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Resilience

I AM AN INFINITE EXPRESSION OF LIFE. I AM WHOLE AND WELL.
When a plant goes through a dry period, it grows stronger because it can no longer rely on surface moisture. It has to go deep. So do I. When difficulties cause me to reach toward a deeper level of my being, I experience a stronger sense of my capacity for growth and change. During these dry periods that seem to test my inner resources, I am encouraged to stretch and extend the roots of my soul to a deeper level.

There are no situations in my life that define me. I stand in my spiritual identity and honor that part of myself. No one can take away my essential, spiritual self from me. I bounce back from any adversity with ease and grace. I am resilient!

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets.”—Luke 5:4


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Prayer for Healing and Strength

Father, thank you that you sent your Son to bring me life
Life in the fullness
Life for eternity
Thank you that I share in Christ's resurrection life
That Christ is alive in me
And His Spirit dwells deeply in my being
Right now I receive your healing
I receive the same power that raised Christ from the grave
I receive Your life
I receive Your strength

Thank you that all things are possible for those who believe
Thank you that you are moving in me right now
May I continue to receive from you
This hour and every hour.

Amen.
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Inner Peace

I ALLOW THE PEACE OF GOD TO FLOW THROUGH ME NOW.

When I feel stressed by the busyness of my day, I remember the peace of God is as close as my next thought. No matter what is happening around me, I can always choose to experience a deep inner peace. Finding peace requires no strenuous effort but only my permission and cooperation.

Exhaling all tension, I inhale peace. Peace calms my thoughts and emotions and relaxes my body. With each breath, peace fills me and radiates from me. I continue to draw from this deep well of peace as I resume my daily activities with renewed energy and a quickened awareness of the infinite presence.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.—Philippians 4:7
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Faith

I SEE CLEARLY WITH THE EYES OF FAITH.

When American mystic Charles Fillmore called faith “the perceiving power of the mind,” he was challenging me to exercise my God-sourced authority to create my world. I now take up this power and wield it to create the kind of life my heart truly desires. I include in this vision harmonious relationships, abundant circumstances, radiant health, and spiritual awakening.

I focus my mind on success, peace, and well-being in my life and world without dictating the details of how it might come about. I entrust this all to God and feel my sense of assurance and confidence grow. I know and affirm that everything is moving in the direction of my good and all is well.

And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.—Psalm 9:10
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Difficult times and trials can pull the plug on our strength like water draining from a bathtub. Sometimes we have little strength to begin with, and then Satan tries to siphon off every ounce of our remaining energy and enthusiasm. When facing trial before Nero in Rome, the apostle Paul rejected Satan’s attempt to discourage him and declared that while everyone else deserted him, the Lord came and stood beside him, strengthening him.

That’s the common experience of our biblical heroes. When Daniel was about to faint, he said, “The one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me” (Daniel 10:18). Moses promised, “As your days, so shall your strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25). Isaiah said, “And to those who have no might He increases strength…. But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:29-31). The biblical record is clear for us to follow, we are strengthened in our inner man when we turn to God for His help and power.

We don’t have enough strength in our bodies and personalities to handle unexpected crises, but remember—there is unexpected strength from the Lord. Draw strength from Him today.

I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand/upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.
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Let Go, Let God
I RELEASE LIMITING PERSPECTIVES AND ALLOW MY GOOD TO UNFOLD.
At times I have clung to ways of being that kept me stuck in place mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Ready for a new direction in my life, I pause to open my heart and mind to a storehouse of unlimited possibilities. Turning to the presence of God within, I choose to surrender my limited perspectives and become willing to take on a new and higher perspective.

When I tap in to my spiritual nature, life takes on a sense of adventure. Following divine inspiration, I am able to move forward on my life’s journey. Viewing life in positive ways with an attitude of empowerment, I expect my greatest good to unfold. No matter what may arise in my life, I am grateful knowing that God is blessing me in magnificent ways!

