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Turning to God 

Close one eye and open the other. Close one to the world and all that is therein, and open the other to the hallowed beauty of the Beloved.  (Baha’u’llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

I am constantly dismayed by the things I see around me – the petty feuds that separate families and lead to war, the materialism that takes people away from God and from their true selves, the extremes of wealth and poverty, the violence and abuse that destroys lives, the addictions that consume individuals, the state of politics and religion, the general state of the world and most of all, the powerlessness I feel about all of it.

When I think of how much of my life has been spent worrying about the things of this world, over which I have no control, and I read this quote, my heart is lightened.  When I open my eyes to the hallowed beauty of the Beloved, I remember that God has a plan, which none of us can know or understand but which necessitates the decline of the old world order so something better can be built in its stead.  When I remember that turning to God and pleading for His intervention can have a positive effect on all of it, my drooping soul is refreshed and strengthened.  God is asking me to close my eyes to the world, so I can see things through His eyes and to remember that He’s in charge.  This is the best way to walk through my life with peace and ease.  This is the best way to forgive it all.

Remembering that God is in charge of everything that happens, I am grateful!

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Facing Bullies 

Say: Beware, O people of Bahá lest the strong ones of the earth rob you of your strength, or they who rule the world fill you with fear. Put your trust in God, and commit your affairs to His keeping. He, verily, will, through the power of truth, render you victorious, and He, verily, is powerful to do what He willeth, and in His grasp are the reins of omnipotent might.  (Shoghi Effendi, Advent of Divine Justice, p.  69)

As a child, I experienced a lot of abuse in my family which left me with an unhealthy fear of authority figures.  If someone said or did something, or even looked at me the wrong way, it triggered my terror and I was no longer able to be present as an adult in the interaction.  I was paralyzed with fear and it took all my energy to “take it”, whatever form the “it” took.

This quote helps me to realize that God doesn’t want me to let the strong ones of the earth rob me of my strength or fill me with fear.  He wants me to lean on His strength and protection.  As a child, I was truly defenseless against the bullies and perpetrators of abuse but as an adult I have a lot more choices (and laws) at my disposal.  With God on my side, I can do anything.

Knowing that when I lean on God, I can’t fail, I am grateful!

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Help Wanted – A Higher Power Who Can Restore Me To Sanity

By Anonymous

The following was written as part of my Step 1 Homework, getting clear about my relationship to God.  At the request of several people, I share it here, in hopes that others might find it helpful.

Help Wanted – A Higher Power Who Can Restore Me To Sanity

Desperately powerless workaholic, child of an alcoholic, survivor of incest, debtor and under-earner is seeking a Higher Power who will restore her to sanity.

Qualifications:

Must be all-knowing, ever-forgiving (even when she forgets to ask), patient (with the changes that take time) and give unconditional love (even at times she doesn’t deserve it).

Must be able to help her:

  • feel safe in the knowledge that she’s loved, protected and forgiven no matter what she does or fails to do
  • let go of a past filled with self-hatred and self-doubt so she can move confidently into whatever comes next
  • be patient with a life that’s not obviously productive
  • free herself from all guilt and shame so she can develop more compassion and love towards her own poor self and become her own best friend
  • accept what is, so she can enjoy every minute of her life and get excited about the time that’s left on this earth
  • find the courage to be honest and vulnerable as she learns how to let go of fear of abandonment so she can develop healthy relationships with others and find like-minded friends to go on adventures with
  • transform hopeless, helpless despair into a zest for life
  • let go of all disappointment and defeatism and wanting to die, so she can be a happy and joyful being
  • fill her bucket with love and joy so she can bring hope to a troubled world
  • get back in stride with a pace that’s manageable as she moves towards health and healing in body, mind and spirit
  • find a creative way to earn money that pays well, uses her skills, talents and abilities without compulsive caretaking and adrenalizing, people pleasing or approval seeking, while allowing for plenty of time for rest, relaxation, relationships and play, so that she can take care of her physical, mental and financial health.

In exchange, she is willing to:

  • spend time daily in prayer and meditation
  • abide by the will of God at all times and under all conditions
  • strive for radiant acquiescence with whatever He ordains
  • work the 12 Steps of Workaholics Anonymous

Working Hours:  Position requires long working hours and on-call availability 24/7.

Salary:  Willing to barter for a life of healthy service.