12-12 Full Moon & Message - Live By Faith, Not By Sight
Happy Full Moon Blessing ~ Feel the Warmth & Security of the Divine Loving Presence!
Today's message is from Jesus Calling Enjoying Peace in His Presence 365 Day Devotional by Sarah Young. Considering the potentness to this day, after a gorgeous full moon, this seemed an ideal message. Let the love of the Divine fill you up, illuminating your entire being like the brilliance of the rising full moon.
|A beautiful sunset during a drive home from Prescott, not from the huge full moon of 12-12/|
I don't have a picture to share, but the full moon rising on the eastern horizon, while colors filled the sky on the western horizon as the sun set was pretty magical. I had a feeling of relief come over me. I have no idea why, however, I did. I laid in bed, and looked up towards the ceiling to gaze at the wispy peaceful flying energies dancing above me. As I did, I truly did feel engulfed by a warmth, a greater lightness of being, and a sense that I was safe.
I 'knew' I was being provided for and guided. I felt bathed in love. A sense of joy bubbled up with childlike giddiness, for no particular reason. My heart also swelled with gratitude ~ for the loving embrace of my husband, and all that I was being given, including stepping more into the role of caretaker for my Mom. So this morning, while reading the 12-12 Jesus Calling passage, I immediately resonated with this Truth. (Read some of this passage, below.)
Rather than feel weighed down, engulfed with a heavy fog that would not lift ~ as I had been feeling for some time ~ I felt the atmosphere clear, like the sun that finally peaks through after days, or even weeks of dark skies. I have no idea why these blessed feelings came over me, however, I am so very grateful for the ease it brought to my body, mind, nerves, and my Spirit. I believe my faith grows, and as it does, it shields me from all that would have previously bothered me. It shields me from all that previously challenged my sense of safety as well.
It has taken me a long time to cultivate this level of faith. I've always had a bit of childlike innocence that I maintained. While I had faith, it was mixed with many more moments of self-doubt, confusion, and a struggle 'to figure it all out.' In fact 'struggle' became my M.O. ~ modus operands. I believed I was responsible for my life, hence my mind and willful nature attempted to steer my 'ship' with mixed results. If I trusted my hunches, things went well. If I did what I thought I was 'supposed' to do, as per the opinions of others, including cultural beliefs, results were not so good.
As I've previously mentioned, I searched for answers in my 20s by reading a myriad of self-help books in the burgeoning New Age market. I did not know where else to turn. I had tried counseling. And, as I think I mentioned in the Day 1 post of this series, I was raised atheist. Neither parent cared for organized religion. I received mixed messages about God. The sentiments of many in my secular world was that religion was a 'crutch.' Belief in God was a replacement for believing in one's self. People who went to church were seen as less intelligent, or weaker-willed.
Of course, I see things differently now. I even pray for forgiveness for ever harboring or perpetuating such thoughts.
Our human mind is not so superior. We can never really 'figure things out' near as perfectly as our Divine Creator. Our ego gets caught in 'specialness traps.' We believe ourselves either super special in a positive or negative way ~ either above others, or supremely inferior. If the latter, we suffer in our story, sharing it often with the subconscious desire for attention or acknowledgement that we had it SO bad.
If we believe ourselves superior, we mistakenly will our way through life, often unsuccessfully, or with mixed results. Our arrogance becomes the shield for all that is more loving, brilliant, and light. It blocks flow of the Divine. It hardens our heart, and we become like a desert inside, lacking the warmth, loving presence, Diving inspiration, and true security that comes with Faith.
Every detail of your life is under My control. Moreover, everything fits into a pattern for good, to those who love Me and are called according to My design and purpose.
Events may seem to occur randomly, with little or no meaning. People who view the world this way have overlooked one basic fact: the limitations of human understanding. What you know of the world you inhabit is only the tip of the iceberg. Submerged beneath the surface of the visible world are mysteries too vast for you to comprehend.
...live by faith, not by sight; trusting in My mysterious, majestic Presence.Like the glorious 12-12 full moon!
Day 1 - One Year Bible and the commencing of this new series, my journey dealing with current challenges while also reading the Bible for the first time, and other spiritual and inspiring texts.
Day 2 - Be Willing to Go Out On A Limb For Me From Jesus Calling
Day 3 - The Dancing Mind from Anam Cara, by John O'Donohue
Day 4 - Remaining Present and The Great Spiritual Battle of the Mind