This morning as I study and pray for only harmonious thoughts (which are the natural state of being) and ask to recognize what needs to be cast out immediately. By keeping my thoughts so filled with peace and love, there is no room for any feelings of uneasiness, irritation, confusion nor discouragement. This is done by staying alert to what I let in to consciousness.
James 1:19 reads, “My dear brothers, take note of this; Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” This cannot be achieved by entertaining thoughts that have not originated in God. Today I will watch my thinking!
This is just another way of saying, “Let Go and let God” but so often, we may want to humanly outline the answer to a prayer rather than giving it totally to God. My last blog was on the fog and I feel that is just to slow us down a bit so we have to depend upon God. We are never alone and certainly need not feel “pleasing others” is that important when around people.
Psalm 27:13-14 reads “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” When we are really praying and listening, we are not worrying.
As I look across the back, there is a thick fog hiding the trees and the hills, but I am not fearful for I know this is only a temporary condition. The view may be hidden but not destroyed. The same goes for life. There are times perception may seem distorted but as we pray, watch and listen, there is clarity.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 Today, I will raise my thought above the mist and see through God’s eyes.
This morning as I humbly ponder my blessings, I am reminded that they are not about earning and deserving, but believing and receiving. Sometimes, it may take me a while to recognize them but lessons always become blessings when understood.
Luke 11:9-10 reads, “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.” Gratitude and humility are always needed here; never pride and fear but a softened heart.
Recently, I paid a visit to my first art teacher and had him critique some of my work. While he was complementary with some, he pointed out that I had failed to execute some things on other pieces where I had known what to do! A light came on for me and since then, I had recognized places where I had not executed what I know to be true.
First and foremost, I know God to be the omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient Good and the only power there is! During this election, I had experienced some hand-wringing when in my soul, I know better.
“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” Psalm 105:4
The word “yoke” is used throughout the Bible and the Greek definition of the word is bondage, servitude and obligation. Whenever I feel burdened, I am immediately drawn to Matthew 11:28-30, which states, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Every challenge we could possibly have is addressed in the Bible with Truths to give us direction and peace. Human will and pride just need to be left at the altar and listening with an open heart will always bring peace and guidance.
There was a time when my prayers consisted of pleading for myself and immediate family or friends and then, humanly outlining the outcome. It would have never occurred to me to pray for the world. Somewhere along the way, my desire to know more about God and my relationship to Him expanded. Humbly, I learned to still my thoughts and listen for guidance and direction. That time, to me, is being on Holy Ground. And yes, my prayers include the world and asking to see what God sees in every situation.
Often I begin my prayer with Psalm 100:4 where it reads, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.” I am then, ready to listen.