Doubt

 

Doubt| mytwisteddream

 

“6 But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all.  Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. 7-8 If you are like that, unable to make up your mind and undecided in all you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord.”

-James 1 : 6 – 8 (GNT)

Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. Meaning, whoever doubts no longer has control over his thoughts, behaviors and attitudes, but rather, is controlled by the thoughts, behaviors and attitudes of those surrounding him. Most people probably wouldn’t think twice about the verbiage in this passage, but if you take a minute to comprehend the magnitude of these words, they are truly breathtaking.

Doubt, as defined by dictionary.com:

  1. to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe.
  2. to distrust.
  3. to fear; be apprehensive about.

Using the first line of this definition, consider the following:

  • If I consider it questionable or unlikely, that God created man from the dust of the ground, breathing life-giving breath into him, in order to bring him into being; I doubt God’s creation of man.
  • If I consider it questionable or unlikely, that by God’s commandment alone, He created the very earth on which we are living; I doubt the power of God.
  • If I consider it questionable or unlikely, that angels are capable of existing alongside man, even in a realm beyond the one we know to exist, and despite repeated mention of their existence throughout the Bible; I doubt the word of God.

There may be things that we as humans will never be able to comprehend.  Things like the existence of UFOs or the mathematical dimensions of the universe, are pretty vast, and sometimes vague, subjects.  However, if we accept the fact that we are not going to understand everything we encounter in life, and move forward with the open mindset of “what-if?”, then we are already ahead of the game! 

If you find that the mention of any of the above statements, plants a seed of doubt in your heart or mind, then seek out the truth as it applies to your own beliefs, and clear it up! The things we don’t even consider being a hindrance to our faith, are probably the most prominent obstacles we will face. Do not accept things just because someone told you to.  For the love of God, please – UNDERSTAND WHY you are supposed to believe what you are told. Have the answer to any question that might come your way, seek to understand the big picture.  If you get stumped during the process, just ask God for guidance. If you ask, you will receive; if you seek, you will find; if you knock, the door will be opened.  However, do you know what must be done prior to receiving, finding, and having the door opened for you? A conscious and consistent effort on your part for knowledge.

With Love,

nikki | mytwisteddream

“The beauty is there, but you cannot doubt it when you see it.”
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Darkness & Light

 

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The purpose of darkness is to cover up light. The purpose of light is to expose darkness. The two coexist cyclically in the physical (or visual) world, but beyond what we can see with our eyes, they are constantly at war.

Our consciences are the voices inside our heads that tell us right from wrong, and therefore, interpret what we cannot see.

Our minds are like light switches that are wired to our hearts – in order to turn light on within, we must freely choose to flip the switch.  We must learn to engage our hearts, so they can produce the energy required to power the light that brightens our minds.

However, because our consciences reside within our minds as part of our physical bodies, they are also part of the imperfect (or fallen) state of man. This means that over time, if light is not produced within our minds through observation & intentional self-study that is guided by the heart, then darkness will gain a foothold.  When darkness holds the majority within our hearts and minds, the amount of light inside becomes increasingly harder and harder to find…..

For more on Light, check this out!

Search for the beauty within, so that you may find the light that you so desperately desire!

Birds & Rain

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(Image via It’sGreg @ Flickr):  

Observations:

a. Why do birds go crazy in the rain?
b. Rain = Water
c. Water = Source of Life
d. Birds ‘delight’ in the source of life & also represent freedom

During a recent rain shower, I sat under the shelter of my porch in awe, as I watched the curious nature of several birds delightfully reveling in the raindrops coming down from above. I remembered seeing the same thing a couple months ago after a surprise snowfall, and decided to take note.

This small message of hope might go unnoticed by most, but I could not dismiss the synchronistic meaning that these events formed within my heart. As this congregation of varying species of birds, came together to prance and sing for my viewing pleasure, it appeared as if they were giving thanks for a much needed gift. I pondered this idea and realized that water is a gift – we are born of it and also require it for survival; it is the source of life.

No, this note is not just about birds.  It is an observation of the message they carry with them, in their songs of delight. Birds are the free spirits of air, and have often been used as bearers of messages.  For example, in times of war, homing pigeons were used as messengers to carry word of engaged parties who could not otherwise get word back to their home base. 

Today, we can also choose to see these curious animals of flight in the same way, as messengers. So the next time you find yourself staring out the window in a daydream and catch glimpse of birds at play, take note of their message and how it might apply to you.

There is so much more on this subject, and among the many articles I have found, the following is a wonderful reflection on the divine meaning of these messengers of the air.  Enjoy!

Birds as Divine Messengers: Animal Angels, Spirit Guides and Totems:  How God May Send Messages to You Through Birds

Pay attention to the otherwise unnoticed beauty surrounding you, in the places you might least expect.