This morning I was thinking of all of the “Fear Not”s in the Bible and then I thought of the verses with “Fear God” and began to ponder. It suddenly occurred to me that meant to respect! We are supposed to respect God but not respect anything ungodlike and it made perfect sense to me. Immediately, I saw where the power behind us is always greater than the challenge before us. Isaiah 12:2 states “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.”
Today, I will watch what I am respecting!
This morning while at my desk, I received two separate phone calls for prayer for another family member. Each wasn’t aware of the other call. This request was for someone that I had had seeming occasion over the years to not like.
As I began to pray, I had to replace personal feelings with God’s Love and know I couldn’t do this without His help. Soon, the past history just vanished into its native nothingness as I recognized this individual as God’s child. My heart filled with Love and I opened my Bible to Revelation 19:1 which states “After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.'”
Love quickly replaced bitterness and I knew only healing was going on!
Many years ago I had read about the young Cherokee Indian boy’s rite of passage into manhood. Reread it again yesterday and amazed how touched I was. The legend has it that when the boy becomes a certain age, he must sit alone in the woods with a blindfold over his eyes an entire night without crying out. The blindfold comes off with the first ray of light shining. There must be so much fearful noise and imaginings going on in his thoughts, while sitting there alone.
As the first rays of sunlight shine through the woods and he feels the warmth upon his skin; he removes the blindfold to find his father sitting beside him and has been the entire night watching over his son. This just resonated with me as I thought about our heavenly Father always with us, even when we cannot see Him and especially, when our eyes are closed.
2 Corinthians 5:7 states “For we walk by faith, not by sight”
This morning while studying and praying, the thought of change came to mind. It appears that there is so much change going on that it can be daunting and sometime, shocking. It can be overwhelming and scary and often, I have to still my thoughts and remember God being the only constant! Psalm 102:25-27 reads “In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”
Today, I will allow myself to be led by God/Love totally and know that only Good is going on.
This morning I have been thinking about peace and harmony and how I can seem to lose those feelings when I am inconvenienced. There are times it appears someone is late for a meeting that puts a hardship on others that are there on time. This just happened to me last night and I entertained “irritation”. While driving home, I did some prayer work because I noticed that it was me giving my “peace” and “harmony” away. I then thought of how I have always “prided” myself with my punctuality and “judged” others when they were late or didn’t show up for a pre-agreed meeting.
My thought then went to knowing “pride and fear” have no place in the Kingdom of Heaven but “gratitude and humility” can always lead one there. Jeremiah 29:11 states “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Later on last night, I received a telephone call for prayerful work and I thank God that by then, I had my peace and was able to assist the caller.
We may not be able to control what happens to us, but we can control how we view it. Love and compassion are always the answer.
Recently at a Board Meeting at my Church, our cleaning service was on the Agenda to be addressed. We have let things slide for a while and there were some issues we discussed and were wondering how best to handle them. After coming home and going to God in prayer, I began to see things in a clearer light. First, we can acknowledge that they have been with us for a long time and we are so grateful and ask them how is the easiest way to contact them. After looking back over my life at places of employment, it dawned on me the managers that I had that I respected the most were the ones who came to me starting with Love and Gratitude; then telling me about areas that could be improved.
This is true in everything we do in life. When we begin with Love, it is so much easier to communicate. Moving our ego out of the way and telling the truth gets so much more results. Matthew 7:24-25 reads “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fail, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Love and appreciation of others give us that strong foundation.
This morning as I was thinking about labels, I was reminded that so many times I just accept without question what these thoughts conjure up. These can be the behavior of a two-year old or a teen-ager; a certain occupation or political party; or even a religious sect. If one is not careful, it is so very easy to agree with the world’s thought about everything. Two of my favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5-6 which states “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Today I will watch my thinking when it just seems to go into “auto” mode and will question those thoughts that do not come from God. If it is not creative, loving and blessing all, they come from world thought which are not mine. Our weather has seemed extremely hot and so many are complaining about it and if I am not careful, I notice my energy is limited. The need is there to refute those thoughts and replace them with gratitude on the many blessings we have. Where is our focus?