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New Year’s Theme: Selecting a Theme for 2017

Each New Year, I don’t create resolutions. I select a New Year’s theme. I normally select a New Year’s theme based on an idea that strikes me… generally something to support my goals. But this year, nothing was coming, so I decided to approach my theme selection from a different angle.

Back in 2012, a good friend taught me about the 9 year cycles we go through in our lives. Each year has a specific purpose in our development, and we cycle through these 9 years from a fresh start in a year 1 to a point of completion in a 9 year.

I’m heading into a 7 personal year which is all about planning, self-discovery, and diving deeper within. Generally, it’s not a year of making great strides in the physical world, but more exploring the depths of your inner world. It’s preparation for the 8 year which is about abundance, magnification and going big. If I do my inner work of the 7 year right, I should be ready to roll with big things in 2018.

This fits with how I’ve been feeling … that there is a “big idea” out there for me but not yet. There is preparation to do … something to learn and or be clarified first.

As far as goals go…

I’m currently writing my Restoring Liberty book and hope to release it this year. That’s not necessarily any “big thing” for me. I’ve written over 25 books. Writing a book is my norm. The only thing big about it is that it aligns with my mission. I believe I’m here to stand for freedom and to educate people around freedom. I honestly don’t anticipate that the book will be a big best seller. It’s more for me — fine tuning my ability to articulate the principles of freedom.

I’d really like to write a fantasy novel or some kind of fiction novel around the principles next.  I anticipate that will start to take shape in my mind as I come to the end of my 7 year (2017). It should come out in 2018… or at least get written then. That’s my guess anyway. It’s percolating at a conceptual level — not at a story line level really. I’ve had some thoughts, but nothing that propels me forward.

Looking Back on Where I’ve Been

A 7 year is about taking things easy, working on your inner game. I’ve shifted dramatically in the last 3 years. I put my systems in place in 2014 (year 4), headed into a roller coaster adventure year traveling and exploring my freedom in 2015 (year 5), and settled into creating a new home life in 2016 (year 6).

I’m not the same person I was. Adventurous, roller coaster 2015 took me to some lost places, but somehow God reached down, snatched me up, and put me on a better path.

I feel different. I’m not certain the spiritual trail I followed pre-2015 works for me anymore. Maybe I had started to form wrong perceptions of the spiritual world. I don’t know. I just know I’m skeptical of a lot of the things I used to buy into. I’ve gone through a major reboot, and I feel like God wants me to adjust my spiritual perspectives.

Even though I don’t feel as “on my spiritual game” as I was prior to 2015, there are some good things that have come with the spiritual reboot of that year. I’m not as black and white about things. But the more I keep going to church, keep studying, and keep teaching at church, the more I feel the Spirit tuning my spirit to its frequency.

Tears come more readily than they used to. I rarely, if ever, cried — even when I needed to. I’m more compassionate, less judgmental, more forgiving, more willing to give people room to make mistakes and grow. More patient with people’s progress and my own.

Selecting a New Year’s Theme

Setting the numbers aside, even if I wasn’t in a “let it be” 7 year, I don’t feel like being pushed. I’m not feeling ambitious and don’t feel the need to force myself to be so.

I’ve been in observation mode with my own spirituality since 2015. I’ve observed how the Spirit has been shaping me, changing me. In a very subtle, gentle way the Spirit has been tweaking my desires so that I have less desire for sin, more desire for good. It’s been a very organic process. I have not had to “pull myself up by my bootstraps and make myself be good.”

This is why I believe the primary thing I need in 2017 is the Spirit.

Every small interaction with the Spirit adds a drop of oil to my lamp so I can shine brighter.

  • It cleanses and purifies me just a little bit more,
  • Aligns my desires and will with God’s will,
  • Clarifies my purpose and life mission,
  • Liberates me from internal and external bondage,
  • Teaches me who I am,
  • Helps me feel the love of God,
  • Enables me to love others more,
  • Brings me joy, peace, hope and faith, and
  • Propels me to act when the timing and ideas are right.

