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Hope is a gift from God. It is a state of mind in which we remember that our needs are always met and Miracles are in front of us every day. Hope is a gift we can give to others as we encourage their dreams and comfort their sorrows.

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The origin of the word “perception” is Latin and means recognition and interpretation of sensing stimuli based chiefly on memory. There are neurological processes by which such recognition and interpretation are affected. Perception is receiving and collecting information as it relates to the senses.

Within each one of us is a combination of new and old. In our day to day life, our experiences, memory, understanding, and intelligence are going through a metamorphosis. Human life is a progression in which we are passing through our experiences and feelings. Some people can handle change and readily adapt, while others cause themselves suffering by holding onto old habits, emotions, and feelings.

Although we are all members of the human race, everyone’s area of understanding, perception and experiences are different. We can refer to this “area” as “one’s world.” We each live within our own world and that world is continually growing. We have five sense organs that greatly contribute to the way we shape “our world,” however; the most powerful of these are the eyes and the ears. Why is that so?  Both the eyes and ears can perceive objects up close and from a distance. Example: The eyes can not only read a book but can see stars millions of miles away. The ears can hear the sounds of many voices in a crowded room, however, the ears can hear no voices when the focus is turned inward, as in meditation.

We perceive the world through our sense organs and process that information to create our own unique world. One’s perception consists of three things that are integrated together ; the sense organs(body), the mind and the soul.  When you look at a staircase, is it going up or down? Take this simple test.  Walk into a room that you’ve never been in before with your eyes closed. What are you feeling? What are you seeing with your mind’s eye?  Seeing with your mind’s eye is called picture thinking. Much of your answer when you’re in that room has to do with your perception. Say something to another person with a neutral tone. You may end up in a confrontation because of the way they choose to hear what has been said.

Living in a world of perception can cause much frustration. With the pressures of modern living it’s easy to get caught up in doing just for the sake of doing. Most of what we think we have to do is unnecessary.  Can perceptions be changed? Of course, they can.  May I suggest that one of the things you can do is be cognizant of your thoughts about yourself, others, and the world around you.  Learn to “be a person of introspection.” I would venture to say that many people cannot sit still for as long as five minutes.  One of the most effective ways to change perception and move to a realm of “reality” is through meditation. We have a tendency sometimes to think of meditation as something that we “do” rather than what we are. There are many types and forms of meditation. If you have never engaged in the practice of meditation, just try sitting for a few minutes and relax your mind.


Due to time and space constraints the subject of Meditation and the subject of Reality will be addressed in another posting. For more on those subjects, please view chapter 4 on “Perception or Reality” in my book “Foundations For Living” on this website or at www.amazon.com or at www.barnesandnoble.com.  PEACE.


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Being in control of our daily lives is a large part of our human makeup. Control seems to produce a measure of order. We have a sense of structure and balance when we can pinpoint to a large degree the unfolding events of our lives. We live in a world where it seems that the world itself is spinning out of control. So it makes sense to want to be in control of that which is within our reach.
Let’s set up some scenerios which were definitely not a part of your plan: Your parents ( with whom you have had a wonderful relationship) have just been killed in a car accident. You have just been told by a doctor that you have an incurable, inoperable disease and a short time to live. So now your whole world is upside down, inside out. What happened to order, balance, structure, and control? Suddenly, you don’t know what to do.
It seems helpless and hopeless, however, you do have the power of decision here. You can eithergive up, give in or claim victory. The mind is the battlefield and the enemy will attempt to convince you that you can’t go on in the midst of any devastating situation.
In the midst of not knowing what to do is when your true relationship with God is tested.How do you determine your true relationship with God? The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob must truly be YOUR GOD. He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Do you spend time in the “secret place” allowing Holy Spirit to minister to you until it releases you? When Holy Spirit releases you, there will be an undeniable peace that floods your heart and your spirit. The time of trouble is the optimum time to spend time in fasting and praise and worship. This is the time when you can learn to say, Okay God, I don’t understand what has happened or why it has happened, however, I’m trusting you that the end result will be for your Glory and for my good. Is it an easy thing to do? Most likely not, however, Holy Spirit will give you the strength that you need to go through whatever the situation is.
God will come to your rescue in ways beyond your greatest comprehension. Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP) “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord. Thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope for your final outcome.” Mark 10:27 (KJV) lets us know that “with men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” So, what do you do when you don’t know what to do? TRUST GOD.

