Posts Tagged ‘faith’

Namaste on Christmas Day

December 25, 2013

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Whatever your faith, whatever your beliefs, may the spirit of Namaste guide you to see every individual as a beloved child of God and all the Great (more…)

A Beautiful Message About “The Logic of Living a Spiritual Life”

October 27, 2013

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I received a wonderful e-mail by a woman overseas who is reading my new eBook, The Logic of Living a Spiritual Life: Supporting a Life of Faith Through Logic and Reason. Here are some excerpts from her note:








It was the intercession of God’s Will that a beautiful masterpiece of a book crafted in words had to reach me.

But i know, God is acting right in my life at this point in time and your ebook has been a reckoner for me to be enlightened in the true Will of God.

As i unfold my (more…)

Shanna Decker: Lose a Leg, Learn to Love

June 21, 2013

I wrote this profile of childhood cancer survivor Shanna Decker for what is now Caregiving in America magazine.Today, Shanna views her cancer and the resulting loss of a leg as a great gift. She is a remarkable young woman.

SHANNA DECKER: LOSE A LEG, LEARN TO LOVE

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Shanna Decker

For one week, Shanna Decker hid under the covers and cried, not wanting to talk to anyone, not even her parents. If you were seven years old, just found out you had malignant bone cancer and were about to lose all your hair to chemotherapy, you’d probably hide under the covers and cry, too.

And yet, after just one week, a week that Shanna said her mother spent not eating or sleeping, the entire Decker family—father Jack, mother Sherrie and 13-year-old sister Melissa—found the peace and strength they needed. “We talked about it as a family and we understood that we were not in control, that this was happening for a reason,” Shanna remembers. “We said, ‘Okay, Lord, take us where you need to take us.’”

That act of surrender changed everything. “We decided that we were going to (more…)

Huston Smith on the Convergence of Faith and Science

April 26, 2012

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I was impressed with Professor Huston Smith‘s explanation of how faith and science, which are usually at loggerheads with each other, are actually complementary and equally true. Smith is the author of The World’s Religions, which has sold three million copies and helped change America’s religious landscape when it was published in 1958.

This essay by Ptolemy Tompkins, who at the time was the Assistant Managing Editor at Guideposts, was printed in the May 2008 issue of Guideposts.




FAITH VS. SCIENCE?
How faith and science can both be true—and how one teenager knew his life here on earth was significant

It was in high school that I first started hearing about the battle between faith and science and how that battle had been won by science.

“Faith was fine in the Dark Ages when people didn’t know how the universe really worked,” my friend Bruce, an aspiring science major, would explain to me—with the tone of an adult explaining a completely obvious truth to a stubborn child. “But there’s no (more…)

Sunny Side Up

February 4, 2012

This story by my friend, Judy, certainly doesn’t prove the power of prayer, but it does bring three words to mind should you ever wonder during a stressful situation whether you should send up a prayer: It can’t hurt!

SUNNY SIDE UP

A late-night comedy had me riveted to my TV one humid June evening. Through the upper windows of my treehouse cottage, a soft breeze moved through my bedroom. I hadn’t yet put the screens back on so the windows were completely open. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a tail dart quickly by my leg. I wasn’t at all concerned. “Must be the cat,” I mused. Then I realized I don’t have a cat. Or a dog. Or any animal. In horror, I rushed into the kitchen just in time to see a large rat squeezing into a floor hole.

The next morning, hoping not to encounter a rat running over my toes, I apprehensively watched the floor for sudden animal movements as I turned on the burner to make my eggs. Suddenly, I remembered my early morning appointment with Honda for a tune-up. Distracted by thoughts of hungry rats, I glanced at the clock, grabbed my (more…)

Night Brings Out the Bright Contrast of Day

September 18, 2011

Hope and faith will always triumph over adversity just as good will always triumph over evil, for implicit in the duality of material existence is the promise that this, too, shall pass.

