Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mustard Seed Faith

Matthew 17:18-20

19Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" 20He said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you."

I always wondered what this portion of scripture really meant and today I finally found out. As I grow stronger daily in my faith and trust in God, I see others struggle in life the way I used to. I do my best to encourage them and recently have come to understand the power of continual prayer (Zero Limits by Joe Vitale). (Romans 12:12)

I used to ask myself how something as small as a mustard seed could possibly move mountains - surely, I thought, this must be an exaggeration, as the power of faith, tho great, takes a lot of work and years of practice. Boy was I wrong!

My friend recently relocated and having moved with practically nothing but the clothes on his back, was struggling with worry & doubt about how to make it in his new location. Many times I offered words of encouragement, thoughts on how positive thought/feeling (prayer) will bring about desired results, and suggestions as to what to do. With his faith being not as strong as mine, it was difficult for him to buy into the idea that prayer changes things but with a literal musardseed of faith, he moved on my suggestions. And to his utter astonishment and to my expectation, EVERYTHING he needed fell right into place. Within 4 days of hitting the tarmac he had a new, fully furnished apartment (most of the furniture & household needs given to him by kindhearted folks WITHOUT HAVING TO ASK!) just across the road from his son's school, two (yes 2) good paying jobs, the local transit to and from work practically at the doorstep, money in the bank and far fewer expenses than anticipated!

God is so good! And it feels so good to finally understand how faith really works! Imagine how much more we can do through faith as it grows!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Red Pump Project - Women and AIDS

Karyn of the Red Pump Project says:
Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and there's a whole lot of talking and educating happening all over the country in honor. Luvvie and I each have our own reasons for fighting AIDS, but most importantly, we simply agree that something has to be done. I mean, if we could just encourage women to talk about it and educate themselves and others, we'd be making a difference.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

A body of evidence

For the last several years I have had chronic muscle pain in my back, neck & shoulders. In October, I was at a women's expo and went to the booth of a chiropractor that had a computerized diagnostic machine. It indicated a total imbalance in the nerves and muscles in my back. Ok, tell me something I don't already know, right. A client of mine came in a few months later and in conversation told me she had gotten her massage therapist license and was totally willing to work on me in exchange for hair services. SWEET!

Well in light of my recent practice of allowing & purposeful attracting - this blessing should not have been a surprise, but grateful I am indeed.

It was about a month later when I finally made an appointment with her - and about 2 weeks after starting on my Advocare supplements. My appointment was last night. To my UTTER shock, the areas of usual pain have diminished so much that - althought the massage was wonderful - there was very little pain. I mentioned to her my surprise and said the ONLY thing different I have been doing is using a very well formulated nutritional supplement. She said she could feel that there were areas of chronic pain but that the muscles were very pliable and were responding very quickly to her manipulations. She also said that proper nutrition or the lack there of is critical in our musculature and acknowledged that these new supplements I am taking could indeed have made this big of a difference.

I don't know what happened - I just feel better!