The more I count my blessings, the more blessings I have to count. Even the impact of trials are cushioned as I stay grateful for all things! Psalms 100:4 states, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Then, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reads, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Daily, I am reminded that “complaint is poverty and gratitude is riches”.
This morning as we prepare for the first follow-up Doctor’s visit for my husband, I know the Truth about my husband before hearing what the Doctor has to say. I don’t need to hear an opinion about his perfection and know God is already there.
Psalm 112:27 reads “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Isaiah 41:10 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.”
Knowing in my heart that man is never separated from God for an instant brings me peace.
At the center of the most turbulent heart, there is a place of peace, a place beyond time that cannot be touched by change or loss. Here in the stillness is rest and healing. Nothing we suffer, nothing we fear, can damage its perfection. Enter this place of peace and learn the purpose of your life–not wealth or fame, but the recognition of your unity with all things. Everything you have loved is here. All joy. All good. No living thing has ever been lost to you. No evil can survive in this clear shining.
It is always thought to be corrected! We have never, ever been out of God’s care. God is always working His purpose out and only Good is going on.
Genesis 28:15 “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
Briefly, yesterday I gave into self-pity, which is a bottomless pit! Attempting to become adjusted to newness all around after bringing my husband home from the hospital , error or evil wanted to frighten me with “what-ifs”, limitation of normalcy, dread, etc. Then, I was awakened to the Love expressed all around us. Friends and neighbors are praying, bringing food and well wishes. Have to keep my focus on God!
“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:2-3
The slimy pit is only “self-pity” which I do not have to entertain at all. Gratitude and humility fill my heart today.
Sometimes the path seems difficult while at other times, it is much easier. But, I am sure that all is asked of me is to reach out for God’s hand while I take the next step. The scenery seems dull and dark but I know the light is dispelled at once when I remember that I am never separated from God.
Psalm 37:23-24 reads, “If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
Two days ago, my husband suffered a heart attack and was revived twice on his way to the hospital. Later, he told me that as he lay there looking up into the faces of these angels of God, he saw only Love, not color, Church affiliation, political or sexual preference. I am humbled as I see these precious people working together for my husband’s well-being and am aware of God everywhere.
Evil, or error blatantly tries to tempt us with fear or discouragement or overwhelm, but as I keep my focus on God, I know that trials are proof of God’s Love!
Man has been warned against idolatry since Biblical times. Idols of today sometime appear more subtle than in ancient time. Possessions, status, people and self-aggrandizement are popular deities of today and many are guilty of worshipping these false gods. Joy and peace come from “not” bowing down to those, but knowing the one God!
Exodus 20:4-5 reads, “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.”