O Thou of Little Faith

This morning I have been studying about Peter walking on the water.  In Matthew 14: 28-32, it speaks of Jesus walking on the water and Peter asking to join Him.  He was able to do this until he had doubts and the wind became boisterous, so he became fearful.  This is just as applicable today as in Biblical times.  It makes no difference how long Peter walked before he started sinking, the Christ was right there where he was.  Today, it matters not how long we have been struggling with a relationship problem or a health issue, the Christ is right here to comfort, guide and heal.  Matthew 14:31 states, “And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”  All we ever need to do is to mentally reach out to see the Truth and it will be revealed to us.  Asking God for bread (understanding), we are never given a stone (confusion).

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What Has Captured My Attention?

As I do an inventory of my thoughts, I ask myself “Am I entertaining fake news?  Negative forecasts? Dire predictions of lack?”  That can be easy to do if I am not careful.  That is certainly not asking for a “Pollyanna” approach to life which indicates fantasy, but understanding that God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Good!  2 Corinthians 3:17 states, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Watching my thinking;  refuting the negative and replacing it with gratitude and humility of everything,  joy soon re-appears!  Today, I choose Joy!

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Good Old Days

My husband just called me into his office to listen to a new song written about “the good old days” and I had a difficult time with it.  Not only do I think we need not live in the past, but today is the good old day!  To me, that is like living  life while looking  through our rearview mirror.  Immediately, Hebrews 4:16 came to thought which states, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”  God is our only need and when we put Him first, Good will be revealed to us.  Only Good is going on when our focus is positive and that is not a “Pollyanna” approach but one experiencing security.  Not relying on oneself, but always on God.

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Never Just Me

As I begin my day, there are times when I may feel overwhelmed with things I need to do.  If I am not careful, the weight of the world falls on my shoulders.  Now, actually, I know that to be a lie and Philippians 4:13 comes to mind to shine some Truth on my thinking.  It reads, “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me (I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me: I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency).” That is from the Amplified Bible and I find it helpful.  Once again, I am reminded that “Of mine ownself, I can do nothing.”  Freedom from bondage comes from that realization.

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Understanding

This morning as I work with faith, it becomes clear to me that I may not know how electricity works, but I use it.  Nor I do not know how a car goes, but I drive one.  Then, I recognize that God is Love and God is in everything that is Good.  So Love must be, also.  When I am joyful and loving, the food I prepare tastes even better than when I cook just out of need or duty!  As I balance a checkbook, it becomes easier when my thought entertains no negativity.

Hebrews 11:3 takes on a new light for me as I read, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

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Relax

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” is the verse Psalm 46:10 which I begin my prayer work with in the mornings.  Some time ago, I was told to replace the words, “Be still” with “relax” and it felt a little odd.  Maybe,  it is because so often, humans don’t know how to relax.    It certainly means the same thing and can replace the old “count to ten before replying” with a verse that soon begins to resonate with you.  That is my verse to practice throughout today.

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Temple Called Beautiful

One of the stories we studied this past week was the one of Peter and John seeing the man lame from his birth at the gate of the Temple called Beautiful, found in Acts 3: 1-9.  This morning at church our soloist sang “Peter and John” which was written by Mindy Jostyn and Jacob Brackman.  The first verse follows:

“With eyes to the ground and a held-out palm

Asking for pity, begging for alms, a desolate cripple from his birth, no reason for hope, no sense of worth.  Who should he see but Peter and John at the door of the temple, where upon he cried, ‘Hey, have you got any change to spare?’

Peter stopped him cold with a powerful stare.

Now do you believe this story?  I do with all my mind.  What was true that day is true today.  I, too, have been that blind.”

How very often have we experiences challenges and think “money” is the answer.  Are if we are in pain, think if the pain would just go away, we would be fine.  Shouldn’t we just quieten our thoughts, turn to God and listen for the still, small voice which always contains directions!  This solo just bought this alive for me today!

The second verse was

“Peter and John came to his side.  Peter smiled and said, ‘Look me in the eye.  We don’t have a farthing, a dime, or a sou but what we have, we give to you.’  They helped him to rise, told him he could stand.  ‘In the name of Jesus, walk like a man.’  His ankles grew firm and though he shook, he took the first steps he ever took.

Now do you believe this story?  I do, with all my heart.  What was true that day is true today. I too will rise and walk.”

Into the temple marched all three, the beggar beside himself with glee.  Dancing and leaping and praising the Lord while the congregation was completely floored.  No do you believe this story?  I do, with all my soul.  What was true that day is true today.  I, too, will be made whole.”

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