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you.—Psalm 55:22
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Christmas
I CELEBRATE THE MIRACLE OF SPIRITUAL LIFE.
On this Christmas Day, memories of my childhood Christmases come into my mind—sampling warm cookies just out of the oven and singing favorite Christmas carols. Love and joy fill my heart as I imagine people across the globe gathering to celebrate, attend sacred services, and spend time together. Wonder and awe overcome me as I contemplate the number of people all around the world who celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Today the Christ light is once again born in our hearts. I know that God is with me always, shining brightly as the Christ presence within. Whether this day is busy with festivities and fun or is more quiet and reflective, my heart is filled with the spirit of Christmas.

To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.—Luke 2:11
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Persevere
I CREATE JOY IN THE JOURNEY AND PEACE IN THE PROCESS.
Learning to walk, a toddler will stumble and fall countless times. With patience and determination and no self-reproach, they simply pick themselves up and try again until they succeed. Many even seem to revel in the opportunity to go again, gaining confidence and enjoying each new try.

I choose to embrace this beginner’s mindset. There is no judgment or self-condemnation in what I may feel are failed attempts, simply a purposeful patience brought to every effort I make. When I let myself fall in love with each step, I create joy in the journey and peace in the process. The result may be different than what I had planned, but I trust the Divine is in the details and the best outcome will be revealed.

So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvesttime, if we do not give up.—Galatians 6:9
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Outlook

MY POSITIVE OUTLOOK SHAPES MY WORLD.

My outlook determines how I see the world. I may see the world with a distorted or unfocused perspective because of negative attitudes that have prevented me from seeing the good that is present. Shifting my awareness to the positive brings the already existing good into focus and allows me to see things as they are, in Truth.

If I find myself stuck in distorted feelings or thinking, I step back and observe what I am choosing to see. Then I make a new choice. My perspective is one of positivity and healing, harmony, and growth. I am intuitively connected with the all-knowing mind of God and know just what to do and how to do it. My vision becomes clear before me as I shift my awareness and see things anew.

For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace.—Isaiah 55:12
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Grace

THE GRACE OF GOD IS WITH ME ALWAYS.

Grace is an expression of the love of God, always available, never needing to be earned. As I recognize grace, I feel an exhilaration and a comforting remembrance of the connection I have with God.

When I feel I am lacking the good I need or deserve, I stop for a moment to consider the many ways I have been cared for. I remember precarious situations that have worked out to my benefit. A concern over which I worried was resolved in an unexpected way. An idea or opportunity may have delivered surprising and positive results.

Grace is never far from me, but it can be undetected and unappreciated. I know that grace is mine, and I receive it with gratitude.

Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.—Hebrews 4:16
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You’re not perfect, are you? Some of those imperfections are hurting those closest to you, but they’re hurting you more. Our faults and failures weigh down our spirit, and we get discouraged about ourselves and ask, “What’s wrong with me?”

God knows what’s wrong with you, and He loves you anyway. He patiently works with us as we grow in Christ. He helps us become wiser, better, stronger. He is longsuffering. Exodus 34:6 says, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.”

Numbers 14:18 declares, “The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression.” And 2 Peter 3:15 says, “Consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.”

Confess your faults to the Lord, and don’t keep beating yourself up. Let your self-image become swallowed up in the “light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Look at Him, and let Him transform you from glory to glory. He is so patient with us.

Praise Him, still the same forever, slow to chide, and swift to bless.

Henry Francis Lyte

We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit.
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J. Oswald Sanders pointed out that the teachings of Jesus were simple, vital, ethical, practical, original, psychologically correct, and, of course, theologically true—in every way. The teachings of Jesus were true because He is the truth, so we can know Him. He fulfills the truth, so we can trust Him. He tells the truth, so we obey Him. He models the truth, so we can emulate Him. He predicts the truth, so we can expect Him. And He comforts us with the truth, so we can love Him.

Reading through all the Gospels in one sitting would take some time, but if you have a Bible with the words of Jesus printed in red, try sitting down to read those words. Go from passage to passage, simply reading the red-letter words of Jesus. It’s a wonderful exercise. As an alternative, spend extra time this week reading the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5–7. It’s the greatest speech, sermon, or discourse ever given.

When the red letters of Jesus become the read letters of Jesus, our soul is enriched. The world will one day end but His words will never pass away.

Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.
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