Are you a perfectionist?

Perfection –

Nowadays everyone is trying to be perfect – perfect faces, perfect bodies, perfect jobs, perfect relationships, perfect home, perfect families, perfect pets, etc.  Seeking so much perfection can bring a lot of stress into our lives. No matter how good something is, in the race toward perfection, it seems we can never win.

Maybe its because the only thing Perfect in this Universe, is Perfection itself – also known by some, as God.  Although we can never attain perfection, we are perfect because we were created by Perfection.  When we understand that we are perfect, not because of what we do, but because of whose we are – God’s child – we find peace and serenity.

Does that mean that we do not try to improve in all the areas of our life? No! Growing and improving is part of living and of using the gifts we have been given to good use. In the development of our soul, it’s important to strive for excellence and impeccability.  But by accepting that we may not achieve perfection, we understand the need for the courage to change and grow so that we may be all that we were created to be.

Don’t add stress to your life by comparing yourself to others, or by beating yourself up because you did not reach the result you wanted.  Know this, that just by the effort, and the knowing that God loves you, you are perfect just as you are!

Quote of the Week

“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”  

Michael J. Fox

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Is God Absent?

In the movie about the life of Ray Charles, Ray, there’s a powerful scene that takes pace right after Ray as a child becomes blind. He enters the house and falls over a chair and cries out to his mom to help him. His mother obviously moved with love and wanting to help him, doesn’t.  As a result, Ray begins to become aware of his surroundings by listening to sounds and the more he listens, the more he learns. He hears a cricket and lets the sound guide him so accurately, that he catches it and gives it to his mom, who although he cannot see, knows where she is. 

His mom is moved to tears of joy seeing how Ray adapts and overcomes to his new blindness.  The look on his mother’s face is pure love. 

I believe that God is like Ray’s mother in that It often lets us fall and fail so that we may grow and develop the skills we need to become the person It knows we can be.  Letting someone fail and learn what they need to learn is a powerful gift of Love.  

So when it seems like God does not respond to our prayers or has deserted us, remember this. God is always with you – sometimes holding your hand but at other times, letting you go so you can learn to walk on your own and navigate the pitfalls along the road that is called life.

Quote of the Week

“God, Who is everywhere, never leaves us. Yet He seems sometimes to be present, sometimes to be absent. If we do not know Him well, we do not realize that He may be more present to us when He is absent than when He is present.” 

Thomas Merton

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Prayer!

Prayer works! 

I have heard many stories from people of how prayer has made a difference in their life.  A lot of times people will give examples of how they prayed about a situation and it resulted in their prayers being answered just as they had prayed for.

However, what about the times are prayers are not answered?  Does that mean there is no Higher Power?  I once heard that all prayer is answered with a “Yes”, a “No” or a “Not Now”.   Faith is trusting that even a ‘No” or “Not Now”, God has got our backs.

I heard it said that GOD stands for Good Orderly Direction.    I try to remember this when it seems my prayers are not being answered.  When I do remember,  (when things don’t go according to my plan), I have faith that GOD is large and in charge and has got me. I can then let go and see all the good that can come from a no.

Quote of the Week

“Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”

Garth Brooks 

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Miracles…

do you believe in them?  I do! I have seen and heard about many miracles that have happened in people’s lives.  One thing I know for sure, some miracles may seem to not be as obvious as others.

When we pray for a specific outcome and it does not happen, i.e., a healing, we are quick to think that miracles do not exist.  We expect miracles to be delivered like Christmas presents on Christmas morning.  If we don’t get exactly what we ask for, we think miracles are just something someone made up.

We fail to see that although we did not get the “miracle” we asked for, we in fact got another gift that we needed more – whether it was something we wanted to not.  

If we take time each day to find the little miracles that are all around us, we open ourselves up to receiving the “big” ones. 

Find the beauty, goodness, kindness, compassion and love all around and you will see miracles in your life everyday.

Quote of the Week

“Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.”           Bon Jovi

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Spring Renewal

What a wonderful time of year – Spring, Easter, Passover, Earth Day! Each one in its own way is about rebirth, renewal, rejuvenation, and Life!  

It is a time when we are reminded that before new beginnings, there are endings.  We don’t like endings because most of us are afraid of change, of new things, different things.  We often would rather stay in our pain than face the unknown.

Spring and Easter remind us that preceding life and much beauty, come times of darkness and often despair.  But no matter how bleak the winter is, spring is always behind it, and often the most beautiful Springtimes are the ones that follow the dreariest winters.

If we can remember the lesson from from the caterpillar – it is only in letting go of the old – no matter how painful the process is – that we can become what we were created to be – beautiful, unique butterflies.  

Quote of the Week

“If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can’t help but learn.”                              Bernie Siegel MD

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