best way to know God
is to love many things.
Vincent van Gogh
majority of us do not enthrone God, we
enthrone common sense.
We make our decisions
and then ask the real God to bless our God's decision.
tragic mistake that is often made is to assume that the will of God
is bound to be something very dull and uninviting, if not positively
Consciously or not some persons look upon God as a
hard taskmaster, or a severe parent. . . . The truth is that the will of
for us always means greater freedom, greater self-expression, newer and
brighter experience, wider opportunity of service to others—life more abundant.
that life is given us so we may grow in love,
believe that God is in me as the sun is in the colour
fragrance of a flower--the Light in my darkness, the
Voice in my silence. -Helen Keller
substitute tradition for the living experience
of the love of God. They
talk and think as though
walking with God was attained by walking in the
footsteps of people who walked with God.
God doesn't do the work for you; he does the
work through you. It's not enough to look up; you must also look within.
|The highest condition of the
religious sentiment is when. . . the worshiper not only sees God everywhere,
sees nothing which is not full of God.
once heard a man say he knew there was a God, he just didn’t think he
needed Him. It is nice to take care of yourself and be independent, but it is also
to know that you have a resource to rely on in times of need. If you are used to fending entirely for yourself, then when a
you will expend a lot of energy looking for help at a time
when you need your energy looking for help at a time
when you need your energy for creative work.
heavens are not filled with hostility.
The sky does not
express a frown.
When I look up I do not contemplate a face
of brass, but the face of infinite good will. Yet
when I was a child,
many a picture has made me think of God as suspicious, inhumanly
watchful, always looking round the corner to catch me at the fall.
That “eye,” placed in the sky of many a picture, and placed there
to represent God, filled my heart with chilling fear. . . . Heaven
with good will toward us!
Our God not only wishes good, he wills it!
-John Henry Jowett
I can see, and that is why I can be
happy, in what you call the dark,
but which to me is
golden. I can see a God-made world, not a man-made world.
our first, most immature relationship with God,
perceive God as the big parent in the sky,
omnipresent, omnipotent flock of angels that supports us. Based on this relationship, we grow and come to know
and our abilities. We begin to use the support
we have received in our life to serve. And as we serve
our children, as we serve society,
as we serve the world,
as we serve our soul,
we gradually discover ourselves to
be pure instruments in the service of God.
priest friend of mine has cautioned me away from the standard God
of our childhoods, who loves you and guides you and then, if you
are bad, roasts you:
God as a high school principal in a gray suit who
never remembered your name but is always leafing unhappily through your
files. -Anne Lamott
seems to be a general belief that the will of God is to make
things distasteful for us, like taking bad-tasting medicine when
we are sick, or going to the dentist.
Somebody needs to tell us that the sunrise is also God’s
There is the time of harvest, the harvest which will
provide food and clothes for us, without which life could not be
sustained on earth.
God ordered the seasons—they are his will.
In fact, the good things in life far outweigh the bad.
There are more sunrises than cyclones.
-Charles L. Allen
an old saying that God made us in His image,
and we've been trying to return the favor ever since. People often view God in a human image. This God
changes His mind, gets upset, answers some prayers
but not others, loves some people but not others. But even with that limited image, if we pray sincerely,
we'll eventually realize that God is changeless.
same all the time because He's not in time--time is in Him.
someone were to ask me whether I believed in God, or saw
or had a particular relationship with God, I would
I don't separate God from my world in my
thinking. I feel that God is everywhere. That's why I
never feel separated
from God or feel I must seek God,
any more than a fish in the ocean
feels it must seek
water. In a sense, God is the "ocean" in which
we live. -Robert
is of course evident that everything in one’s religious life depends
upon the sort of God one worships.
The character of the worshiper
must necessarily be molded by the character of the object worshipped.
If it is a cruel and revengeful God, or a selfish and unjust God,
the worshiper will be cruel, and revengeful, and selfish,
and unjust, also.
If it is a loving, tender, forgiving,
unselfish God, the worshiper will be loving, and tender,
and forgiving, and unselfish, as well.
-Hannah Whitall Smith
God, you see, loves us in a way the
world does not: unconditionally.
Without an agenda. With no
fine print that says He loves us now,
but it’s only an introductory-rate offer that will change after six
based on prime interest rates. With
no campaign promise that He’ll love us,
but only if we vote for Him or give to His campaign fund.
prenuptial agreement that says He’ll love us, but just in case,
let’s put together a contract.
