Monday, January 31, 2011

Becoming A Safe Place by Robert Ricciardelli

When we are free from the need to judge or condemn, people will come to us in their vulnerability, and they will let down their protective walls. Being deeply rooted in the love of God, we help people realize that we have no hidden agendas or unspoken intentions, and that our only desire is to love and serve them. People will feel safe simply because we dwell in and exude, a loving and nonjudgmental presence.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Inclusive and Collective Wisdom by Robert Ricciardelli

Be careful of what you think you may know or who you think you may be in the comparison of others. The Kingdom of God is inclusive, and brings value to every life. It has always been God's plan for us to reveal His fullness as one family. Exclusivity is not of God, religion divides, but the collective Spirit in all of us shared through brilliant minds and hearts, reveal corporate wisdom and love to the glory of God.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Trust That You Belong to God by Robert Ricciardelli

When we fully trust that we belong to God and find in Him all that we need for our minds, hearts, and souls, we find true freedom, and can bring freedom to others. Our revelation of God's loving acceptance of us gives us victory over self-doubt and self-rejection that occasionally rise up to distract or defeat us. God reminds us of this through His Word, through each other, and through the many ways He speaks to us.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Change Begins in Us by Robert Ricciardelli

We spend a lot of time noticing the changes that others must make to make our world better, but we often do not take the time to reflect the changes that are necessary within ourselves. The changes we would like to see, must begin in us. We become change agents for good by allowing God to change us first. Change is inevitable and constant, and the smallest God ordained changes can be the birthing place for miracles.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Our Task of Reconciliation by Robert Ricciardelli

Our task in this world as children of God is reconciliation. Wherever we go we see divisions among people; in families, communities, cities, and nations. All these divisions are tragic reflections of our separation from God. The truth that all people belong together as members of one family under God is hardly visible. Our task through Christ is to reveal this truth in the context and reality of everyday life.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Predictable God in an Unpredictable World by Robert Ricciardelli

Life is unpredictable. We can be happy, healthy or rich one day, and sad, sick, or poor the next. So who can we to hold on to, feel secure with, and trust at all times? God through Christ in us never leaves us nor forsakes us. We can absolutely know that nothing, today or tomorrow, in life or death, can get between us and God's love. God is with us, is for us, and in Him, our destiny is assured.

Monday, January 24, 2011

We Do Not Fear Darkness by Robert Ricciardelli

We walk in a "ravine as dark as death" and yet we have nothing to fear because God is at our side; This is not just a comforting thought but reality, and an experience of the heart that we can trust. We shine brightly as the light of the world by His Spirit when we live in this reality of peace in the midst of suffering, disillusions, and grief. Shine your light in people's sight, and watch God renew your strength each day.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Unique Experiences in God by Robert Ricciardelli

No matter how ordinary we think we are, we all can have unique experiences in God's presence, and unique missions announcing His presence to the world. All of creation can receive the grace of seeing God in the fullness of time. This experience is not for an exceptional few, but a gift that God wills for all to receive. But we must desire Him, embrace His love, and then we will know Him in a most personal way.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Stepping In Faith by Robert Ricciardelli

Perfectionism can sometimes cover up the fear of failure. When we live a life of faith, we know that we win, regardless of how many times we have failed. Failure then becomes a learning process on the journey called life. Do not procrastinate or deliberate any longer, and do what you must do. With God, there is always opportunity to adjust and perfect along the way, but the first step is to start stepping in faith.

Friday, January 21, 2011

What Do you Want? by Robert Ricciardelli

What do you want? It is a powerful question that should set you in motion. It is also a tough question to answer. You have had everyone around you telling and demanding what THEY want. Connect with your heart, your core values, and have a conversation with God. He will bring clarity, and you will discover that your desires are truly His desires. As you set out on your journey, God and His provision go with you.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Value Each And Every Day by Robert Ricciardelli

Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is yet to come, and today matters most. When we value each day, we bring good memories to our future yesterday's and great promise for every tomorrow. What are you doing today to make your day great? You are not alone and God has prepared you for this day. Finish each day strong and cast the seed you will need for tomorrows success, and  the legacy you leave for the days gone by.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

