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Inspirational Readings

March 24th
"I release any sense of discouragement."
 
"If I'm feeling discouraged, stuck, or unsure, I acknowledge my feelings but also ask myself what changes I'd like to see. I am reminded to honor the unique, wise, wondrous being I truly am. I recall times I moved forward against the odds and overcame. Self-empowered, I now release any sense of discouragement. I let go!
 
"Bolstered by my divine connection and renewed faith, I step free from the fog of discouragement. I acknowledge the brilliance and courage of God within me as my comfort, energy, and guide. It will continue to propel me forward."
 
Rev Bronte Colbert
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 23rd
"I renew my patience."
 
"If anger is woundedness, then patience is the balm. Patience gives us the gift of freedom from the remorse that reaction can bring. Patience quietly builds spiritual strength and endurance that leads to love and compassion. Patience is grounded in the faith that Spirit is ever present, guiding us to a deeper awareness of what is possible."
 
Rev Margaret Flick
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 22nd
"I release anger."
 
"Anger can be a spiritual gift or a spiritual wound. Anger lets us know that something is wrong, either in our consciousness or our outer world. Acknowledging it is healthy--holding onto it is not.
 
"It is a wound when we let it dominate us and react from our pain, real or imagined. Anger can be a spiritual gift when we are willing to uncover its message and heal whatever is revealed."
 
Rev Margaret Flick
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 21st

The Fifth Living Word: Vision*

 
"I thirst." John 19:28
 
(Jesus) "says, 'I thirst,' and according to the story, a man responds to these words by dipping a sponge in vinegar and offering it to give Jesus relief. The usual deduction is that Jesus was dehydrated....
 
Jesus is describing the life force of God that is within all of us. When we thirst for this kind of living water, and we permit ourselves to be quenched by the wellspring of Spirit, we are forever made new, enriched, and informed.
 
"Our hardest work can be to stay out of the way and not interfere with the flow of grace and ease. This an important turning point in your spiritual awakening because it is time to lay down the things that used to work for you,... It is time to create such a powerful vision for yourself that you will never be pushed by pain again. It is time to ignite your passion...."
 
Rev Mark A Lord
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
Exerpt from The Seven Living Words
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Inspirational Readings

March 20th
"I renew my openness to the healing power of Spirit."
 
"There is one life and that life is God. That life is everywhere present, all around us, all the time. It is healing power and Holy Spirit. You and I have the power to see life, to know Spirit, and to call it forth. Today I am open to the presence of life in which I live and move and have my being. As I focus on this Holy Spirit that is within me and all around me, I am refreshed and revitalized."
 
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you?"
1Corinthians 6:19
 
Rev Dale Worley
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 19th
"I release thoughts of illness."
 
"I am wonderfully and beautifully made in the image of the living God. My creator, the Source of all good, cannot be hurt or sick. It cannot be diminished, divided, or decreased in any way.
 
"Any appearance of illness is only temporary... Even though my body, my mind, or my heart may feel unwell, I remind myself that in truth I am the spirit of God in manifestation."
 
Rev Dale Worley
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 16th
"I renew my will to take the next step forward."
 
"Imagine with me as a young child pulls up to the couch and stands on wobbly legs, the promptly sits down on their bottom. Again and again, the child pulls up and stands for a moment, until those shaky legs gain strength.
 
"As kids, you and I stretched and reached, tried and tried again. As grown ups, we often give up the first time we are met with discouragement. If we had given up in our first year of life, think of all the things we wouldn't be able to do today!"
 
Rev Robin Volker
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 15th
"I release feeling stuck."
 
"Many years ago, I found myself swimming in a deep depression. As I cried and prayed, I became aware of the warmth of the Christ in me, my sun. This inner Spirit was nudging me, pulling me to move and to grow. If the grass could grow because the sun summoned it, I could get up and move by the power of God within me."
 
