As I sat down this morning to study and pray, my thoughts were filled with anxiety. I am responsible for a fund-raising in a club where we raise money to give scholarships to deserving women. We are to sell pecans and the members have prepaid for the amounts they have ordered. This last week has been spent talking with numerous growers who have told me I could not receive them in time and the price would be higher. I knew my thoughts needed to be calmer.
My study today began with Hosea 6:3 which reads, “Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know Him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.” This verse spoke to me.
Praying to know the Truth about the up-coming fundraiser, I released all worries since I knew in my heart it had been a right idea from God. Within an hour I received a call from one of the people who had been quoting me prices, telling me not only would I receive the pecans in time, but with a lower price than previously quoted. Yes, every need is met by Divine Love.
Human footsteps are important, but never excessive planning. Peace will never be attained by attempting to foresee any and all needs in the future. Man can never predict future happenings and preparing for those will only cause mental turmoil.
1 Peter 5:6-7 states, “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.”
Today, I will embrace all, knowing God is in charge of my life.
This morning I am studying John 6 where it talks about the disciples (students) of Jesus going through a storm. Verses 19 through 21 read, “So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.”
That is a reminder when it appears I am going through rough times, just as soon as I recognize the Christ (Truth), the storm ceases! The Christ is always right here, right now. First, fear has to be handled. Jesus told his disciples multiple times to “Be not afraid”. Perfect Love casteth out fear. Fear and Love can never co-exist. That is so very reassuring to me. Today I will Love more!
Peace is given to us daily and is the natural order of things, rather than the chaotic picture the world would paint. As we learn to turn more and more to God and our inward thoughts are calmed, we can hear the small, clear voice within.
John 14:27 reads, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
This afternoon my husband and I will be attending a Grandparents Day party at a local school where we were asked by a neighborhood dad who is raising his four-year old alone. When we told the father we would be honored to attend, he replied that his son would be thrilled.
Our hearts are softened by this invitation as I was reminded once more how priceless the gifts from the heart are. So grateful for this opportunity to express love.
Jeremiah 31:3 reads, “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.'” Our duty is to express the same.
This morning as I have been reading articles from over seventy years ago about World War II, many thought the world was “going to hell in a handbasket” and that rebuilding cities appeared overwhelming. Reminded that could easily apply to thinking today, I was drawn to Psalm 46:10, which reads, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
As I go through the day, I will prayerfully entertain that verse in thought, when negative temptations of world affairs arise.
Yesterday after Church, my husband rushed to the car immediately and I became irritated and agitated. There were some unkind words spoken on the drive home and my heart felt heavy. Praying to know the Truth about both of us, Love soon replaced the darkness within with a verse from Romans 8, which states, “I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Sometimes, as my mother would say, “The feather bed just needs to be softened and stirred from time to time.”