I am patient and kind, I am love. I am selfless, I am love. I am thoughtful and present, I am love.
I am compassion, I am love. I have a servant's heart, I am love. I am listening, I am awake...I am love. I am an expression of God's presence in the earth, I am love.
Live wise, live well and live whole. ~Stormie Steele
All rights reserved 2018
Newsletter - April 2018
Volume 1, 4th Edition
Resurrection and Renewal
“Love” is April’s power of the month, resurrection and renewal is the driving force of this newsletter.
2018’s first official day of spring was uncharacteristically and unseasonably cold. A day of showers with a windchill of winter in parts of the South. In other places, freezing with up to 10 inches of snow!
Despite appearances, a new season resurrects from the soil. The renewal of blooms and multiple colors fill the air with fresh scenery of hope-filled promises.
The earth paves way for the resurrection and renewal of spring like clockwork. From the lack luster season of winter, to tiny buddings of new life-ultimately creating fullness...to the releasing of it all once again. Each season purposefully serves its appointed time.
As the earth replenishes itself, so we too are replenished and renewed as reliance on The Holy Spirit becomes our primary Source. Those who dare trust God are Divinely guided into the constant of abundance.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. ~Ephesians 3:20,21
UCC, resurrection and renewal is unfolding right here! 1st Sunday’s grace us with the sacred symbolism of communion. March’s 1st spiritual event was one of the most impacting that Rev. Jim and I have ever experienced, corporately and personally.
Continuing, its our St. Jude’s fund raiser, the grounds of the church being cleared (new horizons and expansion), and our youth-courageously participating in all that’s presented to them! Resurrection and renewal is in the air!
All that is needed for this ministry is housed at 3345 McCorkle Rd (The Beacon on The Hill ~Sam Perkins). The resurrection and renewal of commitments, time and talents as an integral part of UCC’s spiritual advancement is key.
Repurpose and re-channel your gifts.
We-individually and collectively-will to keep the wheels of momentum turning! Activating-BEING faith, imagination, understanding, life, wisdom, love, strength, elimination, order, power, and zeal guarantees resurrection and renewal.
Live wise, live well and live whole. Rev. Dr. Stormie Steele, Co-Interim Spiritual Leader
Life is our Instructor. Our daily encounters, challenges and other situations are our assignments. How we handle ourselves with our assignments is based on our attentiveness/inattentiveness to the lessons.
Repetition is not a bad thing. We repeat in order to learn. We go over and over particulars in order to gain some understanding, the soul seeks wisdom. Life is our Instructor. In some matters, we repeat because we’ve not learned. We repeat in order to apply a different perspective/technique to a familiar situation or challenge.
As we pay attention to ourselves and to the grace that each lesson bestows to us – it’s a blessing to have the opportunity to learn – even if those lessons are learned through some of our most difficult or challenging experiences. Life is our Instructor.
It’s encouraging to know that a Power greater than ourselves has our lesson plan in place. The schooling never stops…the learning never stops. Life is our Instructor.
Are you taking notes, asking/answering questions or applying the wisdom that you’ve learned from The Instructor?
Google image credit
Live wise, live well and remember…a lesson is currently taking place. ~Storm
As I ponder the path of God's guidance for my life, I am constantly reminded of Divine guidance for all of our lives, especially those who are willing to apprehend The Way of Truth.
God's unmerited grace meets us daily. The Holy Spirit seeks to guide us, our responsibility...listening and accountably surrendering ourselves to all that we know, this is wisdom.
This day holds a powerful truth..."I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in the right path." ~Proverbs 4:11
Live wise, live well and live whole. ~Rev. Dr. Stormie Steele ~Co-interim Spiritual Leader
As UCC continues full engagement in The Season of Lent (now through April 1st), we are ever mindful-this is a time of spiritual re-birth. All that is negative, we abstain and release. Christ in our consciousness; equipping us through prayers and meditation guides us in quiet examination.
Know that walking in the fruits of the spirit, those 9 attributes of The Holy Spirit, and the 12 powers are working sufficiently/effectively on the behalf of all who are mindful to work them. We remain active in the unfolding of our destiny.
I anticipate supernatural clarity, and the full hope of experiencing the good that God has in store for Unity Christian Church. Let’s encourage and inspire one another as we push forward.
*fruits of the spirit ~Galatians 5:22-23
*12 powers ~Unity.org
Live wise, live well and live whole. ~Rev. Dr. Stormie Steele, Co-Interim Spiritual Leader
Newsletter - March 2018
Volume 1, 3rd Edition
We’re currently in The Lenten Season (February 14th-April 1st), let us remember its spiritual significance. The 40 days of Lent represent a time of releasing and renewal, the necessity of repentance. While some Unity parishioners shun the use of the word “repentance”, its founder shines an adequate light on its meaning.
“Repentance, A turning from a belief in sin and error to a belief in God and righteousness...” ~Charles Fillmore ~The Revealing Word
Repentance is more than an exchange of negativity to positivity. It is an exchange of being transformed from darkness into light; a life of renouncing soul ties-addictions, emotional confusion and strongholds that cripple right use of our faculties. Repentance offers us a pathway to right thinking and purpose. We are exercising the power of wisdom whenever we eliminate (renounce) that which does not serve our highest good.
