Recently, our grandson, who is graduating from college with honors, was awarded a scholarship for his masters degree in another state. There is a fellowship given of $10,000 to several and our grandson was the first alternate. Last week we drove over to take pictures of him in his cap and gown. While there, we were talking about how we could help with expenses while he finds a part time job when he moves. As I told him I was praying he responded he didn’t want to get the money if someone else had to turn it down due to illness or anything like that.
We talked and knew God didn’t work like that because what blesses one blesses all. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I prayed with that verse.
Yesterday, he called so thrilled. He had been awarded $10,000 for expenses. The young man that had turned it down had been granted another one from another school which had been his first choice. God is the only power there is and I will claim that today.
Many years ago I sold gold jewelry and my first purchase found gold at $100 an ounce. During the years gold went up to almost $2,000 an ounce. It was sold through home parties, fund raisers and gifts through Board Rooms at large corporations and was often very profitable. Trying to keep pricing competitive but also making a profit was quite tricky and at times, impossible. There were times I would almost sell out of my inventory which was good, but more expensive to replace certain items. Then, I would have to think about pricing increases. At that time, it would have never occurred to me to pray about this, but still God looked after me.
It took years before realizing my Good comes from God and I certainly could not outline humanly my profit margins. Gratitude is expressed daily and is foremost in my thoughts as I glance back and see my every human need has been met by God and I know it will continue to be. Thank you, Father.
Psalm 105:4 states “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek His face always.”
Recently I saw where a five-year old autistic little boy was playing in a skate board park while his mother was sitting on a nearby bench watching him. Along comes 7 or 8 middle school young boys into the park. Normally, the five-year old was afraid of groups of people but one of the older boys came over to him and began walking beside him while he skate-boarded. After a bit, the others followed suit playing with him and he became so joyous and the mother was amazed.
She began to take pictures and post them. Later, the police had a pizza party for this group of young boys and they now have become friends with the little one and play with him from time to time. From there we don’t know where it has gone, but my heart fills with love and gratitude for this outpouring of love. So often, we read opposite reports of vandalism or terrorism while there is so very much good going on. Today, my focus will be seeing what God is seeing and sharing this information!
“My heart says of you, ‘Seek His face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8
This morning as I sit at my desk, I think about beginning this day with a clean slate. We can’t undo yesterday nor predict the future but we can turn humbly to God asking Him to direct our path today. Exodus 33:14 reads “The Lord replied, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'” How reassuring is that? I was reminded of picture that I painted several years ago and was tempted to toss it when finally turning to my teacher, I asked for help. She gave me two simple suggestions and this picture is now one of my favorite pieces I have painted. It was effortless as I removed my human ego.
By staying in the presence of Love/God, I can expect blessings to unfold. I can release any and all anxiousness, judgment and negativity just by staying aware that I am totally dependent upon God and know He is right here always.
Recently, I was looking at a picture of raging waters and a lighthouse. As I glanced at the waters, the lighthouse became less clear and almost invisible. Then, I focused on the lighthouse and could not see the waters clearly. That is exactly what happens when I think of problems rather than all the good going on in my life. As I express gratitude for blessings, all other just fade away.
Philippians 4:8 reads “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Today, I will do just that!
Before retiring last night, my husband and I discussed the weather forecast for today. It was predicted to be cloudy and dreary this morning. As I fell asleep, I was thinking about awakening to a dark and foggy day. To my surprise this morning I awakened to a bright, sunlit day and heard the birds singing. Soon I was questioning myself on how often I listen to erroneous predictions in my life.
These can always be refuted and replaced with loving thoughts from God. We are free not to entertain these dark and dismal thoughts for they always spiral down into even darker ones. Today, my promise is to question these thoughts and catch them early on.
2 Corinthians 4:18 reads “Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.”
Recently, while at my desk reading the Bible, my young cleaning lady who speaks limited English asked what I was reading. As I began attempting to explain the story of the tares and the wheat, she had a puzzled look on her face. Realizing I was trying to intellectualize the parable, immediately I turned to God and thought of Proverbs 3:5 where it states “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
There is no recollection of what I said but her smile was huge as I realized Truth and Love was what she understood. It made no difference the words but it is clear that Love and Truth represent the Universal Language. Maybe it was just putting the Bible down and giving her time. Maybe she knew I really cared about her. There is no doubt that we both felt the presence of God as we embraced and said out “Good-byes”.