Blogs by Cindy Tuttle
Spiritual thoughts for every day
11/7/2008 6:22:39 PM
Every day I will write a spiritual thought to help us try and love and follow Jesus more deeply
11/7/08-I thank you for letting me try and share your love with others today. For letting me see you in the people I meet. I sense your love in and around me as if you are holding m in your arms. In the Bible you say to come to you. I come to empty all I am and all I have to you. I open all of myself to you. Weaknesses and all.I want to open myself so your love and light may enter and that your light will shine through me. I ask this most humbly and with gratitude.Amen
11/8/08- A new day. How will I see you today?Will it be in the people I meet or nature, or in my silent prayer?It may be when I least expect it. However ,I know you are always here. I just need to open my eyes, ears and heart.May this day be your love put in action by me. To give the love you have given me, so that when I go to you in heaven I will have used up all the gifts and love you gave to me. Amen
11/9/08- I will worship with the congregation today. We will listen to your word and how we can live the faith that we say we believe.Please help me live daily what I profess in church. May it not just be my time in church that I think of you. Let me learn and celebrate with others the wonderful love you have given us and your hope of us sharing that love. Help me realize my life and whole being was created by you. May I always remember with gratitude the many gifts you have given me.May I come to you when I die with an empty heart, because of using all the gifts and love you asked me to give to others.amen
11/9/08- At church we were reminded that we are a holy temple. That God dwells inside us. What a wonderful thought to reflect on.I would like to especially remind people who have been abuses physically or sexually. No matter what has happened to you. you ARE a temple for God. Your body is holy and beautiful. No amount of abuse anyone has done to you and your body can take that fact away. You ARE holy!! Amen.
11/10/08 - Today I looked at the sun rise and thanked God for the life I have been given. The many blessings God has given me. Sometimes I think I take life for granted.As with many people right now I have to watch my money(what there is of it) closely. I have to do my part to be responsible with money, but I realize the only thing I need to focus on is loving Jesus and the people I meet the best way that I can. That is IT!It is wonderful to me that Jesus loves me even with my weaknesses, which I do need to look at and work on.I don't need to hide anything for him. Besides I couldn't anyway.Can you imagine Jesus looking at you today and smiling with a deep love? Oh, I can. Believe me he is . He is.
11/11/08- Sometimes things don't go the way we think they should or how we want them to go.It can be disappointing and we may feel sad, frustrated etc. That is human and that is certainly o.k.What I have realized is what I have in mind and the plans I have made, may be totally different than what Jesus has in mind.When I thought I was called to be a nun,I didn't understand why it wasn't working out. I found Jesus had another path for me.I made private vows.I found I needed to surrender myself to God's plan . Not mine.I guess you have heard the saying if you want to make Jesus laugh tell him your plans.Does this mean you don't think of what you want to do and go for it? Of course not.It just means to involve Jesus in your discernment of what you want to do. Also your beliefs and faith.When things don't work out go back to Jesus and discern again and see if you need to stay on the path with perseverance (because each path has it's crosses), or maybe try a new path.Use the gifts given to you with love, but surrender your life, your whole being and purpose to Jesus.No mater what happens you will have a peace and joy that not situation, feeling, or person can take away from you. Come to him. He is waiting with open arms. Come to him.Amen11/12/08-I offer you this day with all my senses. My eyes to see you in each person I meet.My ears to hear your voice wherever you are speakeing through others. My mouth to speak words of encouragement and hope, my heart to show your commpassion, my hands to do your work in the manner pleasing to you.Most of all I give you my soul. My very soul.May it rest in you and be consumed in your wonderful light and peace. May I bring that peace to others.May I remember that I have been blessed with one more day to bring you to he world. May I never take that for granted. May I also in some small way bring your wisdom and truth to birth in my writing. I can not do this on my own. I am just a humnan being who wants to learn how to love you. Please give me your wisdom and the Holy Spirit. Without that I can do nothing.I can use the gifts you give me,but I can only give the knowledge I have , which is very limited. Touch me with your presence and love, as I know you do daily.Oh Jesus,let me be so consumed by your light that people see you in me.Oh what a joy that would be.What a joy.Amen
11/13/08- Jesus, I want so much to share the wisdom and burning passion of your compassion. Sometimes my disappointments or fears get in the way.I wonder if the words on the page are my own ego or wanting to be important or if they are truely inspired by you. Like I have prayed before. If my words are not what you would want me to say or show your truth I would rather those words or books that I have done be burned and not read or seen by anyone.I deeply want YOUR love and truth to be in my words. I know being human that probably no matter what I do or write there may be some ego.But let the major part of me spread your love. To be so consumed by you that your words can't help but come out.This morning (like I do every night), I surrender my life,gifts,senses,my whole being to your will today.May I bring some hope and joy to people I meet, despite my human weaknesses.Amen
11/14/08 - Today I had a wonderful lesson in humility and listening.One of the people in our program said she had a ride homw and I believed what she was saying was true. He friend (who I was taking home), explained to me that her friend spmetimes "doesn't know what she is talking about". I really didn't pay that much attention to what she said and drove her home.Later this afternoon I received a call from work asking me who was taking Maxine home (the woman who said she had a ride.)After some discussion I found out she didn't have a ride. I came back and drove her home.It reminded me how people in our program are able to notice what is going on around them and sometimes I don't listen and respect their observation as I should. A very good lesson for me. I think this is something we all might be able to relate to in some way.I guess I should add that I work with people who have severe mental illness.
11/16/08- Today I learned that God has given each of us talents and to use those talents.In my book Joyful Surrender one of the practices I suggest is to look at the gifts God has given us.Then to see how we can use those gifts.It sounds easy yet as we know there are many obsticles. Either within ourselves or things we can't control. Those of us that are authors can readily relate to this. We can have a manuscript we are very excited about, but getting it published can be a big undertaking. We get many no's. But when that YES comes. Oh it is so exciting!When I get a review of my work on authorsden it is so encouraging and helps me realize that maybe I am on the right path here. However God wants to use my writing is fine with me. I'll do the work, pray, and then leave it is God's hands.I smile as I write this- I sure would like a traditional publisher to publish my writing though. But all I can do is get it to publishers and then it is out of my hands. Amen
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Possibilities for the Future - Monday, November 03, 2008
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