When we returned home, I was able to continue writing reflections of a spiritual nature anytime I quieted myself, prayed, picked up a notebook, took pen in hand, and started to write. When I would write, it seemed that the words would flow out at about five times the speed I would usually write. I did not have to even think about what came out of my mind. The words just flowed out. At a later date, I clearly heard the words spoken to me: “You will write a book, and it will be read by many.”
The writings within this book are a result of these efforts over the next several years. I believe this is from God because when you encounter a deep sense of peacefulness, you just know it is bestowed from above and not of this world. My hope is that these writings will be well received by many and that its inspirations will create many positive benefits.
This book contains 103 short inspirational reflections, prayers and communications from God. Each reflection is written either from the perspective of God speaking to you, or you speaking to God. They have the goal of drawing you deeper into prayer and into a personal conversation with our glorious God. The reflections cover the following general topics: prayer, trust, faith, hope love, blessings, guidance, giving, change, wisdom, protection, suffering, peace, surrender, comfort. Here is a sample of the first reflection in this book:
THE LAND OF THE LORD
Your difficulties will pass.
Your troubles will vanish.
Your confusion will diminish.
Your hope will grow.
Your heart will be filled with holiness, as you place your life into My hands.
Do not let fears prevent your surrender.
Do not let anxiousness distract you from Me.
Do not let selfishness mislead you.
I AM the goal you search for and desire.
I AM the force you crave and seek.
I AM the ending you wish for.
Let yourself go and surrender your life to Me.
Push aside what restricts and misguides you and join Me.
Let Me lift you into the zones of My lands.
My house awaits your entry.
My servants have prepared your room.
Your name has been listed with those from other times.
Your place with Me awaits you.
Let your expectations be lifted and trust in My Word, as you belong to My land.
Look forward to this event and live each day, knowing your place with Me awaits you.
“Robert Raymund” is the pen name chosen by this author—Robert being the author’s Confirmation name, and Raymund for the calling of Saint Raymund of Peñafort’s blessings upon this work.
At an early age of twenty, Saint Raymund was teaching philosophy. He earned degrees in civil and canon law by his early thirties. Saint Raymund’s abilities were of such high degree that kings, popes, and bishops all requested his service. Pope Gregory IX won his favor, and Saint Raymund of Peñafort made a lasting contribution to the Church by organizing a huge compendium of Church law, which served as a basic reference for canon lawyers until the twentieth century.
This author has prayed a daily novena to Saint Raymund for years, asking for special protection over life's events.
Saint Raymund, teach and assist us this day with wisdom needed to confront all the challenges we face in this life. Provide us with your intercession. Be with us as we pass from this world to the heavenly kingdom awaiting us.
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