Maintaining the manger attitude

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.

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Missing the Mark

Originally, the definition of “sin” was simply missing the mark and was an archery term.  The solution was to recharge, aim and fire again rather than waller in regret and ruminate with “what ifs”.  That makes such sense to me and so much simpler.  Matthew 15:1 states “Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.”

That is to say, I think, if it does not come from God, it cannot be real so they only thing that is destroyed is erroneous thinking.  Good can never be destroyed.  As Christmas is upon us, my focus will be on the real reason we celebrate.  It is the birth of the Christ, Truth that is in my heart and I will draw nearer to God as my days fill up with “busyness”.

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Cleanliness

As I study Jesus and the attack from the Pharisees when in Matthew 15:1, 2, it reads “Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread?”, Jesus always looked at the spiritual meaning.  He knew that uncleanness isn’t physical, but mental.  It’s always our thoughts that should be addressed first and of course, the physical will follow.  Awareness of whether our thought is from God or the carnal mind should be the question.

Jesus had no concern for rituals, but was more interested in the heart!  My question should always be “Am I doing this for the glory of God or me?”  That truthful answer will always set me on the right path.  Today, I will be conscious of  my thoughts and immediately recognize whether or not they are clean and loving.

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Heart Lightens

As I begin my day with a few lines from a poem written by Rebecca Minor which reads

“I wake up to a new day

Right then I face a choice;

To let my heart be troubled,

Or listen for your voice.”

I turn wholeheartedly to God in gratitude for the many, many blessings He has bestowed upon me.  The scales fall from my eyes as I keep my focus on my gifts from Him and was led to Acts 9:18 which states “Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again.”  This refers to his conversion when the Truth was revealed to him and soon after, he became Paul.  As my heart lightens, clarity heightens and error just falls away.  Today is your day, O Father, and I rejoice in this.

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Preparing for the Day

Early this morning I listened to a short blog on filling a void.  This can occur when we have achieved great honors and success or not!  Three things that are needed and should be practiced daily are:

SELF-KNOWLEDGE-Knowing that you are the perfect child of God and of course, this is a spiritual understanding.

HUMILITY-Understanding we can do nothing on our own but with God, all things are possible.

LOVE-Cherishing that thought that God is Love and we are made in His image and likeness.

With these three things under our belt, we are ready for the day.  Matthew 28:20 states “And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  What comfort!

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Healing of an Old Wound

Almost twenty years have passed since the dissolution of a 33-year marriage when  my two sons were already  adults.  Recently I read an article by a woman who found healing from a divorce on Thanksgiving while feeling sorry for herself because one of her children were with her ex and his new wife.  She was studying the story of King Solomon with the two women fighting over the baby.

As I was pondering this, I remembered that deep down I had not wanted my sons to have anything to do with their dad.  What I saw was that those feelings of anger, bitterness and loss were like the King’s sword dividing that baby.  He had suggested he use a sword to divide the infant and the false mother had agreed while the real one had said to give the baby to the other woman.  In fact, using the sword would hurt the very ones I dearly loved.  I had thought I had my healing long ago as I had forgiven both my ex and myself but I saw there was more to forgive.  While forgiving myself, I saw the growth that has taken place in my life since then and I am so grateful.  Forgiveness, gratitude and humility were all necessary to heal this old wound.  I Kings 3:25-27 states “The king said, ‘Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.’ Then the woman whose child was the living one spoke to the king, for she was deeply stirred over her son and aid, ‘Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him.’  But the other said, ‘He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him.!’  Then the king said, ‘Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him.  She is his mother.'”

Realizing that I had to give up personal claim to my sons so they could experience so much more love, as well as myself.  Gratitude always finds healing.

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Smart Enough?

As I worked on my computer this morning and hit a glitch, immediately the question comes to thought “Am I smart enough to figure this out?”  I seem to be limited in the technology department and frustration follows and then, overwhelm!  Most of the time, I just want to give up.

1 Corinthians 1:30, 31 states ” But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:  That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”  Wisdom does not come from earning and deserving, but believing and receiving.  Today, I will practice listening more.

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