Brandon and Alisha Mecier established Faithful Stewards in 2006. Through a strong personal commitment to their faith and an amazing gift for outreach, Brandon and Alisha continue to shine light, love and positivity; making a profound impact in the communities they serve.
“We personally want to dedicate our lives to be lived out according to Gods will and to be focused on making a difference in the lives of those we come in contact with”
Based in El Dorado Hills, the group partners with other people, businesses, churches and charities to make a difference in the lives of others (mainly single parents and their children, low-income families, the homeless and those facing difficult circumstances); local outreach efforts include meal programs, youth relationship building, bible studies and athletic programs/scholarships as well as an ongoing needs list, working closely with those who have much to give and making arrangements for those in need. Some of these needs include: school clothes, beds, kitchen supplies, gift cards, and sponsorships for local events; the list goes on..
Spiritual evolution involves a process of sequential discovery. In the beginning we learn about God’s vision for the world. Then we find a vision for ourselves in alignment with our Creator’s worldview, our divine path. To continue our evolutionary process we must start walking this path. As we branch out further into our new ways of being we begin to expand our awareness and vision to incorporate our families and communities. We start sharing our amazing experiences and insights with the people around us and find ways to use our gifts and talents to help others. Through this expansion we get a sense of how genuinely connected we all are on this journey.
As I discussed briefly in the article Be A Hero, we are all sent out into the world to be in the right places at the right times and presented with opportunities to take action. When we align ourselves with the universe and our Creator’s vision for the world our paths take us to these divine moments more frequently. We don't just see his vision we become his vision; his helping hands through a chain of events I have termed Providence In Motion..
A challenge many face with the concept of surrendering is the assumption that their surrender means they will be left exposed and vulnerable. Vulnerable means susceptible to attack or defenseless and God NEVER leaves us defenseless. And, rather than being exposed, surrendering creates an opening within for our Creator to go to work.
When I began my spiritual adventure in April of this year I had a lot of questions but I went into the journey with an open heart and waited for the answers to come. I learned that God has a plan for us, ALL of us. Surrendering is a divine action. What surrendering truly means is to give up on the idea that WE know what the best plan is for our lives. We only see a small picture, a fragment of our own personal world. Our creator and the angels see the whole picture, the whole world and all its inhabitants. The whole plan..
Hero – Noun: an illustrious warrior, one who shows great courage, often of divine descent endowed with superhuman qualities, great strength or ability.
We have all needed a hero at one time or another, someone who was at the right place at the right time and stepped in to save our day. It was the stranger that stopped in the pouring rain to give your car a jump-start when the battery died. It is the random act of kindness received at the worst point of your day and the single mother who works 2 jobs yet never misses a single soccer game. It’s an uncle who dresses up as a Ninja Turtle for his nephew’s 2nd birthday. And, sometimes, it is simply sharing your smile with the barista at Starbucks. My definition of a hero is straightforward; it is anyone who makes another person’s day a little brighter. This past weekend I got to be a hero in the truest sense of the word..
Being positive, loving and setting a great example for others is of critical importance when living a spiritually driven and purposeful life. And, remaining devoted to this practice is vital especially around children. As children grow they learn almost entirely from their experiences with other people. Parents, family and friends all contribute to the myriad ways children develop; whether they realize it or not. They are taught about socially acceptable behavior, what to expect from other people and what is expected of them, areas and places to assign value. They mimic, imitate and emulate based on their experiences both positive and negative. Kids are more attentive than many people realize. Being the best possible person you can be at all times is important because they see and hear everything; even when you think they are “off” playing princess trapped in the castle tower or up 10,000 ft flying an imaginary fighter jet. On Tuesday I had an opportunity to put these very ideas and positive intentions into practice..
One of the first lessons learned on the journey of spiritual evolution and enlightenment is balance. We are first placed in situations that provide timely messages, guidance and teach us how to balance our mind, body, and spirit. The second step is merging these separate parts into one and centering one’s self in the heart. When we evolve personally and spiritually in this way, keeping our mind, body and spirit centered in the heart, we can finally release all fear and negativity. Any thoughts, feelings or ideas that are negative in nature are immediately discarded and replaced with something positive. With enough dedication and practice this process becomes a subroutine within our consciousness and the act of bringing negativity into awareness then discarding it is no longer required. Unconditional self-love takes center stage because the deep connection to our divine Source within becomes too strong. Once this final step occurs within the self we can truly love others because we accept them for who they are, unconditionally. A few days ago I witnessed something amazing that drove this point home..
I recently began an expedition into spiritual and personal growth that has taken me to more incredible places than I could have ever possibly imagined. It has alllowed me to release my negativities, fears and self doubts. I learned about loving others and myself unconditionally and how to stay true to who I am, always. Through this process I discovered my true purpose: Be a beacon of light, love and guidance and share this with the world through the written word; books on spiritual growth for those who desire to connect within and break cycles as well as guides for anyone seeking enlightened relationships and new and balanced ways to raise children in environments free from ballast and negativity. Developing all these ideas and cultivating insights through intuition and personal experiences takes time, years in fact. So, what do I do in the meantime? A “chance” encounter with a stranger in a park by my home would provide me with the answer..