Friday, March 30, 2012

Why Is Talking About God a Taboo?

[Excerpt by Dan Bowman in Divine Love for the Soul - God's Gift of Love]

Several years ago I went to a client’s home in the early morning to do a home inspection and the maid let me inside to do my job. We shared some light conversation and I began talking about God as a response to something she said. She replied, “I wasn't going to walk through that door unless you went there first.” After the “ice” was broken, she opened up and we had a wonderful sharing together about God.

I think most folks are very timid to talk about God in public because, perhaps, they fear rejection by others, who may see this as a taboo. Why is talking about God a taboo? Maybe this is rooted in fear; people don't want to be rejected, as some may draw their self image from the opinions of others. This is an oddity to me. My natural inclination is to talk about God as often as I can - not to convert others, as we only convert ourselves - but because I can't help myself. It just spills out as if I can't not talk about my loving Lord. And this is all due to my spiritual conditioning through seeking God's Divine Love. Divine Love does give us a boldness to speak of God early and often and does not compromise itself out of fear of what others think.

In addition, Divine Love is true and honest, as it is not contrived and artificial. There are many people who talk about God, who are also looking for the acceptance of others or whom are seeking other’s approval as appearing acceptable. Divine Love creates a naturally sincere state of being that is rooted in Love and is, therefore, in a state of....

Bachalpsee in Swiss Alps

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Calling

[Excerpt by Al Fike in Divine Love for the Soul - God's Gift of Love]

After leaving the Johrai group, I dove in feet first into the world of spirit communication, healing and the practice of praying for and receiving the Divine Love from God. I had to reconcile that God’s Love was not already a part of me, but rather an external energy that I could possess in my soul only if I were open to receiving it from God through prayer and soul longing.

I did not really know what “soul longing” was, but I did feel something rising up from my center that felt like excitement and joy. This must be the soul. In some ways, it felt like jumping off a cliff and, yet, I also felt like I was coming home. Yes, home into the loving arms of the Creator. Indeed, it felt akin to falling in love.

I was, indeed, besotted with the Love of the Creator and each day felt like what I then described as “God’s credit card.” A seemingly never-ending flow of Love coming my way, and I did not do anything special to deserve it other than take time to pray for it. The cascade of Love kept coming and coming, and I felt so high it was like being stoned....

Waterfall in Spring Season by vudhikrai /

Friday, March 23, 2012

Ask and You Shall Receive

[Excerpt by Jill Lloyd in Divine Love for the Soul - God's Gift of Love]

Many years ago when I was in my very early twenties I felt troubled; I was experimenting with drugs and alcohol. I became aware of a deep longing to experience the fullness of life that Jesus had spoken about.

I had a vision of two doors: one that lead to negativity and destruction; and the other to a positive fulfilling life. I knew I had to make a choice right then and there. There was no turning back. I started right away to make changes. I read and studied all the spiritual material that I could find. After two years, nothing seemed to come of it. I began to feel very discouraged. I started to think my old lifestyle was better.

Before I went to sleep I prayed, “If there is a God, please give me a sign that I am on the right track, as I am about to abandon it altogether.” (I was....

Asilomar Beach by Jon Sullivan

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Unfolding Nature of God

[Excerpt by Dan Bowman in Divine Love for the Soul - God's Gift of Love]

It is interesting what silence can do for the soul, as this past weekend I paddled the Mt. Fork River and wilderness and camped alone. The weather was perfect with light winds, balmy temperatures in the 60s to 70s, and rain free.

The usual chatter in my brain was gone as I felt like a child with eyes wide open witnessing the unfolding of nature and God. My times of prayer were intense as I stood under the pines with arms stretched to the heavens calling out to my God of Love. It was a time of joy. Everything came together so perfectly.

Yesterday morning during breakfast, I asked God a question about Jesus’ immortal words; “Seek ye first the kingdom and all else will be added unto you.” I spent several hours writing, as black birds cawed and woodpeckers hammered trees, while I sat on pine straw and golden leaves. The weekend was most illuminating for me as a spiritual retreat of the....

Lake And Trees by John Kovacich

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Following the Will of God

[Excerpt by Joan Warden in Divine Love for the Soul - God's Gift of Love]

What does it mean follow the Will of God? And, further, if we do, how will our lives change? Will we have to give up any of our favorite things if we take this giant leap of faith?

