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DeeDee/Denise
May 17, 2022
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May 17th My Countenance Expresses the Spirit of Love I had also witnessed that God is love, and I knew that without love in my heart--not just for others, but for myself--I was lost. I no longer loved my mortal self; I had seen my spiritual being. This body was like clay, heavy, cumbersome, and abhorrent to me. The Awakening Heart - page 31 It is the spirit that quickened; the flesh profited nothing…John 6:63 Father, while I live in my mortal body, help me to love it and find peace with it. Help me recognize and make use of the love you have instilled in my spirit so I can glorify my flesh. Let me live in the knowledge of that divine portion of my being which is more truly me, and not indulge in the weakness of my flesh. Bless me to bring each part into harmony. And guide me toward the ability; to use my eternal nature and power of both my spirit and body to rise above the things of this world. Affirmation: My body and its countenance express the eternal beauty of my spirit. Enjoy previous years’ comments: Sonia Reminds me of Betty's interview for the Dragonfly. She says that if everyone could see the beauty of their own spirit, this world would be such a much better place. I think if we could see the beauty of our own spirit, it would be easier to choose the spirit over the flesh. Praying for us to be able to see Christ's light within us, his beauty, that we might better let our own light shine. and loving the thought of his his light radiating in my own countenance. A goal with a promise to always work toward receiving.
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DeeDee/Denise
May 16, 2022
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May 16th Only the Creator Knows My Purpose We need to be careful in judging whether or not someone has fulfilled his mission. A person who appears to be failing may in fact be learning more quickly than a person who appears successful. Our Creator knows which weaknesses we come with and which experiences we require for spiritual growth. The Ripple Effect - page 22 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8 Father, when I see imperfections in others, help me refrain from condemning them, supposing them to be misguided. Teach me to walk in humility and kindness, and to remember that you guide all your children in the uniqueness of their missions. Bless me to focus less on faults and failures and more on strengths and successes. Help me encourage others on their paths and become stronger myself in these attributes. Affirmation: I withhold judgment and pray for understanding instead. Enjoy notes from previous years (FYI…this was several years’ ago and we no longer save notes today) Renee What a relief! I can actually be learning something despite myself LOL! "Bless me to focus less on faults and failures and more on strengths and successes. Help me encourage others on their paths and become stronger myself in these attributes.:" And I would like to add 'bless me to focus less on 'my own' faults and failures..." And although I believe I am encouragement to others and always have faith in them, I think I would be even more helpful if I was kinder to myself. Thank you for sharing here, it is always a blessing to read each night! Love, Renee' Sonia Love your added words Renee. Much to ponder in this one, about judgement, or purposes, our weaknesses and trials, God's will in our lives and how he has our perfect blueprint. My goodness! It's amazing when I stop and look at the many ways my perspective changed through WAVES and studying Betty's teachings! Sonia Amen! Been working on this one for a long time now! I was raised in so much judgement in church and criticism in my family, not easy to overcome! Taking Betty's prayer and affirmation into my heart: "Father, when I see imperfections in others, help me refrain from condemning them, supposing them to be misguided. Teach me to walk in humility and kindness, and to remember that you guide all your children in the uniqueness of their missions. Bless me to focus less on faults and failures and more on strengths and successes. Help me encourage others on their paths and become stronger myself in these attributes. Affirmation: I withhold judgment and pray for understanding instead. May it be so in Jesus' name, amen. Great to be here with you Renee! Thanks for writing these Betty! Love you:)
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DeeDee/Denise
May 13, 2022
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May 14th My Suffering Can Be Used by God As people choose a path not intended by God for them, they will eventually learn, but through a harder, longer process than necessary. Regardless of the process, though, whether in this life or in the next, it will yet turn them to God…Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess. God will use any means at his command to reclaim his lost children--even if it is through the things which they suffer. The Ripple Effect - page 87 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 Father, thank you for blessing me in suffering and for showing me that all things work out for those who love the Lord. Bless me in trial to see the situation more clearly, and how to find resolution. Help me turn all my difficulties into growth, that I may glorify you in all things. Affirmation: My life glorifies God, my creator, who turns my weaknesses and pain to my good.
