Rev. Arlene’s Blog

Rev. Arlene Meyer, our Minister, posts mid-week messages on this blog. Come back often to read her inspiring and thought-provoking posts. Learn more about her.

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From Rev. Arlene

I believe that whenever two or more are gathered together in unity, The Spirit of God is there, in the midst of them. I have experienced this when faith minded people come together and the group’s decision, or group conscience, is God speaking through that group voice and vote.

And so it was this past Sunday as our entire membership unanimously agreed to move from our current location to a place we can truly call our home. We anticipate being in our new location on the first Sunday in April!

But what do we do when we are seeking an answer to something and there is no group – it is just you. I believe that there is Divinity within each of us so know this – you are never alone. When a difficult decision comes up – you can go within to access the wise being within, God, and find your answer.

That answer may not come quickly but if we continue to go within to seek the answer – it will come to us. However we must remain willing and open to receive it. And remember when we ask for something there are three possible answers from God – yes, no or not now.

Quote of the Week

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5

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From Rev. Arlene

There are many steps we can take to deepen our spiritual connection, help us deal with our emotional issues, and give us more mental clarity. My favorites are service and meditation.

Service is something we often do not consider to be vital to our well being. We rarely consider service as a tool for our overall spiritual, mental and emotional health and yet it is one of the most important.

Giving helps us to find humility, gives us greater self-worth, fills us with gratitude and allows us to be less self-centered. Yet we sometimes overlook this when we are working on raising our consciousness.

There are many ways we can give back. We can give money to the place where we go for our spiritual nourishment and we can give of our time.

If you are not giving, try it! You may think you have neither the time or money to do it, but try it anyway. We really cannot afford to NOT do it!

Quote of the Week

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Winston S. Churchill

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From Rev. Arlene

There are many traits that lead us into being spiritually connected to God and to others. Qualities such as faith, trust, love, kindness, etc. But often overlooked is dedication or commitment.

Dedication is an important aspect in our lives and often determines whether we fail or succeed in something.

In businesses, the ones that are dedicated to succeeding, to being of service to others, are often the ones who get ahead. In relationships, the ones in which the people are dedicated to making the relationship work are the ones that last.

Most of us are dedicated to something or someone. Maybe it’s our spouse, our children or grandchildren, our pets or a cause. Without some dedication in our lives, we live a life that just drifts along and is easily pushed off course.

Dedication means to be wholly committed to something such as an ideal, political cause, or personal goal. What are you dedicated to?

It is a good idea to put our spiritual life up there with the other aspirations we are dedicated to. When we strengthen our spiritual life, we are also giving ourselves more power to achieve whatever it is we wish to succeed in, in other areas of our life.

Quote of the Week

“Dedicate yourself to what gives your life true meaning and purpose; make a positive difference in the life of your church.” Hallelujah McBerry

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From Rev. Arlene

Do you realize that the one thing you do more often in a day than breathing is making decisions?  A Cornell University study said the average working adult makes more than 70 choices a day!  I don’t think there is anything else that we do daily and that often.

From the time we wake up, we make a choice – whether to hit the snooze button and stay in bed longer or get up.  Even when we make NO choice, we are making a choice.

So although making decisions is something we do on a regular basis, it does not make it any easier when tough decisions face us.  Some decisions seem so big that it can be completely overwhelming and so we often make a decision to make none.

However, when we do that we often miss some of life’s greatest blessings which usually come after we have made a tough choice and stepped out in faith.  That is why it is important to have a daily practice of going into the silence.  A mentor told me that in doing so, I was priming the “pump” so I could access the wisdom that was within me.

Before getting on the spiritual path I made many poor decisions.  But the good news is that, following my introduction into the spiritual life, many of these “bad” decisions turned out to be a blessing.  What is interesting is that my greatest time of spiritual progress came as a result of my making poor decisions.

Today, I take the time to connect to my Higher Power before making any choices, either big or small. Once that is done, I can step out in faith and take the action necessary to experience the blessings!

It’s never too late to turn your life around.  Regardless of the decisions you’ve made in the past, God can turn yesterday’s liabilities into today’s assets.  I encourage you to take the time to pray and meditate first thing in the morning.  Your day will become much more efficient, effective, and peaceful as a result of being dressed spiritually as well as physically.

This Week’s Quotes:

“It is our choices Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”  J.K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

 

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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From Rev. Arlene

How is the New Year going for you?  Did you make any resolutions or intentions?  Did you break them yet?

Whether or not you have made a resolution or an intention, if things are not going as you would like them in your life, you can always, at anytime, make a fresh start.  We don’t need a new year, a new month or a new week to start anew.  We need only today.

If you are already off your diet, it’s ok – just start again today!  Having trouble getting to the gym or beginning that workout program – no problem, start again today to do it!

In my own life, when my day is not going as well as I would like, I start the day again at whatever point I am.  I just stop, close my eyes and breathe, and begin again as if nothing has yet happened in my day.

I love fresh starts because it gives me an opportunity to always begin anew – and knowing that, brings me hope – always!

Quote of the Week

“I keep turning over new leaves, and spoiling them; …and I make so many beginnings there never will be an end (Jo March).”

Louisa Mary Alcott, Little Women

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