I made a request for God to show up for me. Not in the traditional sense of church, and certainly not in a frightening sense, where there were dread, punishment, and boundaries. Simply put, God, help me comprehend the fundamentals of Christianity in a way that I can understand both mentally and emotionally.
Not long after, I listened to a podcast on the book Conversations with God, and how it was a partial infringement of faith and how, although it may hold certain truths, it challenges others. See, I didn’t ask God for a conclusive answer; instead, I asked Him to disclose the truth that my heart will understand and experience at that moment in my life.
There was a journey there; I didn’t get to listen to the book right away, but after being reminded and searching for it on Audible a few months later. Who knows, maybe God knew I wouldn’t agree with everything if I wasn’t prepared sooner.
I was immediately taken aback by the clarity and honesty this book had. It addressed issues of love, faith, life, and death, both good and evil. Most importantly, I got to experience what I truly wanted to hear, what I knew God felt for me but hadn’t been able to express out loud thus far.
I have heard the crying of your heart. I have seen the searching of your soul. I know how deeply you have desired the Truth. In pain have you called out for it, and in joy. Unendingly have you beseeched Me. Show Myself. Explain Myself. Reveal Myself.
What I liked about the book was the author’s genuine take, and how he, as a human, approached God humbly and narrowly, not knowing where to begin. It reminded me of my younger self, who didn’t know how to approach God but was filled with love.
It also showed God as the cooler person – do we ever pause to consider God in this light? We’re so quick to blame Him for everything that goes wrong that we forget we’re His children and that He loves us so much.
I liked how Neale Donald Walsch demonstrated that God has a sense of humor and that He laughs and cries with everyone, being there in all moments of our lives, even when He’s growing us and it becomes uncomfortable.
This book showed me the reason I love God and why I feel the love I do for Him. It revealed who’s I was and reminded me of my mission and why I needed to be the bigger person.
Favorite passages from the book:
“I’ve searched for the path to God all my life— I know you have— —and now I’ve found it and I can’t believe it. It feels like I’m sitting here, writing this to myself. You are.”
“Every heart which earnestly asks, Which is the path to God? is shown. Each is given a heartfelt Truth. Come to Me along the path of your heart, not through a journey of your mind. You will never find Me in your mind.”
“If you have but the faith of a mustard seed, you shall move mountains.”
„Ultimately, all thoughts are sponsored by love or fear. This is the great polarity. This is the primal duality. Everything, ultimately, breaks down to one of these. All thoughts, ideas, concepts, understandings, decisions, choices, and actions are based in one of these. And, in the end, there is really only one. Love.”
“People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing.”
“For you are the creator of your reality, and life can show up no other way for you than that way in which you think it will.”
“Emotion is energy in motion. When you move energy, you create effect. If you move enough energy, you create matter. Matter is energy conglomerated. Moved around. Shoved together. If you manipulate energy long enough in a certain way, you get matter. Every Master understands this law. It is the alchemy of the universe. It is the secret of all life.”
“The voice within is the loudest voice with which I speak, because it is the closest to you. It is the voice which tells you whether everything else is true or false, right or wrong, good or bad as you have defined it. It is the radar that sets the course, steers the ship, guides the journey if you but let it.”
„Through you, I can know every aspect of Me. The perfection of the snowflake, the awesome beauty of the rose, the courage of lions, the majesty of eagles, all resides in you. In you I have placed all of these things—and one thing more: the consciousness to be aware of it.”
„You’ve moved away from each other. You’ve torn apart your families, disassembled your smaller communities in favor of huge cities. In these big cities there are more people, but fewer “tribes,” groups, or clans whose members see their responsibility as including responsibility for the whole. So, in effect, you have no elders. None at arm’s reach, in any event.”
„Yet I tell you this: So long as you are still worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them.”
„Whatever you choose for yourself, give to another. If you choose to be happy, cause another to be happy. If you choose to be prosperous, cause another to prosper.”