: one possessing or held to possess supreme political power
: one that exercises supreme authority within a limited sphere
: an acknowledged leader : Arbiter
: any of various gold coins of the United Kingdom
Sovereign (n.): late 13th century, “superior, ruler, master,” from Old French soverain “lord.”
Sovereign (adj.): 14th century, “great, superior, supreme,” from Old French soverain, from Vulgar Latin superanus “chief, principal” (source also of Spanish soberano, Italian soprano), from Latin super “over.” Spelling influenced folk-etymology association with reign. Of remedies or medicines, “potent in a high degree,” from late 14th century.
“Prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance. It is laying hold of His willingness.”
Martin Luther (1483-1546, German friar and theologian and most influential figure who changed Christianity when he lead the Protestant Reformation in 16th – century Europe)
“If you have a religion it must be cosmic.”
C.S. Lewis (Clives Staples Lewis, 1898-1963, British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and broadcaster)
“You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
Thomas L. Friedman (b. 1953, age 62, American author, reporter, and NY Times columnist, and the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books)
“Spiritual disciplines can do nothing. They can only get us to the place where something can be done.”
Richard J. Foster (b. 1942, age 73, Christian theologian and author in the Quaker tradition)
“Man is most free when he is most guided.”
Elton Trueblood (1900-1994, a noted 20th-century American Quaker author and theologian, and former chaplain for Harvard and Stanford universities)
“Guidance, like all God's acts of blessing under the covenant of grace, is a sovereign act. Not merely does God will to guide us in the sense of showing us his way, that we may tread it; he wills also to guide us in the more fundamental sense of ensuring that, whatever happens, whatever mistakes we may make, we shall come safely home. Slippings and strayings there will be, no doubt, but the everlasting arms are beneath us; we shall be caught, rescued, restored. This is God's promise; this is how good he is.”
J.I. Packer (b. 1926, age 89, British-born Canadian Christian theologian in the low church Anglican and Reformed traditions. He currently serves as the board of governors’ professor of theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia)
“Greater is Your care for me than all the care I am able to take from myself.”
Thomas á Kempis (1380-1471, priest, monk and writer, known for the book, “Imitation of Christ.”)
“The more unworthy you feel yourself to be, the more evidence have you that nothing but unspeakable love could have led the Lord Jesus to save such a soul as yours. The more demerit you feel, the clearer is the display of the abounding love of God in having chosen you, and called you, and made you an heir of bliss.”
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1891, British Particular Baptist preach, who remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations)
“If we know our original blessing, we can easily handle our original sin. If we rest in a previous dignity, we can bear insults effortlessly. If you really know your name is on some eternal list, you can let go of the irritations on the small lists of time. Ultimate security allows you to suffer small insecurity without tremendous effort. If you are tethered at some center point, it is amazing how far out you can fly and not get lost.”
Richard Rohr (b. 1943, Franciscan friar ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church in 1970)
How can we achieve sovereignty over our lives? What will allow us freedom, openness and protection as we shift to our most authentic wholehearted selves?
Wholehearted authenticity is not just about being honest with ourselves and with others. It’s about being genuine, loving, and compassionate at all times and on all levels.
Authenticity is not off-loading or misdirecting our anger. It’s about being fully present, grounded and centered in who or what we are so that we can address any situation or person appropriately.
Having a sovereign life, especially now, can sometimes feel as if we are waking up newly born, not sure of who we are or how to proceed. It may feel as if we are groping around in the dark, ill prepared for the unknown.
However if we can, as Abraham Hicks recommends, align ourselves with Source as close as possible, we will be able to walk in Grace and make wise and informed decisions.
Our unique connections to Source will give us the intuition and instincts to know what is true and what are the lies, specifically those lies projected on us, those we transmit, and those we tend to tell ourselves.
When we know the difference we will be free and have the capacity to let go of our fears, worries, and uncertainty, and then be fully present in the magic and the wonder of our lives.
Much Love, Tonya