Yesterday morning, with cold temperatures all around us, it provided a thought early, and as I do, I posted a message on my Facebook page. As the day progressed, that same thought kept coming back to me. I had some more inspiration follow that initial post so I thought I would share the post as well as my focus on fire to keep us warm and how we keep our souls blazing too.
Cold Morning Thought: I thought this morning how do we stay warm? For our bodies, we have heat, sweaters, coats, and hats. We keep ourselves wrapped up in blankets and warm ourselves by the fires. Then I thought, how about our souls? How do we keep them warm? Do we wrap our souls in God’s word? Do we keep our fires stoked by prayers and meditation? Do we share our fires in our souls by sharing our testimonies with others so they may feel the warmth of God’s Saving Grace? Do we make sure that others can feel the warmth and fire in our souls? Our bodies respond to a good warm fire and our souls will feel the same fire, even more intense, if we constantly feed the fire of God’s Love.Just a thought on a cold morning with a strong fire stirring deep in our souls.
The following is an excerpt from an article 3 Ways to Maintain Good Spiritual Health and is quoted only to be suggestions, and not mandatory for everyone. You can view the entire article by clicking on the following link:
1Reflect on your beliefs. Rather than being a passive believer, maintain your spiritual health by questioning, affirming, and revising the principles of your faith.
- Write down the things you hold to be true, and write a little bit about them.
- If something is troubling you, don’t hide it from yourself. Share it with someone you trust, and discuss your concerns together.
2Meditate and pray. Prayer and meditation are activities you can engage in daily, or many times a day. By incorporating it into your daily routine, you can maintain your spiritual health in the same way that you maintain your physical health. Pray or meditate by yourself or with a group.
- Join a prayer group at your place of worship.
- Gather with a yoga and meditation group in parks and other natural places.
3Take monthly or yearly excursions to reconnect to your spirituality. It’s important to have a daily routine, but you don’t want to just go through the motions. To break your habits and get a new perspective, go to a new place and spend a longer time working at your spiritual practices.
- Go on a silent meditation retreat.
- Take a trip with a church group.
- Make a pilgrimage to a holy place.
I get asked frequently “What keeps you so positive?” or “How do you stay uplifted?” and I would love to say, I am always positive or uplifted, but I am normal and have feelings of worry, stress, and even negative thoughts. Those are the times I practice going deep into the fire of my soul, basing my focus on how God has always come to my rescue in times of need, answered my prayers, and given me the comfort when I don’t understand what is happening around me. I practice praying for others as well as myself on a regular basis and that keeps me focused on others’ needs and minimizes what I may be going through. I look for blessings in everything, good or bad and you may say, “What did you just say?”. God gives us strength through difficult times…that strength is a blessing. God shows us we are never alone even at our lowest point….that companionship is a blessing. God grants us forgiveness….that forgiveness allows us to forgive others and we are released from any anger or fear which is a blessing. Find this contentment by allowing God to bless you with hope and love as well as charity and compassion in your soul. That flame will start a blaze that no force of evil will be able to extinguish and you will feel the warmth of God’s love.
Live Life; Love Life; Live and Love Life to the Fullest by Building a Fire Within Your Soul for Our Heavenly Father. Life is worth living Because He Lives!
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