Degree by degree with every encounter, the Spirit transforms me. It’s not a “muster the willpower” to be more, better or greater.  Seeking the Spirit daily facilitates a kind, gentle, and organic transformation which is in alignment with a 7 year.

So, my theme for this year is simple:

Experience the Spirit Daily

That’s it. I can do that by watching inspirational materials, reading scriptures, listening to uplifting music, reading inspirational books and articles, journaling, studying, sharing/teaching what I’m learning.

Plan to Feel the Spirit More

As far as my business goes, I’m calendaring my year with my key offerings, and then I’m developing a daily action plan for marketing those offerings. Each day I’ll know what I’m supposed to be doing. By knowing what I need to do each day for my business, I can save lots of indecision and floundering time, get the job done, and then have the rest of the time for experiencing the Spirit and following what it guides me to do.

That’s what I’m working on this week — planning my year and creating my marketing calendar. I’ll be sharing how I do this in my next Marnie’s Marketing Mondays if you’d like to join me.

How To Calendar Your Year for Success
Monday, January 9, 2016
at 2pm ET / 1pm CT / noon MT / 11am PT.

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About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

I'm neither an ist nor a phobe. I'm just someone with values

Society’s New Unwritten Rule

The new unwritten law of society:

Political correctness and “tolerance” of every viewpoint, no matter how depraved it may be, is the new “self righteousness.” Popular opinion says that to be truly righteous one must accept every choice anyone wishes to make as completely acceptable and viable (except one later to be explained).

If you do not agree with a choice, if it violates your moral boundaries, and you speak out against the behavior, you have committed the unpardonable sin of “hate speech” or are possessed of some horrific phobia or are some kind of “ist.”

The concept of separating the action from the individual is considered impossible. One must not only allow everyone to choose to enact any violation against traditional Judaeo-Christian values, but also one must celebrate the choice and champion the violator’s “courage” for stepping out into some new aberrant lifestyle. Otherwise one is evil and not truly “righteous.”

If you are caught in the act of this “judgmental” unrighteousness, your rights and opinions are decried, ridiculed and publicly slandered. In many cases you could lose your job or even your property. Tolerance is demanded for everyone BUT those who hold fast to and verbalized their Judaeo-Christian beliefs and/or conservative values. These individuals forfeit the respect of society. They may not speak of their beliefs because they are offensive. Anyone else’s beliefs cannot be offensive.

There you have it… You are welcome to like or share this, but be aware that doing so could categorize you as an “ist” or a “phobe.” :)

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

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The One Thing That Will Protect Us from Terrorism

heal their landPeople are scared, rightly so. Our government doesn’t seem to have the ability to protect us, yet people continue to cry to political leaders for aid. I do not believe this is the answer. There IS an answer and I will share it freely with you in this post. But first a little explanation …

After 9/11 people turned to God, cried for help, and many Americans had a renewed sense of their need for God’s guidance. In the following years, through the hand of Providence, there were very few attacks on US soil…

Until recently … Everything is escalating as if someone lifted a hand of protection. (One might ask what has changed? But I’ll leave that for you to ponder.)

How are people responding to increased terrorism? After Paris, verbal attacks on people posting social media comments about “praying for Paris” have gone viral. After San Bernardino, headlines read “God isn’t fixing this.” People’s hearts have hardened alongside their enemies.

Rather than turning to God like they did before, people are turning from Him. This is typical human nature. We think “God isn’t listening” or doesn’t exist because He doesn’t instantly respond to our cries or make everything a rosy ride.

But I’m going to ask a few hard questions:

  • Did our cries to God in our time of crisis after 9/11 create an internal change of heart?
  • Did our actions change for the better?
  • Did we turn, as a nation, from our wicked ways?
  • Did we transmit that change of heart to our children?

Many individuals did, but as a nation we have become increasingly perverse.

Our wake up call to repentance didn’t make a deep enough, lasting impact on our hearts and actions as a nation. (Yes, God uses our enemies’ choices to wake us up. He turns them to our blessing when we turn to Him. It’s not me saying this. Read the Bible. It’s all over the place.)

