Today I declare that I am going to see God's favor in a greater way, that new doors are going to begin to open for me, that super natural opportunities are coming my way, that God is setting up divine connections for me, that I am always at the right place at the right time, that I am going to overcome every obstacle and defeat every enemy, that I am going to see every dream and every desire that God has placed into my heart come to pass.



Today, I dedicate my life to truth, love, peace and happiness. To Non injury through thought, word or deed.

Spirit Flight

Spirit Flight

Friday, November 15, 2013

Respect the Disease

"But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this.  Pursue a righteous life-a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy." 1 Timothy 6:11
When members of the 12 steps program of AA "Alcoholic Anonymous" define Alcoholism they describe it as a physical compulsion, coupled with a mental obsession.  We mean that we had a distinct physical desire to consume alcohol beyond our capacity to control it, and in defiance of all the rules of common sense.  We not only had an abnormal craving for alcohol, but we frequently yielded to it at the worst possible times.  We did not know when (or how) to stop drinking.  --- (AA Glossary)
Because AA considers Alcoholism to be a disease and not an "Undesirable Habit/Behavior", members in learning to recover developed a saying to reminder themselves not to take this disease of Alcoholism lightly and in the process put themselves in compromised positions lest they get harmed by slipping once again into the undesirable habit, they say "Respect the Disease".  If one took it seriously and respected the outcomes of its episodes a life of serenity is possible and attainable.  Just like a diabetic or someone with allergies going through life following a certain diet of avoiding certain food/beverages.  
There are many forms and sizes of a Disease it does not necessary fatal, permanent or contagious, for  having a cold is a disease and so is Malaria.  Respecting the disease is knowing that one is seriously complaining and hurting of something and even if in some cases the pain is not at the surface that does not mean it is not there, so precaution is recommended. Sometimes, diseases are not apparent, commonly acknowledged and openly recognized.  There are emotional diseases, one could be experiencing a heart ache after a break up, or suffering with a relationship, or have people problems at work or ones community.
I thought about this phrase today as I sat in excruciating pain in my lower back and shoulders because of some silly inconsiderate actions from my part, like sitting glued to my computer or to a book while in my bed, bending my back the wrong way to pick something from the floor over and over, or carrying something heavy against my doctor instructions who advised me against that and gave me a list of positions to avoid and others to maintain because of the problem I have wit"six" discs in both my neck and back.  
I know that instead of bending 90 degrees I could have simply bent my knees and used my legs like a mattress/chairs springs to go down pick something and come back up, sparing my back the inevitable pain from the accumulated misuse and abuse, and putting my body literally in compromised positions.  
I think ones heart, relationship, people problems, financial stresses or behavioral issues like temper/jealousy could also sometimes experience a disease.  It is up to me to decide whether to take my acknowledge that I have a disease or remain in denial, and if I acknowledged it like the first step of the 12 steps program do I take it seriously or do I carry in my denial by undermining it's strength to bring me down.  
As I was looking for the exact definition of Alcoholism on the internet I stumbled on one of AA forums and one member posted a comment sharing his/her (members are anonymous) thoughts about some person who have been in recovery so long still comes regularly and participate in those forums so the commentator wondered why is this great person who have been in recovery for so long still come to meetings even online ones, and how that thought was an instant reminder that This Disease (Alcoholism) has no respect!
Diseases have no respect, they don't care what gender, age, or circumstances in life one is going through. They Happen! It is up to me to properly evaluate the situation and what is going on with ones life and make the decision to what to do about it, a.k.a "Respect my Disease"!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

While We Wait...

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know the testing of faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing".  (James 1:2-4)

I took an acting class once and in the first session the instructor asked us to a strange exercise that is supposed to help us to get to know each other and form a connection.  He asked us to roam the room in intertwined circles gazing at each others eyes, locking eyes who intertwine with us and we fix a stare with whom we feel a connection and we introduce ourselves quickly and in a bit strange for me to say the least, to say my first name and say "One" thing that I sums up what I like and another single thing that I most despise. 
It was very challenging to find one thing that sums all that I like and another of what I most despise.  Yet, after I intertwined and locked eyes with most of new colleagues, I finally felt a real connection with someone though we never met, and I just said it "I am Sue, I Love Butterflies and I Hate Waiting"!
It was true, I SUCK at waiting, but who is good at waiting?!!, and what's up with the "WAITING" anyway!! Every scent of wisdom urges us to wait patiently for things to come in time.. It is there in the Bible, "There is a time for everything under the sun".  
We know it, we believe it, we say it to others to console and encourage, but why, and when is overwhelming while we wait.  
Today, I see that the thing with WAITING is not about the impossibility of what we are anticipating and wishing for, as people of faith  we believe that it is possible and that it is ours, and will come to pass; Whether it was meeting the right person, or getting someone to take notice, or feel strongly about my interests, or reforming a system in ones place of work or even setting right the Constitution or the Country. 
Today , I realize that it is not about how long "It Takes" but rather how I hold myself, my soul, my integrity, my truth, my feelings to the person I am longing for, my joy, My Power! 
Today, I know that seeing oneself as a victim of time to decide ones fate or destiny makes one feels useless, and useless people can not find a way out!!
Today, I wait with joy, with complete ownership of my power knowing that "Waiting" for anything is a quest, a journey and a test to urge ones soul.. only not to give up! 
So keep the Faith .. as the great Bon Jovi says and hold tight to ones Joy!  
"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up". --(Galatians 6:9)