Good-Bye to 2016

As I look back over this past year, my heart fills with gratitude for the proof of God’s Love in sparing my husband among other challenges.  The spiritual growth I have experienced due to the challenges has been vast and I am reminded of Isaiah 43:2 which states, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”  Psalms 66:12 reads, “We went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.”

This has been so true for me in this past year and I feel very blessed.  I wish each and everyone a blessed Happy New Year!

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My Daily Prayer

My daily prayer is not only to understand God more but, also my relationship to Him.  This keeps me more and more grounded and become less reactive to human situations, but able to respond to them.  Ephesians 2:10 reads, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

The step following admitting that “God is All” is to cease humanly outlining.  Today I will graciously watch with joy God’s unfolding!  That way I am never disappointed!

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Anniversary

Today marks a year since I began writing this blog!  My intent was to listen to God as I studied and prayed each morning and to write something, followed by one of my husband’s pictures, which never fail to inspire me.  The main point was to consciously see what God sees rather than being tempted to look at something through human eyes.  The Christ is always right here with us and so often, I worked with Philippians 4:6 which reads, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

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Necessity, not Luxury

Often, one may think spending alone time with God is a luxury he cannot afford, when actually, it is a necessity.  We become more centered , joyful and ready for life when God is at the helm.  John 15:5 reads, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

My day goes smoother when I begin with alone time with Him.

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After Christmas

Frequently, after Christmas we may feel “let down” or “spent” and maybe even a little sad, but when we turn toward God wholeheartedly, that feeling vanishes.  Numbers 6:24-26 reads, “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: the Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:  the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”  This verse is reassuring to me as I don’t notice an exception to the day after or day before Christmas, but   Peace and Joy are always ours when our hearts are receptive to the Truth!  Watch our thinking because it is apparent that negative thoughts of any kind cannot and do not come from God.

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Celebration

As I celebrate the birth of the Christ, I also celebrate the rebirth of the Spirit within which is actually to be done throughout each and every day.  Hope to keep this Love spark going.  Colossians 3:15 reads, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.”

This is on-going, not just for one day a year!

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True Eyesight

For ages, physical scientists have been saying that the human uses only a fraction of its ability to see the material universe.  If this is the case, should what we see materially be used as Law.  1 Corinthians 2:9 reads, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard…the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”

If we are harboring criticism, condemnation, hatred, dishonesty,  selfishness and fear in thought, couldn’t that affect our eyesight?  Don’t we see things clearer when our thoughts are filled with Love and gratitude and compassion?  It seems to me that it is  not good eyes  needed as much as good thoughts!

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