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Finding God inside the Holy Temple of Your Body

My poem below is also a prayer from my autobiographical poetry book, A Rape Survivor's Spiritual Journey: My Poems and Practical Exercises, which will be released soon.  I recommend praying it out loud whenever possible because there's power in the spoken as well as the written word.  Say these  words knowing that God lives inside the holy temple of your body waiting for you to call on Him.

 

The Spirit of God lives and breathes with me.

I breathe with the Spirit.

I AM one with the Spirit.

I AM God’s Spirit.

 

At all times and in all places, the Spirit of God lives and breathes inside me.

I breathe with the Spirit.

I AM one with the Spirit.

I AM God’s Spirit.

 

The Spirit of God empowers me with the strength to

[insert your greatest challenge here].

I breathe with the Spirit.

I AM one with the Spirit.

I AM God’s Spirit

Feeling Sad or Depressed? Try Writing about What Makes You Happy


Feeling sad or depressed?  Try writing about what makes you happy.  For me, it’s seeing bunnies in my neighborhood on my way home since I usually don’t see them in the morning.  I like stopping and talking to them for a few minutes while giving them their personal space.  Although I’m sure they probably think I’m kind of weird, they also seem to like the company.  Then, there’s exploring the forest preserves with a friend when we came across a doe with her baby deer.  We couldn’t stop telling the beautiful doe they were so adorable.  Like the bunnies, she stuck around for a while before leaving.  Wow!  What an adventure for a city girl like me.  That was cool!

Get the idea?  Of course, if it’s something that you can do right now, do it instead of writing about it.  If not, try to think about what’s the next best thing that would make you happy that you can do or write about.  Don’t wait for someone else to make you happy.  As part of your self-care, make it a habit of asking yourself what makes you happy or what would make you happy.  Then, write about it or do it.

How Were You Touched by God, or How Would You like to be Touched by God?


Like I’ve written before, we habitually ask ourselves negative questions that keep us in a negative mindset.  Try writing about when and how you were touched by God.  If you don’t believe that you have been touched by God, then write about how you would like to be touched by God.

I suggest you consider creating a book titled, How I was Touched by God or How I Would like to be Touched by God, and keep adding to it.  When you’re feeling sad or depressed, your book can be a source of inspiration for you.

Seeking out Peacefulness Every Day

What makes you feel peaceful?

 Watching a sunset, walking outside, being with a loved one, or reminiscing about them?

and
How can you include peace in your life every day?
By including quiet time with God, pampering yourself, or reading a good book?
Make a list of at least ten activities that make you feel peaceful and start practicing as many as possible every day.  Keep adding to this list.  Who knows?  One day, maybe you’ll have written so much down that you’ll write a book about peacefulness.  Then, you'll be the expert.