Thursday, May 11, 2017

Weekly Wisdom/Thoughts on Truth

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him..."
(Romans 8:28)
 
"Faith has nothing to do with visible circumstances. The moment one
considers circumstances, that moment one lets go of faith."
(H. Emilie Cady)
 
My faith assures me that I am always in the right place at the right time. As I place myself in the care and keeping of God, I rest confidently for I know that if my plans change it is for my highest good!
 
Rather than reacting when I become fearful because my best laid plan changes with some unexpected alterations, I stop and turn to God knowing that He is with me. I meet every unexpected turn of events and all seeming challenges with the idea that God loves me and cares for me. He guides me, directs me and protects me every moment of the day and night. I am never without God's loving presence. My faith is mighty; I move forward with boldness to do what needs to be done by me.
 
Faith has nothing to do with visible circumstances and everything to do with boldly standing firm with the assurance that what I desire already exists in the invisible realm of Spirit. I am always in my right place and ready to accept my highest good.
 
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Nancy Norman

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Principle Five: Living the Truth

[Editor's Note: This is the final installment in a series of five on the Unity Truth Principles.
It is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the thinking that forms the basis of our teachings and lives.]

Living the Truth, walking the talk, or practicing the truth as we know it is Principle 5. Theory is one thing, and practice is quite another. I believe we have come to the time in history where we cannot settle for uplifting quotations, idle affirmations that have no power of belief and conviction. This is the time, more than any other, to put into practice the Truths we have learned, and do so with all the power and authority that we have been given.

Principle 5 is the action part of the 5 Principles; it says, it works if you work it. Jesus was well-known for going into action. The Truth that He taught was not a static, lifeless set of principles, they were vibrant and powerful and were put to use at every opportunity. When He fed the 5,000, healed the sick, and raised the dead, he was using principles with an emphasis on action. The people could see the manifestation of his teachings. The saw and they believed. They experienced Jesus, and they saw that His teachings were not idle murmurings, but Truth demonstrated. 

There is a story I heard many years ago, about a Unity minister and a man who attended his Wednesday evening class. Every Wednesday evening the man would come through the line to greet the minister and on a weekly basis he would tell him, “Thank you for tonight. I do enjoy coming here on Wednesdays. I learn so much, but I am a Baptist, and I go to the Baptist church on Sundays, so you will never see me here on a Sunday morning.” The minister always thanked him for coming and assured him he was always welcome whenever he came.

This went on for a year. Then, one Sunday the minister was surprised to see the man coming through the line after church. The minister stated, Ï am so happy to see you, but I thought you were never going to come on Sunday because you attended the Baptist church.” “Oh yes,” the man replied. “But this stuff works. I’ll be here every Sunday.”

Many people think that this teaching is easy; it’s not. The Truths that we hold to be valid are simple Truths; however, they are not easy. We have to live, experience, and practice them every day. It is up to us to go into action, put our feet on our prayers, and to speak words of health, wealth, success and abundance. It is up to us to rid ourselves of negative, self-defeating ideas; it is up to us to know there is no lack or limitation of any kind in our lives. When we make inner changes, they can’t help but spill over into our outer experiences; it becomes automatic. Remember the Principles are simple yet powerful models that help us understand our world and our relationship to it.

Principles have the same results every time, no matter where or when they are used, or who uses them. Principles are forever. They don’t wear out, rust out, or give out, and they can’t be overused. Principles work every time. Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, stated that “If you have a choice between appearance or principle, always stand on principle.”



The Five Basic Principles of Truth

Principle One 
There is only one Presence and one Power active in the universe: God the good, omnipotent. 
The everywhere present Spirit of Absolute good is readily available to all and is equally present to all. "An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one, He gives all of Himself faithfully as if there were no others." (A.W. Tozer)

"God is all, both invisible and visible. One Presence, Knowledge and Power is All. This One that is All is Perfect Life, Love, Intelligence, and Substance." (Statement of Fundamentals)

Principle Two 
Our essence is of God; therefore, we are inherently good. 
Jesus taught that we are both human and divine. We are spiritual beings, living in a spiritual universe, governed by spiritual laws. We are an individualized expression of God. As children of God, we are heirs to all the richness and goodness of God, endowed with the attributes and qualities of God through which we can be freed from all limitation. "Man, is a piece of the Universe made alive." (Emerson) 

Principle Three 
We are co-creators with God, creative reality through thoughts held in mind. 
Our thoughts are the most powerful part of ourselves. We call this the "Law of Mind Action." Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind; form follows thought. We are thinking beings. God's greatest gift to us is the power of thought. Change your thoughts and change your life! 

