Monday, November 19, 2012

The Power of Prayer


”Ask, and it will be given to you; Seek, and you will find; Knock, and it will be opened to you. -- Matthew 7:7

Two of the main things The Gatsby Life is all about is;  Faith & Believing. With your beliefs and faith, you can achieve anything you seek out. In any situation all you need is a little faith, Faith in God, Faith in a Better Tomorrow, Faith in a higher power. Don't seek revenge, seek justice, seek peace, set out to change the course to have a better tomorrow/future by the positive actions you do today!


God is LOVE --- Love Is GOD 

My Faith & Your Faith are not the same, (mine is no better or worse than yours) nobody in the world have the EXACT faith, practices, beliefs, weaknesses, strengths, which is WHY we are all UNIQUE! Trust me, I consider myself a Christian, and I know nobody is perfect, including myself. BUT, if you can relate and rely on your FAITH to get through most hard times or challenges you face on daily basis, then you will reassure yourself that Faith is true and God is present, as long you have your heart open and ready for him. We all fall into temptation, guilt, regret, SIN, including myself, AND as long as you are aware of it, then you know God will truly forgive you at the end of the day. I Sin everyday, but I know my God is a loving and forgiving God, and as long as you acknowledge and comprehend this, you will be forgiven, (no matter how small or large you SIN) It's Okay, God Loves You! 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -- Philippians 4:6-7 

What Prayer Can Do For You! 

As a Christian, I truly Believe there is a higher power than Governs and Guides Us. GOD. As a Christian, a Skeptic & a True Believer there a "finely thin walked line" -- if you doubt this then you are only kidding yourself. But skeptics and true believers both know down deep his or her heart, that God is watching over them, and although it may take more moments for some than others to reassure them of this. I, Myself, am a true believer at heart, and there may be times I am conflicted with troubles, burdens, past troubles that will shake my beliefs (skeptic), but never crumble my true beliefs. Now you know a little history of me, let me tell you a story that happen just in the last two weeks.

A Miracle Re-assured My Faith

I have the best "small group" session at my church in Manhattan, KS. We meet up every Sunday Night, for "ALPHA Course" that is related with --> (http://www.alphausa.org). What makes this group of Adults/Teens so great is we have a group of about 8-10 people of with wide range of age, teen through adults (15-55 yrs) & consists of Skeptics & True Believers also, so it makes for great conversations! I encourage all to seek out a small group, great way to meet a great bunch of people, but also connect to the Lord and Learn from one another!

So week ago, Our topic for the evening consisted on "Prayer" & "Praying for Others" We prayed for each other and each person spoke out on a something that was bothering or troubling him or her mentally or physically. I told the group about my recent trouble with my legs. My legs have been bothering me for the last 4 months with my running/exercising  3-4 times a week with sore muscles, (along the shin bones and muscles). I've been to the doctor, physical therapists in the last months, multiple visits, pain killers/
muscle relaxers prescribed, and targeted stretches to be performed. But none have worked! I've been in pain for 4 monthes while my running 3-5 miles, & walking daily, up till that point. So the group prayed with me on my legs to have God help & heal me. While I remained skeptical about it. I have done nothing different in the last week and half, to change things or my routine, but my legs have never felt better! GOD HAS HEALED ME!

Believe IT, or not..

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” -- John 13:7

I speak to you with a renewed FAITH, I put my FAITH above everything else, but even more now and not a day goes by that I am not reminded of what my fellow brothers and sisters of my small group did to help me to come to this point. By praying for me, outloud and all together, they healed me and reaffirmed me in my faith and made my beliefs even stronger than they have ever been. Some of you may have may have heard the "God Works In A Mysterious Way" (sometimes not what you expect him to, or would like him to, but trust me he has his reasons). Back to my Legs, I prayed and prayed on this situation to have him heal me and make me feel better for months! But it wasn't until I have my friends from small group session, Pray for me and THAT is was when God listened and Healed me! My legs feel 100% today, I feel rejuvenated not only with my legs, but with my FAITH! 

I encourage all of you to speak out to your loved ones, encourage them to pray for you and you for them. Pray for others is more powerful than prayer for yourself, take time for others, more than yourself, always put them before yourself. And Most Important Pray Outloud to God! Relate back to my last post "BREATHE" when you are having your moment in the morning, pray outloud for a good day and healing for your fiends in family, whether mentally or physically, tell God the actual ailment, or trouble that bothers your friends or famaily. We all need a guiding hand, a friendly prayer sent our way. 