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DeeDee/Denise
May 13, 2022
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May 13th My Soul Shines in Loveliness To love others as myself, I first had to really love myself. The beauty and light of Christ were within me---he saw them!---and now I had to search within myself to find them as well…I saw that I had suppressed the genuine loveliness of my own soul. I had to let it shine again as it once had. Embraced By The Light - page 117 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good. Proverbs 19:8 Thank you, Father, for I am your creation, and the beauty of Christ‘s Spirit is part of my soul. Thank you for blessing me with your beauty and light so that I can learn to love these aspects of myself without condition. Bless me to grow more like you in truth and in love, that I might bear witness of your understanding and wisdom. Affirmation: I express the beauty and light of Christ, and God resides within my soul. Enjoy these previous years’ notes from WAVES: Sonia Pondering and taking this prayer into my heart: "Thank you, Father, for I am your creation, and the beauty of Christ‘s Spirit is part of my soul. Thank you for blessing me with your beauty and light so that I can learn to love these aspects of myself without condition. Bless me to grow more like you in truth and in love, that I might bear witness of your understanding and wisdom." Oh, praying to see Christ's light within, to recognize the seeds of God's attributes, then to expand them and develop them. Praying to learn to value myself, to love myself, praying to better see myself through Christ's eyes, for my eyes to be open. Taking the affirmation into my heart: "I express the beauty and light of Christ, and God resides within my soul." and asking for these blessings, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen!
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DeeDee/Denise
May 12, 2022
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The Creator Is Acquainted with My Ways Our Creator understands the pains of this life. He lived it too. Through his omniscient knowledge, he makes perfect judgments. He knows who we are and exactly what we need at every moment of existence. The Ripple Effect - page 207 O Lord, thou has searched me, and known me…Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. Psalms 139:1,3 Father, how patient, gracious, and forgiving you are to love me even though I repeat my mistakes and am slow to learn. There is so much to overcome and to strengthen. Bless me to follow your will and to bear my burdens with greater capacity and nobility. I want with all my heart to be pleasing to you. Affirmation: My Creator knows all of my ways, and he guides and directs me to perfection.
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DeeDee/Denise
May 11, 2022
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My Spirit Was Given Power Over My Flesh Remembering that the spirit and the mind have tremendous influence on the flesh, I saw that we literally have power to affect our own health. I saw that the spirit in each of us is powerful, that it can give strength to the body to ward off illness, or, once the body is sick, to cause it to heal. The spirit has power to control the mind, and the mind controls the body. Embraced By The Light - page 62 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind…that ye put on the new man… Ephesians, 4:23-24 Father, thank you for the tremendous power within me to heal my body and influence my health. Bless me to know how to use my spirit‘s abilities better so that, by combining this knowledge with my faith in you, I will enjoy health in mind and body. Affirmation: The power of spirit to renew myself daily keeps me healthy, strong and whole.
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DeeDee/Denise
May 09, 2022
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My Aura of Light Reveals My True Spirit Prayers take form as an energy that if visible would be seen to add light to our presence or the aura around us. Our souls glow brighter in prayer as our spirits communicate with the Divine, because we are made more divine by the act of honest communication with Deity. The Ripple Effect - page 95 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. Luke 11:36 Thank you, Father, for teaching me through scripture that, should I dispute with my brother, to make it right before I come to you in prayer. Help me to use this principle whenever I have let something go amiss in my life; to do my best to set things right before asking forgiveness of you. In this way, Father, I know you can bless my countenance with your light. Affirmation: Enlightenment comes to me in communication with the Father, and his glory fills my heart.
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DeeDee/Denise
May 07, 2022
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My Spirit Yearns for Heavenly Joy God created our spirits long before we were born on earth. I saw this clearly and repeatedly during my experience. In fact, much of what I “learned” about heaven was actually a remembering of it from when I lived there before. I remembered it because, when we die, the veil of forgetfulness is removed from our minds. The Ripple Effect - page 2 Is there anything whereof it may be said, “See, this is new?” it hath been already of old time, which was before us. Ecclesiastes 1:10 Father, when my spirit connects with distant memories of heaven, I feel homesick and lonely. Without understanding why, I often long for someone or some place that my mind cannot recall. Even while family and friends surround me, I often feel incomplete. Please fill my aching heart with the knowledge that you and those I miss in heaven are more near to me than I know. Affirmation: My spirit is in tune with all that was, is, and will be. I am comforted in that truth.
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DeeDee/Denise
May 06, 2022
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My Nature Is Expressed in My Body and Spirit To dwell upon a thought is to give it energy. To act upon a thought is to give it life…When we give something place within our nature, it manifests itself physically and spiritually. Giving place to negative thoughts by repeating them, pondering them, gnawing on them, gives them energy and thus the power to transform us into their image. The Ripple Effect - page 85 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23 Father, when a negative thought floods my mind, bless me to let its energy pass through without focusing on it, feeding it, and giving it greater energy to control my life. Thank you for teaching me how to direct my thoughts in creating loving realities which increase my inner peace and joy. Affirmation: My spirit is free to express in any way its true divine nature.