God Deals with Nations Differently Than With Individuals

There is an important distinction we need to be aware of in how God deals with individuals versus nations.

“As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.” (George Mason, summarizing discussions on the floor of the Constitutional Convention)

National calamities are not discriminatory about who they touch. The sweet, kind and innocent alongside the perverse and corrupt are affected.

We don’t like this concept, but nevertheless it is true. Truth isn’t always palatable. Bottom line…We pay a price as a nation for national sins.

What About the Innocent Victims?

It’s my belief that God has a way of setting things straight for those individuals who, through no fault of their own, are caught in the fall out.

We are eternal beings traveling a microscopic mortal portion of our existence. There is a sweeping canvass of eternity and an unfathomable, infinite atonement that will set everything straight in the end.

In the here and now, rejecting God and denouncing prayer is not the answer. It’s like sinking the only life-raft sent to save you.

Our Only Protection Against Terrorism

As a nation, we must not only cry to God more than ever, but we must also experience a might change of heart through our Creator — a change so sweeping we would give away all our sins to KNOW Him, a change so poignant that we have no more desire to do evil, but to do good continually.

Then we may claim His promise, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

With God on our side we have this promise:

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17)

I testify to you that THIS is the ONE and ONLY answer to what we are facing.

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

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Regardless Of Appearances, I Choose to Believe

It was such a gorgeous day, I decided to go for a walk. I feel so blessed to live in this beautiful place.

It’s the first time I’ve been out here since our neighbor planted sod. I sat down to enjoy it and was so overcome with the beauty of it that I started to cry. To think 2.5 years ago this field was overgrown with briers, bushes and trees.

I stood out here and spoke aloud the new life I chose. In prayer I co-created the lifchoose to believee I envisioned with God —

  • That this field would be cleared and beautiful,
  • that I’d be out of the painful marriage I was in and married to a man I could connect with, love and respect deeply, and
  • that together we could turn this place into what I envisioned in my mind.

As I sat here looking at this field that’s been entirely cleared and beautified by our neighbor, Mr Sims, I thought of my husband whom I adore and realized if God can do this much, He most certainly can do the rest. Why stop now? I choose to keep on believing, regardless of appearances!

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

avoid the temptation to put your own interpretation on visions, inspiration or insights

Quest for Love: Visions and Impressions

I work with a lot of visionaries, spiritually-adept teachers, consultants, speakers, coaches and other self-help professionals. I often say these folks are “hardwired for inspiration.” This is a great thing. They’re forward thinking, inspirational, innovative and positive for the most part. This makes my work fun.

Unfortunately, there are downsides to this spiritual, visionary intensity. Being a visionary myself, I’m learning a lot about the downsides to this spiritual strength. Over the next few blog entries, I’d like to share what I’m gleaning — mostly through experience as a single mom.

To say the world of online dating is a test of discernment would be an understatement! It’s been a great laboratory for learning to sift through inspiration, imagination, emotion, seeing patterns, and even chemicals in the brain.

Beware of Interpretations

Visionaries are hardwired for inspiration. Each of us have our own way of getting answers or receiving insight. Some of us have words or phrases come to us, others see things in our mind’s eye, others get a strong emotional sense about a situation, while others “just know.” Some people even receive inspiration through touching something, taste or smell. Experiencing a combination of these is common.

The interesting thing about visions, impressions or insights is that when we receive them, we have a tendency to interpret them through the lens of our current perceived reality. Most of the time events NEVER happen the way we see or imagine they will.

avoid the temptation to put your own interpretation on visions, inspiration or insightsToday’s tip for visionaries is to avoid the tendency to interpret what an insight means. Just document it. Journal, Journal, Journal! Then, let it go.

For example, when I was dating a man right after the divorce, I prayed about him and got the answer, “He is a man among men. You can’t go wrong with him.”  I interpreted this to mean he was the man I would marry.

The real interpretation was that this gentleman was “a man among men.” He was a very good man, a perfect gentleman. I could not have gone wrong with him morally. Also, going wrong with him would have been marrying him! He was the first to realize and admit that we were not a good match. He didn’t let us make a stupid mistake.