Well, all of the above questions never crossed my mind when I first committed myself to God, our Heavenly Father, over 14 years ago. I simply knew in my heart and soul that I loved Him dearly and I wanted and needed Him to be with me. When I told Him, “I will follow you,” I meant every word of it. When this happened, I didn’t know Him on such a personal level like the way it is today, but I was aware that He was leading me. This was a time of personal upheaval, and it was out with the old and in with the new - arising to the next spiritual level is the best way to describe it. Many wonderful blessings, both spiritual and material, were given to me and there is no doubt that our Father is in my house.

Two years ago, I re-committed myself to Him, and this was the start of the spiritual closeness we now have and enjoy and we’re communicating all the time. He will tell me specifically what He wants me to do and, of course, it is my humblest honor and privilege to do as He....

Coral Reef by Petr Kratochvil

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Visit

[Excerpt by Ian Nicol in Divine Love for the Soul - God's Greatest Gift]

The strangest thing happened to me while I lived in England, the experience changed me and my destiny, the year was 1982. At that time I was a rebellious young man, tired of lies and trickery that derived from people who knowingly mistreated other people for their own selfish gain.

Anyway, one of these power mongers had really done some bad things to me and my friends. He seemed to have absolutely no respect for others, thinking only of himself and his ambitions. I really despised him for what he had done and could not get it out of my system. I dreamt about him nearly every night for a couple of weeks, taking my revenge out on him through my dreams. I became obsessed by it and thought that I was justified. I also believed that it was me who must stop him from hurting and tricking others. I did not want him to do these things against anyone else, in a way; I did it to reveal to him what he had done, so that he might stop himself.

Several months went by, and then we met again. He saw me and came over to me, not the egomaniac that I knew, but a very humiliated man who asked my forgiveness, and within a moment my anger turned to pity. And after seeing this broken man, who reached out his hand to mine, I forgave him on the spot and he seemed relieved. It made me happy to see that he had realised his wrongdoings and done something about it, which appeared to have changed him for the better. I heard later that he had been demoted from his top job. After that, we were both free from....

Sunset over Lake Superior in Northern Michigan by locoiguana

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Filling the Void

[Excerpt by Dr. Michael Nedbal in Divine Love for the Soul - God's Gift of Love]

I was busy studying for my graduate exam when my mother passed away. I received the call at 3:00 a.m. and was in shock and disbelief. I always felt that I had a strong spiritual connection with my mother and that I would instinctively know when something happened. But I didn’t know – not until the call. Not only was I in despair, but my belief system was shaken.

The passing of a loved one resets your priorities to the things that really matter. For the first time in my life, I realized that I didn’t have the answers to many important questions. I had been on autopilot, living from day to day not thinking about the big picture. I had been sleepwalking. But now, work was secondary and my first priority was trying to fill this void in my life and in my heart.

I tried dating, going to parties, and attending various churches and Bible studies. But the void didn’t go away – it became worse. I felt a million miles away from God and despite having friends and family, I felt as though I was in a vacuum. I tried to get answers from the churches, but they were more interested in fellowship than seeking the Truths….

Weeping Willow Beside Pond by David Wagner

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Seeds of Love and Forgiveness

[Excerpt by Ruth Duvall in Divine Love for the Soul - God's Gift of Love]

I feel the presence of God more these days. That may seem an odd thing to say, knowing the state of the world and its level of fear and chaos and, yet, He is everywhere. When I look into the eyes of those who are in deep despair, those with little or no hope, those who do not experience love, joy and peace in their souls, I still see God in them. I see that spark deep inside each person He has created.

I used to think that God could not be where there was fear and darkness. I now know that there “IS no place where God is not.” He is always there, always loving, always reaching out for us all. Like a Marine, He leaves no man behind! We are His soldiers. We have been given our orders to march forward in defense of those who cannot defend themselves from fear and darkness, here in this physical world, and in the next.

There are millions of souls in the dark crevasses beyond. These perfect souls created by our Father have been muddied and gotten dirty from being in the trenches of life and like many soldiers, when they come home from war, bloodied and dirty, with eyes and hearts bruised and limbs weakened, they feel as though they don’t fit in with the “normal” people anymore. They call it “post traumatic stress syndrome.” In their hearts they can’t see how they can ever find their way back home to that innocence of a child running into the arms of his Father. He feels he must be punished; he can’t allow himself to feel the loving arms around him. He cannot see the light burning on the front porch, left on day and night, just for him. We must gather together with the Father’s Love Light and send out a search party to bring them home. I want to be in that search party. I want to bring all the children home, even the one with the hole in his heart, but I need you to pass that child over the fence to me so I can help to carry him home safely for healing. Only the Father can fill that hole and mend that heart, but it takes....

Broad billed Hummingbird by