God, what would you have me say and do today?

God, what would you have me say and do today?
Be like fresh rain.
Pour softly and gently onto the souls
you encounter today.
Wet hearts with words that refresh
and bring love’s dew.
Let your actions
moisten the hardness in others
as you speak soft words filled with
love, hope, and trust.
Let divine rain fall into you.
Keep your heart open to my touch.
Be filled with the gift of love.
It will keep you moist and supple
that you may gift others
as you go through the day.
Let the outpouring of your actions
be a shower of love,
and watch how the garden of love grows.
From Power for Life: Inspirational for Daily Living
David Preston Sharp
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God, what would you have me say and do today?

God, what would you have me say and do today?
Be forgiving today.
Allow yourself and everyone you encounter
to be human,with all the frailties
and shortcomings that are part of being human.
Be gentle and compassionate with your failings,
and understand those of others.
Know all are doing their best
in any moment.
Remembering that all things are done
out of love or as cries for love,
find it within yourself to be a soft place of love.
Let go of hurts and past wrongs
done to you or by you.
Today offers an opportunity to grow.
Each act of forgiveness-of letting go-
is a step along the path
of your continuing spiritual growth.
Each failure is a lesson
from which to grow.
So, be gentle.
All are learning.
Today, let the things that happened yesterday,
or years ago, be where they belong-
in the past.
Claim a new beginning in this new day.
Remember that being human is not easy.
Be gentle with yourself.
Breathe deeply. Breathe easily. Let go. Forgive.
Live in the light and freedom
of unconditional love today.
Evening Reflection
I am writing this reflection at 9:45 am. I wrote the guidance at 7:30 am. Already I have been both tested and affirmed. It seems that I must live into what I write without haste and without delay! There is no warm up period or waiting until I leave the house.
Even as I have spent hours, days,and years writing a daily guidance (or better, having it write me), my offer to God that I want to be an instrument of divinity still comes with the concomitant silent question, How can I know that my daily writings are a creation of Spirit? One way I receive an answer is through the synchronicity I experience when the test specifically targets a day’s guidance.
This morning, as I was reading the last chapter of a wonderful inspirational book, I came across several paragraphs that essentially stated the same thing I had just written in the guidance. And they were written using almost the same words! That kind of tight synchronicity always surprises me, mostly because I don’t see it coming. The experience is beautiful, and deeply affirming of the reality and presence of God in my personal life. It reassures me of Divinity’s Grace and ability to guide, and it strengthens my inner knowing that there is no space between me and the Divine One. It is an experience of being seen and cared for. I know that God knows who I am and where I am. Furthermore, it is personal proof that Divinity is alive and conscious and can wink at me in joy, celebration and partnership during my spiritual journey.
No matter what else happens today, I have already had an extraordinary moment with Divinity. I hope you have your own divine moment today.
From Power for Life: Inspirational for Daily Living
David Preston Sharp
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God, what would you have me say and do today?

God, what would you have me say and do today?
Today,
be thankful.
Give thanks for all things.
This simple task has within it great power.
The benefits for you
and the world are tremendous.
So today,for everyone you see,
give thanks.
For all the things said to you-
both the kind and the unwanted-
be thankful,
knowing that I work all things
for your benefit.
Be like the sun rising on a clear morning.
Give warmth and light.
Offer reassurance of my presence,
my love,
my life-giving sustenance,
and my power,
through which all things are made possible.
Today, be in awe of life itself.
Let the wonder of it envelop you.
Give thanks for life
and the beauty of it
and in it.
Give thanks for all things today.
For all things.
Will you do this?
Evening Reflection
The synchronicity of the daily guidance and the challenges encountered while living into it amazes me every time. Today was a beautiful day. I went to a gathering of people I had not seen in many years. The group included people who knew of me before I was born, as they were friends of my parents when I was in the womb. I took a loved one with me and had a very enjoyable time.
On the way home, a simple comment led to heated discussion that brought up some past wounds. I had enough awareness to be able to withdraw from conflict and try to quell the storm, but peace was difficult to come by. Remembering the day’s guidance, I found the strength to offer that I was thankful for the issues brought forth-but we spent the remaining drive-time in silence, for which I am so thankful.
Eventually the storm passed and we were able to speak our truths more peacefully and move on. But it took the storm to clear the air. At the time it was not an easy thing to deal with, but I am thankful that all things are contained in the love and grace of Divinity.
How did you fare?
From Power for Life: Inspirational for Daily Living
David Preston Sharp
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God, what would you have me say and do today?

