My husband and I were notified this morning one of his good friends and our classmates from High School passed away yesterday. Noticing my mood is somber, not sad, I express gratitude that I believe Life is everlasting and uninterrupted. I love what is said in Colossians 3:15, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 Whenever it seems I have much to do humanly as I do today, the temptation often arises to outline the day but today I will refer to the above scripture when that happens.
There are distractions everywhere, but God is always right here to center me!
While reading about the tares and the wheat in Matthew 13:24-30, it is brought to one’s attention that the tares are not destroyed until the harvest. “Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest, I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn'”.
The tares are totally separate from the wheat just as we mature Spiritually, any unChristlike trait just falls away and has nothing to do with our True Being and it never did have. Isn’t God Good?
While waiting on God and trusting Him with a grateful attitude, we see Life through light. We can only glorify Him in this state of thought; therefore, we are then able to enjoy Life to the fullest. Gratitude always is riches while complaint is forever, poverty.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
From time to time, one of my favorite things to do is to pick up an old Journal I would write in daily. No matter what the need seemed to be, it was always supplied by Divine Love. Many times, I would pray with the 91st Psalms and the fourth verse has been so comforting to me, where it reads, “He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.”
In an old dictionary, the word pinions, referred to wings, making me feel I had angels surrounding me. I think we all do!
Two years ago I began taking art lessons. Fifty years ago, I had a semester in art in High School and only remember the primary colors from the class. After my second lesson, my teacher told me to bring a picture from home for a project and I selected “Captain Jack”. My husband had taken the photo of this man on Congress Street in Austin and I absolutely loved it. When I took this over to my teacher, he had so many reservations but I told him I wanted to paint it for my son’s upcoming birthday.
This was my first graphite and by the time I finished it, I had about seven lessons completed, but it was done with so much Love, I knew the hours spent on it would be worth it. Below is a photo of my drawing.
It always amazes me when God answers a prayer after I have completely released the problem to Him. This morning I was reading an article about “Praying for the earth’s oceans” and was drawn to a paragraph talking about all the debris. It read, “I reasoned that I didn’t need to dwell on what others seemed to be doing wrong or to come up with ways to remedy their behavior. Instead, I first needed to acknowledge God as the infinite, only divine cause of the universe, and to recognize that God, divine Love, is expressing harmony in man and the universe. This change in my own thinking required a humble yielding, a complete trust in God’s constant law of goodness.”
A light came on and I realized this was what I needed to see! I certainly wasn’t reading this article for the solution of a challenge in my life. As I studied this paragraph, I knew this was my answer and I will leave the so-called problem in God’s hands.
Today is the first day of spring and such a wonderful time to be aware of all the beauty and Love surrounding us. Blessings shower us daily and only as we discard the negative focus in our lives, can we perceive them. Keeping our mind on God clears all blockage preoccupying us.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17.
Last night we had quite a storm with quarter-sized hail and strong winds with thunder and lightening. Large limbs were blown off our trees and bounced upon and off our roof. Knowing I needed to work about releasing fear and anxiety, I do what I always do. Pray. After working with the 91st Psalm, I was gently reminded of a verse of a favorite hymn that reads,
“The storm my roar without me,
My heart may low be laid;
But God is round about me,
And can I be dismayed?”
Peace soon replaced fear and this morning, my husband found no damage to either of our cars or roof. I am so grateful for the protection we received.