This morning I was studying the three Hebrew boys being thrown into the furnace but coming out unscathed! As I was reflecting upon this and realizing their love and faith of God delivered them unharmed, my husband came in from the grocery store loaded down with way too many sacks to carry. As he went to set them on the counter he dropped several sacks breaking items. My first thought was to remind him he had tried to carry too many at once, but immediately changed it to the love he expresses by even going grocery shopping. That love dispelled the irritation and replaced it with love and grace. No harm was done and my heart sang as I recognized spiritual growth.
Exodus 33:14 reads “The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'”
Some years back, I served on a committee at my Church for renovation. We needed a few bids for a job and I had a friend, once more, who lived in another town come and place a bid. He had bid on another job there but we went with another company. The meeting with our congregation was on the week-end and I had felt positive about this one and had told him that it looked good. At the meeting we had gone with another construction company and I would have to call and give my friend the news on Monday.
During the remainder of the week-end, I had dealt with anger, disappointment and fear of having to give the news to my friend. After much prayerful work, I decided to call him early on Sunday afternoon. After he answered and I had apologized for the inconvenience, he just replied, “Thank goodness!” He had received an offer for a much larger job, but was going to have to turn it down on Monday, the next day, since he had committed to me. Was reminded of that demonstration of God’s love and wisdom as I was praying this morning. Why would I ever waste my time worrying?
Psalm 126:5-6 reads “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.”
This morning, I began thinking about friends and relatives who post political opinions on line and, immediately, I felt proud that I never, ever post political opinions! What I do instead is enjoy a certain pride that I don’t and entertain unfavorable thoughts about those who do. Wow! Another bolt of lightening as I realized I thought of them as separate from God; an us and them! From time to time I think the same way about people who don’t attend Church. As I studied the word, “prejudice” it means a preconceived opinion not based on actual fact or actual experience. Yes, that hit home!
Ephesians 4:22-24 reads “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Jesus says in the Bible that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us. If that is the case, wouldn’t that mean that spiritually we are perfect and shouldn’t look out for perfection but from perfection? Looking out for perfection will never be found; only the many human opinions of what is going on. Looking within, we can more easily turn and listen to God! Often, we look outside for a fix or for things to get better when we have everything we need at all times right here, right now provided by Divine Love.
Satisfaction and contentment come from within, not from something material and outside. Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
As I got up this morning, I remarked to my husband that I wasn’t feeling very good. Then I began to wonder if it was something I ate last night and quickly realized I was trying to analyze error! God/Love is the only Cause and Effect! When I began praying at my desk and turning to God and watching the sun light up the sky, I thought how on earth could I feel sluggish watching such a sight. My heart began to soften and gratitude filled my very being. Psalm 37:3-4 states “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice!
This morning my thought went to Jesus washing the disciples’ feet and I began to ponder what that actually meant to do that. Couldn’t that mean to wash clean any and all critical views of my fellow man as well as of myself? Replacing criticism with love of someone’s true being and seeing them as the perfect spiritual idea of God came up strongly in my thought. My prayer is to see more and more love in my fellow man and that only comes with practice, becoming easier as I focus on seeing through God’s eyes.
Isaiah 64:8 reads “Yet, O Lord, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.” Wouldn’t our true being be perfection if God is our parent? This would always mean our spiritual being since God is Spirit.
Yesterday I received a call from a man needing help who had been released early from prison in another state. Three months ago, he was given an apartment where he pays a portion and it increases monthly. He is working 12 hour days and had bought a new printer and it left him short of funds. He needed eighty dollars immediately.
The first thing I told him was that God is always working His purpose out and knows no time limitation. It would have been easy for me to send him the funds but I was extremely uncomfortable about it. He has turned his life over to Christ, but he needed faith right now, not desperation and thinking another human was his answer.
After asking him to call me back in an hour while I prayed, I was led to call a man from my Church who is in prison ministry. He was in the car while his wife, who is the secretary of our Church, was driving. Being on the speaker phone, she could hear our conversation. Later this man called me back saying his wife told him our Church just got a notice from a large organization that helps ex-convicts who have been released early and are trying to live a Christian life. The man was given this number and was able to fill out an application and within 48 hours get monthly funding while he gets on his feet.
By listening to God and knowing the money should not come from me and being led to call the right person whose wife heard this conversation, everybody’s need was met! Ephesians 5:17 says “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” God does work in mysterious ways!
This morning as I was pondering aloneness in my quiet time, it became apparent to me that depending on how we view it, could seem good or bad. Humanly, so often this illusion of aloneness often leads to self-pity or depression. But right there, is when we can also commune with God, where there is no separation ever; therefore, no aloneness is even possible.
Philippians 4:4-7 reads “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again; Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all The Lord is Near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Now, more than ever, we can take advantage of this time we have with God.
Recently, I received a compliment and while it was pleasant, I began to ponder compliments. Some find them very hard to accept and become tongue-tied, not knowing how to answer. Many years ago, I asked a very wise person her thoughts on them and she replied they were like an expensive perfume. One could certainly enjoy the fragrance but not swallow a single drop! As I thought on, I thought of any remark made about me, whether good or bad, my true validation should come from God.
Genesis 28:15 reads “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land.” Praying with that verse never fails to keep me centered and grounded.
In the middle of the night I had a telephone call and no one was there when I answered. The number was someone from another state who I have been working with. Rather than call her back, I just began to pray which I did for over an hour. This morning, the carnal mind wanted to suggest that my sleep had been disturbed so I seem to feel a little off. From time to time there is a friend I call who has such clarity and we talk a few minutes and I get back on course. Earlier I was thinking of calling her, when the phone rang and it was her asking for support.
Imagine, my surprise but immediately I knew she needed me! As I turned wholeheartedly to God, I realized He is always the answer and there is only one creation and we are all part of that one. Giving thanks, my feeling of lack of sleep vanished and Exodus 33:14 came to mind where it states “The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'”