Yesterday as I tried and tried to study and pray, it was fruitless. My studying was just reading words. It almost felt like numbness because there was no joy. Finally, I shared those feelings with my husband and he just casually mentioned leaving my desk and enjoying a good book which I did rather than condemn myself for not feeling joyous and grateful.
Today I awoke with such a light and receptive thought. Everything I am reading is coming alive and I am not “trying” to understand or forcing anything. Sometimes I need to just “Relax and know that I am God”. (Be still and know that I am God)
Psalm 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in Truth.” I need not force a thing!
Globally, if we would faithfully realize every day that the omnipresence of Love fills the whole universe, the consciousness of the healing, saving power of that Love will reach and bless all who reach out to God in their extremity. Lonely and sad hearts will become conscious of His infinite Presence. Those afraid will feel the touch of this Love and be comforted.
The light of the Christ will dispel the darkness of fear and pain, and His voice will declare, “Lo, I am with you always , you are never alone.” Daily, let us work and see the omnipotence of the Omnipresence. We are never separated from God.
If I was holding a football next to a football great and it needed to be thrown, wouldn’t I hand it off to him? Not only could a long, successful pass be made, the value of the ball itself would immediately become greater. The same would be true of a baseball or golf club. Then I thought of having a challenge. Wouldn’t it be much smarter to just hand it off to God? Why would I attempt to handle it myself? My dependence on God grows daily just as my strength and understanding of Him and my relationship to Him grows.
Relying on God should be so easy and be the first thing we do, not as the last resort. John 8:32 reads “Then you will know the truth , and the truth will set you free.”
As I was praying this morning, I was asking God to reveal to me where I could help. Immediately, the thought came of a nearby Crisis Center in a town not far from here. I called them to check and she immediately said “Oh, yes!” we need toiletries and underwear for all sizes. I keep toiletries from when we travel and can order anything else. Our Church sends out wonderful weekly Sentinels with healing articles in them so I always take a box of them.
The woman at the Center said there was such a need for those items that in my heart, I knew that this was an answer to her prayer as well!
Psalm 37:4 states “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” “What blesses one blesses all.” Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
As I think on God this morning I know Him as omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient Life, Love, Good having no opposition! So actually, there can be no death; only ending of false material or human beliefs. My delight is in my neediness to God even though dependent mode is counter-cultural, it is a blessed way to live. Of mine own self, I can do nothing!
John 15:5 states “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” So reassuring.
This morning as I came to my desk to study and pray, the thought came about my upcoming anniversary. In preparation for this, we prepaid a week-long trip to the mid-eastern states and have been discussing from time to time what shows we wanted to attend. Normally, we would be beginning to pack. A heaviness almost came upon me in the guise of disappointment and discouragement. It took less that twenty minutes for me to recognize evil, error or whatever you choose to call it and I knew I had a choice! I could wallow in self-pity or I could be so grateful for all the things in my life. I chose the latter.
Separation from God or Good is impossible and there is never a limitation of good. My mood lifted immediately as I thought of the kingdom of heaven being within me and I thought of John 15:11 which reads “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” Thank you, God for your angel messages.
My study for today is Doctrine of Atonement. What is so very interesting is as I studied from a commentary, it was talking about Jesus’s sacred mission with His disciples and it said “a message which was not confined to news of eternity; it proposed to change conditions on earth.” Is that not “spot on” for today! Conditions on earth are certainly being changed from how we knew it. It feels to me like a huge leavening of thought and addressing what, in the past, we have considered necessities. Certainly, we are seeing Church in a new way. We are also doing without services that we thought necessary.
In the Amplified Translation of the Bible in Philippians 4:13, it reads “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me (I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self=sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency).” Today I am praying for Love and Harmony throughout beginning with my thoughts.
Today, at my desk my eyes take in my hanging basket and all my trees out back. The wind, which I cannot see, is evidenced by the basket blowing along with the leaves on the trees and the water in the bird bath. Then I ponder a notice I read on a community web page where someone is giving birth to a little girl soon and her needs. It is answered by many who have extra things or willing to purchase for her. That is love that you cannot see, but it is felt and know it to be real and true.
This, being Good Friday, I am turning off my phones this morning and quietly praying for our universe, feeling peace and harmony in spite of what the news is reporting. Plan on keeping my television off as well and watching my thoughts to make sure they are positive. Psalm 32:8 states “The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.'”
As I was studying this morning, it came to me that Mary didn’t recognize the Christ after the Crucifixion because of the darkness and grief in her thought. The same when the disciples were out fishing and Jesus was on the shore but they didn’t recognize Him. For me when my thoughts are dark, ungrateful and embittered I can not see the Christ and He is always right here with me.
The difference is when I am experiencing gratitude, love and humility, I know without a doubt the Christ is with me.
Genesis 28:15 states “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land.”
As I am at my desk looking out my back window, flowers are blooming, birds are flying, squirrels are playing and the deer are getting ready to give birth. They don’t know of the news or fear going on! Recently read where this Easter is going to be different from the ones we have known in the past but it will be more like the first Easter. Think of the fear then and everyone was thinking about the Christ. It has been so diluted over the years with the importance of the Easter flocks, baskets filled with chocolate bunnies and the candy eggs. How did it come to that?
Have heard for years that money is the great incentive, but my husband just came in to tell me of a grocery store in our home town. The manager was handing out life saver candy with a sticky note telling the employees how great they were doing! Those are the real changes going on. The unreality of changes is that everyone is suffering and doing without, but are they things that are important? More compassion is being shown and one sees the concern for others. Netflix is listing family movies that can be viewed together. People are appreciating teachers more and realizing not everyone can be a good teacher.
Psalm 62:8 states “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” And God does not change!!