Graven Image

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image” was one of the commandments I thought I was certainly not guilty of breaking.  Of course, I didn’t have any stone idols!  Then, I realized it could mean any indelibly-printed image in my thoughts that sometime play incessantly.

Maybe, it could be a hurt, either real or imagined, from long ago or recent; or even a mistake I have made.  Don’t those become “graven images” if they are not ejected from our thinking and replaced with loving thoughts?

Fortunately, we have a loving God who brings a new day into existence where we can begin anew!

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Dreams

This morning as I awakened, I remembered bits and pieces of an unpleasant dream I had the night before.  So, rather than analyze it and attempt to figure out the meaning, I just simply shook it off!  The very same procedure should apply to a negative day time dream, just shake it off!  Don’t spend time trying to figure out the “hows” and “whys”, but focus on all the blessings we have.

Fear Not

This morning as I am studying and praying, I think of how many times in the Bible “Fear not” is stated.  It definitely must have some importance to this message.  Then I thought of “Love” and know that Love and fear can never co-exist.  If I am fearing something, I am not loving enough.

The Bible says that “Perfect Love casteth out fear”, and that means God’s Love, not human love which is not pure, but conditional.  Today I will consciously Love whenever fear wants to tempt me.

God’s Timing

As I was making plans for a meeting for an organization today, I felt very frustrated.  Nothing was going as I had planned and I was entertaining “self-pity” and “self-justification” as well.

Then I began praying, once again, to see what God was seeing and I was led to two verses in I Peter, Chapter 5 which reads, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”

Does it get any clearer than that?  I am to turn to Him first!

Release All Worries

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest.  I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.”  Matthew 11:28 Amplified Bible

Rather than worry, rehearse and go through a problem in my head many times, I can turn to the above scripture for relief.Buck and Doe Trees

II Kings 25:30

This morning I was led to the above verse which reads, “And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.”  Doesn’t that apply to each and every one of us daily?  It could be referring to inspiration, supply, Love and health.  I like to substitute “me and my” for “him and his”.Misty Morn

Removing Ego, Experiencing Love

Years ago, during the Valentine Season, when I was selling diamonds and fine jewelry for one of the largest diamond chains in the nation, a young girl and her aunt came in to purchase a gift for her mother.  Immediately, she told me she had $100 so I showed her a $94.99 gold heart and chain.  She was “beaming” as I walked her to the back for her sale to be rung up and gift-wrapped.

As she left the store, she smiled grandly and waved “good-bye” to me.  Actually, I felt good even though it was a rather small sale.

My manager walked up behind me and led me toward the diamond room.  Since I was in the top 25 in the nation, I certainly wasn’t expecting criticism.  He questioned me about showing her a $100 item and I quickly replied that was all the money that she had.

Then he told me that she had her aunt with her and I was limiting my sale and leaving money on the table and on and on and on as if I hadn’t been in the business for twenty-five years.  He was very stern when he told me he never wanted me to “show low” again.

Finally, he finished his diatribe, either from boredom or fear of making me angry (which I was).  As we were leaving the diamond room, I glanced up and hesitantly walking toward me was an older, bent-over gentleman.  After greeting him warmly, he told me had never bought his wife a piece of jewelry in the fifty years of marriage and only had $50.

With my manager breathing down my neck, I quickly turned to God and ask for his help in pleasing both of these men.  Obviously, the situation was out of my control.

Within a minute, I unlocked one of our more-expensive cases and took out a new $2,500 ruby and diamond necklace and laid it in his hands and asked his thought on it since it was new.  He just gasped and replied that it was beautiful.  Then I moved to the next case and took out a necklace in his price range and began telling him the qualities of the piece.  He shook his head and smiled broadly and we walked to the rear of the store and his purchase was rung up and gift-wrapped.

When he walked out of the store, he walked over to my manager and told him our jewelry was wonderful as well as our service.  He even walked prouder when he left the store.

So much was learned that day!  As I humbly removed my “know-it-all” ego and humbly listened for guidance , I was led to the right answer which blessed everyone.  Definitely, what blesses one, blesses all.