My Mission & Purpose: Though Embraced By The Light chronicles my near-death experience and amazing journey into the spirit world, its main purpose is to reach hurting souls and bring greater hope & quality to life, give comfort through hardship & loss of loved ones—and to help establish direction through daily living. However, perhaps more important than anything else—its purpose is to bring to its reader the powerful message of God's unconditional and eternal love for them and the message “Above all else, love one another.”
“Compelling and infinitely reassuring, Betty's vivid account of the afterlife will give you
of the peace and unconditional love that await us all.”
During a time of despair while suffering from anorexia, Lara has an NDE and writes, "What I do know is that we should love each other and everyone's flaws, we are all here to learn, to make mistakes, to grow."
“Mum's Death Gave Me Life”
I heard someone saying, "You can't get to her that way. Come I will show you another way," writes Priti and more about her experience of how she received heavenly comfort after the death of her mother.
"I love God and Christ and deeply value your relationship with them..." Ruby shares her thankfulness for Betty's added "Preparedness" section of her website.
"He, too, had a "Life-After-Life" experience." Iva shares a letter from her friend who is an inmate and wanted to write to Betty because he had an NDE also.
During the birth of her son, Janie dies and then is returned to her body. "I wondered why The Lord allowed me to return only to see him suffer and die of cancer but I know now he was a blessing to me even for only his 36 years."
When in the presence of the Savior I felt his unending love, and I will never forget the sincerity and affection in his loving voice. His message of love still rings in my ears and is ever so clear even now: "Above all else, love one another..." were his parting words as the heavens parted and a host of angels sang to comfort me in my sorrow of leaving him. As I attempt to share how this felt, words have failed me. It is impossible to express the happiness and joy, as is my feelings of loss, and the humility I felt throughout the course of the Angels singing.
Back on earth, memories of my sacred journey made clear the depth of God's unconditional love for me and for all. No one is insignificant in the eternities—every soul is of infinite worth — eternal worth. We cannot measure that love here or even begin to glimpse it while here.
It was following these departing moments that I was shown another vision of our earth and its people making their way through mortality towards eternal life.
When the heavens scrolled back, I saw the earth with its billions of people on it. I saw them scrambling for existence, making mistakes, experiencing kindness, finding love, grieving for death, and I saw the angels hovering above them. The angels knew the people by name and watched over them closely. They cheered when good was done and were saddened by mistakes. They hovered about to help and give direction and protection. I saw that we could literally call down thousands of angels in our aid if we ask in faith. I saw that we are all equal in their eyes, great or small, talented or handicapped, leaders or followers, saints or sinners. We are all precious and carefully watched over. Their love never fails us.—Embraced By The Light, page 121
Returned to earth, I was shown the unsettling times that lay ahead. Darkness surrounded our world and Satan made a final attempt to destroy mankind by attempting to destroy families knowing that society as a whole would soon follow. I saw how the faith of many would be shaken as they surrendered to panic reminding me of the signs of the times found in the New Testament, particularly, "Men's hearts failing them for fear..." (Luke 21:26)
What gave me hope was also shown to me and that was that our Heavenly Father often allows us what we personally and collectively desire, and create, in order to teach us what is more percisely needed—as individuals and as societies. His will is not to fully govern us, but to grow us to become greater in Spirit, as he is, by achieving his attributes through experiences that lead us to seek and choose higher standards for us, thus make better choices. When we seek his guidance he strengthens us and will prove us more powerful than Satan's opposing forces; we can become victorious! God never allows us more than we can endure and he will never allow our struggles without assigning people, services or resources along the way. We have access to more help than we can possibly imagine, or often see. I witnessed angels surrounding our world, they sang healing tones, unseen heavenly melodies to our world that can touch hearts that are ready and open to receive God's help from above.
This is the time to choose whom we will serve and immerse ourselves in prayer and God's love. We are learning to love and it is an ongoing process—a journey—but all too often we can become complacent, distracted or out of balance. It is up to us to choose the right path for us, to choose love, to choose God—no matter those distractions.
We are created from knowledge and love which reside in each of us at our creation. When discouraged, despairing or feeling without hope, we can reconnect with our higher self for greater wisdom that is always available. We can turn to prayer and humbly ask the Lord to show us the way, to guide our thoughts and wishes toward goodness, compassion and love.
Panic is fear and fear is the opposite of love because it blocks our source, who is God, because God is love.
