What are you most anxious about today? Is it your health? Finances? Family? These are worthy of your concern, but remember, it's our birthright to THRIVE! The Rev. Dr. Neichelle R. Guidry, Dean of Spelman Chapel, is right; there are cultural, social, systemic, and interpersonal hindrances to our flourishing. Let us also be mindful that healing, expansion, and flourishing are forms of intentional resistance in God’s Kingdom. Go to God in prayer and ask God to help you prioritize your healing, expansion, and flourishing over your anxieties so that you might honor God first and receive the benefits of that relationship.
This is one of the most popular and often-memorized verses of the New Testament. Jesus is teaching about God’s providence. As we know God and recognize God’s sovereign hand over all of creation, we can move beyond fear, worry, and doubt about our lives.
In this Sermon Series, Pastor Johnson lifts Wisdom from the Sermon on the Mount to encourage a reprioritizing of our relationship with God. The benefits are many, including knowing where your help truly comes from! All of our provisions come from God.
Gratitude is a virtue that is central among virtues in the Hebrew scriptures, the New Testament, and the Qur’an.
Let's define Gratitude. It is the parent of all virtues, a virtue that begets other virtues. Gratitude is rejoicing in what is. It is the opposite of regret, which is a feeling of sadness for what is, and of nostalgia, which aches for a past that is now gone.
Gratitude flows from a healed body, expanding spirit, and flourishing soul, appreciating the good things in your life, no matter how big or small. Making the practice of gratitude a regular part of your day can build happiness, and self-esteem, and provide other health benefits.
The Gratitude Exercises worksheet summarizes five activities to help you start practicing gratitude. Exercises include journaling, taking a mindfulness walk, writing a gratitude letter, and more. Although these exercises are simple to learn and practice, the challenge comes from consistency. Spend time in session discussing each exercise and creating a plan for their use. Ideally, establish a schedule or routine for daily gratitude practice (e.g., journaling every night before bed).
TIP: Consistent and thoughtful practice is important for gratitude exercises to be effective. Rushing through exercises to “get them done” does not work. The purpose of each activity is to genuinely reflect on feelings of gratitude for several minutes every day.
Just For Me is a limited edition work of art by Andrew Nichols highlighting a young black girl staring at the observer. Nichols is a talented African-American artist who currently resides in Jamaica, Queens. Scan the QR Code for more information on this artist.
“While I’m mindful of the cultural, social, systemic, and interpersonal hindrances to our flourishing, I’m also mindful that healing, expansion, and flourishing are forms of intentional resistance.”
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Mount Moriah takes seriously the parable Jesus of Nazareth told about who will be included in the future kingdom of God. In the story, a king is separating his sheep from the goats. When the separation is made, the sheep wonder why they were chosen. Jesus replies that it is their acts of kindness to strangers that earned their place in the kingdom. “Truly, I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these family members, you did it to me.”
At the heart of this parable is the problem of food insecurity. Many folks consider hunger at Thanksgiving, but a significant problem requires a year-round commitment.
As such, we partner with Bryan Family Connection and Second Harvest Food Bank year-round, leading, volunteering, and making monthly contributions of money, time, and effort that make a positive IMPACT!