|Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
ON TODAY'S SITE:
Tzvi Freeman, Lama Surya Das, Mary Baker Eddy, Nan Rae, T. D. Jakes, Jean-Pierre de Caussade
I'm currently in the process of grouping all the Home Pages that have been on this site into topics, like
"Health," "Angels" and "Faith." Since I've published around 650 pages, it's an involved process and will
take awhile to complete.
But last night I bumped into a quote on a site from last year that really struck
me. It was from a letter my friend Nan wrote, and it's so good that I'm using it again today. You'll find it
half-way down the page. She makes the distinction between paltry faith that asks only for needs to
be met and a much more dynamic faith that rejoices in God's abundant, overflowing blessings.
If we ask God for stingy blessings, those are all we will ever realize because we've made our God
stingy! Can you imagine a paltry heaven? A Scrooged-down God? A Divine Grinch? He longs to bless
us abundantly with spiritual blessings and all good things, (which means things that are good for
us, so don't necessarily expect to strike oil in your backyard or to become a fairy princess).
Let us not mentally recreate our Father into something less than He is!
His Will is overflowing Abundance, and He longs to give it to us.
Photo by Stephen Bowman Fiesole, Italy All rights reserved
You have today's meal before you on the table and sit and fret over what will be tomorrow --
and you claim you are "just being practical." This is not being practical -- this is confusion.
Every day you are nourished straight from His full, open and overflowing hand. Everything in
between all your work and accounts and bills and receivables and clientlele and prospects
and investments -- all is but a cloud of interface between His giving hand and your soul, an
interface of no real substance which He bends and flexes at whim.
And so, if He is feeding you today, and He has fed you and provided all you need and more
all these days, what concerns could you have about tomorrow? Is there then something that
could stand in His way? Could He possibly have run out of means to provide for you?
Take your focus off the measured channels by which you receive and place
your eyes on the Infinite Source of Giving. The Source has no lack of channels.
By Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe,
Rabbi Menachem Schneerson
Courtesy of Chabad.org
Take it flow.
Lama Surya Das
From "Words of Wisdom,"
koa books, 2008
Divine Love always has met and always
will meet every human need.
Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)
Founder of Christian Science religion
Photo by Chuck Bowman All rights reserved Thomas Jefferson's Virginia home, Monticello
"I've been thinking a lot about faith this past week...realizing that I've always
had 'hanging on faith,' in other words, God providing what I needed. But we're to
have 'creative faith,' speaking of that which is not, as though it is. So, that way,
not only are our needs met but we have blessings in ABUNDANCE to help
others that they might see and glorify God.
In Matthew 17:20 Jesus said, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth,
if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain,
'Move from here to there' and it will move.
NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU."
So, we are faced with this decision..........did Jesus actually say this?
And then if He did, was He telling the truth?
Apparently His followers thought so, because in 1 Cor. 13:2 Paul said,
"If I have a faith that can move mountains..." It seems that it was taken as
a given that such a thing was possible. We either trust that God is a good
God ALL THE TIME or think whatever we wish. Our choice.
Excerpted from a letter written by Nan Rae
See her artwork at NanRae.com
God's desire is that we become aware of all the spiritual
blessings He has already imparted to us, and then that
we access those blessings and employ them for His glory.
We are to use our spiritual blessings not only to get our
own needs met, but to advance the purposes and plans
of God on this earth, in this generation, whenever
and wherever we have the opportunity.
If we could see the full harvest God has already imparted
and planted within us, our minds and hearts could not
contain the sight! Our eyes would be blinded by the glory
of it, and our souls would burst with the thought of it...
Excerpted from "Loved By God,"
by T. D. Jakes
Bethany House, 2000
The Last Word:
Divine action cleanses the universe,
pervading and flowing over all creatures.
Wherever they are it pursues them. It precedes
them, accompanies them, follows them. We have
only to allow ourselves to be borne along on its tide.
Excerpted from "The Sacrament of the Present Moment,"
by Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
The "silly question" is the first intimation
of some totally new development.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)
English mathematician and philosopher