People write me that since the Presidential election they have become fearful, some angry. Some lost hope and feel despair; all searching for meaning, some looking for God's hand if at all in this.
We are at a pivotal point in our world, even a divine appointment to make changes that must be made. Now though changes in leadership many are led to panic and fear of direction; some falling into and absorbing the hysteria of others; some believing falsehoods perpetuated by those driven by self-interest. All of these can be dispelled by seeking calm through the wisdom found in our own hearts. Do not place greater importance on what your neighbor thinks or what your co-worker believes or what is said through the media. Find your own direction through your own promptings and guidance rather than what you see in the masses of the world.
During our elections, many of us prayed for our world, our country, and for our leadership. We have prayed for our leadership here on my website for years. As believers in God, we have prayed earnestly seeking his will, guidance and blessings. I know the power of prayer and have witnessed its power. I was shown beams of light emanating from our world from our personal prayers as well as our united prayers shooting up to heaven from all over our earth, all inviting God's intervention toward goodness—and he did not, nor has not abandoned us. Remember, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son..." (John 3:16) Take hope from this and trust that God IS answering our prayers by giving us exactly what we need to grow, heal and advance from in order for us to live in harmony, joy and love on earth and in heaven with him.
During the election, we prayed for God's will to be done, for right choices to be made, for the right President of our times to be elected. We prayed that the hearts of this leadership be awakened to truth and honesty with the end results of a better country and society for us to live in — and for our children to grow from. We prayed for God's will to pour upon our earth to all countries, and it is my belief that he has done this very thing according to the current growth of its people. Cause and effect make us co-creators with God, therefore we have created the circumstances of our world and will live through the consequences of our creations. One could argue this point, but we as a society gave God our leaders to choose from, now we must stand ready to support where we stand through greater prayer.
The apostle Paul implored us to do good works which will strengthen our faith, boost our confidence in our nearness to God, as well as improve our physical and spiritual health. Many readers write for my point of view and what I see is that tirades of anger draw negative energy that fosters illness both spiritually and physically. We must rid ourselves of bitterness and hatred, replace those emotions with prayer and faith which will lead to good works. Jesus told us to pray for our enemies, and that, we can all do. We can become conduits of God's healing energy toward those we pray for, "Pray for one another that you may be healed..." John 5:16
Be calm and be prayerful. God's plan is not to punish nor to harm, it is to teach and give us opportunities for eternal growth.
Trust in God and then step up to being a co-creator with him once more by changing your outlook where necessary. What good can you do today? What positive can you do that will then ripple out and touch others? If you desire change in the world—then start by making changes in yourself and home—which will then ripple out to your family, friends, neighbors and the world! Find greater balance between the pressures of the world and the needs of your family and loved ones. Do you balance the time spent on your mobile devices, entertainment and work with the needs of your son or daughter or spouse? Are priorities being neglected because it is easier to allow worldly distractions to interfere? Do you make the quiet time with your families to talk about your spiritual concerns and to pray together?
We are intelligent beings; we are created through the wisdom and love of our Creator; we are children of the Almighty and All-loving God! We are his spirit off-spring and all of our good comes from him. He is our source for all the good that we receive, give and do!
If you are unsure if there is a God, think on this. Just because we don't understand or trust, or believe in a certain thing does not mean it fails to exist. Electricity has always existed and has always been available. Yet for it to be utilized, it first had to be discovered and then studied to be understood. Today, the world relies heavily upon it. So it is with God whether you believe in him or not. We need him now more than ever! He exists, but to live in you, he must be discovered by you. Now that we have knowledge of him we must learn of him and grow our understanding to truly utilize the gifts he offers to us. Whether we fully believe in him or not, he will always be there for us, that is his nature. There are many in the world who have not yet learned of, or, do not believe in God — yet still accomplish great good. The story of Charles Camp out of Berkley, California comes to mind. Charles was a famous atheist/scientist who spent his life refuting God's existence. When in a hospital dying, had an NDE and met God. You can read part of his story from the account of his wife that is included below this article. And to those who may be agnostic but desire a greater understanding, who would like the comfort that comes with knowledge of an omniscient all-powerful, all-loving Creator of the universe, I give you the following challenge: Make the time to find a quiet place, a place free from distraction where you can find a quiet place inside you and ask God to reveal himself to you. Be open to receive and then stay open.
