One definition of the word “repent” is “regret” as of a past deed. To me that indicates being “stuck” while ruminating about the past which actually doesn’t improve anything.
Eventually something has to change in our thinking for us to progress. This means to release “self-pity” and “self-condemnation” and replace it with Love and forgiveness which is always the answer.
Hebrews 4:16 states, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” This can only come after we learn to be gentler with ourselves.
At times when I first awaken, my thoughts go immediately to what I have been working on or things I need to do. Before that takes hold in my consciousness, I recall two scriptures, one is Psalm 5:3 which reads, “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” The other one is Philippians 4:13 and states, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
With that being said, I pause and wait on God to direct my path.
In Luke 17:21, we read “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” To me, this says it is always our choice as to where our focus is. To experience the kingdom, we need not wait until this happens or that happens but can find peace and harmony right where we are! We can never be separated from God for an instant. Love is always where we are.
Last week someone who lives in another state called me to ask if we could pray about their weather there. They were under horrible conditions and predictions about tornados. “Of course,” I replied. This afternoon she called me and while we visited, she mentioned on the news there had been a huge, horrible dark green tornado photographed and shown last week. Rather than land anywhere, it later dissipated.
Further into our conversation, she remarked she just had her doubts about prayer sometime and I was flabbergasted. Not ten minutes before she had told me about the tornado that had been spotted but never landed. We had specifically prayed for protection regarding the weather and as far as I was concerned, the prayer was certainly answered. Micah 7:7 states, “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”
Today, I will be grateful for everything, even the answered prayers I forget or fail to notice.
This morning as I sit at my desk and look out my back window, there are five deer, three are laying down and two are standing grooming each other. What humility and love is expressed in their actions. My heart sings as I pray with Psalm 118:24 which reads, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
The ones laying down are all facing different directions, being alert to any sudden movements. Couldn’t we learn from these blessed creatures and love more and be more alert in our thinking watching for any darkness that would attempt to rob us of our joy and peace?
In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the author says, “For those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.” What a statement!
Recently, I was pondering something in my life and questioning the reason behind it. A light came on in my thinking as rather than asking “Why is this happening” or “When will this end”, I began to wonder “How was I getting blessed by this experience?” Psalm 112:7 reads, “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Lessons become blessings when understood and seen through God’s (Love’s) eyes.
Gratitude and humility are keys to the Kingdom of Heaven and dissolve any and all anxiety. We need to always rejoice because we cannot see the entire picture yet that God has in store for us and it is always Good! Philippians 4: 4-6 reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Pride and fear will never enter in and are dissolved by Love and Truth.