As I worked at my desk early morning and glanced out at my hanging basket of pansies, I saw they had frozen during the night and appeared dead. At first I was saddened and felt a little irritated that I hadn’t brought the basket in. Then it dawned on me that the roots of those flowers knew nothing of freezing temperature and they were made to glorify God in their beauty. Two hours later I glanced at them and they were just as full and colorful and healthy-looking! What cannot God do?
John 14:26-27 states “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
This had been an answer to my prayer asking for inspiration to pray about a challenge! Only Good is going on!
This morning I was having a conversation with a friend who had called me. She revealed to me that she was so afraid of eating sweets due to a disease she claimed was in her family. The first thing I told her was she could only inherit love and loving qualities. Then we talked about the verse in the Bible that said not to worry about anything that goes into the body but things that come out like the words from our mouth. We then decided that the concern should be more that her words might be sweeter. There was an “aha” moment for both of us. There is always spiritual growth that is needed evidenced by the words that come out.
Colossians 3:15 states “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
As I think of the birth of the Christ, I think of the birth of a new idea and decided I would work more at having responses rather than reactions. That would certainly be a new idea as sometimes there is an old reaction to certain things that should be changed. Today, I will pay special attention to the words coming out of my mouth and make sure my heart is filled with humility, love and gratitude.
When I think of the birth of the Christ and no room at the inn, I am immediately reminded of my heart and consciousness being filled with clutter, revenge, criticism, etc. There is absolutely no room for the Christ when my thoughts are filled with the clutter of the endless tasks that lay before me or some bitterness that may show up or some other negativity. First, I need to get on hallowed ground, give gratitude and express humility in knowing of mine own self, I can do nothing.
Proverbs 16:3 states “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Today, I will start with God, feel my peace and then go on to my tasks and make sure I have room at the Inn for the Christ.
Recently heard a great analogy about God being like a porter walking along side of us and asking if He could carry our baggage. Our reply is often, “No, No! I’ve got this!” Have been pondering this and thinking if I am dealing with an on-going challenge, all I need to really do is to be glad for all of the opportunities for spiritual growth and the challenge loses the power to drag me down. The mental shift comes and clarity and healing or revealing appears shortly thereafter. Isaiah 30:20-21 states “Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.'”
As I start my day off by listening for God’s guidance, I am reminded how easy it is to get caught up with living on the surface of life. It is ever-changing phenomena and can easily bring depression, confusion and chaos. Ecclesiastes 1:2 comes to mind as it states “Meaningless! Meaningless! says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” That tells me to look deeper!
We live in a small town where our football team won the playoffs last night and will be going to state next week-end. While I am thrilled about this, I thought about the hours of practice these young men put in and qualities they express; agility, strength, teamwork, discipline, trust and love of the game. These qualities all come from God. This, I feel, is looking deeper into an announcement promoting excitement. My heart feels with love and gratitude for this team of players and yes, I will be rooting for them next week!
This morning at my desk and thinking of all I need to do and making sure I have remembered to buy gifts for all visiting, I soon became overwhelmed. Then I stopped, thought and remembered what I am celebrating! The birth of the Christ is the real reason for this season.
Soon I was led to a paragraph in Miscellany, written by Mary Baker Eddy, which states “Human reason becomes tired and calls for rest. It has a relapse into the common hope. Goodness and benevolence never tire. They maintain themselves and others and never stop from exhaustion. He who is afraid of being too generous has lost the power of being magnanimous.” Psalm 139:23-24 reads “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Today I will check my motives on everything I do and remember that gratitude is riches.
So often we think what we need is a problem-free life where it is predictable and we feel safe. That is exactly the time we release God as our focal point and think we can do it on our own. As trouble arises, it seems to highlight the presence of God when we turn to Him. When we focus on God, we can then feel real security. Isaiah 41:10 states “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and hep you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Right now, I will rejoice in all things knowing that they work together for good to them that love God.
This morning while at my desk studying and praying, the thought occurred to me that my prayer this morning felt almost habitual, with minimal effort and almost no thought! Immediately, I became aware of a need for inspiration and joy. It is not praising God by rote repeating while providing a false sense of security. Mentally on my knees, I apologize to God for taking Him for granted and look for more things for which to be grateful. That is the easy part.
The letter killeth while the Spirit healeth! Both are needed and joy is attained when both are used in our daily life. Just memory work doesn’t do it; only by adding love and inspiration works. Today I give gratitude for this awakening Spirit as I pray with Psalm 16:11 which reads “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
The above is the title of an article I read recently by Marian C. English. In it she stated “Patience, free from the pressure of stress; contentment, rejoicing in abundance without excess; purity, recognizing and welcoming its own; love, willing to share its radiant warmth unselfishly–these are some of the characteristics of spiritual stillness.” I found this to be “spot on” and definitely needed this time of the year. It can be so easy to slip into “overwhelm” if we are not alert! Colossians 3:23 reads “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
The need to be still at times throughout the day is needed for me to keep my peace and harmony.