Good and evil must ever be complements on this earth. Everything created must bear some guise of imperfection. How else could God, the Sole Perfection, fragment His one consciousness into forms of creation distinguishable from Himself? There can be no images of light without contrasting shadows. Unless evil had been created, man would not know the opposite, good. Night brings out the bright contrast of day; sorrow teaches us the desirability of joy.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Rise to the occasion and you will (more…)

Flowers Grow Out of Dark Moments

September 17, 2011



If you believe that you are one with God, that you co-create whatever comes into your life, and that everything happens for a reason, then it follows that hardships are nothing more than course corrections on your spiritual path.

There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.
Richard Bach





If you could but look through God’s eyes, you would see God’s (more…)

It Is Useless Knocking at the Door of Heaven

September 10, 2011




When you feel attuned to God and bathed in the healing, protective glow of God’s love, you recognize fear for the illusion that it is.




Clouds don’t worry about falling into the sea because they can’t (a) fall or (b) drown. But they are free to believe they can, and they may fear if they wish.
Richard Bach

You realize it is not the adversity that needs to be changed, it is (more…)

When Do You Say Grace?

May 31, 2011

A gratitude habit generates countless reminders each and every day that you are amply wealthy in all the ways that matter most.

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing, and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.
G. K. Chesterton

Inevitably, you find yourself expressing gratitude not (more…)

Step Forward in Faith

March 24, 2011



Your destiny is rooted in everyday moments. Every thought, every choice, every act influences your life’s work and shapes and defines your legacy.




We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.
Dag Hammarskjold

Your ultimate destiny and your ultimate destination are (more…)

Throw All the Paint You Can

March 1, 2011

Have your fears prevented you from stepping into all you are capable of becoming? As destiny’s call grows more urgent, and the yearning to live your dreams threatens to consume you, once-paralyzing objections and obstacles lose their power over you.

Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
Jean de La Fontaine

Reclaim your spirit and celebrate your liberation from conformity. Cast your (more…)

Walk Through That Door

December 27, 2010

If you’re like most people, you’ve found yourself yearning to be free of a job or relationship but just didn’t have the courage or confidence to push the eject button. And if you’re like most people, if and when you finally quit that job or ended that relationship, your reaction was, I wish I would have done that years ago.

The first time I realized that I was in a situation that no longer served me, it took me (more…)

The Muffin Man Strikes Again!

October 11, 2010

More than fifteen years ago, I was riding the bus home from a weekend work shift. Intrigued by the New Age concepts I had recently begun reading about, I decided to make productive use of my time on the bus by stating and manifesting an intention. Since I was a bit hungry and would be getting off the bus in the parking lot of Rainbow Foods, I conjured up the thought of manifesting a blueberry oat-bran muffin, a favorite treat at Rainbow.

I didn’t have a penny on me so I closed my eyes and visualized me finding forty-two cents. I did so with unshakable faith that my attempt at manifesting a tasty muffin would be successful. Trust is key because doubting the process essentially sabotages it. I opened my eyes and thought, Okay, let’s get started. The first thing I can do is look for money on the bus. I looked under the seat and (more…)

Faith Alone Defends

July 21, 2010

When you are firmly anchored in God, you know that whatever you must face, you will not be facing it alone.

Security is not the absence of danger, but the presence of God, no matter what the danger.
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Ultimately, real security is trusting that you have the faith, strength, and courage to rise above any challenge.

Faith alone defends. Life is either a (more…)

Yours for the Taking

May 31, 2010

The courage to honor your guidance requires a unique blend of faith, hope, trust, and obedience: faith that you are being pointed in the right direction, hope that the outcome will be rewarding, trust that it will, and obedience to the divine force that operates in your best interests.

Courage can’t see around corners, but goes about them anyway.
Mignon McLaughlin

Muffle your courage and you may be forever haunted by the dim realization that (more…)

The Key of the Morning, the Bolt of the Evening

April 12, 2010



Prayer is a natural outgrowth of faith, an inevitable testament to your trust in divine mercy and kindness.

Faith is the fountain of prayer, and prayer should be nothing else but faith exercised.
Thomas Merton




Your words are far less important than the purity and intensity of your yearning. What you are thinking pales in significance to what you are feeling.

If you pray to God as though your heart and mind will burst with longing, He will respond.
Paramahansa Yogananda

When you feel attuned to divine consciousness, thank (more…)