Affirmative Prayer, is a prayer technique that centers the mind on the desired positive outcome instead on the present situation or negative circumstance. It operates by aligning your thoughts with what you desire through the process of creative visualization in which you become a co-creator with the divine.
All sacred texts express our human interpretation of that which we refer to as a higher power, highest consciousness, God, Source or The Universe. There is truth hidden within all sacred text. No matter what sacred text you choose to read you can learn about the nature of the Divine from it and, how our relationship to what we define as God has evolved throughout time.
It draws our attention towards formulating healthy habits for successful living. For example, you might decide you want to start your day with prayer. For this reason, planning to go to bed on time so that you are able to wake up earlier each day and pray may result in feeling better rested. Engaging in spiritual practice is often times a keystone habit which can lead to many positive outcome because it turns our attention and awareness to other areas of our lives that needs improvement.
Now that I am seeing God through a new lens. This new lens has made it easier for me to read the Bible again. With this newfound perspective on faith and spirituality, I sat down and reflected on how God and the Bible appears to me. This lead me to list what I now hold to be true about the Bible, my faith in God and my spirituality.
If writing out New Year's Resolutions isn't your thing maybe you should try this out instead. Feel free to use what I wrote as a template (don't plagiarize of course). After all, a personal manifesto is much more empowering when you use your words to make it your own! You can choose to be more general or focus in on a specific area of your life.
Well, being skeptical about Christianity doesn't necessarily mean you doubt the existence of God. Maybe you just aren't quite sold on the idea of Creationism because of the overwhelming evidence and hard science that backs evolution. Maybe you believe Jesus existed but aren't quite sure about his whole resurrection story. Or maybe you you’re not certain about the omnipotence of God.
As a young girl I was taught to revere God. To believe in God with an unwavering faith. To never question a word of the Holy Bible. To perform the necessary actions to feel the warm embrace from the divine Father. So with devotion, I studied the scripture, sang hymns and whispered daily prayers. In church my ears would soak up every utterance from the preacher’s mouth, waiting for the moment of God’s sweet presence to sweep over me.
What do you want to be when you grow up? How inhibiting this question is to the developing mind? As children we are asked to identify a chosen career. To figure out what we are passionate about in life and follow it wholeheartedly. That we ought to have a clear and direct path towards the pursuit of a sole career. And that this career will set the course of our entire life.