Daily Prompt: Ready, Set Go (Little Girl Who Fed a Bird)

Help others

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Little Girl Who Fed a Bird

Everyone needs a helping hand.
To prop them up when they are unable to stand.

Everyone needs a kind phrase.
Bringing consolation to a spirit overpowered by fatigue.

Everyone needs a tight embrace.
A reason to stop and realize that life is not a race.

Every time we help another.
We cultivate the Kingdom of the Creator.

© 2013 Jade Jarvis

35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:35-40)

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Daily Prompt: Un/Faithful (Faithful to the End)

Prayer

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Faith plays a paramount role in my life.  It is the summary of my life’s work.  Upon waking it is my first thought and the featured film in my dreams.  It is spark that created me and the flame that will burn out once it touches the candelabra. When I am exhausted it is the nudge that tells me to keep going even it means crawling.  Purpose, identity and confidence are three main areas of my life, greatly improved through faith.

According to Hebrews faith is defined as, “assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).  Faith is the ultimate test in our belief in God, because we are required to look beyond the physical realm. Our eyes cannot see love, but feel it when we embrace someone.  Faith is like an open Wi-Fi connection to divine consciousness.  All of God is accessible through faith.

Faith gives purpose.  In order to truly believe in something, it must be emulated.  “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ(1 Corinthians 11:1).  Our lives must be rearranged to make imitation possible.  In my case I had to consciously remind myself to be content with what I have and not long for what was lost.  Every time I noticed a blessing given to me, I thanked God for it.  After a few tries, it became second nature and taught me to see the glass as half full and not half empty.

Responsibility makes us accountable to purpose.  Our words, thoughts, and deeds should reflect purpose.  Obedience brings loyalty to purpose.  The more obedient you are to God, the more you see things the way God does.  With continued practice, you will become more attentive to God’s will and more aware of the constant graces blossoming in our lives.  “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).  After all, actions speak louder words.

Purpose gives identity.  As a Christian, I identify myself as a divinely created child of God who became flesh as Jesus Christ. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Christians believe Jesus Christ is the only Son of God, who paid the debts of our sins with his life and precious blood.  The Holy Bible contains segments of the life of Jesus, his family, prophets and precepts.  Prayer is the main way to connect with Jesus. “15 What am I to do?  I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also” (1 Corinthians 14:15).  Prayer unites the mind, body and spirit to divine consciousness.

Identity brings confidence.  Once you know who you are, you know what is expected of you and know what you will ultimately become.  Having God as your compass gives you confidence to know you will always be victorious in all matters.  You will fall at times, but you will always have someone to pick you up, dry your tears and tell you to keep moving.  You don’t need to know everything, just what you need for right now.  Courage and perseverance will give you the fire to keep going because goodness always overpowers evil.  “6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Free will makes faith possible.  I believe in God because I choose to.  We all have a right to believe or not.  Faith is my spiritual connection to God.  Through faith my life has made a complete transformation for the better.  Throughout the day I find myself smiling.  I sing out of joy and little things are no longer the cause of major frustration.  Moments of sadness strike, but never defeat me.  “27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).

© 2012 Jade Jarvis

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“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss

Love is the dominant force in my life. Each year God brings awesome people in my life, to give me the essential support to confidently hike the narrow path. Obstacles may sprout in my trail, but also will roses.

“4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

The Voice Inside

The Holy Spirit

“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.”
― Florence Scovel Shinn

The inaudible voice within navigating you through right and wrong is the Holy Spirit speaking from the heart; preparing your transition from mortal to eternal life.

“But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.” (Job 32:8)

Destination Heaven

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“The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace”
― Mother Teresa

Each path God carves for every human life is unique; intersects with other pathways at specific points and concludes at the same destination. Heaven.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

Love to Give

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“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
― Mother Teresa

If you desire love, give love.
If you desire peace, be charitable.
If you desire God’s grace, His blessings you must share.

©2012 Jade Jarvis

“give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:37-38)

Life After Death

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“What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation”
― St. Francis of Assisi

God wanted the reality of eternal life to be tangible to us during our mortal existence, by allowing us to experience its truth not only internally, but also externally. Standing before the Blessed Sacrament, we see the corporal presence of Jesus. Each time Priest breaks the Sacred Host, we hear its snap. As the Priest places the Eucharist on our tongues we taste its nourishment. When we receive His body into our hands we touch His flesh. Every time we drink His Precious Blood, we can smell its bittersweet scent. These are all reminders of the importance of unity with Him and that there is life after death through Jesus.

“And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (Mark 14:22-26)

Desire To Inspire

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“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”
― Dalai Lama

Kind words are blessings. It reminds you of why you should and need to be alive.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Wake Up Call

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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato

Tragedy is not a reason to wallow in pity. It is inspiration to create a new strategy.

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

More Than Enough

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
― Epicurus

Do not pine in pity for lost things. Celebrate in joy for what remains.

“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” (Philippians 4:11-12)