Choose God—now and always—or choose spiritual bankruptcy, because that is the default result of not choosing God. This is more than going to church or being religious. A person can be religious and still be spiritually bankrupt. Spirituality, the kind that gives us peace and calm and confidence through trying times, comes through our seeking our Heavenly Father and Creator, by seeking a personal relationship with God through our prayers and service to him. Jesus showed us the way and building our foundation on him will anchor us through any storm.
Choose ye this day whom ye will serve... as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! Joshua 24:15
From the chapter “Searching for Meaning” of The Ripple Effect:
If we could glimpse the mind of God, the truth about some people's missions would absolutely amaze us. For years the renowned professor and scientist, Charles Camp, debated religious leaders on the radio. He also traveled nationwide advocating the facts of science as opposed to the concepts of Creationism. Over the years he lost faith in God and became known as an outspoken and articulate atheist. Then, as he lay dying in a hospital, all that changed. He discovered the beauty and intricacy of God's plan for him. He was astounded that—despite his atheism—God had been using him all along for His loving purposes. Here, Charles Camp's widow, Joanna Camp, shares the story:
Dear Mrs. Eadie:
My husband died in 1975. Before his actual death, his doctors pronounced him dead three times. They were astonished to witness his return to life each time with a clear mind and filled with energy, even though he was dying of terminal cancer and old age. At the hospital, the nurses began to call him among themselves "the man who wouldn't die." All this is recorded in the hospital records.
During the times he was dead, my husband experienced things, some of which were exactly as you wrote about in your book.
Charles was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley and was written up as the "father of paleontology." For years he taught medical students. When the subject of near-death experiences would come up in class, Charles would explain that there is no life beyond the grave, that everything ends there, that the body gradually changes to become nourishment for other forms of life. The experience of going through a dark tunnel to see "God" at the end as a bright light was just an illusion. For when the body is undergoing the hard stress of dying, he said, certain chemical reactions are triggered in the brain, and this is nature's way of providing ease from the stress, nothing more. So imagine his great surprise when he found himself separated from his physical body at the hospital. He told me that he began to analyze everything carefully, taking nothing for granted. But soon he had to admit to himself, that this was certainly not an illusion. He'd never felt more alive! All of his many senses seemed to surface, to come alive in him, he said.
Next he found himself in the dark tunnel, before the bright light and God! God received him with the same unconditional love that you experienced, Mrs. Eadie. He said his entire body vibrated with God's wonderful love. From head to toe, God's love flooded him, and once you have experienced God's love, he said, you'll want to remain forever by his side, never to be far from his love ever again. He learned that though he had not believed in God on earth, God believed in him! God had loved him tremendously, since the very beginning.
Charles had been an atheist on earth, but he was not a person who fought good, nor was he against humanity. He was known for his genuine humility, gentleness of spirit and his great love for people. His goal in life had been to aid humanity in any way possible, to help mankind evolve and get on the right path mentally. He dedicated his life to help remove some of the ugly racial and religious prejudices. For seventeen years Charles was a spokesman for the university and a radio debater. His job was to deal with the radical preachers who were constantly challenging the science departments of the nations' universities, demanding that they shut down or teach science only according to the Bible—or according to their own interpretations of it.
Charles was well prepared for this. He had studied the Bible for many years in the original languages. He said his aim was to make the church leaders realize how far they had strayed from the true master that they claimed to follow: Jesus Christ. Charles soon gained great fame for this, but because of the dark works found in the Christian churches then, he turned further and further away from the Bible—and he eventually wanted no part of the God that these churches followed.
Then, when he died and stood before God's bright light in heaven, he learned this had been his major mission on earth—to debate with religious leaders who were taking the world into a dark path. He learned that the only way he could do this was as a scientist! He was reminded that Jesus Christ came to earth to chastise the religious leaders of his time, who were also leading their people in the wrong path.
Who would ever have believed that Berkeley's famous atheist would be the person to teach me about God! And who would have believed I would look deeply into the eyes of an atheist to see the spirit of Christ in those eyes! Life has never ceased to amaze me.
It may take a lifetime of following our hearts before learning that we've been doing what God sent us to do in the first place. Charles Camp reminds me of Saul in the Bible. What passionate men! They knew what they believed, and they taught it with all their hearts. In The Awakening Heart I told the story of my brother-in-law Tom, who had been an atheist most of his life. I told him of my experience in heaven with God, and he dismissed it outright. Then God redirected his life by giving Tom his own near-death experience. What a gift and a blessing! Tom was instructed to tell everyone he met that God lives both in heaven and in the hearts of all mankind. Today, as he speaks of his knowledge of God, he shares his precious message with passion and love.…
Following one's heart with passion, direction, and determination is giving life to life. Could any father ask for more?
