Gratitude Practice

I recently renewed my commitment to practicing gratitude & love.

The general consensus is that you should write down five things that you are grateful for every day, and don’t repeat anything on yesterday’s list. Last night a cool video about gratitude appeared on my FB feed, Which Wolf Should You Feed?

It seems that the entire cosmos (including FB) is conspiring to assist me in accomplishing my internal goals of Love & Gratitude.

Saint Paul writes in Romans 8:28,

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (ESV Illuminated Edition)

This certainly seems to be true in my case. When I made the commitment to focus on Gratitude and Love all things have been working together for good to help me in my quest.

And yes, this is the first thing I am grateful for today: that God loves me that much, that He causes all things to work together for my good.

I’m reading Divine Principle in Portuguese to practice my Portuguese. Right now, I’m in the middle of Eschatology, reading about God’s commitment to restore humanity through His providence. God has persevered throughout all of human history, toiling tirelessly.

The second thing I’m grateful today is for God’s providence of salvation to restore us back to our original positions as His true children, beloved sons and daughters. I am grateful for God’s love made manifest through is providence. I’m grateful for His personal love for me, as an object of His providence.

Third, I am grateful for God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift given out of His personal love for each of us.

Fourth, I am grateful for the angels that God created as our helpers and guides. It may seem to be too mundane, given what I have written above, that the Angels always come through for me when I need a parking spot.

Yes, it’s mundane, but they have also saved my life by keeping me safe from traffic accidents. Once I was meditating on angels while stopped at a traffic light. When the light turned green, I was distracted just enough to keep still while a speeding truck ran the red light from my left. If I had sped forward as usual I would have surely been killed. Every time I stop at that light I thank the angels for saving me.

Yes, thank You for your gift of angels!

Finally, I am Grateful for God’s incredible love. God’s love is the source of all the gifts I mentioned today. God’s love is the source of every good thing that we enjoy, ignore or even take for granted.

So thank God!

I thank God for the air conditioning at the mall where I’m writing my blog. Thank God for the A/C technicians who keep it running, because they are all God’s children. I hope they are as grateful for His love as I am today.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess 5:16-18 (ESV)

See the video about gratitude, Which Wolf Should You Feed?

The Secret Gratitude Book

Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

Whisper: How-Hear-Voice-God

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Blessing the African Queen

I had a fantastic dream last night.

My wife & I were in Africa for the Blessing of an African Queen. We stopped in at the Blessed Family Department office. A Japanese brother had volunteered to be matched with the African Queen. The BFD staff were helping him get dressed and coaching him on protocol.

While we were there the Queen came in and we were introduced to her. She was beautiful and graceful, around thirty years old.

The Queen came in when we came back to the BFD the next morning for breakfast. I had a chance to talk with her. I apologized that we Americans didn’t know how to act around royalty and bowed to her. She was gracious and unpretentious around us.

We left to get dressed for the ceremony. Thousands of members were in the hotel where the event was to take place. I met so many old friends in the hallways and the elevators. It was like gathering in Belvedere for a Church Holiday.

(Holy Rock on the grounds at Belvedere)

I even met members, couples, who were attending from the spirit world. I met one brother I knew who had suffered from a lifelong chronic illness. He had shrunk to half his original height.

We all went down to the ballroom to gather and wait for the main event. The Queen came in and sat in the back with her court and the groom. The Prime Minister of her country stood up addressing the gathering, and making announcements.

True Father entered the room behind the PM by descending a long stairway with his attendants. He stood quietly behind the PM. It was difficult to see Father back there but gradually, everyone in the room became aware that he was standing there.

Another leader interrupted the PM (who couldn’t see Father) and asked everyone to rise. Everyone offered a full bow to True Father.

~ The End

As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen, Rev Sun Myung Moon

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Corn Bread (Gluten Free) with Chia Seeds

King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Cornbread Mix

Pack of Six

1 tbsp chia seeds

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Gluten Free Bread with Chia Seeds

I start with King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Bread mix. I use almond milk and olive oil to make it dairy free. I have tried to make bread Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) without eggs and oil, but it was a dipping dismal failure every time. So I do use eggs and olive oil.