We Do Not Escape From Reality by Robert Ricciardelli

The bright future we envision does not allow for us to escape reality but rather to engage with reality life. Eternal vision gets us involved with the work of God, and His heart for humanity. Every time we forgive, move in compassion, make a child smile, or work for peace and goodwill to all, we are flowing in life. Pursuing the way, the truth, and the life, gives us new energy to truly live right where we are.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Visions Enable A Full Life by Robert Ricciardelli

We have hopeful visions through Christ in an eternity of peaceful convergence for all creation. The deepest longings of the human heart point to truth revealed beyond all lies and deceptions. These visions nurture our souls and strengthen our hearts. They bring us hope when despair comes or when we are tempted to give up on the journey we are on. Our visions enable us to live the full life, a life full of promise.

Monday, January 17, 2011

All of Creation in the Arms of God by Robert Ricciardelli

All of creation belongs together in the arms of God, and our call is to bring the this message to all who will receive it. Jesus came to fulfill the vision of God's creation coming together in complete harmony. The wolf will live with the lamb, the cow and the bear will graze, and no harm will be done. The earth will be filled with the knowledge of God. We are God's vision carriers to bring this hope to the hopeless.

Romans 8:20-21 (The Message)
That's why I don't think there's any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what's coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

If You Have a Pulse, You Have a Mission by Robert Ricciardelli

One way to determine whether or not your mission in life has been accomplished, check your pulse. If you are still alive, then your mission continues. The key is discovering what the Lord has planned for you each day to extend Himself to the world. We want to make sure we have utilized everything God has given us for every appointed opportunity to serve. Grace covers what we miss while we aim for God's best.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Helping Others Die Well by Robert Ricciardelli

One of the greatest gifts we can offer family and friends is to help them die well. They may be ready to go, but we do not want to say goodbye. But there comes a time in which we need to give those we love the permission to return to God, from whom they came. Jesus died saying,"Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit." With these words on their lips or in their hearts, they can make the passage as Jesus did.

For those who are going through this now, our prayers are with you.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Fusion For A Love Revolution by Robert Ricciardelli

God is love, and it is Love alone that unites, completes, and fulfills all living beings. Love is our created image and therefore Love joins all of us at the deepest core of who we are. Since we were created for Love we need to imagine God's Love increasing upon the earth until it embraces the totality of God's creation. Love is the agent of universal fusion between God and man, and brings us all together as one.

We need fusion for a love revolution!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

How We Respond Matters Most by Robert Ricciardelli

Natural disasters and bad choices happen under God's sovereignty, and bad things happen to good people. Divine providence intersects with humanity seeking to restore while bringing light and hope to tragedy and darkness. We must change our questions from why things happen to how will we respond to the happenings. We must see beyond the challenges in this world and ask God, "What must I do in this present crisis."

Freedom From Swine Trendiness by Robert Ricciardelli

Occasionally I find it fun to rhyme and so this is from today in reference to a friends comments on loving the embittered and swine trendiness.

"Not good to dine in the fellowship of swine,
nor get in their mud and act like a dud.
Love is the way, we bring to each day,
Humility is a choice we encourage and voice.
One must commit to leave the bitterness pit,
God's agape core will cause them to soar. "

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Awakening of the Incarnate of God by Robert Ricciardelli

The time has come for the incarnate of God to supernaturally awaken to the bond we share with each other as His crown of creation; knowing that we illuminate the glory and presence of God in every task and context of life. With clarity of vision our life and work great or small matters, and is used by God to advance His Light to the world. God loves us where we are, and we represent Him in each and every moment.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Everything Created Has Value by Robert Ricciardelli

Everything created by God has value. God has called it good, which makes everything meaningful and part of His plan. If we understand the importance of creation and that we have an essential part to play in God‘s continuing creativity, then nothing is unimportant and everything has real meaning. As we allow God to permeate us in His love, we will continuously be on the forefront of loving and caring for His creation.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Overcoming the Fear of Failure by Robert Ricciardelli

Fear of failure hinders many, and they have refused to try because of past failures. Fear is the opposite of faith. Faith says I can do all things in God, and reminds us that as His children we live in His strength. Faith says, God said it, I believe Him, and I will go boldly with Him to accomplish much. Faith knows that obstacles come, but relies on a supernatural God to overcome all things on the road to success.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Planet Earth is in Need of You Now by Robert Ricciardelli

It is good to know and desire the promises of heaven, while not allowing heaven to be our primary goal. We must be about the Father's business of bringing good news to the captives while overcoming all obstacles with the prize in mind. We must remain spiritually present in every moment empowered by His presence to fulfill all that He desires. Heaven can most certainly wait, but planet earth is in need of you now.  

