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21 Days of Fantastic: Day 21, Gifts

Imagine how it would feel if God presented you with a gift.  All aglow in His pure love, it would feel so special to receive from Him.

Really special.  Oh, my.

It’s a mini birthday season in my family, so there is a little talk about gifts.  We also have been talking a lot about Our Gifts, the special talents we each have and those that we share.  And then there’s also been talk about being responsible to care for our belongings like we would be for someone else’s.

It all got me thinking about the sacred gifts that God gives us.  Even our bodies are sacred gifts directly from God.  Imagine God handing it to you as a sacred gift.  I don’t know about you, but that resonated deeply with me.  How would I treat a sacred gift from God?  Would I dump on it and treat it as replaceable?  I most certainly would not!  I would hold it precious, nurture it, treat it as special.

So the next time we ate out, I suggested we not indulge in special drinks.  And that felt good, to respect this sacred gift we received directly from God.

I hope that my respect grows and deepens, until I can see and feel deeply that every breath, every moment truly is a gift from above.


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21 Days of Fantastic: Day 1, Go Deep

I’ve picked up and found helpful a variety of little practices.  I’m going to share a bunch of them with you in the next 21 days.  They’re short, easy, and can yield profound results.  Try them and see which ones slip right into your life for a little more fantastic.

I’m such a big fan of gratitude, I’m gonna start there.

Try going deep with your gratitude.  [Here’s a hint:  It always goes back to God.]

Pick one thing — your spouse, drinking water, anything.  

Start at the surface:  I am so grateful to have water to drink.

Then go a bit deeper:  I am also grateful that my water is safe to drink.

Keep going:

I am so grateful to have water that is both safe and nourishing to drink.

I’m so grateful it is so easy for me to get safe, nourishing water to drink.

Wow, I am so grateful someone put safe pipes in this house.  Thank you for the people who built this house and kept my future safety and ease in mind.  Thank you for their hard work on my behalf .  Please bless their joy and health and safety.

Thank you also for the people who ensure that I have safe drinking water every day.  Thank you for the people who staff and tend the water supply and those who staff and tend the reservoirs.  Thank you for the people in positions of governmental authority who make decisions on my behalf that keep my drinking water safe and nourishing.

Thank you for the rain and snow that supplies the reservoirs with water.  Thank you for those who access the water in the reservoirs safely so that I might have safe water to drink and nourish my body.

Thank you for clean water and snow falling from the skies so that I might nourish my body with clean and safe water.

Thank you for the cycle of water, such that the clouds carry and release rain and snow.  Thank you also for the natural filtration systems that cleanse water not just for me but for all of Creation.

Thank you for the almighty Creator, who created a system so Divine and wonderful, that nature might make and cleanse water for us to drink.  Thank you for the nourishment we all gain from the gift of water–the gifts of body, mind, and spirit.

Thank you for the Divine Love with which all of us were created and made in His own image.  Thank you for the perfection that is life, the ease with which we can drink safely and happily from the cup of life.

Thank you,

thank you,

thank you.

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Angel Hug

Yesterday, I was feeling down.  Hoping that even though I couldn’t change the circumstance, I could change my feelings about it, I started first by asking my Guardian Angel for a hug.

Yes, a hug.

And yes, I really did.

Better yet, I got one.

But you know how we sometimes melt and start bawling when someone gives us a hug at a time when we are holding it all together but feeling really upset?  It was such a comforting hug from my Guardian Angel, I thought the waterworks might start.  But instead, I felt calm and bolstered.  I was surprised but glad.

Then my Guardian Angel shared a message with me:  …and in all things, give …

Being connected to a man of the cloth [my dad is a retired educational missionary, pastor, and professor of world religions], I asked him for context.  While a Google search had yielded a passage in Thessalonians, my father immediately thought of this passage from Philippians.

Philippians 4:4-7

King James Version (KJV)

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The verse from Thessalonians was apropos too:

1 Thessalonians 5:18

King James Version (KJV)

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

And my search also led me to this video, also very much relevant to my feelings of yesterday:

And it all comes down to this: when in doubt, give thanks.  Or just give.


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Flip Your Day, Find Your Way

I love teaching this stuff to my kids.  Then my kids turn around and teach it to me. 

I had just taught my eldest son about how to turn-around a day that isn’t going well by saying something believable*.  I told him that instead of declaring what a rotten day it was, he should say something like, “I am so glad this day turned out to be so incredible.”  He agreed to give it a go, and it turned his day around quickly.  He still uses it regularly and with good results.

A couple of weeks later, after a whole bunch of messes in a row, I went downstairs to get something to deal with yet another mess, and my eldest son was in the kitchen.  Both of us were having a time of it that day, but while I was wallowing in it, my son was saying, “I’m so glad …”  So I joined in with him, and that was all it took.  Turned my day around!  [Which reminds me, say thank you for every difficulty too, and we will be well on our way to making the most of our days and our lives.]

When The Going Is Tough:  When you are using an I Am statement to turn something around, make it a statement that you find believable.  That is why I suggested a statement that he could imagine himself saying at the end of the day–it is easier to imagine the day working out alright in the end when you’re in the midst of feeling rotten.

When You Want to Live With Purpose:  That’s also why I like an affirmation that doesn’t detail all of the little things but focuses on the big picture, like thinking/feeling/visualizing all day that at the end of the day you could proclaim, “I really lived this day to its fullest!”  At the very least, it is a reminder of what your highest priority is–to live the day to its fullest.

Maybe your priority is to maintain your calm, find your center, maintain inner peace.  Or maybe it is to feel that you lived in the moment, lived with purpose, or found your way.  Or to serve God in all you do and say.

You can turn your life around with it, too!

*This is a combo of Law of Attraction, The Magic  by Rhonda Byrnes, and what I learned in a Lifeclass with Oprah and Joe Osteen.

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When the Going Gets Tough, Say “Thank You!”

It was hard to wrap my mind around this nugget of wisdom when I first came across it.  Even though Maya Angelou said it to Oprah, more or less.

Here’s how it came to make sense to me:

We often look back at a difficult experience and are capable of seeing the good that might have come from the experience.  The lemonade part, right?

From a logical standpoint, the sooner we welcome an experience as a gift, we start feeling like this is all part of a plan and therefore under control–the mindset that everything is going to work out alright in the end.  This calms us down.   This opens us up to clarity.  We can think more clearly, feel more clearly.  It’s like the situation already has been resolved.*

From a spiritual standpoint, gratitude puts us very deeply into the space that you already have what you so badly want.  It’s a key aspect to attracting what you want to manifest in your life.

It is easier to employ this technique for the more typical trials and tribulations — like when someone has just shouted something rude out their car window in the parking lot.  Or even for the difficulties more typical of the human experience — like the angst of trying to figure out your calling in life.  I admit that I even went a bit in this direction when my daughter was born without the gift of breath, trusting that it was all part of The Plan.

But if you can even use it in just the smallest ways–when you have a spat, when your wifi doesn’t connect, when you get stuck in traffic–your life will feel better and lighter.

*Speaking of which, when my youngest was young, I often would pray for an immediate smooth and easy resolution to the situation at hand.  Just such a resolution quickly would reveal itself.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!