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Have you ever wondered what the silence sounds like? Have you ever wondered if the silence has any sound at all? Have you ever experienced the sound of silence? Probably not, because many times we wake up in the morning to the sounds of life and retire at night to the sounds of life. Do you feel the need to have a radio or television on at all times when you are alone?  Are you comfortable “in your own skin” being alone with you? On the other hand, experiencing “the silence” may not be something that all people want. After all, we are creatures of habit. We love our familiar box of life. It is a place where we can be comfortable, a place where we can be in control or at least think that we are in control.

Over the course of time, we have let fundamental aspects of human understanding slip away and we’ve locked ourselves in a box. As a result, we have become increasingly reluctant to individually assume responsibility for the condition of the world we live in. We are too busy, too caught up in the demands of modern living to assume that personal responsibility.

The silence is equivalent to peace, quiet and stillness. In the silence we are opened to new dimensions of thought and a perspective on life without the constraints of so many limitations and hang-ups. Just for a moment, experience “the silence.” Sit for five minutes without moving a muscle.  It will amaze you to actually be aware of your own breathing, your own heartbeat, or your own thoughts. The silence even allows you to examine your own inner being—the impatience, the short temper, the pride, the anger.

The notion of Spirit as a life transforming agent is something that should be considered. Our spiritual and personal well-being is connected to the greatest force in the universe, and that is God. At some point, every human being must come to himself. Each one of us must sooner or later stand alone with his/her own God, Consciousness, Higher Power, or whatever name for the  Creator that you’re comfortable with.

God wants to speak to us in the silence. We have a command to “be still.”  The command to “be still” comes from the Hebrew stem of the verb “rapha” (meaning to be weak, to release, to let go). To “be still” is to actively participate in letting go.

There is, however, a definite reason that God tells us to become weak. He said, “Be still and know—. Knowing implies trust and faith. “My strength is made perfect in your weakness.”  We pray, Our Father—-Amen. Somewhere in between Our Father and Amen we give God our laundry list of things we want as we grab the last cup of coffee and head out the door for work or wherever our day’s journey takes us. How can we know what God wants to do in our lives if we are so busy with sounds other than His voice. He wants to do things IN US, THROUGH US, and FOR US. He wants to perfect His agape love IN US. He wants to share the good news of kingdom living with others THROUGH US. He wants to open our spiritual eyes and ears, to understand what He has already done FOR US.

When we are listening to and for the voice of God, we begin to develop relationship. In developing relationship and a closer walk with God, the less control we have over our lives. This my dear friend, is what most people want to hang on to, their perception of control.

Just as the maker of an object has the answers for the purpose of the object, so God as our maker has the answers for the purpose for our lives. So why is it that we feel led to consult everything and everybody except the maker?

Once we turn ourselves away from the noise and the busyness of life, we become removed from a self centered world and the door of our minds become open to a God centered realm of existence. Often God will speak to us regarding His Will for our lives in “the silence.” However, when you think you have discerned the will of God, make sure that it lines up with the word of God. The will of God is the word of God and the word of God is the will of God. The two are inseparable. LET GO AND LET GOD! Peace.

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Water is very symbolic for many, often containing deeper spiritual meaning(s). Biblically, water most often represents the Holy Spirit in various forms of water. Throughout the Bible we find passages about water:

  • the river,
  • a fountain,
  • waves,
  • drinking water,
  • vessels of water,
  • watering the seed,
  • baptism,
  • rain,
  • stream,
  • ocean,
  • channel,
  • flood,
  • flow,
  • storm,
  • cleansing rituals

( this is not a comprehensive list, just some hi-lites)
Each type of water holds a goal that He intended us to achieve through the power of the Holy Spirit and accessing these “waters”.

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’ (John 7:38)

Here the goal is to give us abundant life and many blessings to help us obtain personal power to better live our lives and to minister to others lives.

because if…” any man is thirsty, let him come to Me…

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