Rev Robin Volker
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 14th

Fourth Living Word: Truth

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Matthew 27:46
 
"His words are for all of us as we move toward the revelation of our inherent God-ness. Remember, Jesus was a master teacher, and everything he said and did was done for our own awakening and to support us during our crucifixions and in our own resurrections.
 
"It is because you have done such important work to get to this point that, right in the middle of the journey, you may hit a wall of despair. 'Now it's time for a final, deep cleansing of the consciousness...and you are ready.' If you are feeling fearful and abandoned, it is of utmost importance that you do not call these feelings wrong. They are to be moved through with perseverance and faith in all that is good (God)."
 
Rev. Mark Lord
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 13th

Forgive

"I renew inner peace by forgiving."
"Forgiving allows us to come face-to-face with the faults and shortcomings of ourselves and others. It takes great strength and self-esteem to forgive someone who has hurt you profoundly or taken something from you that you may never get back.
"When asked how they could forgive this man (Charleston Church 2015), they answered that they did it for their peace of mind. They could not live with hatred in their hearts. Their strength, resilience, and love are an inspiration for us all."
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Inspirational Readings

March 12th

Resentment

"I release old feelings of bitterness."
 
"One of the primary Unity teachings is that our thoughts create our lives. So if we are holding unloving and hostile thoughts about anyone or any group, these thoughts will show up as our experience."Unkind thoughts can fester in our minds, and bitterness can destroy our lives form the inside. Holding on to resentment is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.
 
"Today we can make a choice, a decision to release all grudges and resentments, to put down the poison and love extravagantly!"
 
Rev. Ken Daigle
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 11
"I renew my outlook through appreciation."
"Our modern world is full of pressure, busyness, and conflicting forces. Beginning right now it is possible to renew our outlook through appreciation.
"Once the habit of appreciation is established, we can apply it to all aspects of our lives. The complications and the pressures fade, replaced by a new optimism and generosity of heart.
Determine today what you will choose to appreciate, and by so doing, open up a whole new world of possibility."
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Inspirational Readings

March 10th
"I release any need to complain."
 
"Generally, we complain when we feel ill-used or unjustly treated,.. If we look closely we will notice that these complaints arise when we have, consciously or unconsciously, given away our power to another.
 
"The truth is that no person, situation, or force can withold the good from us. The Spirit of all possibility is within us in totality now and always. Recognizing that truth and relaxing our mind and body allows us to release the need for and the habit of complaint."
 
Rev. Paul Roach
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 9th
"I renew my willingness to cooperate."
 
"I recognize that serenity is possible when I approach challenging situations as ways to learn how I can more effectively communicate and accept others as they are. I become more fully aware of how each person's unique strengths contribute to the greater whole of the team.
 
Knowing that this situation can only be for me and not against me, I hold that truth for those I collaborate with as well. I renew my willingness to cooperate and feel my unity with all."
 
Rev. Jeanmarie Eck
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 8th
 

"I release thoughts of competition"

 
"It can be a challenge to admit to myself that I'm acting from a belief I have to outshine others in order to succeed. The anxiety of pushing myself beyond my limits to impress others only leaves me stressed and drained. I lose sight of my true essence and become immersed in outer appearances and impressive accomplishments.
 
"When I recognize there is enough for everyone, I can release thoughts of competition. As I release thoughts of competition, I am at peace."
 
Rev. Jeanmarie Eck
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 7th

Third Living Word: Oneness

"Behold your son...Behold your mother."
John 19:26-27
"Like all that this master teacher said, however, his words are to be taken as spiritual direction. They point to oneness and right relationship with each other.... I am a divine creation of God. I am a wonderful, brilliant thought in the mind of God.
"My less-than supreme reality is that which is founded on my fears, which occupy a large chunk of many of my days if I let them. All the while this crazy duality experience is taking place, there is..amidist the chaos the wholeness of God. In my God self it is safe to see all as One, and not only is it safe, it is true and wonderful.
"The only way this collective lie of separation will ever be transformed is through you and me, one person at a time. What Jesus did, you and I can do. We just have to be willing to give up the illusion of separation. There is only one life here, of which we are all a part."
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Inspirational Readings

March 6th

Divine Order

"I renew my faith in divine order."
 