If my people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ~2nd Chronicles 7:14
If you’ve ever felt a time or a need to fast, abstaining from practices that hinder spiritual development for a desired result...Lent is that time. While each day we have an opportunity to practice periods of fasting, the designated 40 days is acknowledged around the world, offering a corporate effort of cleansing. Inner cleansing is a result of priority, perspective and Divine order.
The season of Lent encourages full attentive commitment to spiritual alignment. We do so by discerning our consciousness, being aware of our thoughts, beliefs, words and behaviors-thus, living what we know (wisdom). Lent is a precursor of Easter, our inner announcement of resurrected renewal.
It’s often too easy, settling into habits that slowly influence spiritual decline. Change (transformation) is rarely a simple task. It takes courage and the constant of prayer, meditation, faith, strength, and wisdom to shift our focus towards a greater hope of possibilities. Lent invites each of us into a closer relationship with God, into the reality that we are more than physical beings.
We have much to do Unity Christian Church. As we move through this Lenten season, let’s prayfully consider how we can responsibly-renew and restore (if necessary) the focal point of our existence.
Live wise, live well and live whole.
~Rev. Dr. Stormie Steele, Co-Interim Spiritual Leader
February Newsletter 2018
Volume 1, 2nd Edition
Here we are, swiftly moved into the month of February and its power, strength. The 12 powers serve effectively as a cohesive bond, unified in effort.
Unity Christian Church takes the sword of The Spirit (Ephesians 6:19), exercising its God given ability to stand and endure. This is strength; but, understand...our strength is more than physical ability.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. ~2 Corinthians 10:4-5
The metaphysical bible describes strength as The energy of God, freedom from weakness; stability of character; power to withstand temptation; capacity to accomplish. Strength is physical, mental, and spiritual. All strength originates in spirit, the thought and the word spiritually expressed being the manifestation. ~Charles Fillmore
Further, strength is existing in the foundational structure of certainty, clarity and within the authority of knowing. Far removed from egoistic posturing, the authority of knowing is an inner awareness affirming that God is! The authority of knowing solidifies Divine Presence and guidance as present.
The constant of the unexpected will make its appearance (personally, relationally, spiritually), such is the process of being strengthened. Rarely do we choose the challenge; yet, each is an opportunity to stand in the strength Divinely given.
As a body of truth seekers being unified in strength-we dispel the plans of discord, distraction, disturbance, doubt and distortion.
The fervent and effectual prayers of the righteous avails much!! ~James 5:16
Life in its perfect plan has a way of causing those who trust in The Holy Spirit to draw upon inner strength. Let’s continue our journey forward UCC, sharpening our swords-welding the timeliness of this charge.
Be determined, wherever you are; take heart, take courage and take strength...more than meets the eye is occurring!
Live wise, live well and live whole.
Co-Interim Spiritual Leader, Rev. Dr. Stormie Steele
All rights reserved/Insights from Storm 2018
Faith petitions our presence into the unknown. Trust...God knows and hold our good.
All rights reserved/insights from Storm 2018
Our thoughts, as well as our beliefs, hold enough significant energy to affect our overall good, or infest the whole of who we are (mind, body, spirit).
Live authentically with yourself. Work through thoughts that are potentially harmful, being divided within causes dis-ease.
No one can serve two masters either they will hate the one and/or love the other. ~Matthew 6:24
All rights reserved/2018
I have faith that UCC will grow...in spirit, in numbers and in the consistency of Divine order. I have faith that we as a unit will reach beyond our walls of comfort, and one by one begin to feel/fill the urge to create something new and needed in this church.
I have faith that UCC will stand against the schemes of the enemy; any appearance of that which operates against truth.
I have faith that UCC will tear down gossip, resentment and activities that attempt to crush the structure/foundation of this ministry. I have the faith that as one (a unified body) we will open our mouths standing against bully sources and represent the Spirit of our God!
I have faith that UCC has an internal agreement with the Holy Spirit to sustain God ordered principles and practices in this place. This is one of the reasons why we focus each month on a particular power!
I have the faith that we as a church family will not allow toxic energy to develop in this space.
As Interim Spiritual Leaders, our faith means that We (Jim and I) are committed to demonstrating thoughts, words, teachings and beliefs that support/substantiate that expression of faith.
It means that we must be consistent in our intentions. But intentions are not enough.
A father says to his sons, go and do this or that...one son says I will not, yet later changes his mind to do. The other son says, I will, but does it not what his father asks. Which don did the will of his father? The first ~Matthew 21:29-30
We must DO...Jim and I seek to plant deeply into your soul’s soil...encouraging spiritual empowerment to every participating member.
Additionally, it means that you must be willing to do your part in the aforementioned aspects of substance. That you represent nothing less Than that we we all strive to demonstrate,
I have faith in our collaborative efforts to move forward!!
Faith- an internal agreement-
New Year’s resolutions and visions become actualized by exercising...aligning yourself with your internal agreement to do!
All rights reserved/Insights from Storm/Stormie Steele 2018