Surrendering to grace means opening ourselves to beauty and goodness already present and active in our lives. We cooperate with its warm affection; we expand into its fullness. We move to embrace it and discover that we are already engulfed by its immensity, its elegant sympathy, its vision for our lives and for the future.
Following are some questions to help you consider the vastness of grace and love in your life.
• If you could remain open to the fact that Love is, at all times, surrounding you and within you, what might happen?
• If you could allow Grace to raise your countenance above the breadth of your pain, that you might see the blessing and purpose always available, what would happen?
• If you live engulfed in the reality that you are valued and wanted, who will you become?
“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.
It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
God gives grace… 24 / 7 / 365. And like any other gift, the gift of grace can only be experienced and enjoyed if we’ll receive what is being offered. So if we continue to resist or hold onto our skepticism about deity or love and goodness, then we intentionally bypass the gift and we’ll stay as we’ve always been — no growth, no newness, no increase.
But Love is irrefutably with us, and already moving in our lives. It is…
For some of us, it’s hard to accept the love and understanding of our Divine Source when we feel we don’t deserve it. But that “unmerited” or “unconditional” element… that’s the whole thing about grace! Nothing we’ve ever done or will do can alter this unrelentingly benevolent reality. We need not shame ourselves any longer for past behavior or unfulfilled dreams, because this promise that divine favor is always available for us stands as a banner of peace for our lives.
As we flourish in this journey of life, we have the privilege of acquiring a greater portion of peace…
Grace is unmerited favor given to us by God for our transformation and discovery. Grace enhances our lives and dignifies us, adorning us with a significance we’ve never known before. Grace distinguishes our lives from every other, because it illuminates our unique beauty and gives us the capacity to walk in the sacredness of that beauty more formidably.
Author Anne Lamott said, “I do not at all understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.” Your openness to that touch of grace today is your agreement with the power of Love to bring breakthrough and renewal in the seemingly mundane places of your living. There is nothing ordinary about you — you are magnificent! And grace is always moving you towards a clearer understanding of your bright and distinct purpose.
When we humble ourselves to the simple belief that we are not at the center of the universe and that a compassionate Power greater than ourselves is eager to love us unconditionally, an understanding heart forms within us. Though we might not feel that we understand life more clearly or fully, our faith creates space within our hearts for the power of Love to bring fresh, exciting revelation.
Yet when we take up intellectual offense to the idea of a Higher Power — or to our unanswered questions about life, suffering, tragedy, truth, God, whatever — we block our ability…
“Change favors minds that are diligently looking
and preparing for discovery.”
~ Louis Pasteur
Change is going to happen whether we like it or not. Life is change. The way we influence the change to work on our behalf is by nurturing a receptive disposition to uplifting revelation and embracing a life of hopeful anticipation. If we’re preparing for discovery, we will find it (or it will find us). But if we never look for it then it will, most likely, never appear. Hope opens our eyes, keeps us listening and helps us look and prepare for vibrant innovation.
When we surrender to the brightness of Love in our lives (rather than resist it) we’re not mindlessly following a bouncing ball or dumbing ourselves down. Instead, we are willingly decreasing our self-dependence so that we can increase our dependence on the wisdom and foresight of our Higher Power.
So today, what are you ready to stop resisting? Because we already know the staleness that a life of resistance brings — unable to hope because we’re afraid of getting hurt. But the compassionate designs of Love have our healing at hand and our greatest accomplishments in mind!
• What false…
A lot of us have been fighting the consequences of a skewed lifestyle, or disordered thinking, or someone or something else our entire lives. And because the fight has been unrelenting, it’s possible that we’ve become depleted, weak and vulnerable.
So let’s make a wiser decision. Let’s relinquish our illusion of control, cease from futile inner resistance, and embrace the freedom to enjoy the full fragrance of life. When we surrender to our Higher Power’s design for our lives it becomes possible to find solace in transformation, and in the progression of spiritual discovery. …
“Be who you are and say what you feel,
because those who mind don’t matter
and those who matter don’t mind.”
~ Dr. Seuss
Anyone can live towards death, with no ambition, but the Strength of Love gives us the capacity to live towards our bright destiny. We want living that is actually full of life! And as we live into our distinctive purpose, our lives become whole and distinguished.
A distinguished life begins each day surrendered to Love, listening to Love. From this place of humility and receptivity, we cease striving to find ourselves and trust that we will…
Humility is not humiliation or shame. Humility is voluntary and constructive. Shame is forced and destructive. Humility is not a broad-sweeping surrender to everything and everyone, where we say, “Okay, just walk over me and do whatever you want.” That’s foolishness! The humility required for genuine, vibrant living is being vitally aware of our own limitations, submitting to Wisdom beyond ourselves, and actively cooperating with that Power that is much bigger than our particular experiences.
We know who we are, so we do not speak (nor allow someone else to speak) in a derogatory manner. But we’re also aware of…