Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

“….and concerning the works of my hands, command ye me.” ~ Isaiah 45:11 (ASV) ~

The good news is: “Principle is not bound by precedent.” The far-reaching implication of these words are a great assurance that all things are possible, regardless of the history of the thing desired. Over and over again, I bear witness to the power of a made-up mind. It doesn’t matter how long one has endured a negative experience; I notice whenever there is a resounding proclamation that Enough is Enough, there is a response, equal to the command, revealing the imminent change right now.

When the apparent good, (manifestation) is realized, there is an outburst of gratitude. The new day is proof, (a demonstration) that there truly is a power for good in the universe for which humanity is infinitely connected. This Power is sometimes called the Over-Soul inasmuch as It is the unifying essence of the One Spirit. This power responds to the slightest impression or vibration that is activated by a word of faith. This relationship between the human and the divine is great reason for celebration. 

However, the Law of Life never gives us more than we can accept at any given time. Therefore, sometimes, after the initial demonstration and the celebration, there is an awareness that the issue is not completely resolved. Instead, the apparent good is a starting point of unwavering faith in the greater-yet-to-be.  

The Apostle Paul teaches us “to pray without ceasing.” The Cumulative Prayer and consequent manifestations are the up-rooting of deep-seeded belief patterns; both individual and collective. Having a consistent spiritual practice of affirmative prayer is a testimony of a faith that says, “I push myself forward toward the goal to win the prize. God has appointed me to win it.”  ~ Philippians 3:14 (NIRV) ~

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
~  Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) ~

The goal is the vision that pulls me. The prize is my highest idea of good operating in my daily life. Peace on earth, Unconditioned Love, Harmony and Wisdom are the impetus for everything I think, say, and do. My goal is to live life more abundantly. 

When I consider my personal values and beliefs, I let them merge with visions for which I resonate. My values resonate with StillPoint’s vision to “experience a personal sense of enlightenment and transformation.”  My values resonate with the Centers for Spiritual Living’s vision of “a world that works for everyone.” My values resonate with The United States of America’s vision of “liberty and justice for all.”

Consciously and deliberately, I let go of all images of limitation. Undergirded by a Principle that is infallible and instantaneous in Its manifestation; I become aware of what is mine to do and who I am to be.  I shout a resounding YES, to all I believe is right, good, and orderly, and for the highest good of all people. My commitment to my goal for Peace Now becomes a great contagion, affecting everyone I encounter. 

I eagerly await the inevitable evidence that my soul’s sincere desire is heard and acted upon. I give thanks and celebrate the good news that “Principle is not bound by precedent.”

This Week’s Affirmation

Today is a new day. I stop looking at tomorrow through yesterday’s problems.
By Keith Childers


  1. These words are so relevant in my life now as I move into an experience of healing that I had been through before. I am freed to see the rich possibilities knowing that what was before does not define what will be now. Thank you for your encouraging words. Blessings Rose


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