If you think you
are beaten, you are

If you think you
dare not, you don't

If you'd like to win,
but you think you can't,
it's almost a cinch
you won't.

If you think you'll
lose, you're lost

For out in the world
we find success begins
with a persons faith

It's all in the
state of mind

Life's battles
don't always go
to the stronger
or faster hand

They go to the one
who trusts in God
and always thinks

" I CAN "

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My Spiritual Journey

This is one journey that has had many uphill climbs, turns in the road, long winding stretches, loss of direction, at the same time much beauty to enjoy along the way and always I have found someone along the road that brings a new understanding to my journey...

"Don't look back unless that is where you want to go."

My deepest desire has been to know Love... God is Love...

I asked my father a few years back who is God and what is love?

My father is a retired Anglican minister; you can visit on "The Patio" on the web.  He responded with a letter that has changed my life... (One of those people on the road to help me find new understanding)

My dearest Carly,

Just a note to reply to your amazing request: Who is God and what is Love? In a lot of ways they are the same question because God is Love but I am certain that no-one on earth can give a complete answer. Throughout our lives we find a little more of what love is and who God is. When we talk of God we are talking about a relationship and relationships are always growing. There are times in relationships that we discover what we did not know. It is just as true in our relationship with God. It is a journey and there are times on the journey that our old ideas of God and Love have to be put aside so that a truer, more authentic understanding emerges.

I remember when you were small seeing you as a special child full of joy, so intrigued with pretty things, so alive, so excited about life itself. There were times in the middle of the night when you would wake up crying and I would rock you and sing to you and you would fall asleep in my arms, then I would put you gently back into bed and give you a good-night kiss. I would think, "I will always remember this moment of great closeness." Then I would think, " probably wouldn't remember as you were half asleep and fully asleep the whole time I was holding you and singing to you." Then I would say to myself, "Even if you didn't remember this exact moment, there may come a time when you would realize that I was loving you all along." I have thought that it must be the same for God, that even though we are not aware of God's presence and Love... There comes a moment we realize God and Love has been there all along.

I love you,

This letter opened a new understanding of Love for me...

When we open our soul and receive the Love that 'is there', our world changes...

I have learned that in unconditionally loving myself, it enables me to unconditionally love those around me. My World is filled with Love...

Love is patient, Love is kind, Love bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things, Love never fails.

My Spiritual journey is one walking with God, with Love discovering newness along the path, and enjoying each and every turn, bend, hill, stretch - knowing that 'All things' work together for good. It is an amazing journey, a beautiful journey.

"Your life is like a canvas for you to paint on. Take time to PRAY, MEDITATE & LISTEN to what SPIRIT speaks to your heart. Then you can take the paint brush and begin the journey. Pay attention to details, they are the backbone of your artwork and you can always keep adding to the picture as time goes on..."

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