January 2021 Daily Guides by Rev. Dr. Margaret Stortz 

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Each day brings two quotes from various wisdom teachers, a personal guide from the author’s life and a powerful affirmation.

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Rev. Dr. Margaret Stortz has written the Daily Guides for more than five decades. She begins the new year with a reflection on personal choice. We are eternally free. In each moment, we can decide to begin again and embrace life in a positive way.

A Time of Newness

Affirmation: In deepest peace, love and gratitude, I give great thanks for the gifts of the Spirit that come to me each day. I use what I am given at each moment and make way for even more good.

No matter how old or young we may be, we are all confronted with a series of possibilities every single day. From the moment we awaken in the morning or whenever our day begins, we have instances before us that will be gone in seconds and cannot be called back. As always, it will be our choices as to what to do with what we are given.

Since the Infinite is All, It cannot help but give all to Its creation. There is no judgment in the gift giving, only creation’s opportunity to do much, little or nothing with what lies before it. We, as a major element of creation on this planet, would be wise to simply receive the gifts joyously without saddling them with self-imposed castigations and negativities.

How freely will we find such good anywhere but in the creative flow of the Infinite? Who are we to make less of It with self-imposed notions? Instead let us be grateful, insightful and energetic with what lies within us and before us.

We cannot not receive spiritual gifts. All we can do is not recognize them for what they are and waste them, and why would we do a thing like that? The answer is that we would not. We can and we do know who we are and value all that is God given.


My soul is as peaceful as a child sleeping in its mother’s arms.
— “The Enlightened Heart,” page 131

We are in an Infinite Mind, and Infinite Mind is also in us.
­ — “The Science of Mind,” page 108