Walk the talk

Giving bread I am surprised. Just under a week ago, I’ve written a blog on ministering and serving and I mentioned to carry some energy bars and canned soup in the car for distribution. Today I went to a local ATM bank. Just as I was leaving the ATM, a woman in her 40’s with a push cart, approached me and asked me for a quarter (25 cents). First of all I did not have any change with me. 2nd, I’ve energy bars and a vegetable soup can in my car. So, I offered her an energy bar and the soup can. She took it. But, when she left with her push cart, she lighted up a cigarette.

Giving soup Maybe God is testing me to see if I am walking my talk. Perhaps this woman changed her identity and came as a hungry individual as a God’s messenger to approach me. She was receptive of the food I gave her. This scenario was a great lesson for me in action. I did not judge this woman in a critical way. She went on with her push cart  lighting her cigarette. God bless her. In our walk of life we are bound to face some challenges and we have to use our God-given mind and compassion for our fellow human beings, regardless of their circumstances they are in.

Giving to homeless man in suit I also carry with me some phone numbers of local help organizations, such as homeless shelters, food banks and other groups. The list of phone numbers are just next to my drivers car door storage area. Be prepared to give and serve. Never know who will come out the thin air and ask for food or small change. I also keep a public bus schedule at the driver door storage area. If somebody is lost on a major boulevard, I can help them take a right bus to their destination if they seek help. A nice way to help is to suggest calling non-emergency number for sleeping and eating meals.

Blessings,

Rev. Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas

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Find a balance in a material world

Materialism - boxes The first 18 years of my life I grew up in India in a Christian family and in a Methodist boarding school. And all the years in my adult life I have been living in USA. So, I grew up having less materialist “stuff” in India, and more “stuff” as I began my adult life in USA. I’ve found balancing materialism to my way of life is more healthier, peaceful and harmonious. We are operating from a free will and decisions making in our everyday life. We are blessed for these attributes given by God (or higher spirit or divine). What is more challenging is obsessing with possessions and getting addicted year after year. Somehow many of us lost the spiritual life that is in awareness of love and caring for others.

Materialism - Ethical Materialism does make many of us self-centered, but, there are also some who are caring of their loved ones and neighbors as well as those who do not have anything. The more materialistic we get, the less spiritual we become. I mean, keeping God at bay, leading to isolation, separateness from people who need help or support. When we are God centered, we do pray and meditate for others and their well-being. Don’t get me wrong about the rich people. There are some rich people who do care, but, there is still homelessness and hunger in our own society. Imagine a small group of multi-millionaires in each city pooled some money with an awareness of eliminating homelessness.

Materialism - the stuff We must pray for prosperity and abundance for our residents in our communities. Which means each person uses God’s attributes to use their skills, knowledge, decisions and faith, to better themselves. The more we reach out to others, God blesses us in various unexpected ways. We must learn to share. God or the divine spirit wants us to care for others in need in our communities and beyond our own country. There is true joy and happiness when we reach out to others.

Blessings,

Rev. Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas

I apologize to my wife

Forgiveness - I am sorry That’s right, I say “I am very sorry and I apologize”, when I get into an argument with my wife. Sometimes my ego wants to be very defensive and “prove” I am right and so on. Or I blame her for minute things like where materials or items been placed or stored. It’s easy to lose coolness. I get all worked up, when things go the way I see it or feel it. So, the ego goes to work and my spirit within, kind of hangs in there. I am learning to look arguments from personal spiritual aspects. In other words, look from God centered. It’s easy to forget the wonderful relationship I’ve with my wife. Must be careful not to take advantage or become stale in relating to each other.

Forgiveness - please fogive me I’ve been married to Denise since 2006, and prior to the marriage, been together since 1998. When we are aware of the spirit from within, we begin to see shifts in each other. There is something that is greater than we are. We call it God, or spirit, or Christ, or Infinite, or Lord, so forth. Love is the key ingredient for a relationship to succeed. When a relationship is pursued or lived on “autopilot”, there’s not much interaction and love gets stale. We need to center our thoughts back to awareness of the divine within us and get back to core loving relationship. Say “I love you” at least once a day to your spouse or partner. Touch and feel. Hold hands. Stroke each other. See God in each other.

Forgiveness - you really can forgive When we reinforce love and add more love in our relationship with our spouse or partner, there is an inner contentment. It’s like heaven on earth. There is no defense, or obstacles and answers to any problems can be solved. It will be even wonderful to pray together and go to meditation and prayer services at a friend’s home or office with a group of people who share common interests. It’s wonderful to apologize.

Blessings,

Rev. Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas

Have you forgiven yourself?

Forgive oneself flower We go through life and we do encounter ups and downs. What many of us don’t realize is the divine spirit or God, always resides within us. Since we do make mistakes, errors and sometimes cause ill feelings to ourselves and others, its time to reflect and forgive ourselves first and forgive others. When we don’t allow God center within to function, instead let ego take over our attitude and projection towards oneself and towards others, we are living with guilt and anger. God wants us to be harmonious, peaceful, and experience joy and happiness. When we do not forgive, there is no peace or harmony. Getting even with others to settle the score, makes it even harder to achieve any kind of conciliation.

Forgiving forgave I recall while in my early career at a company as a cost coordinator, tried to prove that I was right and the older associate gentleman was wrong on some reporting information. I was arrogant. He was about 30 years older than me. Later that day, I felt guilty and went to his desk and apologized for my arrogant behavior. Back than, divine spirit within, was alien to me and didn’t know that God is also within me and the older associate. My fellow associate himself apologized and was sorry for the incident. I was the one who instigated the issue, but, accepted my apology and made peace with each other. After that incident, I learned to respect him and others in similar situations.