To top it off I add a tablespoon of chia seeds to the wet ingredients with the yeast. The chia seeds add protein, fiber and omega three to the bread.

I let this wet mixture sit for ten minutes or so for the ingredients to come up to room temperature. The chia seeds soak up some of the moisture and the ready gets activated nicely.

Here’s the dough when it is first mixed. The King Arthur mix requires the dough to rise twice, once in the bowl, then again in the bread pan. This is similar to regular bread except for the kneading. Gluten free dough is a little like cake batter and can’t be kneaded.

Here is the dough after the first rise.

I pour the dough into my special 5″ tall bread pan that I bought on a pilgrimage to the King Arthur Flour flagship store in Vermont. This extra tall bread pan allows the dough to rise without spilling over the edges (like my first couple of GF loaves did).

Here’s the dough after the second rise in the pan. I score the top with a knife to get a split-top effect.

This is the loaf fresh from the oven.

The fresh loaf turned out to cool.

Are you hungry yet?

Let me know what you think. Please leave comments with your feedback.

Made in the USA Bread Pan

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Toss the Bad, Keep the Good

We had a lively conversation last night that reminded me of the Parable of the Dragnet

The Parable of the Net

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad.” ~Matt 13:47-48 (ESV Illuminated Bible, Art Journaling Edition)

Everyone has a variety of experiences in their lives, both good and bad.

The Divine Principle explains, “All people have an original mind which inclines them to reject evil and pursue goodness. Yet, even without our being aware of it, we are driven by evil forces to abandon the goodness which our original mind desires and to perform evil deeds which, in our innermost heart, we do not want to do.” ~Exposition of the Divine Principle (Kindle Edition)

We have a tendency to dwell on the bad experiences to the detriment of our spiritual lives. We need the ability to discern what is harmful and the discipline to reject it.

Choosing to live in the Kingdom of Heaven means learning what experiences to treasure and what memories to throw away.

It is the same in the life of an organization like a church. Sometimes a leader’s mistake and resulting shakeup can cause emotional wounds in the spiritual lives of church members.

Dwelling on the pain and harboring resentment over the past can be as poisonous to our spiritual lives as trying to hug a Scorpion fish. We need to know when to let go and move on.

Throwing the entire church out of your life is like throwing back the whole catch, good and bad, including the net.

Like the fishermen in the parable, it is better to go through your catch of church experiences and choose to keep what is good. Toss only the bad, but keep the net. Then you will dwell in the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth.

I would love to get your feedback. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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Prayer is a Relationship 

We are reading the Divine Principle every day for half an hour. When we have a consistent tradition and habit of study, God and the Holy Spirit cooperate with us. They give us experiences that synchronistically relate to what we have been studying. They know the scripture, the Bible or hoondokhwae that we are reading and plan experiences for us accordingly.  I’m sure that God knew I would be reading this section on the Direct Dominion.

In the realm of God’s direct dominion, people will intensely experience God’s Heart within themselves. Hence, they will know His Will and carry it out in their actions. Just as every part of the body spontaneously moves in response to the subtle directions of the mind, people will spontaneously carry out the Will of God in accord with the deeply felt intentions of His Heart. In this state of perfect resonance, the purpose of creation is realized. 

That is why he gave me the dream about the Holy Spirit Perfume.

Synchronicity, C. G. Jung

Holy Bible, ESV Journaling  Bible

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Holy Spirit Perfume

Another Spiritual Dream:

I dreamed that I was returning to work after a lunch break. The company was hosting a conference and had set up a reception area in the lobby. The attendees were arriving, middle aged executive types in business attire.

As they entered the conference room a woman came out from behind a curtain and spritzed perfume above their heads. Everyone that this perfume landed on would spontaneously burst into tears because they felt God’s grieving heart over the suffering of humankind.

The guests stood as if rooted to the spot with tears streaming down their faces. I thought to myself, “So that’s what I look like with tears streaming down my face.”

No one seemed to notice the woman with the Holy Spirit perfume floating around spritzing the new attendees.

The Power In Praising God

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