Worthy of Answered Prayer?

Often when we are asking for help when experiencing a challenge, whether it is physical, financial or problems with relationships, there is doubt of deserving God’s help.  This was what I was thinking when I was reading about Peter cutting off the ear of the soldier who was arresting Jesus.  He didn’t hesitate in reprimanding Peter and immediately healed the man’s ear.  Surely, humanly this soldier didn’t merit this act of forgiveness.

From there, I begin to think of the world’s concept of riches is grasping and hoarding while God’s way includes letting go and giving.  Humanly, none of us are probably worthy of God’s goodness, but it is given us by grace.  1 Peter 1:8 reads “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.”  This is all possible by the grace of God.

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Overlook The Small Stuff

This morning I read where a High School teacher was making a point with her class.  The students were asked if they had $86,400, would they concern themselves if someone stole $10 from them?  She went on to say that is the number of seconds in a day so if someone offended them, it would probably take 10 or so seconds to do so.  Would they give them more of the day by ruminating , playing and replaying it mentally?  That is our choice!

“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.”  Psalm 16:11  This can only work if we refuse to be impressed with small things that try and steal our joy.

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Universal Love

This morning as I was reading an article about “universal love”, the author quoted his friend as saying “Every time we stop an angry thought, we stop a bullet somewhere in the world.”   Isn’t that thought-provoking?  Each day I pray about the violence in the world and when I think on those words, I certainly see how I can help!  My prayer today is to become more aware of my thoughts and actions and more responsible, as well.  Will watch for any negativity and immediately refute it and replace it with thoughts of love and gratitude.  ! Timothy 2:8 states “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”

My first call of the day was of someone telling me that he didn’t have a restful night and I thought of mine, which was very restful and peaceful and became grateful rather than take it for granted.  There is always so much for which to be grateful and that very state of mind leaves no room for anger.  Thank you, Father.

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Mistaken Views

Recently, a young family member received a large promotion and relocation to a different state surprising many of us.  This lovely young woman didn’t even finish junior college and had numerous boyfriends over the years which led the family to think she would marry very young and begin having children early on.  There is certainly nothing wrong with that but that seemed to be the general consensus.  Never did I think or know that she was diligently working at her job as evidenced by this recent promotion.

What I have been thinking about are my mistaken views of this woman as we all lovingly joked about her following a family get-together.  Now, I  am questioning myself; could I be wrong about other things as well?  Zephaniah 3:17 states “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”  My heart fills with humility and gratitude as I realize He does not give up on me.

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So Much Gratitude

Normally, my day begins with my Bible lesson followed by my prayerful work and then I wait for inspiration for my blog.  There seemed to be no inspiration this morning as I mentally searched for an idea.  As my day unfolded, one   good thing after another began showing up.  God was everywhere and I could see that.  Then I became amused because sometime I even vote on how I feel after my prayer work or if I feel enlightened and did I do it right!   Today, it was if I did nothing special at all, and I saw Love expressed all over.  Of course, it is not me and I truly know that but I experienced that fact more than ever today.

Psalm 29:2 states “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.”

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The Ten Commandments

As I have been studying today’s Bible lesson, it mentions “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,”.  Soon after, an unsolicited thought pops into my head from nowhere from the past when I suddenly realized that becomes a graven image from time to time since it is not connected with joy but regret.  With this gentle nudge, I began to study the 10 Commandments closer and deeper.  For example “Thou shalt not take the Lord’s name in vain” means so much more to me now.  Since I don’t use the word “damn” after God’s name, I thought I was home free until I realized that any comment after “I Am” that is ungodlike can be seen as blasphemous.

Hebrews 12:28-29 reads “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.'”  While studying deeper, everything becomes fresher to me rather than rote!  I will look at all things anew today with childlike innocence and without judgment.

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Correcting a Mistake

For the second time in the five years of art classes, I have taken to class a piece that at one time, I wanted to toss.  Once again, my teacher patiently looks at it, giving me guidance and suggestions on how to correct the errors.  Never does she condemn or criticize  unkindly, but urges me onward with suggestions that will correct.    This reminds me of God guiding me in times I may feel that I totally messed up and there is no way out.  He doesn’t punish me nor does He condemn me but gently lifts me up to a clearer and higher view of the challenge.  Graciously, my thought begins to change as I remove ego.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 reads “Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

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