Forgiveness clouds When we forgive ourselves, there is God’s presence vibrating through within and communicates that heartfelt apology to others. Acknowledging God’s presence with love, makes us peaceful and treat others with respect. Others give us respect and they sense the change within us and they themselves change and become peaceful and harmonious. This is not a complicated issue or circumstance. When we allow God’s love to flow through us, we are bound to clear obstacles and see clearly. We get better results when we forgive ourselves and forgive others.

Blessings,

Rev. Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas

God’s power is free! Use it!

God connected electric plug Electricity at home or at business or at a restaurant/coffee shop or even at a church costs money. But God’s power is free and use it for daily living. Recognize and be aware of it. It’s right where you are, inside of you and surrounded around you. You don’t have to attend churches or holy places of worship to come in contact with God. Sure, one can go to worship services for sense of community with members, friends and participate listening to the minister’s ceremony and prayers . But God resides inside of you and with you and me all the time. Recognize and be aware of the creator’s power with you and use it for your loving relationships, health, prosperity, forgiveness and serving others.

God heart I went “church hopping” in my mid 30’s and part of my early 40’s to find spirituality, God and even love life in my personal life. I thought God was “out there.” My fellow seekers became my friends as well. We were in the same boat looking for God and some sense of relief from the day-to-day bustle. Personally got dependent on “others ministries and churches” instead of acknowledging God and spirit within. Using God’s power from within with affirmations does wonders. Say these affirmations to yourself: I am prosperous; I am healthy; I am attracting love in my life; I am forgiving and forgive myself; so on. “I am” is using God’s power. It’s free.

Gods power in hand light Next time when you are walking around at the shopping malls or super markets, even at worship places, or at work places, business facilities, etc, see God in them. Isn’t it wonderful you see God and spirit in action in each individual? We are blessed with free will and choices to make decisions. Our decisions in life will determine the kind of experiences we live. Also, our decisions in life have consequences. The more we think of God’s love in our daily life, the better we feel about ourselves and treat others lovingly. So, use God’s power inside of you for free. No charge. Just your desire and the will to turn on God’s power.

Blessings,

Rev. Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas

There is love – Go tap it

Love relationship swan Yes, God’s love surrounds all around us and within us. It will be wonderful to see God’s love in others. I recall looking at many places for love, while I was single and divorced. Single ads in newspaper, church single groups, single groups, etc. There was very little on-line single meets in mid 90’s. Meeting wonderful ladies with open mind was a learning experience. What I were looking for, was quite an inquiry. If I had God in my mind and surrounded with his love, certainly I would attract many of them. But, my ego got in the way. Looking for looks, kind of job they were involved, kind of education they have received, how many kids they have, past relationship stories/baggage, etc was quite a challenge.

Love relationship couple cartoon Learning to accept who they are with unconditional love with God’s love in mind, makes easier to meet and also, makes a joyful enthusiastic heartfelt connection. That’s how I met my wife Denise back in 1997, met with an attitude of positiveness in life and unconditional expectations. I had several friends, both men and women from church single groups been divorced for several years, and some of them never married and still “looking”. All I can say is, open your heart for love and reach out and let them come into your life. Let the inner spirit from within shine and others notice it. One need not prove anything. If two people fall in love seeing each other spirits glowing, there is a bond and closeness.

Love relationship red heart First, one has to learn to love themselves. Acknowledge God loves you and resides inside  you. It’s not like God is “out there” somewhere in the “sky”. When you show confidence and open to attraction and be open to closeness and love, there certainly love is in the air and ready to attract. I recall after my divorce the second time, would I ever find love again? We learn from each relationship and apply the positive results to move forward. I had to learn to let go, and let God. Letting go of my fears and doubts also relaxed me and able to attract wonderful love in my life.

Blessings,

Rev. Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas

 

Are your relationships loving and healthy?

Healthy relationships words I believe without trust, commitment and love, our personal relationship with our significant other will go no where. The relationship will just flounder and not experience joy, happiness and agonize our everyday living with pain. When we ask divine spirit or God to guide us in improving our loving relationship, and make changes and adjustments, we are on our loving journey. Even our relationship with children must genuine. They can sense it. No need to give them lectures on love. You give and show love unconditionally, you receive love unconditionally. We are bombarded with excessive commercialism in our society to show love by way buying a car or buying expensive jewelry or a golden watch or a business suit for a loved one.

Healthy relationships people Materialism does not buy love. Love is from the heart. Caring in a loving way and listening and sharing with your spouse or partner and telling each “I love you”, goes a long way. I made a habit of telling my wife Denise, I love you at least once a day. Also, made a habit to hug at least 20 seconds during the day. Love must come from the heart, not, robotically. I’ve few friends who ask me how to improve their love relationships. I ask them, do they communicate openly? Are they listening their inner voice, which is God communicating through them? I ask them do you understand each other in a loving way? I ask them to “give and take” and find balance in their relationship.

Healthy relationship solutions As myself serving as a wedding officiant, I read poems on heartfelt love and marriage. Its important the couple to be aware of just heartfelt loving words to strengthen their marriage relationship as the time passes. We must find answers to problems to relationships or seek help from the clergy of relationship counselors. Many people who are in personal relationships, they might experience egotism, in the form of superiority or power or financial manipulation. That type of relationship is not coming from the spirit from within. God or spirit communicates from within. When we are not in sink with our spirit, our relationship will sour and ego as well as defensive mechanism takes over. If possible, pray with each other and communicate to clear the air. Say “I love you”.

Blessings,

Rev. Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas