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I Am Enough

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people
won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,

we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically
liberates others." ~ Marianne Williamson

Remove the Nots

Remove the Nots

Friday, January 9, 2009

God's Calling, Will You Answer?

I often think that people and opportunities are presented at the right times in our lives to help us learn and I can think of many, many people who have crossed my path who have helped me to become who and what I am today. Lately I have felt a draw to sit and read the scriptures more and asked the pastor to suggest readings. He suggested I begin with Mark (you thought he'd say Genesis, didn't you? I did.)

So when God calls us, how will we answer??

All stories copyright 2008 Bob Perks
Today's message:

"Reverse 911"
by Bob Perks

I heard this term the other day while listening to
the news. They were talking about a wild fire
and the need to evacuate an entire community.
They used, "Reverse 911."
That means they called all the homes in that
particular area to warn them of impending danger.
Now, I've heard that term before, but never paid
much attention to it. In fact, I never really
understood what they meant.

But, like all things in life, "when the student
is ready, the teacher will appear."

It happens when you read a book and place it
on the shelf. Years later you are drawn to it,
read it again and suddenly you see things in it
you never saw before. It changes your life.

Why didn't it the first time?

You weren't ready.

So, it is with "reverse 911."
I have been going through some very difficult
times recently. Like most of you, finances,
health and work related stress has been piling
up on me.

Just this week I found out my new car has a major
oil leak and of course the warranty just ran out.
For the first time ever, my main computer crashed.
My repair man called me and said, I have good news
and bad news."

"Tell me the bad news," I said.
"Your computer is dead."
"what's the good news?" I asked.
"You can go shopping. I love to shop," he said.
I do, too when I have the money.

Major car repairs, a computer crash, increased health
concerns...I won't ask, "What else can happen?"
because now I am in the "Poor me!" mode.
You know what that means. If I get a hang nail,
if I stub my toe, if I spill my coffee, I will
see it all as "poor me."

Not any more. I see it as "reverse 911."

Instead of me crying to God "poor me! I need help!",

God has been contacting me telling me "You need help!
Impending danger!"

"911, this is God...get a plan...change your life...
be better, live better!"
Our prayers are often calls for help.
Reverse 911 is God telling me I need help.
Faith is knowing God will show me how to help myself.

"I believe in you!"
I encourage you to share my stories but
I do ask that you keep my name and contact
information with my work.
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"I Wish You enough!"
© 2001 Bob Perks
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear
much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Goodbye."

Bob Perks, P.O. Box 1702, Shavertown, PA 18708-1702, USA

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