Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fear or the Fruit of the Spirit?:You Cannot Serve two Masters

In Mathew 6:24, Jesus said, " You cannot serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."

Here are a few more examples besides money where I have found the overall point of this scripture to ring true:

1.) You cannot walk in faith and maintain a spirit of fear or hold onto fear thoughts at the same.

2.) You cannot trust God and worry or fret over the appearance of lack in any situation or circumstance that may show up in your life at the same time.

3.) You cannot demonstrate the spirit of power, love and sound mind in which God has given us and operate from a spirit of fear, which He has NOT given us, at the same time.

4.) You cannot remain stuck in stagnation and procrastination as a slave to fear of failure and expect to see progress or success of any kind at the same time.

5.) You cannot fear what man can do to you and trust God to uphold his promise to NEVER leave or forsake you at the same time.

In other words, fear and Love...fear and Faith...fear and Trust...fear and Power...fear and Courage...fear and Peace...fear in the face of anything that aligns with the fruit of the Spirit and your rightful inheritance as a child of the Most High (God) is like oil and water. They do not and will not mix.

Until next time...I surround you in Love & Light!




A One Love Production
By Anna M. Hendricks
Copyright August 2014


Friday, June 27, 2014

Do it with Love


1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us, "Love is Patient...Love is Kind..." When we hear this the first thing that most often comes to mind is romantic love. But I believe these two main components to expressing love applies to all of our relationships in every form they come. This includes, and is most importantly applied to, our relationship with self because it's impossible to give, extend or express to others what you have not yet learned to give, extend or express to yourself. 

The catch-22 with this, very clear and seemingly simple, biblical definition of Love, is that it's impossible to be, or express one without being, and expressing the other. I have never seen an impatient person who is also kind. Nor have I ever met a kind person who at the same time lacked patience. In fact, I believe it is during the times we have an attitude of impatience that provokes the unkind behavior we express toward others the most. 

Here are a few prime examples. When you are rushing through traffic, tailgating the cars in front of you, yelling or gesturing obscenities to the other drivers trying to make them speed up so you can  pass by because you feel they're driving the speed limit is moving too slow for you and hindering you from getting to your destination in the time frame you want...you are NOT being, extending or expressing patience and kindness. Thus, you are not in alignment with the expression of love.

If you find yourself hemming and hawing and making rude comments (even if under your breath or in your head) to the cashier while waiting in line at the store then you are NOT being, extending or expressing patience and kindness. Thus, you are not in alignment with the expression of love.

If you are the kind of person who often says, or is thinking as you read this, "Yeah... Yeah...Yeah...all that sounds great in a perfect world but I have things to do, places to go and people to see. So I don't have time for this patience, kindness and love frame of thinking.
I have to keep my day and my life moving forward. And people who don't move or do things at my pace are in my way and a hindrance to me getting what I need done." Then you my friend are not being, extending or expressing patience and kindness. Thus you are not in alignment with the expression of love.

The importance of being consciously aware of this is that when you are not expressing patience and kindness not only are you not expressing love...you are in essence not expressing the presence of God in you.

Now if you're thinking, "Alright, I get the the point about patience and kindness but why did you through God in the mix. What does being patient and kind have to do with God?"
My answer to that question is this. The Holy Scriptures tells us that patience and kindness is love and God is love. And if we are made in God's image and likeness then we embody the same characteristics that is of God such as patience and kindness. Therefore, God has everything to do with it.  "For we cannot love God, whom we have not seen, if we do not love others, whom we have seen." (1 John 4:20)

Spiritual Laws affect all of us rather one chooses to believe in them or not. And one very basic spiritual law is that what we give out is the measure in which we receive.  So it's safe to say, when you fail to express the characteristics of God, such as patience, kindness and love, then you are the one who is really the source responsible for hindering and holding back your progress and inevitably your own good.

Understand that thoughts are energy and when you maintain an attitude of impatience which provokes behavior that exudes unkindness, you are literally vibrating to the negative energy that's creating more of the very thing you don't want. The energy it takes to stay in that frame of thinking and emotional state is the very energy that is the block and separation between you and your good. As I mentioned in my opening statement, you cannot receive that which you have not yet learned to be, extend, express or give. And this principle applies to everything, on every level and every area of your life.


