Faith and the Law of Attraction

I’ve followed Jesus my whole life, and more recently have been learning the Law of Attraction, largely from Esther and Jerry Hicks, but from other sources as well (like from The Secret and the Law of Attraction). The most surprising thing I discovered, is that the more I learn the Law of Attraction, the more I’ve realized that this is exactly what Jesus and Paul taught throughout their lives. I recognized it immediately. There is much to say on the Bible and the Law of Attraction, but today’s post is about faith and Law of Attraction.

Step 1 – Ask

Just as Esther Hicks says the first step is to ask, so does Jesus tell us to give all our requests to God. Just as a human father delights in giving good gifts to his children, how much more does our Heavenly Father delight in showering us with gifts as well? He is the source of love!

Step 2 – Source Answers

As soon as we ask, it is answered with a YES, and Source/God/Our Creator begins immediately to line things up on our behalf. Jesus teaches us to ask God our requests, and then to thank Him right away, even before we see our prayers answered. Thank Him ahead of time, as if it’s already done (because it is!).

I do believe that God is sovereign over all things, and over every detail of our lives. This means that maybe sometimes the answer may seem like a no, for various reasons. Sometimes it’s really just a “wait for my timing.” Sometimes there’s a better answer, different from our own, but better for our purpose in this life. As we trust in God and the Holy Spirit to guide us, we will be led to this better answer, path or manifestation.

Sometimes we never see the “yes” answer because we get in our own way with our inner resistance and low vibrations of doubt, fear, worry, etc. In other words, we don’t let God have our request – we keep worrying over it like a dog over a bone, holding it close, instead of letting it go.

Step 3 – Get into the Receiving Mode

Esther/Abraham Hicks says to then get into the Receiving Mode, also called the Art of Allowing. To get out of your own way, out of your doubts, disbelief and fears, and into the flow of perfect trust that God is taking care of it. Give it to Him and let it go. The quicker we can get into the place of perfect trust and peace, the quicker our desire can manifest and come to us.

Jesus speaks of the “peace that passeth understanding.” Peace so perfect and pervading, we can relax and rest in the ease of it, in the complete and total trust that God has this, and He’s taking care of it in His perfect timing. And that He’s in charge, so no matter what happens, He has us in the palm of His hand.

Again, be thankful and grateful for the answer to our request, even before we see it – thanking God for it as if it’s already here.

Just as Jesus teaches us to observe the lilies of the field and the birds of the air – how they live in constant, perfect trust in their Creator for all their provision, so we can learn from them. This is a great advantage to living with pets – just watch them. They do not fret with worry, but relax into each day’s delight.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (This is a song I sing to myself often.)

Step 4 – Make This a Habit

Esther/Abraham Hicks teaches that Step 4 is to make Step 3 a habit. In other words, practice and get really good at living in the flow and in this perfect place of trust. Mind your thoughts and feelings, which affect your vibration.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

Jesus learned to live this way, as did Paul.

Step 5 – Master the Art of Allowing

Step 5 is all about mastery of living in the flow. It’s about knowing that there will be times when you’re upset, when life shows you contrast to help you decide what it is you like and what it is you don’t like. That there will be times of trial and difficulty. But when you’ve reached Step 5, you’ve practiced the higher vibrations long enough that you know these times come, and it’s okay. You don’t let it take you out of your oneness and alignment with your Source – or if it does for a little while, you know what to do to get back into perfect trust again. You acknowledge it’s part of this life on earth, part of your journey, and you learn to trust in spite of what’s going on, knowing that this too, shall pass. And that this too, can be given completely to God, and you can learn to trust Him in it. You’ve learned how to work your way back to the place of flow and trust in your Source, and how to quickly pivot your thoughts to ones of gratitude and thankfulness for any little or big thing in your life.

The Bible tells us to give our praises to God in all things, even in trials. David learned to do this to survive through his deepest, darkest days and nights, running for his life. This is called offering a sacrifice of praise, when you choose to praise God even in the midst of your darkest hour. There’s a reason we’re told to do this. It raises our vibration, bringing us closer to God and in perfect trust in Him, and giving Him the glory in all things.

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (Thessalonians 5:16-18)

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” -Jesus (John 14:1)

Paul speaks that he has learned, through every kind of trial (he almost died several times, suffered great persecution and

experienced an NDE), that he learned to trust God in all of it and in spite of what was going on in his daily life.