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DeeDee/Denise
May 05, 2022
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I Am a Joint Heir with Jesus Christ I knew [Jesus], his spirit, his feelings, his concern for me. I felt his kinship with me, and I knew that we were family. I felt that his relationship to me was both like a father and as older brother. He was close to me, but there was also an element of authority. He was tender and good natured, but also responsible. I knew with a sure knowledge that he would never misuse his authority, that he would never even desire to do so. Embraced By The Light - page 73 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:16-17 Thank you, Father, my spirit feels the unity and love of my Eternal Family. Bless me to remember that, like Jesus, I am responsible in sharing your eternal love. Help me never to fail to walk arm and arm with others to encourage and to bless. Affirmation: As a child of God, I am an heir with Christ and just as responsible.
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DeeDee/Denise
May 03, 2022
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The Veil of Forgetting Protects Us I now understood why it was important for us to go through the “veil of forgetting” when we come to earth…because remembering is so horrifically painful. The Awakening Heart - pages 23-24 He has made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 Father, how wise you are! Remembering my Heavenly Home would bring pain and distress of not being there. Often I wish I could remember my time with you. But in your wisdom, those memories were not mine to keep. Bless me, then, with an inner knowing of our unending bonds of love, so that I may live with greater hope and walk in greater faith. Affirmation: I walk by faith, each day more confident and sure of my beautiful home in heaven.
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DeeDee/Denise
May 02, 2022
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I Can Call Down the Powers of Heaven Through prayer we bring life to our souls. Not only do we open ourselves to an increased endowment of God’s love and light, but we also call down the powers of heaven to overcome trials. In sending up a desperate cry for help, we call angels down to our sides to fight for our cause by adding their energy to ours. The Ripple Effect - page 95 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by numbers: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. Isaiah 40:26 Father, how precious is your wisdom, how glorious your ways! Thank you for creating the perfect way to aid me when I cry out to you for help. Bless me to open the door to your powers by seeking you first in my trials. Affirmation: I ask, and mighty angels come to my aid and lend their strength to mine.
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DeeDee/Denise
May 01, 2022
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Love with Family and Friends Is Eternal Our bonds with loved ones continue after death as they began long before birth. The love between us is eternal and does not cease simply because we cannot see the departed. Those who have passed to the other side are very much alive --more so than ever--and they are able to comfort us and send us their love. But they are also bound by laws which govern our lives and which limit their free contact with us. Yes, they care about us, about our lives and our welfare, but they must not interfere with our progression in life. The Ripple Effect - page 190 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided… 2 Samuel 1:23 Father, thank you for the gift of eternal bonds with my loved ones. It is comforting to know that, when I love someone, death does not part our love. I am thankful to know that my loved ones, there with you, can hear me, see me, and know that I love them still. Affirmation: The power of my love exists into the eternities, it never ends, it never dies.
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DeeDee/Denise
Apr 29, 2022
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Spoken Words Create Lasting Vibrations I saw different energies surround different people. I saw how a person’s words actually affect the energy field around him. The very words themselves--the vibrations in the air--attract one type of energy or another…If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Embraced By The Light - page 58 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:36 Father, forgive me for not realizing that, as your child, I too have the power to create by my spoken words. Give me greater understanding of that power and its uses for good. Bless me to guard my words against negativity, to bless all things as you do rather than to curse. Increase my ability to dispel darkness and evil in the world by speaking words of light and life. Affirmation: I speak positive words which attract positive energies and create inner strengths. === (Betty) Perhaps this was one of my greatest challenges after I returned, "Bless me to guard my words against negativity, to bless all things as you do rather than to curse." I know that words can destroy or create our greatest fears because we tend to talk about our fears more and give them all our energy! Heavenly Father, remind me not to delve into my fears but rather, to look at my many blessings for in doing so, they multiply! Amen. (Sonia) I agree Michelle, it is so comforting to me to know that Betty struggled with this too! Hooray! Sorry Betty! Smiley But it speaks hope for me. Betty is such an example of how she uses words!!! Oh, and this means I can learn too… also!!! Yes, I had to work with my sons also on the positive, "just because you feel it doesn't mean you can say it--you love your brother! Always! Whether you feel it or not!" Yes, I yelled at my kids a few times not so lovingly, I think! Oh well! Learning now how to use my words for good! Coming back, I love the title: "Spoken Words Create Lasting Vibrations"
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DeeDee/Denise
Apr 29, 2022
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I Fellowship with My Lord Though at times I feel profoundly alone on my journey, I know that he is leading others, too, and that our sharing of his message of love is part of his plan. The Awakening Heart - page 11 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3 Thank you, Father, for never leaving me alone as I serve you. The presence of your sweet spirit fills the void I often feel in my heart. Bless me with the fellowship of others; and keep me directed to find peace in you. Affirmation: I am never alone in the work of the Lord, for he is with me always.
