Give thanks to God for your family, friends and prosperity

Some of us may have money and power. But, that does not bring happiness and joy in our lives. What brings love, joy and happiness are family, friends and a sense and feeling of prosperity. I’ve observed in many instances in our materialistic world, that when we are constantly wanting and desiring materialistic things, ego fulfillment, many of us put God or divine spirit in the backdrop. Instead we should give thanks to God by praying for having family, friends and being prosperous. We can sense deep down a feeling and a sense of security when we experience love from our family and friends. For some reason or other, when we “feel secured and comfortably prosperous”, God the spirit is not recognized or hidden in the background.

Time to time, I collect canned food for the homeless people at homeless shelters. Also, very poor people come to the shelter to collect canned food and bread in a bag for their families. I look at their faces. They are happy to get food in the bag for their families. I pray that these poor people better their lives. The homeless people in the shelters are getting help from the contributors and donors. The shelter managers constantly ask for donations for money, to keep these shelters open. And in Las Vegas, the city of lights, there is lack and prosperity. Amongst prosperous casinos with so much wealth, that can be seen from the shelters, there is homelessness. God will guide the angels to help and guide the homeless, and that is through ones awareness and enlightenment from within.

I thank God for what I have and with gratitude. A wonderful wife, shelter and food, friends, my sons and grand children, wonderful health. For me inner peace, harmony, and a sense of well-being is important. I encourage rejoicing, kindness and caring for each other. We are in this world to experience our created heaven on this earth. I encourage praying and meditation, communicating with God and listening to our inner voice from within. Feel God’s blessings.

Blessings,

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

 

 

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Prosperity is yours for asking

When we talk about prosperity, somehow we equate with money and wealth. Prosperity can be equated as succeeding in health, relationships, spiritual growth, career growth and business growth,  as well as personal finances. Gods plan for you and me is to live and share joy, happiness, love, healing and help/support those that need our help to better themselves. Ofcourse many societies including ours have, “haves” and “have-nots”. We’ll have to work towards making heaven on earth. That means, we work and take action to help ourselves for bettering the creation of our communities to live joyfully, happily and peacefully. When we set boundaries in our aspirations for betterment, we neglect our God-given creativity and we are faced with lack or develop selfishness towards what we possess.

A good habit to experience prosperity in all aspects of our daily life is prayer and meditation. Ever talk to God (or Lord, Jesus, Infinite Intelligence, Divine spirit, etc) in the form of prayer? Yes God listens. And God communicates to us, when we are quite or in meditation. Listen to the vibes, the inner communication. I recall back in 1997, I wanted to ride the Indian rails in all different directions, and at the same time make it a form of pilgrimage to visit Hindu and Buddhist temples, Christian churches, Mosques, gurdwara’s (Sikh temples),  etc. I also had this greater urge to talk to Hindu Holy men, who are known as Sadhu’s, who wander around and are practicing spirituality and non-materialistic.

I talked to several Holy men on a 10 week pilgrimage in India, crisscrossing the Indian sub-continent. I left a project temporary job in Los Angeles area, to take up such a trip. Something was telling me inside of my heart to go to India for a pilgrimage. At that time, my future wife Denise, encouraged me to take the trip. I was excited and didn’t want to pass up the opportunity. So, prosperity comes in all forms. When I took at the pilgrimage trip by trains in India, I was healthy and strong, and able to withstand sleeping on trains several nights in a span of 10 weeks. God has blessed me in several ways, and I give thanks and praise for it.

Blessings,

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

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

We are instruments of God to assist others

Welding booth Today I visited a welding vocational training area for boys and girls in Las Vegas, who want to learn a trade while still in high school. The director of this place is Peter. Peter formerly worked as a civil engineer and now helps out his wife as a vocational director. His wife is in charge of behavioral health/mental health clients. This is a community based service type of environment. Peter said the students who are learning welding are from broken homes or from very poor households or cleaned up from drugs. The training is for 3 months, 3 hours per day after school. But most students finish the program in 6 months or so. Peter says many young students have difficult time concentrating.

Welding with Josh - 1 Peter hired a welding instructor, and his name is Josh. Josh enjoys teaching the students how to weld. Josh is very dedicated in teaching welding and is highly motivated young man. It seems some students go on to find jobs as welders, making good income to support their families. Peter gave me good tour of the welding booths and equipment. He is motivated to help others, so that they can help themselves. There is no charge to learn welding. Peter said they also want to expand to industrial sewing. Sew car seats, industrial gloves etc. In fact he is looking for an industrial sewing instructor. (In picture is Josh, the welding instructor).

Welding with Josh - 2 I met Peter’s wife Eudora, and she co-ordinates services for behavioral health and mental health clients through other health care service providers. She is also highly dedicated to helping women or even men with mental and psychological problems. Most of their mental and psychological clients are women, and they have very high serious problems, such as going through domestic violence, drug addict, and other behavior problems. Peter and his wife are doing great service in their communities to better other peoples lives, and help bring joy, happiness, peace of mind and a sense of well-being. They are an instrument of God in action. I congratulated them for their service in the community. We are all instruments of God to help each other. We are vessels where others learn and we learn. (in picture is Josh, the welding instructor).

Blessings,

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