Pray For Others

Next time you are saying your prayers, be sure to mention those that especially need it, pray out to GOD.  He is always listening and He'll always respond. Sometimes it just needs more than one voice to reach him. So be sure to be open to your family and friends, they are here for you! God is ready to HEAR you. I have to say, the best time I felt, and the most I could feel God's presence, shaping and guiding my life is when my good friend, Andrew, would pray with me and for me. I could feel God's loving, guiding hands over me, protecting, and guiding me along my path. And to this day, I can only say thank you to Andrew, for being there for me, and praying for me, and Thank you God for listening and helping me through the hard times I faced and helping me to where I am today. I encourage you all to talk to your family or friends, open up, ask them what is bothering them, and tell them what is bothering you, and pray for each other! 

~God listens and responds, not only when you pray for yourself, but when you pray for others and with Others!

God Bless All My Readers!

Have a Good Thanksgiving in the U.S.A and International Readers Have a Good Week!

Be Thankful and Pray for Others!

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” -- Matthew 21:22

- Ross
Send me your prayers, I will definitely pray for you! 

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Breathe




"Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure."  ~ Oprah Winfrey 



"One hour’s meditation on the work of the Creator is better than seventy years of prayer." ~ Muhammad


Live In The Moment, But Give Thanks To The Present... 
The Gatsby Life encourages you to live in the moment, live spontaneously, live in the now. Past posts have emphasized these themes on both a small and large scale. "The Possibilities Are Endless", "Time To Fly..." & most importantly "Start The Machine" posts. I truly believe you should live in the moment, plan when only (*necessary/important), & truly seek out LIFE every other chance you get! 

But before you do this, I believe you must be at peace with yourself and God. I encourage you to try out these tips and ideas starting tomorrow morning. Get in a routine/habit of taking 5 to 10 mins in the morning while you enjoy that cup of coffee or tea and meditate to be "at peace" with yourself and God before you head off to work/class for the day. What exactly is meditating? How do you meditate? It's pretty simple, the great thing about meditating is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. It isn't just one thing or one type. It can be any way you want to do it and you can get whatever you want out of it also! 


"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like." ~ Lao Tzu

You Must Clear & Ease Your Mind... To Enjoy What Life Presents You Each Day
Here's how you will truly live a peaceful, more enjoyable life everyday! 
  • Find a spot you love, that makes you comfortable, whether it be outside or inside, sitting, laying or standing. Just take this 5 to 15 minutes every morning and/or night to clear your mind before you start off on your busy day. 
  • Let go off all of yesterday's problems and today's future worries and just don't think.
  • Breathe Deep and Let it Out
  • Now Stare out and Let your mind clear out
  • Let God Speak to You, (you don't have to do all the talking, I encourage you to do none at all actually!) 
  • Don't think of what today may bring, but instead think of the Good things & memories that you have in your life up to this point.
  •  Then all that is left is to say: "Thank You, God" 
  •  Now you will be ready for whatever life/work/etc presents itself today. 
- This is ONE routine you should practice daily, every morning and/or night. 

You should have some routines in life, routines can be a good thing, but too many can dull life down. Break away and step out of past habits, live spontaneously every now and thing, and never miss a chance to seize an opportunity that you wish to pursue. 


"Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God." ~ Diana Robinson

Never Slow Down With Your Dreams, Hopes, & Loves.
The Gatsby Life encourages you to live your life in the most spontaneous, heart-filled, enthusiastic way you possibly can. Never slow down with your dreams, hopes, & loves. Live everyday in the most positive, inspiring way you can. Don't take time for granted. Its limited. Truly try to take in the best from every moment. And always remember the One Routine you should always practice, which is taking time to meditate, reflect, not speak, but listen to God, clear your mind, erase your worries every morning/night to better understand the bigger picture; the picture we call "Life" 

"Ultimately spiritual awareness unfolds when you're flexible, when you're spontaneous, when you're detached, when you're easy on yourself and easy on others." ~ Deepak Chopra 



"Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." ~ John F. Kennedy 

I have a sense we'll be alright...
~  Ross