This morning I have glanced back at seventeen years ago, which found me divorced after thirty-three years of marriage, my mother having Altzheimers and my son getting divorced. Moving to a new city and a new job seemed often scary but my lifeline was Romans 8:38-39 which reads, “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.”
Today, I have the most amazing husband, the most fulfilling job of working with people through prayer and am a new artist, which I would have never thought possible. When I actually let go and let God be God, my life began to make sense and daily, I refuse to outline what I think should happen, but know it will unfold perfectly. Below is my first graphite.
God is working His purpose out and it is always in His timing! Several thoughts come to mind about a pregnant mother carrying her baby; a butterfly in the cocoon. This should not be rushed but allow God to unfold these magnificent events. Much stress comes from using human will to make things happen before their time.
Romans 8:31 states, “What, then, shall we say in response to this: If God is for us, who can be against us?” And Luke 1:37 reads, “For nothing is impossible with God.” Today I will watch God in action with a childlike wonder!
As Christians, we have heard this forever and it is easy to identify that God is Love when we are witnessing good in human experience. What happens when we are a little uncomfortable or things are not as we have outlined? Often times like that have us entertain doubt or lose faith in God. God never changes! God is Love and that means at all times. Psalm 46:1 states, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
Man can never, ever be separated from God, Good. All we ever need to do is to wake up to this Truth. Challenges do not mean punishment but opportunities to learn more of God and our relationship to Him.
Today as I pray for the prosperity of our country, I refute any and all my human opinions of personality and human traits, but rather stay with the prayer that justice, mercy and peace characterize our government. Also, realizing God is still in control and asking to see through his eyes rather than limited human eyesight.
Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I will pray with this prayer today and replace all negative thoughts with this promise.
Today I received a call from the Art League telling me none of my pieces had been selected for the show but my husband had two of his three photographs selected. I was devastated and was filled with jealousy about my husband. We went to the grocery store where I ignored him until finally I turned to God and humbly prayed right there in the coffee aisle. Immediately, I realized God had answered my prayer by not letting my work be accepted! My heart softened and my pride was rebuked and I thank God for meeting my every need.
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer, take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted! For I have overcome the world. I Have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.” John 16:33. I do not need validation from the world!
This morning I am working with Genesis 1:26 which reads, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ ”
We were given dominion over every “creeping” thing which I take to mean even thoughts of aging that try to sneak into our thinking to limit us. Haven’t you seen old “30-year” olds and young “80-year” olds? Does the chronological number really define us? We needn’t let it if we believe what the Bible says. Limitations of Good are not from God and we can refute that lie and replace it with the Truth about God and our relationship to Him.
Recently read where the word “nostalgia” has Greek roots meaning “returning home” and “pain”. That got my attention and I certainly don’t want that type of thinking to enter into 2017. 2 Corinthians 6:2 reads, “For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” That tells me that I need not entertain thoughts from the past. Homesickness is a temptation to believe we can be separated from our God, Good!