We have spent the last few days celebrating our granddaughter’s wedding with the ceremony and various parties. There were in-laws, outlaws and various friends and loved ones. All differences were laid aside and beautiful memories were made. This is how I choose to live my life. Philippians 4:8 states “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” This was what was being done and it was obvious !
This morning while preparing for a week trip to another state for our granddaughter’s wedding, my husband just brought in a piece of paper with the weather forecast for the next week. Much rain is predicted and this wedding is outside and also we will be driving a distance. My first thought was “Oh, no!” Immediately, I thought of John 10:10 which states “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The thief can easily be regret of the past and fear of the future which steals your joy. Then, as I was reciting the Lord’s prayer, and when I repeated “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;” I recognized this as error. God is in charge here so I need not fret nor worry. Yes, we need to use wisdom but our every need is met by God!
While reading this morning about the “Kingdom of God” and the “Kingdom of Heaven”, it was brought to my attention many Bible scholars believe these to be the same. The Bible also states that God is Love, Spirit and Life and when we substitute those synonyms as in the Kingdom of Love or the Kingdom of Spirit, we can certainly realize that is talking about now. Matthew 10:7 states “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” That, to me, means we do not have to wait until here after or here later but is available to us right now where we are!
Recently I heard a testimony given by a friend about protection for her on a busy thoroughfare. As she was driving in heavy traffic, a piece of plastic flew off the truck ahead of her and landed on her windshield blocking her vision. As she prayed, she was able to pull off and remove the piece and there was a break in the traffic so she was able to return on the highway and continue on. There was such humility in her voice as she spoke about this with no trace of anger, only gratitude for the protection given her. The question I asked myself was “Would I have handled the experience that way?”
Isaiah 41:13 came to thought which states “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” She had to be praying along those lines as she traveled. We hear so much about “road rage” these days so I found this so very inspiring.
Recently my husband and I had watched several episodes of
a tv program. The characters were all unique, from a very arrogant, self-centered woman to one of the meekest men I have ever seen. Over the course of several weeks, we began to recognize people in our own lives that reminded us of the different characters. As it unfolded, we found that some of the acts were used as a protective shield from being hurt. By the end, we loved each and every one of the people on the show. If I can do that, I can certainly love everyone in my life!
Psalm 27:8 states “‘Seek His face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.” That means to me everywhere I will seek His face.
Today as I was praying with the First Commandment, which says “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”, I soon thought of being in a rut. While being in a rut, we soon make that into a false god because we think we can be separated from God, which is impossible. Often, we are tempted to think we can have a lack of Good in our life, whether the lack be of health, finances, employment, relationship or whatever. That very lack can soon become a god to us that we tend to worship and fret about. The Truth is we can never be separated from God! He is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient Good!
Deuteronomy 11:16 states “Take heed to yourselves, that our heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;”. Today I choose to worship the one and only God!
While studying the Bible Lesson yesterday about the rich young ruler, it occurred to me that Jesus was telling him to give up his old false cherished beliefs and listen for God’s message. When sharing this with a friend, he remarked that he thought not because he thought it was about not obeying God. After our conversation, I realized there is no right or wrong answer when we humbly ask God for inspiration. Next time I read it, something totally different may be revealed to me. Genesis 3:8-9 states “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they his from the Lord God among the trees of the garden, but the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’.”
Then a light came on in my thinking that I am fine wherever I am. God is right here!
Today as I am praying at my desk, I am wondering why the world insist on making this day of destruction an idol rather than focusing on what is needed to rectify this problem of violence. Everywhere you see and hear where people were at the exact time of the bombing and speculation of each and every detail. Is this really the solution or should we search our own hearts and reject all malice and bitterness with God’s Love for His magnificent creation? Once again, where is our focus?
2 Corinthians 10:4 states “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
As I looked up the definition of probation, it read “tested and tried”. Someone recently told me it meant “released to a higher authority”. When I think about that definition, I am reminded that every challenge we have is a question that will always have an answer. Then, when the answer is revealed, progression follows. This is all spiritual growth.
I Corinthians 13:10, 12 states “when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” No problem we may face is so daunting that it is not an opportunity for growth as human will, ego, fear and outlining is released. We are always further along in our journey after the experience. Only Good is going on always and sometime this may take a little longer for us to see this.
Someone recently pointed out to me that the definition of “Pilgrim” meant a traveler to a Holy Place. This is what our ancestors were doing years ago when they came over for religious freedom and settled America. Have we forgotten America is a Holy Place? Think about what those people endured in traveling here ; then I think about Psalm 29:11 which states “The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” That is true right here, right now and my prayer will be to know this!