Faith and the Law of Attraction

I’ve been going back and forth between Steps 4 and 5 lately – often you may find yourself wobbling a bit, before finding yourself fully in the next step. My agent is selling my novel (I’ve changed my wording, so instead of saying “she’s pitching my novel,” I’m now saying “she’s selling my novel” – the words we say are important). I know I can get the call or email any moment in any day – talk about “being on tenterhooks!” In the meantime, I’m waiting; this is the point when it’s so easy to get discouraged, fearful, doubtful, etc. It’s an important lesson, waiting on the Lord, waiting in perfect trust in His divine timing. Giving the situation over to Him again and again, each time I find myself picking it back up to worry over. Giving my novel completely over to Him, and letting it go.

Today Jesus’ words, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” (Luke 17)

We know that a mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds of the world. This verse never meant much to me, until this morning. I have mustard seed in my spice cupboard. I can hold one of these tiny grains in my palm – this, this is how much faith I need to have my desires manifest. This tiny, little, itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny round seed!

Suddenly this verse came alive, filling me with hope and joy. I can have this much faith, it only takes a minute amount!

I understand what he meant with that verse, finally!

And suddenly I was back in the vibration of knowing; knowing it’s coming, God is working behind the scenes, taking care of it, and it is happening in His perfect timing.

I can have faith as small as a mustard seed, I can do that. It’s doable for all. You only need to believe a tiny bit, then trust God.

Whew!

[Jerilyn Winstead is the author of her debut novel and series, Encyclopedeia Magica: Volume 1 – Alchemy, being sold now by her agent.]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

The Best Glasses Cleaner Cloth

I have to mention here Norwex’s amazing glasses cleaner cloth. It far outranks any of our other microfiber glasses cleaning cloths, even the one from the eye doctor!

Glasses Cleaner Cloth

You would think this is a simple thing. But I have so many various glasses cleaning cloths, from a variety of sources, and none of them were working very well. I just got new glasses, and I want them to be as clean every day as possible. Not only was I having a hard time keeping them clean, but I hadn’t figured out a way to always have a glasses cloth handy when I need it. So then I end up using my t-shirt, not the most ideal solution.

Other Glasses Cleaning Cloths

I’d been needing one badly. Already my glasses cloth from the eye doctor was causing smears instead of cleaning – it was also covered with dust, which I couldn’t figure out, since I use the cleaner spray they gave me along with their cloth every morning.

I had to finally give up on that little black useless cloth. So then I searched for and brought

out my bigger, light-blue Costco microfiber glasses cleaning cloth. It definitely worked better than the little black one, but I still found myself spraying and wiping and wiping and wiping to get my glasses smear-free.

I have other various glasses cloths, but they are work about the same, which is, not very good.

Norwex Glasses Cleaning Cloth

The Norwex glasses cleaning cloth is much larger, like a little scarf with pretty and unusual designs on it. It actually looks nice. It comes with a clip so I can have it always attached to my purse. This has proven much handier than I thought. I basically have my purse with me anytime I go out, so I don’t have to use my t-shirt or blouse anymore. I keep my purse in my bedroom on the main floor of the house, next to our bathroom, so it’s easy to step in there anytime I’m at home to give my glasses a quick clean.

The best thing about them? They work perfectly without any special glasses cleaner spray. I don’t need that anymore. I just use my Norwex glasses cloth, and my glasses are cleaner and clearer than they’ve ever been. It’s quick and easy and works amazingly well.

I even had my husband try it with his thick lenses, and now he seeks my purse every day to clean his glasses off with this superior cleaner cloth.

The Norwex Optic Scarf comes in seven unusual prints, including a military camouflage print with a heavy-duty carabiner clip. You can find them at Amazon.com.

If you prefer a smaller glasses cleaner cloth with a solid color, Norwex offers their simple, light-blue optic cloth. This one is smaller than the others and does not come with a clip. NOTE: this one is not for use on anti-glare surfaces, it could wipe off the special coating.

Conclusion

After trying many glasses cleaner cloths over the years, I’ve found the Norwex Optic Scarf glasses cloth to be the best, hands-down. It’s easy to have with me everywhere I go, it’s stylish, and I no longer need a liquid glasses cleaner spray. That’s one of the things I love about Norwex products – they’re top quality, while simplifying my life with fewer things

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Conference Hacks if You Want to be a Better Writer

For all of you who are asking, “what makes a good writer?” “Can I become a better writer” or “Can I be a better writer?” Yes you can – just like any business or skill, it takes dedication, hard work, some training, practice and study. And lots of reading and writing. I highly recommend, as one of your first steps (especially if you’re asking, “I want to be a writer, where do I start”), to join local writers groups and attend a good writer’s conference every year. You may have to try several writer’s groups until you find just the right fit. There are major writer’s conferences all over the country, and the Pikes Peak Writer’s Conference in Colorado Springs is considered one of the best writers conferences.

