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Spiritual Sunday: Finding God

Spiritual Sunday: A freely written essay series on lessons along my spiritual journey. Ramblings, personal discoveries, and hopefully a cohesive message delivered in love. 

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. ~ John 4:4

Growing up in church, I’d always hear that God is everywhere. Only now that I’m consciously walking in my spiritual journey, am I realizing how oblivious to this majestic truth that I’ve been. Before, I “knew” that God was everywhere but I didn’t know. You feel me? But now, I know know. A true awakening indeed.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? ~ 1 Corinthians 3:16

In you…

There’s something remarkable about reading scripture through my current lens. As if I’m reading them with new eyes, in new light. I’ve recited each of these scriptures more times in my life than I can count. But only now…is the depth and a fresh understanding of this word truly means is being shown to me.

In you…God…is in you.

I sit here and let those words cover me. Wash over me. Fill me. My body has a physical reaction to the word. I can feel myself becoming whole as I meditate on this truth: God is in me.

Peace ~xoxo

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Spiritual Sunday: Finding Peace in Ecclesiastes

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My Bible study generally goes one of three ways: 1.) My Pastor preaches on a scripture that resonates with me and I want to gain more insight. 2.) My Joyce Myer: Promises for Your Everyday Life – a Daily Devotional Bible Plan leads me to a scripture that speaks to me. Or 3.) I come across a scripture–never randomly because I believe “coincidences” are really the universe’s way of showing you that you are on the correct path–that I am not familiar with and I need to know more. I’m not sure which path led me to come across the book of Ecclesiastes but I studied it for weeks, pouring over the details, and finding a deep resonating peace from it to the point where I reference it frequently.

From my experience, Ecclesiastes isn’t one of the more popular books and some people who are familiar with it might not be the most fond of it and may even wonder what it is that I find comfort in. Because if we are being quite honest here, it’s a pretty solemn book in the Bible. For those who aren’t familiar, Ecclesiates is the story of preacher and King, Solomon who ponders over the purpose of life. It opens with describing all the circumstances of life, from mourning to celebration, ultimately conveying that there is a time for every activity under the sun.

Why do I find peace in this book? Well, I struggle a lot with anxiety. It’s one of the most difficult challenges of my life. When things are going good, I’m worrying about what’s going to happen. I’m always feeling like the ball is going to drop or something is going to go wrong. I constantly feel overwhelmed and that I’m not getting enough done. I can analyze everything to the point where I think no decision is the right decision. It gets deep y’all. But what I found in Ecclesiastes is just the most simplest of ideas about life. Solomon says that everything is “Meaningless”. And while some may find that disheartening, I find it peaceful. All of these things in life, these decisions, these goals, these appointments and projects, things I want to buy or do…all of things that cause my anxiety to go from 0 to 100…really are meaningless. In the end, will any of those things matter?

This simple idea about life helps me to find peace in the moment for what that moment is. My anxiety is rooted in worrying over what may happen, not what will happen, or even what is happening now. I was put here to fulfill a specific purpose and I know that I will accomplish that. My focus should always be on God and everything else is well…”a chasing after the wind”.

That’s what I get from Ecclesiastes and it’s comforting. It’s peaceful. Sometimes we find comfort in the most unlikely places. What scriptures do you reference to bring you peace?

Stay blessed beautiful!

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Spiritual Sunday: Listen

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One of the biggest obstacles I face in my personal walk of life and spirituality is learning to really LISTEN. You know, not just like listen with my ears because that part is easy, but really listen to the messages and direction God is trying to tell me. Life is so busy and full of noise. Distractions are everywhere and sometimes trying to find my way through it all to the stuff that MATTERS is hard.

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Spiritual Sunday | Love Your Enemies

Today’s Spiritual Sunday is a scripture I read often. Throughout life there are people who are just out to do you no good. You may not know why, you may not understand. You don’t deserve it. It is unwarranted. But it is what is. Our basic instinct is always to react in the same fashion. You do me wrong, I’ma do you wrong. Trust me. I know these feelings ALL. TOO. WELL. But, hard as it may be. That’s not the way we should respond.

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. ~Matthew 5:43-48

It’s hard. I know. This is a struggle I deal with constantly. I posted this for you AND me. Because Lord knows I need the strength!

Peace, Love, & Blessings
~
Siggy
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