Principle Four 
Through prayer and meditation, we align our heart and mind with God. Denials and affirmations are tools we use. 
Prayer is talking to God; meditation is listening to God. Our God is not a reluctant God. We pray not to change God's mind, but to change our mind or consciousness to receive the gifts and joys that have already been prepared for us. 

Prayer is not begging and pleading. It is knowing and connecting to the mighty force for good that dwells within. Emerson said, "Prayer is contemplating the facts of life from the highest point of view. " Prayer is saying yes to what we want to experience in life. 

Principle Five 
Through thoughts, words and actions, we live the Truth we know. 
We have to live these Truth Principles to the best of our knowledge every day and in every way. It is up to us to speak words of health, wealth, success and abundance. 
We must go into action and apply the principles in all of life's experiences.




Thursday, April 27, 2017

Weekly Wisdom/Thoughts on Truth

"...your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
(Matthew 6:10)

"If you are not expressing the will of God, you will experience inharmony.
It is equally true that when you express His will harmony will come."
(Emmet Fox)

The idea of will is making a decision and moving forward. I have decided that I am going to let God lead the way. As I trust and go forward listening to that still, small voice within, God will lead the way. If I don't know the why or the where of some situation that has occurred in my life, I can simply call upon divine understanding, knowing that the answers will be revealed.

In his book, Sermon on the Mount, Emmet Fox writes: "A tragic mistake that is often made by orthodox religious people is to assume that the will of God for them is bound to be something very dull and uninviting, if not positively unpleasant. The truth is the will of God for us always means greater freedom, greater self-expression, wider, newer, brighter experiences, better health, greater prosperity, wider opportunity of service to others and a life more abundant."

As we mature spiritually, there is a willingness to do God's will. God's will for you and God's will for me is to live healthy, happy, successful, joyous, prosperous lives. The truth is God's will for us is always good and even greater than we could ever imagine!
  
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Nancy Norman


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weekly Wisdom/Thoughts on Truth

God wants only good for you and He is the sustaining, loving force that upholds the universe. God's divine plan for you is to have you accept all His good. When you understand this, you understand what is behind all incidents that take place in your worldly experience. All your experiences, whether they appear to be positive or negative, are part of God's plan for your good. This knowingness comes through your feeling nature or your heart. When you accept the fact that everything is working together for good, you understand how to accomplish. All fear is removed; confidence is restored; and understanding is established. 

-William Warch/How to Use Your Twelve Gifts from God
  
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Weekly Wisdom/Thoughts on Truth

"...for all that I heard from my Father I have made known to you"
(John 15:15)

"The story of Easter is the story of renewal within the individual."
(Donald Curtis)

As we enter into the spirit of Easter, we feel a triumphant spirit of new faith, new life.  A sense of wonder is evident, and we become ever more aware of God's great love for His beloved creation.

The Easter story tells us that no matter what our challenges may be, with the right attitude, we can go through them victorious in every way.  No tomb can hold us back.

There are songs of rejoicing in the air; the blooms of spring celebrate this happy day.  Our hearts rejoice and leap with gladness!  This is a new day!  Our spirits are renewed, and we feel the quickening of new life within our minds, hearts, and bodies.

Rejoice!  Rejoice!  With expectation and hope, we welcome Easter, the symbol of light, life, joy, love.  Triumphant we soar into the newness of a now blessed life!

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Weekly Wisdom/Thoughts on Truth

"...for the Lord searches every heart, and understands every desire and every thought..."
(1 Chronicles 28:9)

"Through your thinking you accumulate a mass of ideas and with 
your imagination you make them into definite form."
(Catherine Ponder)

Our imagination is our connecting link to God. It is the picturing power of the mind.It is the gift of vision. What we conceive of and believe in we can achieve. 

We create our life by the thoughts we think and the pictures we hold in mind. Hold that thought and hold that picture in your mind long enough and we will see it in this material world. 

So, are we putting our gift of imagination to good use? Often times we use our imagination to create what we don't want. We dwell on all the things we want nothing to do with. Using our imagination correctly, along with some of our other powers such as faith, wisdom, strength and love, we can produce wonderful experiences--good health, financial abundance, great relationships.  We can create a life of total well-being.

Our imagination is our connecting link to God and we already know that it is the Father's greatest wish to give us the kingdom of heaven. 

 
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Nancy Norman

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Weekly Wisdom/Thoughts on Truth

"For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
(Matthew 12:37)

"Through his spoken word, man is continually making laws for himself."
(Florence Scovel Shinn)

Today, I watch my words for they have power. I know and understand that I make my world by the words I utter - be they silently or audibly expressed.