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DeeDee/Denise
Apr 28, 2022
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Above All Else I Am to Love The details of my experience are important only to the point that they help us to love. All else is an appendage to that. It is simply a matter of following the Savior’s message which he most clearly expressed to me: “Above all else, love one another.” Embraced By The Light - page 147 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 1 John 3:11 Father, bless me to know the spiritual law that governs giving and receiving. As I love you, your spirit is free to flow into mine. As I love myself, I expand and have more love to give. In giving love, I open myself to receiving even greater love from you. Stretch my ability to love, Father, by blessing me to give it fearlessly and selflessly. Affirmation: My priorities are in order: First I love God, then I love myself, now I am capable of loving others.
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DeeDee/Denise
Apr 27, 2022
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April 27th Earth Is a School for Spiritual Development I was actually relieved to find that the earth is not our natural home, that we did not originate here. I was gratified to see that the earth is only a temporary place… Embraced By The Light - pages 49-50 For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeared for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:14 Heavenly Father; thank you for creating a place where my spirit can develop by experiencing life in the flesh. This education is important to my spirit’s continuing effort to become more like you. Little children remind me how I once was. They lack knowledge as I did; but will learn and develop in remarkable ways as life’s experiences expand them. Might I always remember that you see me as a child, too, Father, full of endless potential for growth in this life and in the eternities. Affirmation: I am a child of God, learning to become as he is: wisdom and love.
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DeeDee/Denise
Apr 26, 2022
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April 26th To Be Spiritually Minded Is Life and Peace I saw how damaging lust for things of this world can be. All real growth occurs spiritually, and worldly things like possessions and rampant appetites smother the spirit. They become our gods, binding us to the flesh, and we are not free to experience the growth and joy that God desires for us. Embraced By The Light - page 117 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death: but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6 Thank you, Father, for blessing me to be spiritually minded and to seek after life which is with you. Teach me to use my knowledge of the Spirit’s ways in order to gain greater understanding of you. The more I know of you, the more I know of my own true nature, Father, because you created me like you…for which I thank you. Affirmation: I am growing in the joy of my Creator, and seek life with Him that brings peace. === (enjoy note below from our Sonia Rae, angel WAVE sister.) Renee, you'll not believe this! I realized I hadn't read the devotion yet, and guess what, I'm feeling new peace:) the peace that passes understanding, that is not of this world, just the beginning, but a beginning indeed! Serious, I was just trying to describe peace in email. And I couldn't but here is what Betty says about this: "Peace is like a warm blanket placed gently over a cold and tired body, it is that comforting, there are no words:) " and she said it comes from "understanding" which you'll find in her prayer. My goodness, this is validation of the work I have been doing and I just am so thankful, thank you Heavenly Father for blessing me to know I am on the right track! Well, I am stunned! Don't know what else to say! Oh yes I do, thank you for your prayers and for posting these! Continuing! Sonia
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DeeDee/Denise
Apr 25, 2022
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April 25th My Needs Are Defined When I Pray God is approachable…[and] wants us to have things, both spiritual and material things. Nothing is wrong with asking for what you need. And you can be as specific as you need to be. God wants that. It is good to define what your needs are…God knows our needs before we pray about them, but he wants us to know and understand them. The Awakening Heart - pages 224-225 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee…Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. Job 22:27-28 Father, thank you for leading me to the desires within my heart. And thank you, too, for not always filling my desires when what I asked for would not truly bless me. Teach me to weigh my needs and to seek only those things which bring me closer to the Spirit. Affirmation: I identify my needs and seek those which bless me. === Sonia okay, what would truly bring me closer to the spirit? oh, more forgiveness! okay Back to working on forgiveness, I knew the devotion would support that. taking the affirmation into my heart "I identify my needs and seek those which bless me." I think what I need is energy, for more forgiveness! Been doing this for over a week and wearing out! Thanks for being here Renee!
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DeeDee/Denise
Apr 24, 2022
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April 24th Love Returns Me to Heavenly Father When [Jesus] came he taught us about God’s pure love. And his demonstration of that love was when he laid down his life for us. It was part of his mission, part of the entire plan for mankind. We may not understand completely all that he did or why he did it, but I know with certainty that through his example of love, as he demonstrated it, is the way back to light and truth, the way back to Heavenly Father. The Ripple Effect - page 31 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps… 1 Peter 2:21 Father, the magnetism of your love attract its likeness with intensity. The more I release love to others, the more my love grows, and the more I feel drawn to you. Make clear my understanding as you bless me to love as you love, with fullness of heart. Affirmation: I live the example of Jesus Christ by loving unconditionally.
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