Recently my husband did something wonderful for someone and I felt he was not properly thanked. He feels I put too much emphasis on a “Thank you” note or text. As a young girl, my mother taught us how important it is to express gratitude and I may have “overlearned” that. Then, I was gently reminded and questioned myself on how grateful I am for all my blessings. Humbly, I realized I should really stay in a state of gratitude for all God does and maybe I should judge not lest I be judged.
Ephesians 3:20 reads “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” Once again, I question where my focus is.
Today as I am studying the various healings of Jesus, I notice they are from turning water into wine, healing the lepers, raising the dead and on and on. In none of these, does Jesus say one may be more difficult to heal than another. There are times when I pray, the temptation that it may be worse than another challenge comes to thought until I focus on the allness of God and the nothingness of error. As I begin prayerfully with God and ask to see what Jesus always saw, I soon see the perfection of God’s universe. Matthew 9:35 reads ” Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.”
There is nothing impossible to God and Jesus even showed us how to pray. Gratitude fills my heart as my focus stays on the allness of God.
Yesterday I heard a lady tell a story about her four year old daughter. This child loved to pray to and about everything. She prayed to and about her dolls, family members and her small dog. One day the mother wasn’t feeling well and her little girl was there playing so she asked her to pray for her. The little girl agreed and soon, the lady was feeling much better and asked her daughter what did she pray. She just smiled and said, “I didn’t talk, Mama, I just listened!” What wisdom! So often, we want to do all the talking while true prayer is listening.
Proverbs 16:3 reads “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” This can only be done by listening. An old translation of the word “obey” is to “hear completely”.
Frequently the question of how can I contribute to world peace comes to my thought. The answer always comes in the way I view others as well as myself. Am I critical of others? Am I critical of myself? The answer to both of those questions is often “Yes”. Then I ask myself, “What does God see?” Habakkuk 1:13 comes to mind and it reads “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil.” Once again, I will practice seeing through God’s/Love’s eyes which will be my small contribution to world peace.
This morning at my desk, I am remembering my sons as small boys and young men. They were brought up in a fundamental Church where we attended and looking back, I know at that time I didn’t have a close relationship with God. Fortunately, over the years I learned to know God as Love, Truth and Life where in the past , I only feared Him and often felt unworthy. My wish is that I could have raised them knowing what I know now.
Then the thought of Abraham comes to mind and it looked like he was asked to sacrifice his son, but I think he was asked to sacrifice the false responsibility of raising him as his child rather than seeing him also as a child of God. My question of “What should I do?” about correcting the past is replaced by “What should I think?” The answer is to know that neither I nor my sons have ever been separated from our true parent. Ephesians 2:13 reads “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.” Progress is the Law of God. That means forward, not backward.
For a while now, the question comes to mind about Jesus being on the mountain and satan tempting Him to jump off because God would save Him if He really were the son of God. Why didn’t satan just push Jesus? Then a light came on in my consciousness! He didn’t have the power! What a revelation for me! The only power evil or error has ever is what we give it. 1 Corinthians 1:23-24 reads “But we preach Christ crucified; a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” Truth and Love always leave error powerless.
Today I will ask God to protect me from believing that subtle little serpent or error when it attempts to trick me into believing anything that does not come from God.
Many years ago, someone told me that we have an unlimited account of Good with our name on it and we can draw from it at any time. There are many verses in the Bible that back this up : “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”, “Fear not, little flock, it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”, just to name a few. There are healings that just flow naturally but there is so much more if we would only ask. James 4: 2 states “Ye have not, because ye ask not.” Rather than just go through life unconsciously, I will open my eyes, praise Him, look and expect Good everywhere.
Recently saw a photograph of raindrops on a red rose that was so beautiful! Decided I wanted to paint it and have started over more than a half dozen times. It is in my head but I can’t transfer it to a canvas. The more I try, the more frustrated I become and I just want to give up. The irritation doesn’t stop with the painting.
A light comes on and I stop to pray. John 5:30 states “I can of mine own self do nothing:” Then I see there was no humility nor love in my motive; just a desire to prove “I can do this!” Now, I look in all parts of my life to see where I need to be more loving and humble and know with God’s help, of course I can paint this rose and will release human will power and human outlining but come from expressing Love and sees what shows up on the canvas!
Last night we watched a program about love and forgiveness. This morning I was reminded if either of those are conditional, they cease to be love and forgiveness. One cannot love everyone, but or forgive everyone, but! There are political figures and other celebrities that I didn’t feel I loved and have been very critical of them. As I think about Jesus on the cross and it has been told he even forgave then; shouldn’t I do the same? “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” That is certainly not saying we should not pray about the world but genuinely know and understand there is a higher power than what we are seeing and there is no stronger power than Love.
While reading about a young man who left a “hate group” when he actually met some of the people he was supposed to hate and realized he didn’t hate them, I began my internal examination of my heart to see where I needed to love more. Philippians 4:8 reads “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable –if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” That is exactly what I want to do today, with the help of God.
It has been quite a while since we have had rain and the plants and trees look so sad and thirsty. Late yesterday afternoon, I had been pleading to God for rain as I had done recently. Then, it occurred to me that I was praying amiss. All at once I knew in my heart that God knows our every need and surely this was a need. Remembering how Jesus always became thankful before every healing, I, too, began to thank God for always being in control. In about twenty minutes, my husband asked if I heard the rain! It probably rained good for a half hour or more. Needless to say, my heart filled with gratitude and humility as I listened to the answer to my prayer. Psalm 62:8 reads, “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.”