The Storm

In praying about the appearance of all types of storms, whether they be of the weather, physical, financial, I have been led to the first verse of a hymn which I find to be consoling.

In heavenly Love abiding,

No change my heart shall fear;

And safe is such confiding,

For nothing changes here.

The storm may roar without me,

My heart may low be laid;

But God is round about me,

And can I be dismayed?

When I begin my prayer with the above verse, peace comes and quietens my thought while I lay all on the altar.  God is in control!

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Parable of the Nobleman

In Luke 19, beginning at verse 11 through 27, it tells of a nobleman who was going to be away for a while and called a few of his servants to him and gave them each a pound to use while he was gone.  Upon returning, several had multiplied his pound where one had buried it and the nobleman was incensed at that one.  What that brought to mind for me were  the opportunities I am given to pray and grow spiritually and when that happens, my blessings multiply.  Then, I am reminded that the one that buried his opportunity happens when I give in to fear and doubt and resistant to God’s help.  Lessons always become blessings when understood!  We are never separated from God and His blessings.

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Search Me

This morning  I am working  and praying with Psalm 139: 23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  As I read this scripture, I realize I am asking God to reveal to me any offensive trait I may display so I needn’t get upset when He does just that.  I need to be aware of something before I can release it.  Gratefully and humbly, I recognize that is exactly what spiritual growth is and I welcome it.

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From a Distance

Many years ago, there was a popular song with the title as that above.  The melody was also beautiful and a few years back the original performer was in a nearby town and sang this song and we went to see her.  For days after, I would sing this around the house.  Some of the words were “From a distance, God is watching us”.  Suddenly, one day I just stopped after saying those few words and corrected  it!  We are not separated from God!  He is always right here with us.  In Psalms 46:10 it reads, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”  No where does it say He is far from us.  That Truth is so comforting to me.

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The Gift of Love

As this season of gift-giving begins, my prayer is to only give gifts from the heart.  So often, this is the time filled with stress and anxiety if we are not careful.  This year I choose to understand more about the Love God has for me and all His children and this is the real gift worth giving.  In 1 Peter 1:22 it reads, “Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart.”  This also includes ones who may not appear to love me in return.  I choose growth in grace.

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Releasing Old Baggage

Today, it is time to release our desire to cherish old hurts, unhappiness or grief and replace them with our true identity, which is the reflection of God made in His image and likeness.  We need not rehearse nor entertain old slights but replace them with loving thoughts!  The more we reject negativity, the more positive our life becomes!

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39

This is celebrating Thanksgiving and can be done year long!

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Living Thanks

As Thanksgiving approaches, I am reminded of a poem I recently found and read and reread and it expresses how I feel.  It was written by Ila Elizabeth Rose.

Living Thanks

Gratitude is proffered thanks–

Not a cloak to admire,

Not a mask to acquire

for worshiping.

Gratitude is living thanks–

Not for a season set aside

To mark tradition’s passing tide

of harvesting.

Gratitude is constant thanks–

A consciousness of Truth that fills

Our cup with love until it spills

to overflowing.

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