Lesson 171 – Review V – Lesson 151 and 152

REVIEW V God is Love, and therefore so am I.


  1. (151)  All things are echoes of the Voice for God.  God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
  2. (152)  The power of decision is my own.  God is but Love, and therefore so am I.[1]

Daily Prayer for Review: Steady our feet, our Father.  Let our doubts be quiet and our holy minds be still and speak to us.  We have no words to give to You; we listen to Your Word and make it ours.  Lead our devotional practices as a father leads his child along a way he does not understand.  Let us be that child that trusts in his father, sure that he is safe because his father leads the way for him.

This is our practice with You.  If we stumble, You will raise us up.  If we forget the way, You remind us.  Our minds may wander, but You will call us back.  Quicken our footsteps now, that we walk more certainly and quickly unto You.  We accept the Word You offer us to unite our practices, as we review the thoughts that You have given us.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

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Personal Notes and Application:  We are so thankful for this review.  We have been tempted to give up our practices – it is apparent that this is an all or nothing practice.  There is no reconciliation between the body, the world, the world system, the ego – and the Kingdom of God. We cannot have both and it will not be until we make the choice for the world beyond, contenting ourselves with the world of time and illusion no more, that we will know our place in the Kingdom of God. Although we know in our hearts and in our right minds that the seeming pleasures and temporary comforts of this world have no hold upon us, we thank our Father for leading us past temptation, for raising us up when we falter.   

Thank you so much for my teacher Linda whose insights and experiences have enhanced my own learning and kept this study fresh, filled with joy and laughter.  Thank you for James who studies and practices the Course concepts with me and helps me see things that I may have missed, forgotten, or ignored.  Thank you for our fellow teachers and students who are one with us and renew and refresh our resolve to seek the Kingdom beyond this world. 

God is love and therefore so am I. 

All things we experience here in the world are echoes of the Voice for God, and even the overflowed toilet, the flooded bathroom, the late night cleanup, and the inconvenience of digging up lines and forging new pipes is only an opportunity to see past the illusions of this world and remind ourselves of Your Kingdom where such things simply do not happen! 

God is love and therefore so am I. 

The power of decision is ours to make.  It is our response to our experiences in which we choose – it is how long we take to see the world for what it is, where we exercise our free will.  Do we respond in anger, spite, indignation, and defeatism or do we respond with laughter, goodwill, a shrug of the shoulders, and the optimism of good cheer and pitching in to do our part to correct an otherwise unpleasant situation?  Do we lend a hand or cast a judgment?  Do we react with joy and laughter or do we go into rages and sputter and swagger about with umbrage – feeling ourselves too special to endure such humble bumbles? 

That Love which becomes me in God and through God and as God awaits for me as I take my steps toward the Holy Self which awaits for me at the end of this journey.  Now though I stumble and fumble, God lifts me up because He is my Father. 

God is love and therefore so am I. 

[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 171. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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My love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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