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Growing Up Spiritual In A Once NonSpiritual Family
by Nora Knople
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Growing Up Spiritual In a Once NonSpiritual Family

Now, some of you may know that my father, in his early years was a hellion! Yes, my father ! to those of you who knew him later in his life, this may come as a surprise to you. You see, about 10 years ago, my father became saved and gave his life to Christ and his church. He became very dedicated to the congregation or flock if you will and to the church's cause. I too have been there from time to time to help his church in any time that I could and them in return. Even though I was not technically 'saved' and did not belong to his church. It has never mattered. We respected one another on that level.

Now, some things did not come easy to my father; as far as understanding the concept of them. For instance, me being a hypnotherapist. The idea was that I was a therapist and the other stuff he heard (witchcraft, tarot, etc.-none of which I do or practice) he either just took it to disbelief or just did not buy in to the idea that I would do that, which I don't. I do hypnotherapy and therapeutic touch for the purpose of healing. Much like his congregation would do the laying on of the hands. I do not chant to a different God then theirs. I do not worship a different Father than they do. Mine and there's is just one and the same. The only difference is that some people are closed minded and believe all of the voodoo stuff they chose to believe. Yes, like the woman on Trading Spouses the other week. I could not help but laugh. How could you just assume that because that woman is a hypnotherapist and hypnotizes people for the purpose of healing arts and relaxation, that she does not have Jesus in her heart? Fortunately for me, I had some of my father's church people say things negatively about me and my chosen profession, but I just let it roll off my back. I figure if they do not have the courage to ask, then I chose to not have the patience to listen to the negativity. Fair enough, right?

A large number of spiritually oriented people today were raised pretty much the same way. Either too much organized religion shoved down their throats and people's ideas that our soldiers are being killed because God hates America. WOW! Totally closed minded. You may think I must be closed minded as well if I cannot fathom the option that thier ideas may be right. No, I thought about how people can come to the conclusions they do and I still come up with the same reason. Closed mindedness and how they were raised. The refuse to believe anything other. At least with my father, he loved me enough to let me make my own decisions and guided me as best he could. He might not have always liked my outcome, but in the end I learned. I still and always do.

My God loves me. He does not allow suffering unjustly. He knows when He is in my heart and when I falter even slightly, He helps me back up again. My God knows I might let Him down but He never lets me down. He loves all of His children. Even the stubborn, quick to judge and forces to be reckoned with. He loves the wicked and the hateful. My God has room for everyone in His heart.

I pray for all of my friends every day. I pray for my co-workers. I pray for peace. I pray for guidance. I pray for the health, safety and security of my family. I pray for everyone to love one another some day, just as God loves us. I pray that in 2006 blacks, white, latinos, men and women alike will have the power, glory and status in life to be on the same playing field, no matter the cause. To stand united...as one nation under God, as it is intended to be.

Do not hate the President. He might not be doing the best job but where is the negativity getting you? No where and fast. Why don't we instead try to focus on just one good thing about the people we have issues with. Not only will you notice a change in your attitude and energy level but may and just maybe, your outlook on life too may be able to be viewed in a different light.

So, no matter your skin color, religion (I have nothing against organized religion-I just believe that the God I worship does not mind where I worship, just that I do), creed, race, language you speak, what you wear or chose not to, just know that those soliders are not just fighting for the freedom of another nation, they fight every day for US...you and me, to have the right to these opinions. Do not condemn them...instead, go in peace, light, love and grace and know somewhere in your heart all you really want is the same.
The common denominator here...we all just want to be accepted as who and what we are and who and what God, our families and society has molded us in to via our choices, morals, values and respect that my love for you, God, the people everywhere and this GREAT nation is far more powerful than any of the hatred anyone who believes otherwise could ever begin to spew !

God be with you all! Peace, light, love and grace to you and Pray for the troops and their families as well as the families of the people who oppose us. Accept them as you would want to be accepted and LOVE as you would wish to be loved and live the life you want to be remembered by. Because in the end, that is all we really have is our legacy.

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