“Come back to me with all your heart . . .”
~ Joel 2:12
COME TO ME, Come to Me, Come to Me.
This is My continual invitation to you,
proclaimed in holy whispers.
When your heart and mind are quiet,
you can hear Me inviting you to draw near.
Coming close to Me requires no great effort
on your part; it is more like ceasing to resist
the magnetic pull of My Love. Open yourself
to My loving Presence, so that I may fill you
with My fullness. I want you to experience
how wide and long and high and deep is
My Love for you, so that you can know My Love
that surpasses knowledge. This vast ocean
of Love cannot be measured or explained,
but it can be experienced.
~ Sarah Young, in Jesus Calling
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Your word, O Lord, like gentle dew
falls softly on my heart of hearts,
awakening me to all the glory
of this blessed day.
I behold your wonder within
a single flower –
rejoicing in the abundance of
beauty that your grace bestows.
Walking forth to meet the dawn
I carry with me the Presence
of your love —
to guide each step
with your unending care.
In the brightness of your Light
I see the way ~ ~
new vistas that shine love into each hour;
and all now shall be well . . . all shall be well.
~ Anna Lin
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Peaceful ~ ~ ~ Still ~ ~ ~
in Silent Wonder I behold Your face,
my Gracious Lord.
For in this Presence
all the fullness of love’s grace
is known full well;
and I shall rest secure
in love’s embrace.
All shall be well
and all shall be in peace.
~ Prayers of Anna Lin
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What shall be the Holy Wonder
that comes to fill my heart this day ~ ~
walking in the splendor
of a thousand blessings sent my way?
I pause to listen
to the voice of song and praise
as birds come singing
choruses of joyful song they raise.
My thankful heart shall ponder
all the beauty present here
as You speak in silent whispers
with Your Presence ever near.
~ Anna Lin
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Your Beauty shall enfold me
as I walk my path this day;
Forever held in Love’s embrace
Your Presence comes to say:
“Beloved ~ child of joy to me,
Rest deeply now in peace,
for I have blessed you mightily,
Look here now, and you shall see?
You are all you’re meant to be;
Living freely, bright and fair;
Beloved ~ child of my joy,
you are held in loving care.”
~ Anna Lin
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This is your soul talking;
Do you not hear
the distant longing
that is telling you your truth?
All that you are
All that you are
created to BE
Is buried in the
treasure of your heartsong.
Open this gift
and bring it to Light,
to shine your brilliance
well upon the way.
No other creature
can take the place of you;
to be the presence
of love in who you are.
In any moment
you can choose
to set her free ~
to soar in majesty
and holy awe.
~ Anna Lin
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It’s all right to be human. When your mind wanders while you are praying, don’t be surprised or upset.
Simply return your attention to Me.
Share a secret smile with Me, knowing that I understand.
Rejoice in My Love for you, which has no limits or conditions.
Whisper My Name in Loving contentment, assured that I will never leave you or forsake you. Intersperse these peaceful interludes abundantly throughout your day.
This practice will enable you to attain a quiet and gentle spirit, which is pleasing to Me.
As you live in close contact with Me, the Light of My Presence filters through you to bless others. Your weakness and woundedness are the openings through which the Light of the knowledge of My Glory shines forth. My strength and power show themselves most effective in your weakness.
Deuteronomy 31:6; 1 Peter 3:4; 2 Corinthians 4:6-7;
2 Corinthians 12: 9
From Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
With soft petals falling
I behold the wonder of Your Beauty
on this glorious day,
my Gracious God.
The Blessing of Your Presence
comes to sing within my heart.
In gratitude I bow
to honor all that’s given to me ~
and rise to live in faith
that Life lives on.
~ Anna Lin
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The beloved Thich Nhat Hanh was once asked:
“What do we most need to do to save our world?”
Those questioning him probably expected him to
share specific strategies to pursue. But instead
he answered: “What we most need to do is to
hear within ourselves the sounds of the Earth crying.”
Yesterday I completed the 5 day challenge to live below the poverty line
that is the daily experience for 1 billion people on earth. For me, this
challenge opened up a greater awareness of the obstacles people
living in poverty must face every day. It made me grateful for everything
I have – without taking anything for granted. It inspired me to use my
imagination to creatively find ways to live with less – so that more can
be shared with those in need. It kept me in reliance at a deeper level
of Holy Presence, moment by moment.
But the greatest gift from this challenge is the re-affirmation that our
greatest joy in life is found through loving and serving one another in whatever way we feel called to put love into action. Whenever I listen deeply through the silence ~ the words I hear coming through the Spirit are:
“My people are crying, you need to help them.”
That is the challenge I continually take into my Christ Path.
And let me tell you, it is not a burden at all . . . it is JOY found
in the gift of a life lived to its fullest, in the power of a Presence
greater than ourselves . . . it is the purpose and the passion
for which each one of us is created . . . and the fruit that it bears
is for the healing of the world.
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Yesterday I did not feel well at all.
When our bodies begin to lose fat, the toxins stored there
are released and can begin to affect vital organs. We may
Like the bees, pesticides have affected my cytochrome p450
pathway that allows the body to detoxify chemicals. For me,
it has resulted in Acute Intermittent Porphyria. Like the bees,
my body becomes disoriented and stops functioning properly.
It’s a very unpleasant experience!
So yesterday, when my health began to falter, I had to eat
extra food to re-balance everything and stop the downward
It’s a scary experience when I see this happening. I won’t
go into all the nasty details, but it can be life-altering and even
life-threatening – so I live to avoid this occurrence.
What I know for sure – after years of practice – is that no
matter what – I have the Presence of God with me always.
We all do. For me, God is present in the form of Jesus Christ.
For you, the Divine may be experienced in another way.
I honor that.
As we see every day in the news – through wars and famine,
through floods and hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes,
through accidents and acts of terrorism, through unexpected
illness or loss of income – our health and wealth can
disappear in an instant.
But the Presence of the Divine is with us forever –
to empower us and give us peace.
The greatest gift for anyone living with hardship in their life
is coming to rely on this Presence of Love and Grace in
all things. It is the one thing needed to feed our souls
and to heal the world. May it be so for us this day.