We have been working on goal and affirmation statements of late and have had a fair amount of inspiration from this gem from Marianne Williamson’s poem:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually who are we not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine as children do.
We were born to make manifest
the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And when we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”

My husband had rewritten the above poem to make it in the first person with many “I” statements to personalize it. We read it for months. It was working for a while, but it seemed to have a sneaky undermining issue. As we repeated it over and over to ourselves, it reinforced that we were afraid of our own greatness and genius. Using this poem as a spring board, my husband and I rewrote it for our own purposes. Here is our new affirmation statement:

I am powerful beyond measure.
It is God’s light that empowers me.
I am a Child of God and a portion of that light is within me.
I am healthy, brilliant, gorgeous, talented, wealthy, generous, and fabulous.
My playing large is the best way to serve the world.
I shine, as children of God naturally and gracefully do.
I manifest the Glory of God that is within me and I see the Glory of God in everyone.
I let my own light shine and empower others to do the same.
Because I am liberated by knowing who I am, my presence automatically liberates others.

Brandi Palmer

Update 08.01.2011: I have included an audio file here if you would like to listen to it daily.  I’d love to hear your results in using it.

My brother-in-law asked the girl he loves to marry him last night, and I was thinking a little more about what I would say to him or someone getting ready to get married–something that would make a person think, and yet desire to still make the leap of faith and do it. This thought came to my mind early this morning:

Marriage is the most exciting, challenging, and worthwhile adventure that you will ever embark upon.

I’m sure there are other great marriage quotes out there, but I was excited to be a messenger for the Spirit. I only listened and shared a bit of inspiration given to me as a gift.

After 13 years of marriage, I can testify that the quote remains truer than ever! I wouldn’t trade my marriage for the world. Marriage between a man and woman is of God, and it is worth every minute of the trials and especially the joys! If you want your marriage to last, you need to include God in your partnership. He wants your marriage to succeed too.

May you include God in your marriage and find ways to strengthen your own marriage together as you continue moving forward in this wonderful adventure we call life. If you’re not married yet, I hope you find that amazing person who treats you like a queen or a king and create your own personal adventure. You deserve it! After all, you are a child of the greatest King–your Heavenly Father!

When God wants a great work done in the world or a great wrong righted, he goes about it in a very unusual way. He doesn’t stir up his earthquakes or send forth his thunderbolts. Instead, he has a helpless baby born, perhaps in a simple home out of some obscure mother. And then God puts the idea into the mother’s heart, and she puts it into the baby’s mind. And then God waits. The greatest forces in the world are not the earthquakes and the thunderbolts. The greatest forces in the world are babies.
– E. T. Sullivan