“Pray, Parlez and Play” resonated with me. I agree, Grace, that following your motto would definitely keep adults connected with God, our lovers and ourselves. Straying from God is something I know well, which I am embarrassed to say. But you know me, and you this to be true. Often, I have placed others first and neglected the spirit that lingers within me. During times of trouble, I tap into this spirit and it welcomes me home.
I need to be true to myself. Speak to myself from the heart and believe in myself as God believes in me to fulfill what he has planned. He has given me something great to believe in and I have been running away from it. No longer will I escape, neglect or sabotage what I know is meant for me.
A playground is awaiting…Grace. I am dressed to play, get dirty and have fun. Guess what, it’s also very colorful in my world now.
Jeremiah 29: 11-14
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the LORD, and I will change your lot.”
Eve, remember these words. Etch them into your heart. Do not let the world try to seduce you into forgetting this. This is a struggle within you that is constantly happening. It’s time to wake up and see with the eyes of your heart and soul. This may require making some changes so that your vision stays in focus. Here’s something to think about:
What if you began to wake up and fall asleep giving thanks to God for where you are right now? This means to be grateful for “WHAT IS,” whether healthy or sick, prospering or struggling, relating or alone, full or empty, succeeding or failing, etc. Can you look beyond the good and bad moment and see the true blessings?
Now, there will be days that you may be at a very low point and this is when you will know if you truly live in gratitude or only reach for it when you get what you want. In tough times, you need to take a deeper dive, removing all the clutter and see with the eyes of a child. These eyes are in awe that the sky is blue. The sun gives warmth. The birds sing for the world every morning whether you notice them or not. God decides to give you another breath, again and again, and again…even though you didn’t ask or pray about it. The earth generously produces another meal for your table. The rain once again refreshes the world around you. The seasons, without your invitation, revisit and bring their gifts again and again.
What don’t you notice that your heart and soul desire to give thanks if only you would step into life and see with a wider lens? What about everything that is happening in your body that you don’t see, yet keeps you alive and well? And then can you magnify your soul to see your internal gifts that are waiting for you and become a living expression of gratitude? You know, like gifts of peace, of love, of joy. I know I’ve shared this before that your situation (good or bad) should not dictate your ability to live life with or without these gifts. It is so important to unlearn that life events have greater power than your free will to choose and cultivate these unseen gifts. For peace, love and joy, though invisible have greater impact than anything visible. That is why it is important to even look beyond the blessing you see to experience greater gifts you can’t see. For what appears to be a blessing may not be and what appears to be a misfortune is really a great fortune that you chose not to miss.
Are you beginning to see the abundance of the gifts that God gives? And there is even more…so much more to receive?
Yes, Eve, God does have wonderful plans for you. They begin by receiving “What Is” in front of you so you can experience Divine Abundance around you. Living in this state opens your eyes to the plans and path God has for you. Why don’t we go for a drive? Let’s put the roof down and open our eyes to the wonder all around us and within us so God can work through us.