Seeds of Hope

Your job isn't to JUDGE. Your job isn't to figure out if someone deserves something or decide who is right or wrong. Your job is to lift the fallen, restore the broken, and heal the hurting. 
- Joel Osteen

Such a beautiful quote to read on my Sunday morning worship. I've become very fond of Joel Osteen's positive messages. When I wake in the middle of the night (usually between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m. PST), I open up my iPhone and listen to his sermons on YouTube. With so much negative news and heavy energy in the air, I'm making it my practice to worship on a daily basis for at least  1 1/2 hours (or on an average). Whether you worship your God, your Source, or your inner Guidance system - in my mind, it doesn't matter how you choose to name It - what is most vital is that you simply do it; go into worship, prayer, or meditation to stay centered in God's grace.

In today's world, dealing with the COVID19 news, it's easy to get swallowed up by the fear and ignorance of others, and I've come to realize that it isn't my job to be in that energy. Sure, stay up to date with the latest scientific news, don't listen to hearsay, and be socially responsible, but there is no need to wallow in it all day.

How are you holding up with this pandemic? 

Initially, I was swallowed up and panicked by it all, but I have learned, as the weeks passed, how to live with the global fear. I've adjusted in a meaningful way: respecting the virus from a scientific standpoint but also knowing that my negative thoughts and emotions can make things worse. Perhaps this is a time for all of us to learn how to be more focused and disciplined so that our mind become stronger and more directed into what we want. It feels like it's a time to get clear with what we want out of life while we are here.

Has the coronavirus pandemic changed your life? 

I feel the coronavirus pandemic has changed my life in many ways, and I'm rather grateful for it. One of the ways is that I've been building a stronger relationship with God. Rather than approaching the Lord from a needy, wanting perspective, as well as coming from a place of weakness, worry, or a lack of worth, I'm coming from a place of knowing that my God is an almighty God that loves me unconditionally and wants the best for me. So while building my relationship with him, I pretty much talk and discuss things throughout my day as though I am talking to my best friend. I'm no longer talking at, rather I'm talking with. There is something quite different about how I've approached this relationship.

Where do you get your seeds of hope? 

Where do you get your seeds of hope? In others or in the Lord? In fear or in your God source? In the media or in prayer? If you feel as though you are in a state of panic and worry, take some personal and quiet time for meditation or prayer, and see how it changes your state.

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