Are my words constructive or destructive? What are my words doing to me? Are they building me up or tearing me down? What are they doing to others? Are they inspiring and uplifting them or making them feel downcast and less than?

Today, I watch my words for they have power. I make them positive, constructive, stimulating, creative and confident. I use words that enrich and expand my life and the life of others. I am always aware of how powerful my words are and I ask God to keep my words pure, loving, strong, helpful and faith-filled.

Today, I watch my words for they have power.

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Richest Blessings,
Nancy Norman

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weekly Wisdom / Thoughts on Truth


Love is a spiritual gift, an ability to direct the power of God for earthly good. It is important to exercise this ability for two reasons: first, for the good it does in harmonizing, attracting, and unifying, and second, for the development of your personal awareness of this magnificent gift of God.

Remember, emotions come and go, but Love is never changing. Still yourself toward Love to the point of fulfillment. Then direct it generously, enabling peace to be restored on earth.
-William Warch/How to Use Your Twelve Gifts from God

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NancyNorman

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Weekly Wisdom/Thoughts on Truth

True strength gives you a greater power than the ability to move "things" about. One of the wonderful ways strength manifests itself in your consciousness is in the form of patience. Patience is calm, uncomplaining endurance. It is persistent courage. Whenever you need to be courageous in a situation, all you need to do is become still. It is a deliberate spiritual step when you still yourself toward something spiritual. Still yourself toward strength, and a quiet courage comes forth through your consciousness as patience. If you do not draw upon your source of patience you become irritable and tense and have no other choice than to react in anger and impatience. You always have the choice of waiting on your Lord rather than becoming frustrated and embittered. Draw upon strength and patience.                  

 - William Warch/How to Use Your Twelve Gifts from God
 
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Nancy Norman

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Weekly Wisdom/Thoughts on Truth

In order to understand the purpose and function of your wonderful gift of Faith you must consider the nature of God. First, God is all your good, the source of everything you need spiritually and materially. But this source is invisible. And in the invisible it remains as potential, not necessarily in your living experience. Naturally, you want to experience your good. You want to have your needs met. So you need the ability to draw out from the invisible all your good. You want to develop the ability to receive the countless blessings that rest as potential in God, the invisible Source.

How do you actively involve yourself in the process of drawing your good from God? By using Faith! Faith is your affirmative power. It is your ability to say "Yes" to God and to your good. Simply acknowledging your needs doesn't mean that your needs will be met. You must also acknowledge that which you need and say "Yes" to it. Say "Yes" to God and your good and move it into your living experience. Saying "Yes" to perfect transportation is a far cry from acknowledging a broken down car. Complaining and being angry drains that very energy that could be directed toward drawing your good from your invisible Source. Faith is a tool with which to build a higher consciousness.

-William Warch/How to Use Your Twelve Gifts from God


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Weekly Wisdom/Thoughts on Truth

"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we do not see."
(Hebrews 11:1)

"Faith is confidence in the universe that enables one to go forward in the dark."
(C. G. Jung)

Today I have faith in God's presence and power within me. I go forth with a sure confidence that God loves me and cares for me. I know that the greatness of God that dwells within me is equal to every feeling of unworthiness, inadequacy or discouragement. I live in a sea of unlimited potential and pure possibilities.

I turn from beliefs, feelings and attitudes that limit or bind me to false beliefs, unfounded fears and resentments. They have no power, for I have faith in God's loving power and presence which are always with me. He strengthens me, illumines me, guides me and keeps me safe and secure.

Today I have faith in God's presence and power within me and I go forth with a sure confidence to live a life of joy, happiness and accomplishment of unlimited potential and possibilities.


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Richest Blessings,
Nancy Norman

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Weekly Wisdom/Thoughts on Truth

There is a specific reason why you should get definite about what you want. The word desire, in its root, means "of the father." It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom, and it should be your good pleasure to receive it here and now.

How can you test these desires to be sure they are "of the Father?"

If the desires you have are only surface desires, they pass away, but if they are deep-seated desires for greater good that remain with you through thick and thin, they are from the Father. They are divine desires. You should express them constructively, rather than suppress them destructively.

Desire is God trying to give you greater good! Open your mind to receive it. Then get definite about that desire by writing it down, so that it can definitely manifest for you.