On the other side I was told that each person's life is like a river. The destination is set, but the method of our journeying is up to us. We can cruise down the middle of the river at top speed, or we can dig the shore and spin around in eddies. We can crash over rapids or chart a safer path between obstacles. We can slum along the bottom in the mire and slime of sediment, or we can glide along the sparkling surface where the air is clean. The river is ours from birth to death. How we navigate it is determined by the hundreds of small choices we make each day.
God can especially use people who will throw themselves passionately into what they love, who walk forward confidently committed to a cause.
To discover our mission in life we must see challenges as opportunities for growth and then face them head on. Each challenge measures our strengths and progress. Even when trials cause pain or sorrow, we must look for new lessons in the pain and ask God for the power to learn and to grow from it. Suffering focuses our attention on what matters most, and with God's help, we can strengthen our spirits by learning patience, tolerance and love.
Readers Ask Betty
How can we overcome habits of negative thinking?
I've been dealing with some negative energy recently that seems harmful and wakes me up in the middle of the night. Betty, what can I do? From your experience, were you told how to get rid of these things?
Though changing bad habits of negative thinking can be extremely difficult, there are actually many ways to work on this and improve one's ability to enjoy positive energy. I would recommend choosing one or two methods that seem to resonate at first. Then if something doesn't seem to be working, don't quit! Rather, keep working on it and try something new. Often, I've found, if we back our perspective away from the problem a bit and prayerfully look at it from higher ground, we are then able to see a fuller picture while discovering new ideas and inner promptings for dealing with a particular situation. Here are a few ideas to consider in attempting to become a greater vessel of positive thoughts and energy:
Invite positive forces. This is best done through prayer. Ask God to help you draw and use positive energy. Invite his guidance and direction in learning how to overcome negative and then affirm your prayer with your own heart, “I invite positive energy into my life, and my physical and emotional health are increasing in response.”
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22
Speak positive words. Spoken words create lasting vibrations. Take some time to pick out some positive phrases to use out loud in place of the negative ones that you are in the habit of saying. Jesus taught the importance of our spoken words when he said, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” (Matthew 12:36)
I was shown the power of our spoken words and how they affect our energy within and around us and wrote about in Embraced By The Light:
"I saw different energies surround different people. I saw how a person's words actually affect the energy field around him. The very words themselves—the vibrations in the air—attract one type of energy or another…If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths." —Embraced By The Light - page 58
The following is a simple affirmation, yet powerful tool, to help one redirect their words toward being more positive: “I speak positive words which attract positive energies and create inner strengths.” Saying this out loud will have the added benefit of helping to enroll our subconscious to aid us toward replacing negative habits with positive ones.
Think positive thoughts - use affirmations. Our words begin as thoughts and our thoughts begin as feelings within our heart. Jesus taught, “There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man… For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts…” (Mark 7:15, 21)
"There is power in our thoughts. We create our own surroundings by the thoughts we think. Physically, this may take a period of time, but spiritually it is instantaneous. If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely…All creation begins in the mind... Thoughts are deeds..."
—Embraced By The Light - pages 58-59
We all experience adversity and opposition, it is how we learn and grow spiritually. The use of affirmations are a vital tool for replacing negative with positive. Just trying to "stop" a negative thought leaves a void, a vacuum that will quickly fill back in with more negative if you don't have something positive ready to fill that void. Take the time to write out and put together your own "arsenal" of affirmations to draw from when negativity begins to overwhelm and then practice them at other times too, so that they begin to internalize within your heart and being, and will begin to come to you naturally.
Choose our reactions – learn to pause. This takes practice! Practice noticing your reaction but not acting on it, then let it go and a new one will take its place, perhaps one that will be more Christ-like than the first. It is not a particular circumstance that is important, it is our reaction to that circumstance that is important. I remember when I first started practicing this after I returned to my mortal self here on earth. Often I would have several reactions go by that I had to first acknowledge, then let go of—while pausing prayerfully and waiting for something higher to occur to me to do or say. Remember, I wrote in my books that I was born with a temper and grew up in boarding schools where I had to learn to defend my self to survive. This made for quite a challenge in learning to overcome my instincts that were not always the loving self I wanted to be.
