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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101 Positive Words

POSITIVE WORD CLOUD

Over the years, I’ve compiled a list of words that [I feel] have positive attributes associated with them.  At first glance, some of the words may seem as though they should probably be on a different list – I mean, how is ‘comprehend’ a positive word?!  Well, think about how it feels to be challenged by an idea, only to later grasp its significance and look back with full comprehension.  Looking back, you realize how far your understanding has grown on this particular idea, and that understanding, is a very positive thing, my friend!  If we are not constantly gaining insight, we are either losing it or simply maintaining the status quo, and to me?  Those attributes are anything but positive!

Take a look at the words provided below – use them as writing prompts, share them with others, whatever you can think of, just spread the light that is burning inside of you, dying to be shared!

1. Love
2. Believe
3. Hope
4. Live
5. Create
6. Dream
7. Peace
8. Free
9. Imagine
10. Discover
11. Think
12. Change
13. Simplify
14. Remember
15. Joy
16. Wisdom
17. Fate
18. Gracious
19. Unity
20. Forgive
21. Patience
22. Overcome
23. Endure
24. Wish
25. Listen
26. Passion
27. Gratitude
28. Relax
29. Happiness
30. Harmony
31. Wonder
32. Feel
33. Clarity
34. Inspire
35. Live
36. Explore
37. Smile
38. Balance
39. Respect
40. See
41. Be
42. Heal
43. Faith
44. Restore
45. Journey
46. Adore
47. Learn
48. Know
49. Solace
50. Calm
51. Enjoy
52. Breathe
53. Seek
54. Hold
55. Centered
56. Being
57. Prevail
58. Continue
59. Silence
60. Rest
61. Chill
62. Tranquil
63. Shine
64. Light
65. Bright
66. Unwind
67. Open
68. Experience
69. Embrace
70. Give
71. Receive
72. Progress
73. Accept
74. Comprehend
75. Take in
76. Realize
77. Lead
78. Utilize
79. Teach
80. Humble
81. Spirit
82. Unite
83. Comfort
84. Beauty
85. Bliss
86. Fly
87. Free
88. Renew
89. Wander
90. Wonder
91. Purpose
92. Meaning
93. Find
94. Hugs
95. Kisses
96. Xoxoxo
97. Always
98. Close
99. Cherish
100. Revel
101. Deep

I would love to hear how you have benefited from the spreading of your own positive energy, so please feel free to share!  I hope you enjoy!

Find beauty in the simple things, even words!

Heart & Soul

HEARTANDSOUL

 

….but how do you find your heart?  Start listening to your conscience and obeying its commands.  That simple.

Find the beauty in yourself.

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.

Christian Nuggets – The Indwelling Christ

The Holy Trinity in a nutshell:

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the witness of Jesus Christ, resides within those who believe, so that we may understand God’s purpose for our lives in order to glorify Him, the Father of all creation.

Click Here:  Christian Nuggets – The Indwelling Christ.

Find beauty in ALL of God’s Creation.