-Catherine Ponder/Open Your Mind to Prosperity

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Nancy Norman

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Weekly Wisdom Thoughts on Truth

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free."
(Galatians 5:1)

"Here and now, we are surrounded by, and immersed in, An Infinite Good. How much of this Infinite Good is ours? ALL OF IT! And how much of
It may we use? AS MUCH AS WE CAN EMBODY."
(Ernest Holmes)

I am unfettered, unbound, a free spirit. Nothing in the outer can bind me - not circumstance, condition, or person. I am a spiritual being having a human experience; I open my eyes to the beauty and wonder in which I am surrounded.

I am free! I am blessed! I see the good in all people and situations that cross my path, as they see the good in me. I need not seek approval from others, for I am beyond good enough just the way I am. I am a beloved child of God in whom He is well pleased.

I am worthy of goodness and greatness for I am an individualized expression of God, and I move confidently in the direction that God guides me. I am prospered in all ways. I am free!

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Weekly Wisdom/Thoughts on Truth

   "Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely."

(Psalm 139:4)
"You know you are free when you are independent of the good and sad opinions of others, when you have relinquished the need to seek approval,
when you believe you are good enough as you are."
(Anonymous)
Today, I watch my words. I know and understand that I make my world by the words I utter - be they silently or audibly expressed.
Are my words constructive or destructive? What are my words doing to me? Are they building me upor tearing me down? What are they doing to others? Are they inspiring and uplifting them or making them feel downcast and less than?
Today, I watch my words. I make them positive, constructive, stimulating, creative, and confident.
I use words that enrich and expand my life and the life of others. I am always aware of how powerful my words are, and I ask God to keep my words pure, loving, strong, helpful and faith-filled.
Today I watch my words.
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Nancy Norman

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Weekly Wisdom/Thoughts on Truth


"...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength..."
 (Isaiah 40:31)

"When I dare to be powerful-to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."
(Audrey Harde)


God guides, directs, and guards me.  My confidence in Him is strong.  He gives me the strength, courage, confidence, power, and wisdom to meet every challenge.

The loving wisdom of God directs my thoughts and actions.  My good cannot be withheld.  I place no limit on the things I can do or become.  I use my own powers to the best of my ability and trust in God to open doors and to clear the path to my greater and higher good.  I have faith that through His power in me, I can do all things.  There is right outworking in every situation.

God is at work in my life.  He guides, directs, and guards me.  My confidence in Him is strong.  I have new strength in my life, and I am abundantly blessed!

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Richest Blessings,
Nancy Norman

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Weekly Wisdom/Thoughts on Truth


"... he had faith to be healed..."
(Acts 14:9)

"It is easy to believe that God is perfect.  We must also believe
that the spiritual (person) is perfect."
(Ernest Holmes)

God is my health, I cannot be sick!  This day I am healed!  My faith has made me whole.  In Matthew 9:20, Jesus said, "According to your faith, let be it done to you..."  No longer do I doubt or question.  I accept the truth that the power to be well is within me and is healing me now!

In the past, I may have accepted the limitations of believing in appearances.  Today my faith is in God's healing power.  I declare with power and authority, that I am healed through the mighty healing power of God, the good, omnipresent.  God is my health, I cannot be sick!

I accept my healing.  My faith has made me whole!  God is my health, I cannot be sick!

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Nancy Norman

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Weekly Wisdom/Thoughts on Truth

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?

According to your faith be it unto you. -Matthew 9:29


Faith is expectancy. "According to your faith be it unto to you."

We might say, according to your expectancies be it done unto you; so, what are you expecting?

We hear people say: "We expect the worse to happen," or "The worst is yet to come." They are inviting the worst to come.

We hear others say: "I expect a change for the better." They are inviting better conditions into their lives.

Change your expectancies and change your conditions.

How can you change your expectancies, when you have formed the habit of expecting loss, lack or failure?

Begin to act as if you expected success, happiness and abundance: prepare for your good.

Do something to show you expect it to come. Active faith alone, will impress the subconscious.

-Florence Scovel Shinn/The Secret Door to Success
 


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Nancy Norman

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Weekly Wisdom Thoughts on Truth

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you
have received it, and it will be yours."
(Mark 11:24)


"Too few people are living the life they really want to live. Life can be lived fully and richly. It all depends upon the decisions a person makes."
(Raymond Charles Barker)

God's unlimited good is everywhere present and God is just waiting for our acceptance of that good in our lives. Make a decision to accept the blessings! Do you have goals, desires or aims? What are they? Write them down! It is very difficult to make decisions in life if there is no direction.

Be flexible; leave the final out-working to God. We do this by being willing to change if God's guidance is to do it differently. Decision opens the floodgates of Heaven. Keep in constant, conscious contact with God and decision-making will become effortless.

Where God guides, God provides! God's way is easy!

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Nancy Norman