Since this experience, I’ve tried to be cautious about how I interpret an answer I perceive as coming from God. Even something that seems straight-forward doesn’t always mean what you think it does.

In my next posts, I talk about distinguishing inspiration from imagination. This post is part of a series. If you missed the others, you can start at the beginning here.

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

Numb

Where are You?
Once so near
Now far away.
Once beloved
Now lost.

Numb inside.
Callous and cold.
Going through motions
Habit
Lifeless and dull.
Will enough motion create life?

campfireRenew the flame.
Spark my hope.
Quicken my understanding.
Enlighten my mind.
Infuse my heart.
Help me trust You again.

Where is the keeper of the flame?
Can He, will He
Fan it anew?
Or will it die
In dark night’s slumber?

Tears of loss.
Broken heart
Cracked wide open.
Dark and bleeding
Damaged beyond repair.

Through the cracks
The sun seeps.
Healing in its rays,
Slowly, gently
Making everything new.

At last
I cry out and
You are there
Again.

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

No Scars

I find great comfort and hope in this quote by Boyd K Packer:

“Repentance is the supreme manifestation of God’s mercy and generosity. Our spirits are damaged when we make mistakes and commit sins. But unlike the case with our mortal bodies, when the repentance process is complete, no scars remain because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.”

Ironically, the Savior chose to keep His scars. Or are they His scars at all? I think perhaps they are mine.

As we celebrate this Easter morning, I am grateful for the price that was paid for me, the blood that was shed, the anguish in Gethsemane over my sins, and the hope of a glorious resurrection made possible by the Lamb of God. How merciful and kind for One so holy and pure to take my mistakes, iniquities and illnesses upon Himself so that I may walk away clean and scar free.

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

Have You Lost Hope?

When life has slammed you with one disappointment after another, it’s easy to lose faith that anything can be different. Sliding into a state of hopelessness often occurs.

sadwoman-morguefileI know how this feels. I’ve been there, done that. It’s a lonely and powerless place to be. But, in time I discovered a secret for maintaining hope without letting every disappointment crush it.

The secret is in knowing what part you control and what part God controls.

  • You control WHAT you want and WHY you want it.
  • The only WHO you control is you. Let go of trying to control who else is involved or what they choose to do with their lives.
  • Let go of WHEN it will happen, and WHERE.
  • You have a little control over HOW it happens, but mainly God controls that too.
  • Listen and act on inspiration as soon as it comes.
  • In the meantime, hold your vision and live in gratitude. Let whatever comes be enough in that moment.
  • If something doesn’t work out, it just means something better is around the corner. Hold your faith in what you want and why you want it.

This is the essence of what I’ve tried to teach for the last decade. Where did it come from?  How did I gain this insight? I was reading in the Bible where it says Jesus is “the Author and Finisher of our faith.” Every good author covers Who, What, Why, When, Where and How. As an author myself and a bit of a control-freak, I looked at that verse and asked myself what part I control and what part He controls.

I developed this formula and have tested it with time.  It works. When I live by it, I am happier and things work out.

Whenever I get antsy, disappointed, or irritated that my life is out of control, I check to see if I’m trying to control one of the elements that aren’t mine to control. If I am, I give that to God and let it go.

What If You Don’t Trust God Anymore?

But what if you’ve been slammed so many times you’ve lost your trust in God. You may gain no comfort from my formula. You may be wondering, “Is God there? Does He even care about me? I’m all on my own. The only person I can count on is me.”

I can understand feeling like you can’t count on God. I can relate to not feeling trust or hope or faith. I’ve been there. A lot of my clients have experienced the same thing.

The energy therapy I do has been an immense part of my journey. It has helped me process the trauma and disappointments of the past and let them go. It’s reconnected me to hope, faith and trust in God.

That’s one of the most common results I see in my clients from the beginning of a session to the end. They move from overwhelm and hopelessness to a feeling of peace, hope and gratitude by the end.

That’s why I love my work. It’s so rewarding to assist people in regaining their hope, faith and trust in God and in themselves.