So the next time you're feeling anxious or frustrated resulting in you behaving aggressive and pushy, impatient, abrupt, unkind or just flat out mean, stop for a moment. Take a deep breath and practice the art and virtue of being patient which will lead to you also being kind. Then sit back and watch everything begin to suddenly fall into place. And not in your time but divine time which believe it or not is always perfect time.

The key to this, however, is not by using our external power in attempt to force what we want to happen. Nor does it unfold by our willfulness and determination to push things forward. Yes action is often necessary to achieve our goals but we live in a universe that's designed to support us not go against us. 

Through patience and kindness we evoke another basic spiritual law called divine order that is only able to express itself when we stop trying to make things happen and allow things to happen by letting go, letting God, and aligning ourselves with Love . It's not just a cliche. Love really does have the power to heal, correct, transform, and attract to you every good thing that's divinely yours to receive. And not just your good but the highest good of all involved. 


Until next time...I surround you in Love & light! 



A One Love Production
By Anna M. Hendricks
Copyright 2014
References: Holy Bible ~ Good News Translation

Friday, June 20, 2014

Today is Your Day



Today is MY day! Today is the day I become the answer to my own prayers by boldly stepping out on faith and putting my faith into action toward accomplishing my goals. 

Today is MY day! Today is the day I stand tall with the confidence and assurance that God is indeed real and is with me and for me in ALL things allowing NOTHING to come against me and prosper.

Today is MY day! Today is the day I, FEARLESSLY rather than fear-fully, look squarely in the face of any "giant-like" situation in my lifepull back my sling of truth attacking it with my five smooth stones of Faith, Love, Spiritual Strength, Divine Wisdom, and Trust in God. With the power of visualization through my minds eye, called imagination, I see each giant like situation in my life fall powerlessly to its death.

Today is MY day! Today is the day I prepare and expect to receive my good and live my life more abundantly; overcoming all appearance of obstacle or adversity while claiming my absolute victory.

Today is My day! Today is the day I see the solution and resolution to every long standing problem or circumstance finally revealed to me. Today is the day I open my eyes with the ability to clearly see; all the beautiful, bountiful, blessings of God that are everywhere present around me at all times, thanking God for my portion of His goodness and grace that is both constant and sublime.

Today is My day! Today is the day I...Put an end to all stressing...See every burden in my life transformed into a blessing...Every area of stagnation move forward and start progressing. And today I am now professing...It is DONE! D.O.N.E.- Divine Order Now Expressing.

And since this day was created by God everything I mentioned above applies not only to me and my day but to you and your day too.

Until next time...I surround you in Love & light! 


A One Love Production
By Anna "Ms.Poet" Hendricks
Copyright June 20, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Characteristics of a Winner


In every winner there's a desire,
to do what is said cannot be done;
A persistence to win the race that 
others believe cannot be won

There's an attitude others simply
do not understand
that says, " the power to create my destiny
lies within my own hands!"

If there's a will you can believe a winner
will find the path that leads the way;
And the words, "I can't" 
are words you'll never hear
a winner say

The power to manifest and turn dreams
into reality,
is the power every winner has deep
within and holds onto passionately

In every winner there's a hunger
that's not easily satisfied,
that keeps them affirming;
"To prosper is my divine right,
therefore I will not be denied!"

Winners give their very best
at all that they do
So look inside yourself and know
that a winner lives in you



A One Love Production
By Anna "Ms.Poet" Hendricks
Original Copyright 1997
First Revision 2008
Second Revision 2014


Sunday, June 8, 2014

In Thee I Trust

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.
 ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

  
In thee I put my trust O'Lord,
to direct my path through life
and show me which way to go;
To use every challenge or adversity
I face to strengthen me
 and help me grow

In thee I put my trust O'Lord,
in times of disappointment and despair;
to fill my heart with the comfort of
your love that reminds me
in all things you are there

In thee I put my trust O'Lord,
be it my bleakest days or
 darkest nights;
to reignite the flame of hope
in my heart and guide me
with your eternal light

In thee I put my trust O'Lord,
to always restore my faith
and make me whole;
to let nothing rob the peaceful
calm of my soul,
to teach me patience and help me
understand

All things happen for a reason,
to everything there is a season
Yet,  no situation that unfolds
in my life is ever void
of your master plan