"Divine and perfect order is inherent in all life. It is a result of having faith in God that things will turn out to the greater good and highest joy of all concerned. "We use our power of strength, expressing as patience, to await the perfect unfolding in our lives. Patience is that attitude of mind characterized by calm and quiet trust."
 
Rev. Karen Shepherd
Release & Renew
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 5th
 
"I release any sense of worry."
 
"When we allow our minds to become preoccupied with pending decisions, concern about what might happen, or feelings of inadequacy to meet a challenge, we subject ourselves to a tremendous amount of stress. Worry causes us to visualize what we do not want in our lives."
 
Rev. Karen Shepherd
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 4th

Abundance

 
"I renew my awareness of abundance in my life."
 
"Think of it--every aspect of the world we live in is abundant. The substance, vitality, and life force are abundant, all around us, part of us. Yet it seems we have fogotten.
 
"What we think about we bring about. When we open our eyes to see and experience the abundance that is already present, our prosperity thinking brings for abundance that is already present, our prosperity thinking brings forth abundant manifestation."
 
"And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance"
2Corinthians 9:8
 
Rev. Toni Coleman
Release & Renew https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 3rd
 
"I release the fear of lack."
 
"Lack is a belief of being without, not having enough, being deficient. Do you measure your success by having and getting? To release the fear of lack, we establish and maintain a healthy relationship with money. We can view the universe as abundant and life as a demonstation of plenty."
 
Rev. Toni Coleman
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

Zeal & Enthusiasm

March 2nd
"I renew my zeal and enthusiasm!"
 
"I approach this day with zeal and enthusiasm. Each new day is an opportunity to choose the attributes over apathy or indifference. I use my innate, ever-present power of zeal to turn my thoughts to God and I employ enthusiasm to complete my task or project. I no longer feel trapped in lethargy or indifference as I turn toward Spirit in each moment."
 
Rev. John Beerman
Release & Renew     https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

March 1st

"God, lift me up into a clearer vision of what and who I really am.
I have learned to hear the call to release apathy and try again, to pick up the tools of effort and desire and keep going. If I fail again, I will try again. Persistence clears away apathy just as the sun dissolves fog."
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Inspirational Readings

Feb. 28th

Second Living Word: NOW

"Today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43
"When we're in a crisis of transformation.... Our ideas of how life is 'supposed to be,' formed from our past experiences and expectations, have collapsed, and the future seems dark and uncertain. Paradise, the kingdom of heaven, is available to us all--here, now, and always. And paradise can only be experienced in the now--present moment. "All the good that has brought us to the moment of transformation will remain and ascend with us, and all the good that we hope to become and experience will be made manifest."
Rev. Mark A. Lord
Release & Renew: A Spiritual Practice for Lent
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Inspirational Readings

Feb. 27th

Gratitude

"I renew my gratitude in all things."
 
"There is so much to be grateful for, and yet how easy it is to take our blessings for granted. Where is your attention? Is it on the demonstrations all around us of the one power, lthe one presence, the one life? Is it on the good that is present in your life right now?
 
"As we practice gratitude, we consciously place our attention on the good in our lives and we are changed."
 
Rev. DeeAnn W. Morency
"Release & Renew"
https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021
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Inspirational Readings

Feb. 26th

Release

"I release discontent."

"When we focus on discontent, we diminish our capacity to be a space for peace and joy, to live in true contentment. We cannot see divine potential or infinite possibilities through a haze of discontent.

"Today the invitation is to release your discontent and awaken to the divine potential and infinite possibilities that are always available and accessible to your life."

Rev. DeeAnn W. Morency

Release & Renew: A Spiritual Practice for Lent

https://www.unity.org/publications/booklets/release-renew-lent-2021

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