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

My 5am Shift In Perspective

I’ve had an immense amount of work, stress and challenges on my plate lately. I’ve found myself doing more whining and griping to God than usual. In fact, I’m ashamed to admit my prayers probably sound more like the demanding rants of an ungrateful child.

Very similar to the image in my dream. From Reflections of Christ. Click the photo for more images from this collection.

Very similar to the image in my dream.
From Reflections of Christ. Click the image for more photos in this collection.

After acknowledging and apologizing for this last night, I slipped into bed and fell asleep listening to Sara Bareilles’ “The Light.” At about 5am I had a dream that Jesus took my hand in His and led me to a better, more illuminated place. I had this overwhelming feeling that everything was going to be all right. A warm feeling of peace and trust settled over me. I haven’t felt that way in some time.

I opened my eyes and realized the song had continued to play over and over all night long. It not only shifted, but also may have reprogrammed something in me. I’m still walking around with that feeling of peaceful trust.

I had always viewed this song as a romantic one, but in the night, my mind set to work on it and reframed it as my relationship with God. Perhaps my thoughts and prayers acknowledging that I needed to adjust my attitude toward God had allowed the song to take on new meaning.

I’ve changed only one word in the song lyrics below. Now it’s become a wonderful way to express trust in my Savior.


“The Light”
Sara Bareilles

In the morning it comes, heaven sent a hurricane
Not a trace of the sun but I don’t even run from rain
Beating out of my chest, my heart is holding on to you
From the moment I knew
From the moment I knew

You are the air in my breath filling up my love soaked lungs
Such a beautiful mess intertwined and overrun
Nothing better than this, oh, and then the storm can come
You feel just like the sun
Just like the sun

And if you say we’ll be alright
I’m gonna trust you, [LORD]
I’m gonna look in your eyes
And if you say we’ll be alright
I’ll follow you into the light

Never mind what I knew, nothing seems to matter now
Ooh, who I was without you, I can do without
No one knows where it ends, how it may come tumbling down
But I’m here with you now
I’m with you now

And if you say we’ll be alright
I’m gonna trust you, [LORD}
I’m gonna look in your eyes
And if you say we’ll be alright
I’ll follow you into the light

Let the world come rush in
Come down hard, come crushing
All I need is right here beside me
I’m not enough, I swear it
But take my love and wear it over your shoulders

And if you say we’ll be alright
I’m gonna trust you, [LORD]
I’m gonna look in your eyes
And if you say we’ll be alright
I’ll follow you into the light

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

Who or What Is God?

When I decided to write a book about my 2nd great grandfather’s murder, I discovered through research that the true story had never been told. Eye witness accounts conflicted with one another. Whether the two brothers accused of the crime both shot, or only one, was never clarified. Everyone seemed to have a different spin on the murder and why it happened.

I decided to work from the perspective that everyone was telling the truth as they saw it, and that the full truth was most likely a composite of all the stories. I kept asking myself, “What scenario would have had to happen for everyone to be telling the truth as they perceived it?”

I told the story from what I deduced by compiling all of the perspectives.

A fun thing happened several months after I published An Uncertain Justice. The niece of one of the accused brothers emailed to thank me for writing the book. She said the way I had written it matched her uncle’s account. Some years after the murder, he turned his life around, became a psychologist and regretted the role he played in the events. The motive and the particulars I had deduced were the way this man had shared the story with his niece.

I have tried to apply the lessons I learned from An Uncertain Justice to every aspect of my life. The truth in every situation is most likely a composite of all perspectives. No one is all good or all bad. Even someone who is given a great deal of truth is filtering it through his or her own perspective.

blind men and the elephantI love the story of the blind men and the elephant. Five blind men approach an elephant and are asked to describe what they have found. One touches the ear and says it is a fan. The second touches a leg and says it is a tree. A third touches the side and says it is a wall and the fourth touches the trunk and says it is a snake. The last holds the tail and insists it is a rope.

All five men are telling the truth, yet each might argue persuasively that his perspective is correct and that the other four are lying, deceived or crazy. I believe the truth about our existence on this earth is much like this. We are each experiencing life, God and each other as blind men approach the elephant.

