Recently someone was talking about the movie “Groundhog Day” where each day was repeated over and over until he woke up. The same goes for us when we are focused on lack of Good whether it be financial, relationship, Health or whatever. We soon become mesmerized and are unable to see Good anywhere. That is when we wake up to this dream and replace the lack with our gratitude of all the Good in our lives!
Luke 12:25-26 reads “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Worrying about anything hypnotizes us! Once again, our focus is always our choice.
The above saying came to thought immediately upon awakening this morning. As I pondered this, I was reminded how often we think if we lived somewhere else, had another job, another spouse, different family or in-laws, things would be different. That is just not the case. Each of us is in our perfect place right here, right now along with the Christ.
Proverbs 3:6 states, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” By ceasing to humanly outline our life, we will be able to see how much we really have and this can only be done with gratitude and humility.
Recently I read where fear often manifests itself in excessive-planning. That is true for me so I usually begin my day with Psalm 46:10 which reads “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Before I still my thoughts, it feels almost like a popcorn popper! For me, it is important to get my thoughts calm before I start my day.
As I pray to see only what God sees, I have more dominion and can be aware if my thoughts try to darken, I can refute them and replace them with the Truth of God’s omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience. The choice is always mine.
This morning during my prayer work, I am reminded that God is Love, Truth, Life and Spirit as told to us in the Bible. This God I definitely want to know better including my relationship to Him rather than the God I knew from my youth, which was an angry and punishing God. Realizing that everything that happens to us is to further our understanding and dependence on Him is much more comforting to me. John 12:29 reads “The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to Him.” This was said in reference to the Crucifixion of Jesus.
This speaks to me as I know it to certainly be true for me. Today, I will listen more for angel messages, rather than thunder.
This morning as I was praying and asking for direction for today, my thought was about blessing everything. Then, I began to think of my body and how I have been critical and unappreciative of it over the years. Immediately, I turned to God and began thanking Him for this vehicle and was led to Isaiah 61:10 which reads “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Today, I will replace any comparison or complaint about my body with Love and appreciation!
Last night we lost our power until after midnight and then it went out three or four more times. There were over seven hundred homes affected. My husband and I read by candlelight until we went to bed. I began pondering peace during this time and thinking of how the Israelites could not store up manna, but had to gather it daily. Not so long ago, I would have felt so inconvenienced, anxious and fretful but I began to be thankful for the conveniences we have daily and take for granted.
This morning we found out it was a woman, intoxicated who had run into the power box. I found myself praying about her.
Last evening, Philippians 4:6,7 and 19 came to me which states “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus….And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” As I prayed I realized it was not for the power to return on but to have peace during that time.
As I read my devotional this morning, complaining and criticizing was addressed as thinking we could run the universe better than God. In pondering this, I realized that in my limited viewpoint where I cannot see the whole picture I may have entertained that thought unknowingly when I was wishing things to be different. Humbly, I give gratitude that God is always in control and my human opinion matters not at all.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 reads “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”