Grace promises that
eternal life awaits not those who live
a perfect life, say so many Hail Marys, never miss church,
or donate so much money. It
awaits those who
believe with a childlike faith. -Bob Welch
|I have never understood why it should be
to the Creator to suppose that He has a
sense of humor. -Dean Inge
child, and peace attend thee,
All through the night;
Guardian angels God will lend thee,
All through the night;
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and dale in slumber sleeping,
Love alone his watch is keeping--
All through the night.
Old Welsh Air
sun and moon to distinguish the seasons,
and day and
night; and we cannot have the fruits of the earth
their seasons. But God hath made no decrees
distinguish the seasons of His mercies. In Paradise
fruits were ripe the first minute, and in heaven
always autumn. His mercies are ever in their maturity.
of the most powerful concepts, one which is a sure cure
for lack of confidence, is the thought that God is with
you and helping you. This is one of the simplest
teachings in religion, namely, that Almighty God will be
your companion, will stand by you, help you, and see you
through. No other idea is so powerful in developing self-confidence
as this simple belief when practiced. To practice it
simply affirm "God is with me; God is helping me;
God is guiding me." Spend several minutes each day
visualizing his presence. Then practice believing that
God doesn't dwell on
some distant cloud. God doesn't live in the church or in
the temple or within the crystals, crosses and statues
that we imbue with attributes of the divine. And God
doesn't need our pleas or even our praise. To prostrate
ourselves and plead for the things we want doesn't draw
them nearer to us. Beseeching a faraway God only
engenders feelings of separation and alienation. It is
practicing the absence, not the presence, of God.
God is right here, wherever you are. God is
within you and everywhere around you. God is omnipresent
and omniscient. You never have to beg or bargain with God
for anything. The Holy Spirit knows your needs even
before you do. And it is God's very nature to fulfill
your needs, at the time and in the manner that is best
for you. There are many lessons we must learn in our
lifetime, but none is more essential to our happiness
than this one.
We never have to entreat God to be more kind
and benevolent. God is kindness and benevolence. The very
substance of God is love--the love that created you and
me and all living things. It is the love within the
little acorn that becomes the great oak tree, the love
that protects the lilies of the field. God is the love
that is breathing for you, the love that is beating your
can dream a bigger dream for you than you
can dream for yourself, and your role on Earth is
to attach yourself to that divine force and
let yourself be released to it.
remember that the primary purpose of life is to feel and
the presence of God, to live from a state of
love and compassion,
and to be of service to others, then
instantly, like magic, I begin to feel at peace.
Oh Thou who art!
Ecclesiastes names thee the Almighty. Maccabees
names thee Creator;
the epistle to the Ephesians names
thee Liberty. . . the Psalms name thee Wisdom and Truth;
John names thee Light; the Book of Kings names thee Lord;
Exodus calls thee Providence;
Leviticus, Holiness; Esdras,
Justice; Creation calls thee God; Man names thee Father;
but Solomon names thee Compassion, and that is the most
beautiful of all thy names. -Victor Hugo
The kingdom of God is within
you. -Luke 17:21
It's only by forgetting
yourself that you draw near to God.
-Henry David Thoreau
mustn't reserve communing with God just for morning and
or for weekly worship service, or for
when we feel burdened. The goal is
to realize that every
moment is a meditation. Allow yourself to marvel
wonder of God's work all around us. Throughout your day,
let the sun,
a tree, a piece of fruit remind you that
everything you could ever want has been
provided and can
be found right here on earth. While changing the baby's
give thanks for the miracle of creation you hold
in your hands. . . .
The moment you begin to consider God
first in everything you do,
the world around you softens
and your life becomes easier.
You'll feel healthier,
happier and at peace with yourself.
-Susan L. Taylor
is nothing you need to do
to make yourself more acceptable
You don’t have to work harder,
nor do you need to change the kind
of work you do.
You don’t have to give
more money to charitable organizations.
The reality is, God doesn’t want you
to give anyone anything if you only
do it to impress God!
God does not
love you or find you acceptable because
of anything that you do.
you and accepts you because
you are a part of God. -Iyanla Vanzant
one has encountered God everything is changed.
One does not lead a charmed life—but it is amazing
how charming the commonplace can become.
has heavy work to do but one works with assurance
One still has temptations to meet but
they have been robbed of most of their power.
One runs into adversity but the inner certainty remains.
-Albert E. Day
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