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We’re Never Alone

Know ye of a certainty that the powers of the kingdom of Abha are with you. The hosts of the heaven of truth are with you. The cool breezes of the Paradise of Abha are wafting over your heated brows. Not for a moment are ye alone. Not for a second are ye left to...

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Getting Out of Debt  

  I hope thou wilt become as a rising light and obtain spiritual health -- and spiritual health is conducive to physical health -- so that thou mayest be enabled to liquidate thy debts and be strengthened to attain the blessing of the Forgiving Lord; that thou mayest...

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Patience

We must not only be patient with others, infinitely patient, but also with our own poor selves, remembering that even the Prophets of God sometimes got tired and cried out in despair!  (Shoghi Effendi, Unfolding Destiny, p. 456) As a recovering perfectionist, who...

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Choosing Joy

For instance, a merchant may lose his trade and depression ensues. A workman is dismissed and starvation stares him in the face. A farmer has a bad harvest, anxiety fills his mind. A man builds a house which is burnt to the ground and he is straightway homeless,...

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Healthy Anger

If he exercises his anger and wrath against the bloodthirsty tyrants who are like ferocious beasts, it is very praiseworthy; but if he does not use these qualities in a right way, they are blameworthy. ('Abdu'l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 215) I love it when I...

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Retreating to Recover 

Many times when Shoghi Effendi was intensely distressed, I saw him go to bed, refusing to eat or drink, refusing to talk, rolled under his covers, unable to do anything but agonize, like someone beaten to the ground by heavy rain; this condition sometimes lasted for...

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Apathy and Lethargy

. . . the apathy and lethargy that paralyze their spiritual facul­ties - these are among the formidable obstacles that stand in the path of every would-be warrior in the service of Bahá'u'lláh, obstacles which he must battle against and surmount in his crusade for the...

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Confusion 

The world is in great turmoil, and the minds of its people are in a state of utter confusion.  We entreat the Almighty that He may graciously illuminate them with the glory of His Justice, and enable them to discover that which will be profitable unto them at all...

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God Knows Me

Ye are better known to the inmates of the Kingdom on high than ye are known to your own selves. Think ye these words to be vain and empty? Would that ye had the power to perceive the things your Lord, the All-Merciful, doth see.  (Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the...

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A Sin-Covering Eye

The imperfect eye beholds imperfections. The eye that covers faults looks toward the Creator of souls. He created them, trains and provides for them, endows them with capacity and life, sight and hearing; therefore, they are the signs of His grandeur.  ('Abdu'l-Bahá,...

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Words and Deeds 

O SON OF SPIRIT!  Know thou of a truth: He that biddeth men be just and himself committeth iniquity is not of Me, even though he bear My name.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words Arabic 28) There are so many quotes in the Bahá’í Writings about the importance of “deeds not...

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