Over the years this has become much easier so that often my first reaction is the Christlike one. That is my goal, to "have the mind of Christ" which we can't fully do while here on earth, but we can learn, practice and grow closer and closer to our goal to follow him and do as he would have us do. Here is a prayer from my Devotional that can help you create your own:
"Father, when negative thoughts seem to come from 'nowhere,' I will pay closer attention and search my own heart for their source. Thank you for so powerfully blessing me to have control over my life. Help me to progress beyond letting my imperfect thoughts rule my life. And bless me to lean upon your wisdom, understanding and guidance, instead." —Embraced By The Light Prayers & Devotions for Daily Living, September 29
Connect with our own spirit. Our own spirit is connected to God and has power over the flesh, but we need to pause, get quiet and search our hearts for wisdom, understanding and strength to overcome our weaknesses. The strength of our own spirit can empower our thoughts when we search our heart for the divinity that God implanted within each of us when he created our spirit:
"Because I knew that all creation begins with thoughts, I also knew that the creation of sin, and of guilt, and of despair, and of hope, and of love all start within us. All healing comes from within. All misery comes from within."
—Embraced By The Light – page 71
Create positive ripples by doing acts of kindness. Never underestimate the power of lifting another and doing good for others. When we do something for someone else, expecting nothing in return, we open our heart, our spirit energy to flow outward and receive goodness inward, we become a part of that heavenly flow of God's love.
"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." —Embraced By The Light - pages 113-114
Prayer can be a wonderful beginning toward doing good for others, the effort of which brings healing to ourselves as well. “Pray for one another that you may be healed...” (James 5:16)
Learn to have a grateful heart. Even when things seem to go wrong, we can learn to have a grateful heart. I give details about practicing and learning to do this in my November 2016 homepage message found here.
Forgive our selves when we fall short. Know that you will have successes and failures, progress and setbacks. Don't quit! What is important is that we learn from our experience and never give up!
"When we fall down, we need to get up, dust ourselves off, and get moving again. If we fall down again, even a million times, we still need to keep going; we're growing more than we think. In the spirit world they don't see sin as we do here. All experiences can be positive. All are learning experiences."
—Embraced By The Light – page 70
Always remember our Source who is our Creator. There is no substitute for a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. Prayer is key. As we invite his help in our lives—while turning to him for direction, seeking his guidance and will—we will grow our alignment with his ways becoming a channel of his love to others.
"We can recharge our own spirits through serving others, having faith in God, and simply opening ourselves to positive energy through positive thoughts. We control it. The source of energy is God and is always there, but we must tune him in. We must accept the power of God if we want to enjoy the effects of it in our lives." —Embraced By The Light – page 67
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The Gift of a Grateful Heart ...finding gratitude even when it seems far away
My Dearest Friends,
I'm extremely thankful to have a close and trusting relationship with my Heavenly Father; it comforts me when everything looks bleak. Even when struggling, I know he is still there though I may feel far away from him at the time. One of the ways I ensure this is to choose a grateful heart no matter what, just like I always choose to love—no matter what the day brings, love and gratitude are always what I choose and attempt to live up to. No matter how our human frailties or weaknesses may loom at the time, we can always choose to be grateful and we can always choose to love!
It may sound redundant and we all remember as children being told, "When you grow up, you'll understand…" Even so, the truth is this: When we leave this earth—we will have grown our own spirit; and we will understand the eternal value of our mortal struggles—all of them! And this is what I think about while I "grit my teeth" and go through whatever is troubling me. Hold on to your faith—especially when struggling!
Since my return from my NDE, I miss the wonders of heaven and the incomparable joy of being in the Savior's presence. I have seen great struggles and have spent many days literally walking through my house, usually while cleaning in an attempt to be useful, yet with all my heart seeking comfort and strength by thinking of things to be grateful for and whispering, "Thank you Lord for my health, for my physical strength and ability, thank you Lord for my family, I'm so grateful for all you give." Darkness is kept at bay while I think of things to be thankful for and soon my heart begins to swell with the magnificence of God's hand in my life.
