As fall approaches we are enjoying the last days of summer—family outings, fresh vegetables and fruits in their season, longer days, and enjoying God’s beautiful creations around us. It is the time of year that we look toward our harvest, to tasting the fruits of seeds planted months ago—a reminder to plant and nurture spiritual seeds, that we might enjoy our spiritual harvest, and the fruit of what is of God must be sweet and do good.
While in the spirit world, I saw that God is Love and Love is giving! Helping others helps us, because of the spiritual law that governs Receiving. “Do unto others as you would have done unto you,” is a great verse to live by. Love must govern our balance, discernment and egos. Our goal should always be “to have the mind of Christ.” And our actions should reflect his loving essence, always! To be Christ like is to set the greatest example of all!
Sometimes the most loving thing we can do for another is to pray for them. “Pray for one another that ye may be healed…” (James 5:16) We can pray for others again, again, and again—sending out waves of love energy. We can be confident that as we lend our energy and prayers for others, our growth and direction is connected to a higher plan.
Our gestures of love are like deeds of faith. The Bible tells us that "Faith without works is dead." From our thoughts and desires, seeds are planted. We nurture these seeds with our deeds, our loving actions: a kind word, a reassuring smile, giving of ourselves. "I saw myself perform an act of kindness, just a simple act of unselfishness, and I saw the ripples go out again. The friend I had been kind to was kind in turn to one of her friends, and the chain repeated itself. I saw love and happiness increase in others' lives because of that one simple act on my part. I saw their happiness grow and affect their lives in positive ways, some significantly . . . I felt the love they felt, and I felt their joy. And this, from one simple act of kindness." –Embraced By The Light, pages 113-114
There is beauty, peace and joy in all we accomplish for God! What we give of ourselves returns to bless us. God is pleased when we use our own initiative to serve him and others. Wherever I travel, I meet enthusiastic readers and friends. I see the powerful ripples they create in the lives of neighbors, friends, and family. I know they carry on the work of sharing God's hope and love.
“Expressing our love freely and expecting nothing in return is the purest form of love. Acts of kindness have more power than we realize. Serving others regenerates the soul and lifts tired minds and hearts. No matter how small, each act of kindness adds energy to the entire world. The Ripple Effect, page 156
Times are more challenging but we can withstand it all through the power of our love and prayers. Satan may rule what he can of this earth, but it is not his! It belongs to God, our Creator. I gathered my own courage when I was shown that God loves us all and is tenderly caring for us and that there is no reason to fear, ever. To better know the ways of our Heavenly Father is to live in truth outside of fear.
All is well with our Lord—he blesses us always! God can expand in us all! My prayer is that we always be led to find ways to be in his service, that we might reap a rich harvest of his heavenly blessings!
All my love,