A One Love Production
By Anna "Ms.Poet" Hendricks
Copyright 2014
Heading Quote Reference: Holy Bible, New King James Version, biblegateway.com

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Count it all Joy: Focusing on the Sweetness of the Bittersweet in Life



"...count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."  ~ James 1:2-4

Depending on ones individual perspective yesterday should have been a bittersweet day for me. You see, yesterday, June 3, 2014, was the four year anniversary of the memorial service we had for my Dad following his transition from this life and my world. That should have been the bitter part. Yet, the day was not bitter for me at all.  Instead, it was a day saturated in the sweetness of joy and love life also brings. I say that because June 3rd was also the celebration of my baby girl's two years old birthday. Consequently, this also meant I have successfully survived the first two years of my new role as mommy as well.  From my perspective that's the sweet part.

Although I definitely held my Dad's memory in thought, I felt no sadness or sorrow. Where there once was deep hurt and pain over missing him, only peace and joy resided in my heart. The peace of knowing my Dad no longer has to endure the long-suffering of pain from his health condition, that eventually lead to the outcome of his passing. And the awareness and respect that he was tired of living that way thus, ready to leave here and return to the loving light of our holy creator.

I also felt peace from the truth that my Dad is still with me in spirit because bond of love we shared can never die. Love and Spirit transcends the life of the physical body.
So as I hold my Dad in heart and mind each day knowing he remains alive in and through me this way as I reflect only on the fond memories that we shared while he was here, which also gives me peace.

While I miss my Dad immensely, I deeply appreciate the 74 years he was here of which 39 of them I had the opportunity to share with him as his baby girl, which was a gift from God within itself. So from my perspective I see all the aforementioned as a huge blessing that gives me no reason to feel bitter on the day that marks another year of his passing. Instead, it gives me every reason to feel gratitude, peace and love.


I am also thankful for the spiritual insight and understanding that whenever a so called, "void" is created in your life God always fills it with something else to balance out that empty space. In my case, the void created in my heart, my life, and my world following the passing of my Dad, was filled by God with the birth of my beautiful baby girl exactly two years to the day later of his memorial service. 

So rather than bitterness yesterday, I chose to place my focus on the sweetness of God's goodness, grace, and perfection of His love expressed and proven to me time and time again in the most wonderful and miraculous ways. The result in doing so was all the joy I was able to see around me and the peace I felt in my heart. And the extra bonus to my having this positive perspective, on my otherwise "bittersweet day", was the revelation I received that made it all so simply and clear.

It occurred to me that if we make a conscious choice, as I did, to place our focus only on the good in everything that unfolds in life, even when it's unfolding in a way we neither understand or desire, we will be able to always see just how good and gracious God truly is, not some of the time...but ALL of the time. I share this experience with you as my personal evidence that He really does work all things together for good. 

With that said, I leave you with this scripture from  1 Timothy 4:4, "Everything that God has created is good; nothing is to be rejected, but everything is to be received with a prayer of thanks..."

Until next time, I surround you in Love & light! So remember to keep your heart open and let your love light shine bright.



A One Love Production
By Anna "Ms.Poet" Hendricks
copyright 2014
References: Heading Quote, James 1:2-4, New King James Version, biblegateway.com
Closing Quote, 1 Timothy 4:4, The Good News Bible Translation,

  

Monday, April 28, 2014

An Abiding Love


 
You are more  than the choices you have made. 
You are more than the sum of your mistakes, 
past or present.
You are more than the situations 
or undesirable circumstances in your life,
many of which you unconsciously or consciously
helped create.

You are a child of the Most High God,
in whom He is well pleased,
despite the moments along life's journey
you stumbled and fell or missed the mark.

He is not keeping score of the countless
times you may have failed to rise to the
occasion;
because the only true failure
is failing to learn from each experience
you go through,
which helps you grow and develop the
wisdom to choose differently the next time around,
thereby, avoiding the same unpleasant outcome.

No, God is not condemning you
for your mistakes or human errors.
It is we who harshly hold ourselves
and each other in condemnation
through our personal judgments of self
and one another.

God on the other hand, loves you so deeply
and unconditionally that He gives you
the grace and blessing of a new day,
that brings with it the gift of a new beginning;
A new day that offers a fresh opportunity
with a clean slate to start over and try again. 



A One Love Production
By Anna "Ms.Poet" Hendricks 
Copyright 2014