“I also understood the importance of thanking God for the things we receive. Gratitude is an eternal virtue. In humility we must ask, and in gratitude we should receive. The more we thank God for the blessings we receive, the more we open the way for further blessings. His desire to bless us is full to overflowing. If we will open our hearts and minds to receive his blessings, we too will be filled to overflowing. We will know that he lives.” —Embraced By The Light - page 107
We must develop, nurture and expand our personal relationship with God. Leaning on the arm of flesh, whether it be a trusted friend, teacher or organized religion, if done without seeking a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father, is setting one's self up to fall because no matter the spiritual level of others, they are mortal and subject to human frailties and misinformation. We can use others temporarily to shore up our faith or lean on to help us through a difficult time, God wants us to help each other! However, in the end, it is God in whom we must rely on, lean on and trust as our ultimate source. Some of the difficult times we experience may be specifically designed to teach us and help us learn to hang on to our Father!
God has my personal blueprint for my life here on earth, he has yours too, and you can be sure his design is flawless, it is perfect! And just like you, I don't have a perfect knowledge of his plan for me and must go forward in faith from day to day. But that's okay, God knows my purpose so I don't have to, I just have to desire his will and hope to fulfill his purposes and hope to experience the joy that comes from serving him well. Hope floats! From one desire to another. To hope is to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen—which brings in our imagination and imagination is the key to reality. Hope can float us through the darkness in our lives till we perceive and experience the warmth of God's light and love in our life once again...which we always will when we hold on to him! Hope and imagination help us create our reality.
Hang on to your connection with God. Strengthen it through study and prayer, nurture it through pondering his blessings and thanking him for his gifts frequently. Gratitude is part of the Universal Law of giving and receiving. Part of growing in our spiritual understanding and ability to love is by sharing what we have been given with others. This can be done by example as we gather our loved ones and talk about God's hand in our lives as well as express our thankfulness for his gifts. As we do, we invite further blessings and create ripples of love that will bless us, our families and all around us.
This election time has been a particularly difficult one and many have asked me for guidance. And perhaps this is a time for us to practice making difficult decisions. Weigh and measure everything—then follow your heart! Of course one cannot truly follow their heart without making God a part of their decision making process since he created our spirit and resides deep within each of our hearts. As a society, we are suffering the consequences of choices made over decades of focus on the world rather than on the things of God. Even so, it is never too late to turn to God! We, as a society, can and must turn to God to receive help from above . . . and each of us can do our part by following our heart, expressing our faith and trust in God and helping our loved ones do the same, creating loving ripples that will go out to all. It's never too late to turn to love and our Heavenly Father is always waiting to pour his blessings upon us as we turn to him and seek his guidance and will.
Bless each of us to feel your guidance and your Spirit in our hearts that we might strengthen our lives. We know that you lovingly watch over us always. Help us lean on you and trust your omniscient perspective and know that your will is always for our greatest good. Guide us in your everlasting, unconditional and purest love! During this time of the elections here in America, Father, bless us as citizens to understand our choices and have the ability to accept the consequences that our choices bring. Guide us through our awakening to your ways and to be able to help others do the same, that we might walk through this difficult time while leaning on you. Bless us to overcome our transgressions and replace self-centeredness with righteousness and bless our leadership, Heavenly Father, to exercise their influence in a way that will lift and foster your blessings and your will. I pray for each of us to recognize your hand in our lives, and remember to thank you for your gifts and blessings that lead us back home to you.
I pray these things in the precious name of your son, Jesus Christ, amen.
All my love,
God bless you and thank you for coming here.
May you feel the Spirit of God within every page
And know that he loves you unconditionally
He will never forsake you.
Freedom of choice is precious, and our individual agency may be the most precious gift we have from God next to life itself…In heaven, free will was gifted to all who would come here, and we willingly accepted it for ourselves and granted it to others. We desired it as a responsibility and a challenge for our lives on earth. We asked God for the right to make mistakes, even to sin or to break spiritual laws so that we might learn. We desired to live with the consequences of our mistakes so that we could be driven from within to revise our lives. —The Ripple Effect - pages 41, 43
It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Psalms 119:71
Father, in your wisdom you endowed me with everything I need to make the most of this life, including free will. Thank you for my freedom and for the responsibility that comes with it. Help me use it wisely. Bless me with the patience and love I need to respect the choices of others.
Affirmation: I am conscious of the power God has given me in free will, and I use it for his glory.
“Today is the day the Lord hath created, I will rejoice and be glad in it”
As we learn to Praise God in all things, even through our trials, even through our struggles—we will find our trust in God grow stronger. We will begin to feel a peace that passes understanding and is not of this world. And we will find a greater alignment with God that grows our confidence in our ability to follow his direction in our daily lives. "Be in the world but not of it" is a challenge common to all of us and learning to Praise God in all things can help us meet this goal.
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