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Declaring by How We Live and Love by Robert Ricciardelli

Jesus did not come to start a religion but to introduce us to a loving God. We commit our lives to God through faith, and remain in Him as He empowers us to do good. In the movement of God, His people emerge and converge to establish a Kingdom on earth with the power of heaven. Our future is bright but our mission expands and is declared daily by how we live and how we love.

There is religion and there is God. Though religion can point us to God, God cannot be contained by religion as His Kingdom ever expands upon the earth as it is in heaven.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Cherish Every Eternal Moment by Robert Ricciardelli

If there were to be resurrection, everything we live on earth would come to nothing. Because of God's unconditional love from eternity to eternity, He made a way for us to live for eternity now and forever, beyond this earthly dimension. This wonderful revelation of knowing that nothing we live in our bodies is lived in vain, compels us to live every moment as a seed of eternity. Cherish each and every moment.

God empowers us to do good, and all the good remains with us for all eternity.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fully Live and Die Empty by Robert Ricciardelli

Sowing today becomes seeds for tomorrow. What we sow in body must die before it is given new life; and what we sow today in our earthly bodies is a bare grain of wheat compared to God's eternal glory. We will be unique much like we are today because God, who loves each of us individually, will give us bodies that shine His glory through our uniqueness in Him. We live full, die empty, and live forever in His fullness.

I am working on living life to the fullest in God, while knowing that as I die empty in living a meaning filled existence, many others will come to the knowledge and fullness of God. Many have died and left many words unspoken, and talents not used. I want to die empty of anything yet to be fulfilled.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Our Eternal Significance by Robert Ricciardelli

Regardless of our journey's past or present, we are not to be pitied. Followers of Christ can look far beyond the limits of our short life in this dimension of life on earth. Nothing we are living now, or have lived in the past will go to waste in the fullness of eternity, as God makes it work out good for us. Our significance is derived from the reality of eternity now and forever through our life in the Spirit.
He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Experience God in the Waiting by Robert Ricciardelli

We must be remain soberly patient for the Lord's divine providence to arrive. We can chase experiences that clutter our lives, or be stuffed with news media hoopla to the point of losing our spiritual sensitivity, discernment and disciplines. We can become stagnate and be tempted to indulge in whatever gives us momentary pleasure. We are to remain present with Him in our hearts, and experience Him in the waiting.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Expectation Is Often Not Easy by Robert Ricciardelli

Waiting in expectation does not always get easier with age. With youthful hopes and dreams seemingly unfulfilled, we can become cynical or self-satisfied. As we mature in God we should be able to wait with even greater patience and ever-increasing expectation. It is knowing God's immeasurable favor through Christ, and seeing the Kingdom, the power, and the glory of God continuing to expand in us and all around us.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Waiting With Joyful Expectation by Robert Ricciardelli

When we wait on God we wait with joyful expectation. Without expectation we can become hopeless in our present moment. When we wait expectantly, we open ourselves up to joy and strength. We remain awake and alert for the Lord's leading presence. We throw off the darkness and equip ourselves for His oncoming light. The expectation of God's promises allows us to be present and ready at all times, and for any occasion.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

From Resolutions to Destiny's Reality by Robert Ricciardelli

Unrealized New Years resolutions have come and gone, and it is time to be resolved in surrendering to God's necessary shifts for your journey. This is a new season, a new beginning that necessitates the letting go of past failures and unfruitful seasons. God is doing a new thing; can you see it, and will you walk into it? Today is the day to move from resolutions to destiny's reality for your life.