As I was talking with a friend this morning, we discussed purity and innocence. After hanging up the phone, I began to really ponder this idea that God’s creation had to be pure and innocent if it reflected Him! As I prayed with this thought, a certain freedom came over me as I claimed this for myself as my true sense of being! God is Love; therefore He loves all in Spirit and in Truth.
In 1 Peter 1:8, it reads, “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.”
As I count my blessings, I realize these certainly don’t come from earning and deserving but about believing and receiving. How reassuring that thought is! Luke 11:9-10 states, “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Our duty is to expect Good!
Today I will not fret or attempt to force things to work out before their time! When something comes up, I will go to God for guidance and direction. I will remember Ecclesiastes 3:1, which reads, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”
This day will be God’s day and it will be filled with joy!
One of the most difficult things to me is “Rejoicing” when I am in the middle of a challenge or problem, but I do notice I seem to make progress when I cease to complain and criticize! A very reassuring verse from Philippians 4:4-6 comes to mind and states, “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
As I visit my past briefly (which is the only way I do), I am reminded how important making lists were and checking them off. Along with that, I usually outlined the outcome or tried to do that, which basically meant as I prayed, I told God how I wanted my prayers answered. Of course, my feeling of control has shattered as I turn to God more and more, but there is more security felt now.
Ephesians 3:20-21 reads, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus.”
Recently, a friend of mine had once again bid on a job at Church. Once again, the bid had gone to someone else. This time, I felt some irritation and was postponing calling him with this negative news that he had not received the job.
After a couple of hours of “stewing”, I bit the bullet and called to tell him the news. When he heard, he thanked me profusely and told me another job had fallen in his lap but he would have to refuse it had he gotten the job for our Church. My heart was filled with humility as I saw that I should let go of “human will” and “Let God be God” ! I remain so humble as I see His wisdom everywhere.
Psalms 62:5 reads, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone: my hope comes from Him.” This is true when I “Let go and let God”.
The brutal, senseless act in Orlando recently has once again brought hatred to world thought. As I first watched the news with disbelief, then sadness and anger, I turned off the television to pray. More Love is what is needed, not more anger and hatred. Then I began to think, “What can I do?”
It suddenly became clear as I thought of a neighbor who had put up a fence I didn’t like. Then, I had attended a meeting where someone disagreed with my opinion. Now, I’m not saying I hate these people, but I saw unkindness in my thought, rather than unconditional Love, which I need to practice more and more.
In Isaiah 41:10, it states, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” With God, all things are possible; alone I can do nothing.
Acts 16:25,26 reads, “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.” Many times, right when life seems the darkest and I am fearful and mesmerized with what seems real humanly, if I turn gratefully and humbly to God, I am released from bondage! That is the exact time I need to sing and praise God!
As I read and re-read this story in the 8th Chapter of Luke, several points come to mind. First, the woman touched the hem of His garment so she was on her knees and not standing erect and proud. This denotes humility. In spite of the fear, she took the needed human footsteps. The instantaneous healing tells me that she was receptive to the Christ and most assuredly, had a softened heart. In Luke 8, it reads “And he said unto her, ‘Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.'”
Humility and a softened heart precede all healing!
Frequently, much time is spent in thinking about future events; when one is out of debt, the children are grown, retirement, more leisure time and on and on. This day-dreaming will never bring fulfillment, but more longing. Joy is right here and we just need to open our eyes and count our blessings.
Philippians 4:4, 12 reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!…I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”