Here’s several hacks to help you become a better writer and attend writers conferences.

Originally, I felt I shouldn’t go to the big writer’s conference, held every Spring in Colorado Springs, until my first novel was completely
finished (something the conference lists as a requirement for pitching).
So I missed several years and kept putting it off, thinking “next year
I’ll be able to afford it and hopefully my story will be done.”

Then a writer friend urged me to go, even if my novel wasn’t finished.
Because going to conference will grow your training in the craft so
much, it’s important to start going, every year if possible, as soon as
possible. It will help you be a better writer.

Well, she gave me the bug and I wanted to go. But that year, 2017, the conference was already a month away and I couldn’t come up with the money on time. So my writing friends gave me this vital advice (and here are other conference hacks, too):

  • If you can’t afford to attend the conference, at least show up to Barcon. Barcon is when everyone hangs out around the bar Friday and Saturday evenings, networking and having a good time. I had friends who were attending, so I showed up Saturday night, met up with my friends, then started circling the room, meeting and networking with writers, published authors and agents. I prayed and utilized the Law of Attraction before entering, asking God to direct me to meet exactly who I should. First, I met a published author who told me he wasn’t able to get published until he read and applied the principles in My Story Can Beat Up Your Story. So I put that on my list to read and apply to my revision process (I wasn’t quite finished with my novel yet). Then the magic moment happened. My friend from my
    first writer’s group, who knew my story well, introduced me to the agent he thought would be interested in my story. I spoke with her briefly, got to pitch my story, and she immediately asked me to send her the full manuscript! This was a miracle in itself. She was the first agent I ever pitched to, she was the only one to immediately catch the vision of my unusual book (an idea that’s never been done before), and eventually Natalie Lakosil became my agent. At the moment, though, I told her nervously that I would get the story finished as quickly as I could. “Take your time,” she told me. In other words, don’t rush it, do it right, and send it when it’s done. I had no idea it would take me another year and a quarter to get through the revision process, after finishing the first draft. (You know how it is, you have to spend time earning money and work on your writing when you can.) But in the end, after pitching and querying my story to quite a few agents and receiving several rejections, Natalie became my agent. I sent her the full manuscript, just as she asked, with an email: remember me? She did.
  • Apply for Scholarships. For the 2018 Pikes Peak Writer’s Conference, I was able to apply for scholarship and received a partial one, covering two-thirds of the cost. My extended family helped provide the rest of the money, and I was able to attend the conference, including the Thursday Prequel (which I highly recommend). For receiving the partial scholarship, I wrote a blog post for their website and volunteered at the conference, which was fun.
  • Speaking of Volunteering… One of my writer friends signs up as a volunteer every year for conference, reducing her costs by about half!
  • Budget and Plan to Attend Conference every year. And while you’re at it, attend as many of the monthly workshops and
    classes as you can. I had tried to become a freelance writer on Upwork, with no success, until I attended a workshop on being a freelance writer. The tips and tricks I learned there got me my first contract the following month and I’m now working as a freelance writer – ghost-writing, to be exact. I LOVE it and am earning a decent income as a novelist before my own novel is even published.
  • At Conference, stay at the hotel if possible. In 2018, I was there on scholarship and couldn’t afford any extras. At the 2019 conference, I was able to plan and budget and work it out to not only attend extra activities (like the Write Drunk, Edit Sober session to raise scholarship money and also got my author head shots photographed at a discount), I was able to, last minute, book the hotel to stay on site. This was so worth it – it allowed me to keep my extra stuff in my room (like Saturday night’s dress-up clothes for the banquet), take quiet rest breaks when needed (between the end of classes and dinner), and, most importantly, stay up as late as I wanted at Barcon, networking.
    It was so great to be able to have a drink or two and not worry about
    driving or having to get a ride home on someone else’s schedule.
  • At Barcon, branch out and meet as many people as you can.
    Don’t fall into the trap of just hanging out with your current set of
    writer friends. Get a drink, be bold, join clusters and groups, meet new members of your growing tribe, ask published authors lots of questions, rub shoulders with New York Times Best-Setlling authors. I did, it was easy and fun, and they love it too.

Do you know some hacks to become a better writer? Have you attended a writer’s conference or local writers groups? Do you have tips on what makes a good writer? I’d love to hear them – let’s collaborate – and leave your comments below. 🙂Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail