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God can dream a bigger dream for you than you
can dream for yourself, and your role on Earth is
to attach yourself to that divine force and
let yourself be released to it.

Oprah Winfrey


An important note:  Our pages on God are not meant in any way to change anyone's
minds or beliefs-- rather, we're simply trying to present the many complex ways that
people of all faiths look at their idea of a deity.  Some passages may mention a particular
religion or denomination, but that doesn't mean that that perspective is being presented
as right or wrong-- it just is.  The concept of God is so predominant among humans,
though, that it seems wrong not to include these words on this site.


God is in everyone and everything.  When we save each other or guide each other or just love each other, we are doing God's work.  So God dresses in Eskimo clothing or other disguises, and responds to us whether or not we are aware enough to hear, see, or feel God's loving guidance.  Everything is a tool of God, from DNA to the weather.

Bernie Siegel

Once one has encountered God everything is changed.  One does not lead a charmed life, but it is amazing how charming the commonplace can become.  One still has heavy work to do but one works with assurance and poise.  One still has temptations to meet but they have been robbed of most of their power.  One runs into adversity but the inner certainty remains.

Albert E. Day
We mustn't reserve communing with God just for morning and evening prayers, or for weekly worship service, or for when we feel burdened.  The goal is to realize that every moment is a meditation.  Allow yourself to marvel at the wonder of God's work all around us.  Throughout your day, let the sun, a tree, a piece of fruit remind you that everything you could ever want has been provided and can be found right here on earth.  While changing the baby's diaper,  give thanks for the miracle of creation you hold in your hands. . . . The moment you begin to consider God first in everything you do, the world around you softens and your life becomes easier.  You'll feel healthier, happier and at peace with yourself.

Susan L. Taylor
The deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.

Albert Einstein

Oh Thou who art!  Ecclesiastes names thee the Almighty.  Maccabees names
thee Creator; the epistle to the Ephesians names thee Liberty. . . the Psalms
name thee Wisdom and Truth; John names thee Light; the Book of Kings
names thee Lord; Exodus calls thee Providence; Leviticus, Holiness; Esdras,
Justice; Creation calls thee God; Man names thee Father; but Solomon
names thee Compassion, and that is the most beautiful of all thy names.

Victor Hugo


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Human experience is already experience of God.  Our journey on earth is
already a journey to heaven.  Seeing a sunrise or a flower is already seeing God.

Carlo Carretto

Faith strips the mask from the world and reveals God in everything.
It makes nothing impossible and renders meaningless such words
as anxiety, danger, and fear, so that the believer goes through life
calmly and peacefully, with profound joy--like a child,
hand in hand with his or her mother.

Charles de Foucald


When we lose God, it is not God who is lost.


God is to me that creative Force, behind and in the universe,
who manifests Himself as energy, as life, as order, as
beauty, as thought, as conscience, as love.

Henry Sloane Coffin

Your mind cannot possibly understand God. Your heart already knows.
Minds were designed for carrying out the orders of the heart.



Every conjecture we can form with regard to the works of God has as
little probability as the conjectures of a child with regard to the works of an adult.

Thomas Reid



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Deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God.
It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things,
but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater
than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power
in human lives, are facts as old as man himself.

Alcoholics Anonymous

God speaks to all individuals through what happens to them moment by moment.

J.P. DeCaussade

God conceived the world,--that was poetry;
He formed it,--that was sculpture;
He colored it,--that was painting;
He people it with living beings,--that
was the grand, divine, eternal drama.

Charlotte Cushman

The kingdom of God is within you.

Luke 17:21


It's only by forgetting yourself that you draw near to God.

Henry David Thoreau

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If we are completely honest with ourselves we know deep down
in our hearts that the usual goals and strivings of self-sufficiency
and self-fulfillment we have are not our real destiny.  We sense
an uneasiness with the common, ordinary life of delights and
pleasures, and begin to hear this quiet voice from the soul's depths,
a whispering of a more meaningful, richer life.  We are in essence
seeking God and feel that He is indeed drawing us to Him.
When we respond, it is to God that we are responding.