God, what would you have me say and do today?
Be like the banks of a river.
Hold with love all those
you encounter
but let them flow
as they will.
Say and do that which supports
and allows their ease of movement.
See them as they walk, talk,
and find their way through the day.
You are to hold the day in watchful
allowance and appreciation,
letting others use your
strength and grounding…
hold all that occurs with
your gentle smile
and a softness
that says,
all is well.
Yes,
be like the banks of a river.
Evening Reflection
Focusing my attention on holding space for people as they lived the day became a profound privilege. Of course, no one knew I was envisioning myself as a riverbank, but holding this vision evoked a profound awareness that each life is precious and has an individual path. It called for me to give space and stay out of the way while remaining involved. The banks of a river provide guidelines for the water’s journey. Of course, the water-and people-can overflow the boundaries altogether. As I lived into this powerful vision, I sensed that the guidance was not about trying to control anyone or anything, but about being a resource, and then only if invited.
This evening I attended a high school a cappella singing competition . As the young people waited their turns to perform, I could sense their nervousness and excitement. I imagined surrounding them all with supportive energy. I do not know if anyone felt it, but it did make me smile, nod my head, and applaud with joy and perhaps more emphasis and overtness than I might have shown otherwise.
This creative visualization proved to be a powerful and enjoyable tool with which to connect with others in a positive, supportive manner.
What was your experience with this guidance today?
From Power for Life: Inspirational for Daily Living
David Preston Sharp
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God, what would you have me say and do today?

God, what would you have me say and do today?
Today, think thoughts that are positive,
good and loving.
Do not allow negativity to win over
your mind, emotions,or attitude.
It is not necessary to speak much.
Just think with a heart of love,
and allow these thoughts
to guide your speech
and actions.
No great effort is necessary-
perhaps just gentle redirection when needed.
Be patient today.
Let me work things out while you watch,
while you think with divine intention,
while you stay in touch with me.
Be calm and peaceful today,
even in moments of excitement
and busyness.
Breathe in deeply
and let the goodness of life fill you.
Think, speak, and act from a place of
freshness, blessing, and the joy of being…
of being
alive.
Evening Reflection
This proved to be a really beautiful guidance today, particularly the not necessary to speak much part. It allowed me to connect to the day in a unique manner. My silence made me more aware of my senses.
I noticed that not speaking allowed patience to be a stronger quality in my interactions. I was more aware of my thinking; I was even able to stop the gushing fountain of automatic thinking. I could then tell my brain what to think. In other words, I could think for myself instead of letting my brain think for me. Then I injected positive thought.
Where I would have spoken reflexively, I sometimes simply smiled or touched the other person on the shoulder instead, which proved to me a stronger communication than my words would have been. At other times, I gave a look filled with joy and appreciation. They got it, and I didn’t have to say a word.
Being calm and peaceful in the midst of busyness is akin to being the eye of the storm. What a great feeling! We can all do this in every area of life. Practice breathing in the goodness of life without judgement or labelling-without speaking much at all. Just absorb it, and then offer it from your heart.
From Power for Life: Inspirational for Daily Living
David Preston Sharp
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God, how would you have me be in the world today?

God, how would you have me be in the world today?
Be welcoming and open,
like the meadows and the plains.
Hold on to nothing, and meet all
without judgement or opinion.
Be a container for others to inhabit.
Let them hear and see themselves
through your clear and open spirit.
Invite with your eyes, heart, and speech.
Be a resting pace for the sojourners
you meet today.
Refresh with your encouragement,
purify with your hope,
nourish with your trust,
strengthen with your faith.
Let the borders of your being extend outward;
make a safe place for others
to roam, rest, and replenish.
All are welcome. All are welcome.
Evening Reflection
At 4:00 pm , an old friend came to visit. He was going through a rough life change and needed a warm welcome. I had not seen this person in a few years and was glad to listen, share a meal, and learn the details of his journey.
As the friend was preparing to leave, to my surprise he acknowledged my hospitality and acceptance. Furthermore, he said, “I think this is the beginning of a turnaround for me.”
I was glad to hear that, and while I take no credit for it, perhaps being conscious of the guidance to be an open, welcoming spirit contributed to his positive change.
We all need assisted living at certain times. Sometimes the assistance comes in the form of someone listening to us and responding with faith or a positive outlook.
From Power for Life: Inspirational for Daily Living
David Preston Sharp
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God, what would you have me say and do today?

God, what would you have me say and do today?
Be gentle and sensitive.
Make no effort to push for anything.
Let things flow; take things in stride.
Today, relax as you choose what to do.
Speak with love.
Let others know that you appreciate them.
Be present for others while giving them space.
Be open to a new, subtler level of sensitivity
to the states of mind and being of others.
Be understanding and have no judgement;
say what is loving and supportive.
This is a day of gentle being for you.
Let natural grace flow from you.
This will be your gift today…
graceful conversation and ease of interaction.
Don’t fake anything.
No pretense of any kind today.
Be strong in your resolve to do this.
Let nothing get in your way.
Evening Reflection
Today was quite a success-until about 9:00 pm.
An issue surfaced at a gathering that I tried to remain quiet about because I had strong opinions that I believed were not useful in that context. I don’t have a very good poker face though, and someone asked me what was wrong. When I had my say, my words were met with anger. Even though I was coming from a place of love and care,my opinion was received in a way I had not intended.
Had I been gentle and sensitive when I finally spoke?
I thought I had been.
Did I speak lovingly? Yes. (I thought I did, anyway.)
Was I judgmental? Yes, I had some judgement, even though what I said was loving and supportive.
Did I let something get in the way? Yes-me!
Uuggh!
I almost made it. Sometimes the real test happens at the end of the day!
Watch out for 9:00 pm!
From Power for Life: Inspirational for Daily Living
David Preston Sharp
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