Laura West and Marnie Pehrson at Oprah's Life You Want Weekend

Laura West and Marnie Pehrson at Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend

I went to the Oprah “Life You Want” Weekend and throughout the event there was a lot of reference made to God, Spirit, and Universe – but a lot more reference to God than I imagined I would hear at such an event. During the last hour of the program, Oprah pulled her trailblazers back on stage, had them sit in chairs and answer questions sent in by the audience. The first question was something to the effect of “What is God to you and how do you experience it?”

Each presenter defined God a little differently. I don’t recall all their answers, but Elizabeth Gilbert’s stood out to me. She said,

Anything that makes you look up is God. When your face is down in the dirt and you’re broken and scared and something comes along to help you look up, that is God.”

Each presenter’s answer was good, and each defined God by how he or she experienced God. No one suggested God could be an individual, a personage, a literal being with personality, passions, a body or anything of a physical nature.

I believe what they were describing and what most people perceive as God are evidences of God – signs that God exists. I agree with Elizabeth Gilbert. Anything that causes you to lift your head up out of the dirt and feel your worth is from God. But is that the actual definition of God? Is that who God is? Or is that an attribute of God? A “symptom” of God, if you will.

riding elephantsThe apostle Paul talked about people “having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.” I do not believe this means that they deny there is a God; they just aren’t tapping into the full power of God. When we worship the evidence of God as God, we’re onto something, but we haven’t seen the full elephant yet. Will the man who is content to see the elephant only as a rope ever know he can climb onto the back of that elephant and ride it to a faraway destination? Probably not.

Most of us on this planet are groping in the dark, feeling for attributes of God, trying to piece a picture together. For many, this is a quest of a lifetime. Yet many more stop feeling around because they think they’ve figured it out. Or perhaps they have preconceived notions about what they will or will not accept as God.

I’ve noticed perceptions about God fall into two camps. There are those who see God as a literal being, a Father who has expectations and commandments and is intricately involved in our lives. And then there are those who see God as a spirit or essence who isn’t interfering in their lives, isn’t trying to control them, accepts them as they are and lives inside each of us. This God doesn’t have rules or commandments. There’s no right or wrong, only experiences we can learn from with this type of God.

And I believe it’s understandable for people to prefer this latter form of God.

  • What if the blind man who saw the elephant as a wall became militant and forceful, demanding that anyone who perceived the elephant as anything other than a wall should either convert to his belief or be taken out and shot?
  • What if the blind man who felt the trunk insisted that anyone who thought the elephant was anything other than a snake should be ridiculed and mocked?
  • What if someone who saw the elephant as a fan waged war on anyone who perceived the elephant as anything else?
  • What if someone who had eyes to see the entire elephant felt himself better than his blind brothers and became pushy, judgmental and holier-than-thou for his ability to see the full elephant?

The wedges that drive us apart have nothing do with who God is or even our perceptions of Him, and everything to do with our fears and our propensity to judge, force, control or condemn others. None of these characteristics have anything to do with God.

And so you have these two broad camps about who God is. There are those who believe in a God with clear expectations and a code of “binary laws” which govern “good and evil.” Then, there are those who believe in a merciful, loving spirit essence that spreads itself throughout every individual and wants what is best for each of us.

What if both perspectives are true?

  • What if God is both just and merciful?
  • What if God is both a physical distinct individual and is a spiritual essence that illuminates every person, plant, rock, planet or animal in the universe?
  • What if God operates under fixed laws and moral absolutes, yet is merciful, loving and resourceful enough to allow for His children to live without knowing all the laws and without damning them to an eternal punishment for violating them?
  • What if God wants us to do the best with the light we’re given yet is patient and merciful enough to forgive us when we succumb to the darkness?
  • What if God has expectations, but isn’t the least bit controlling?
  • What if God has a plan for saving all of His children? No matter what belief, background or life situations to which they are born, and yet has a very clearly defined path for doing that?

What if the truth about God isn’t “either/or” but “yes, and…?”

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.