Clara M. Matheson


The deepest need of humans is not food and clothing and shelter,
important as they are.  It is God.  We have mistaken the nature
of poverty, and thought it was economic poverty.  No, it is poverty
of the soul, deprivation of God's recreating, loving peace.

Thomas R. Kelly


Love has its source in God, for love is the very essence of His being.

Kay Arthur


We have all of us free access to all that is great, and good, and happy, and carry within ourselves
a key to all the treasures that heaven has to bestow upon us.  We starve in the midst of plenty,
groan under infirmities, with the remedy in our own hand; live and die without knowing
and feeling anything of the One only God, whilst we have it in our power to know and enjoy it
in as great a reality as we know and feel the power of this world over us; for Heaven is
as near to our souls as this world is to our bodies; and we are created,
we are redeemed, to have our conversation in it.

William Law

God is bigger than any problem.  God in you is greater than any
difficulty that you have to meet.  God cares for you more than it is
possible for any human being to realize.  God can help you in
proportion to the degree in which you worship Him.  You worship
God by really putting your trust in him instead of in outer conditions,
or in fear, or in depression, or in seeming dangers, and so forth.
You worship God by recognizing His presence everywhere, in all
people and conditions that you meet; and by praying regularly.
You pray well when you pray with joy.

Emmet Fox


You must remember that our God has all knowledge and all wisdom,
and that therefore it is very possible He may guide you into paths
wherein He knows great blessings are awaiting you, but which,
to the shortsighted human eyes around you, seem sure
to result in confusion and loss.  

Hannah Whitall Smith



There is in all our strivings a profound homesickness for God.  When we touch
another we touch God.  When we look at a flower, its radiance, its fragrance,
its stillness is another moment's experience of something deeper within.  When
we hold a baby, when we hear extraordinary music, when we look into the eyes
of a great saint, what draws us is that deep homesickness for our true
nature, for the peace and healing that is our birthright.  This
homesickness for God directs us toward the healing we took birth for.

Stephen Levine


God never gives up on us no matter how hard we try to get ourselves
loose.  God does not let go.  That doesnít mean he controls everything
we do.  It doesnít mean he puts a bridle on us and leads us by the nose.
He gives each one of us free will and common sense and a spirit that
can communicate with his.  When we go through afflictions, he allows
us to choose our response.  But no matter what our response
may be, he sticks around to the bitter end.

Barbara Johnson


All people are special, and all moments are golden.  There is no person
and there is no time more special than another.  Many people
choose to believe that God communicates in special ways
and only with special people.  This removes the mass of the people
from responsibility for hearing Godís message, much less receiving it
(which is another matter), and allows them to take
someone elseís word for everything.

Neale Donald Walsch


Godís love is a gift that can make you forget yourself at times.
The Scottish writer George MacDonald said, ďIt is the heart
that is not yet sure of its God that is afraid to laugh in his presence.Ē
 God loves us as we are right now!  Thatís one of the things Iím
most grateful for.  I love the freedom to be myself in God.  I pray
that a year from now, five years from now, I will be a godlier woman,
but I know God wonít love me any more than he does right this minute.

Sheila Walsh


There is nothing you need to do
to make yourself more acceptable
to God.  You donít have to work harder,
nor do you need to change the kind
of work you do.  You donít have to give
more money to charitable organizations.
The reality is, God doesnít want you
to give anyone anything if you only
do it to impress God!  God does not
love you or find you acceptable because
of anything that you do.  God loves
you and accepts you because
you are a part of God.

Iyanla Vanzant


When I remember that the primary purpose of life is to feel and appreciate
the presence of God, to live from a state of love and compassion, and to
be of service to others, then instantly, like magic, I begin to feel at peace.

Richard Carlson

One of the most wonderful things about knowing God is that there's
always so much more to know, so much more to discover.  Just
when we least expect it, He intrudes into our neat and
tidy notions about who He is and how He works.

Joni Eareckson Tada

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God's designs regarding you, and His methods of bringing
about these designs, are infinitely wise.

Jeanne Guyon

With God, life is eternal--both in quality and length.  There is no joy
comparable to the joy of discovering something new from God, about
God.  If the continuing life is a life of joy, we will
go on discovering, learning.

Eugenia Price



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