=90&rm=2I’m sure many felt that way twelve years ago, when their lives were suddenly turned upside down by the impact of the terrorist bombings in New York, Pennsylvania, & Washington, DC. Loved ones said goodbye to their spouses never to kiss them again. Husbands were killed in the line of duty saving others. The stories are too many to list here, but I’m sure many asked these tough questions.

Perhaps some of you may be like me – I want to know why.  I want to find meaning. Friends tell me I’m a deep thinker and maybe that’s true, but it can be frustrating trying to find answers.

Sometimes the Lord takes us through times we don’t understand. I went through a season this past winter when everything in my life hit the fan. When we cry out “Abba, Father, help me”, in desperation and in sorrow and our voice echoes in the stillness, there is still hope. There is always hope.

Jesus tells us to keep asking, keep knocking, and “keep seeking and you will find” (Luke 11:9). We may not agree with the timeframe, but we will find if we are faithful. We have not been abandoned. The Lord is always working, although we may not always see how. God is working on BIG things in your life and BIG THINGS take time, yes? Now that is something to get excited about!

So, dear one, are you feeling a bit lost? Prayers gone unanswered for far too long? Not sure about which direction to head in? The answer is to keep on trusting God. He will make a way where there seems to be no way. He will make your path straight. If we are faithful and obedient, we will arrive at the Promised Land of our dreams although it may not look like what we have anticipated. God has a funny way of doing that, doesn’t he?

Until next time, keep the faith. Keep looking up and do write and let me know your thoughts. I get lonely out here all by myself 🙂

Give It a Rest

Happy Labor Day weekend! Monday is the day the government set aside in 1882 to honor the working person. As a working woman, I sure do appreciate the day off. How about you? What are your plans for the holiday? Shopping, cleaning, cooking, parties?

As I made plans for the weekend, I was sorely tempted to try to catch up on my to do list. You have one of those, right? As a single, there is always something that needs to be done: organize my office, clean the windows, wash my new car. The list is endless. But then I paused…

This is Labor Day – a holiday – for the hardworking American.

I deserve a rest!

The scripture verse that has been popping up on a regular basis around here this entire year came to mind. “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest,” (Matthew 11:28).

So I decided I was going to obey and rest at the pool. The shopping will always be there. The papers will be there. This was the last weekend of pool season and I was going to enjoy it. Sunglasses, reading material, and wide-brimmed hat in hand, I headed down to pick out my spot at the pool.

Ah, this is just what I needed as I reclined in the warmth of the sun. When I finally did rouse myself to get into the pool, I shocked everybody by not jumping right in with doing my laps.

“I’m floating today,” I responded to the raised eyebrow of a neighbor.

So why am I sharing this with you today, friends? Because I think I am not the only one who needs to give it a rest. We get so caught up in our busy schedules, our problems and issues, and all the other various and sundry thoughts that occupy our minds, it is important to give ourselves a rest, not just a physical rest but a mental one as well.

A good indicator of needing a rest is to ask myself two questions:
1) How much am I doing today?
2) How much am I talking today?

If I am running from one thing to another or talking non-stop about my problems, chances are I need to give it a rest. Our bodies and our minds need a time out from thinking and from doing. I believe that’s why Jesus commanded us to come to Him. Like Mary and Martha, Martha was constantly doing  but Mary chose the best part – sitting at Jesus’ feet and enjoying His presence.

How much time have you spent with Jesus this weekend, dear one? Has your weekend been filled with running, doing, and talking? I encourage you to start today and give it a rest. You’ll be amazed at how energized you will feel. Until next time, keep looking up!