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On Self-Acceptance

Being Connected, Not Just Online Быть на связи, не только онлайн
God Gives Me The Freedom To Be Wrong Бог ми дава свободата да съм погрешна
God's Nourishing Word Насыщающее слово Божье
God's Time Время Божье
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Hello everyone! I‘m Sr. Vassa, and I'm glad you joined me for this short Coffee Break, where I talk
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about something random, really, with you zillions. Today let‘s talk a little bit
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about daily prayer, and the wonderful fact that it is a loving discipline. We need not
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feel overwhelmed by the prospect of praying daily, if we haven‘t begun the practice
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yet, as if it might be some kind of burden. Because prayer, zillions, is the very opposite of burden.
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It is a stepping into the sunlight, and also an adventure that carries much promise. The
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promise of the Lord, Who tells us “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you
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will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.“ (Mt 7:7) Now, what exactly, will be opened?
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For one thing, a sense of God‘s loving presence in our often chaotic lives; a sense of His
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will, as He taught us to say: “Thy will be done.“ (Mt 6:10) As we grow in our connection
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to God, through prayer, and an awareness that He lovingly watches over us, so also do we
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grow in a healthy love for ourselves, letting go of our arrogant self-criticism that comes
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from relying solely on ourselves. When we consistently open ourselves up to God‘s will,
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and His power and His love, in prayer, we become increasingly aware of our own powerlessness.
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And that it‘s OK. Because acceptance of God‘s will, you see, teaches us humble self-acceptance.
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Thus humility and a healthy love for ourselves are compatible in the sunny land of daily
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prayer. So let‘s find time today, zillions, for a quiet moment in the sunlight.. Perhaps
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in your own words, perhaps on our knees in the morning, any way that we know how.
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But, I really should be getting back to work, and I hope to see you next time!