Some years ago, I recall a book and movie entitled “The Stepford Wives” which depicted this town with robotic women who had perfect homes, humanly perfect appearances and not a human care in the world. Not only was this frightening to me, but boring as well. The reality is that we live in a Spiritually perfect world but we are to see through God’s eyes which are love. Sometimes there is a temptation to want everything to be perfect humanly, but that can never happen and the material senses will never make sense. Keeping our focus on God is the only way to see perfection, which will never have imperfection of any kind.
Romans 8:15-16 reads “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” This means spiritually, not materially.
This morning as I was praying about the rescue of the boys’ soccer team and their assistant coach from the cave in Thailand, I had been reading the Holy Bible and “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy asking for guidance on how to pray. Was immediately led to a citation in Science and Health, which stated “Material belief is slow to acknowledge what the spiritual fact implies. The Truth is the centre of all religion. It commands sure entrance into the realm of Love.” That seemed to be the answer for me as I thought of the dire predictions humanly but soon remembered that God was right there with those children in the cave.
Also, the prayers going out from people all over the world have to be comforting them and those who are seeking an entrance in order to save them. My prayer today surrounds those inside as well as outside those walls. Then, I realized I was praying for the entire universe.
Romans 8:38-39 states “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Naturally, we should be grateful to all of those who have fought so we can have freedom in this great country of ours. Shouldn’t we also want freedom from hatred, envy, criticism, judgment, revenge, bitterness and all other negative feelings? That is true freedom and that comes with refuting those and replacing them with Love, kindness, compassion, gratitude and humility. Today, my prayer is that all men, women and children can taste of freedom within. That can be done with focusing on God, Love!
Titus 3:5 states “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”
As I pray this morning for more grace, wisdom, compassion, discernment and clarity, it dawns on me that a few years back, I would have been praying for material things that even if I received them, the happiness would be short-lived. This prayer helps me in my everyday life which has become more joyous even while having challenges. Spiritual growth does not need to be painful, which actually means giving up human will and ego and growing into appreciation for all the Good we already have.
Psalm 5:2-3 states “Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” To me, that means praying and then releasing that request and then expecting only Good.
Instant Image by Donna Virgil Holden
“When you stand before the mirror, you do not have to wait to see your counterpart appear, or glass elucidate.
Nor does God wait for you to reach a slow perfection. Existing now, at one with Him, you are instantly reflection.”
We are now made in the image and likeness of that perfect God!
Recently I was thinking about small children dressed as ghost and goblins for Halloween. When we open the door to pass out candy, we even feign fear and surprise at whatever costume that is before us. But never, do we believe for an instant that the child wearing that costume is what he/she is portraying. As we think of an adult with an unpleasant character trait, shouldn’t we see that as not belonging to God’s precious creation?
Ephesians 1:32 states “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Today, I will not be fooled by anything ungodlike belonging to one of His children, including myself. That will include even a physical ailment!
The very instant we experience adversity, doubt about God and His goodness come flooding into our consciousness. Actually, at that exact time, we can turn from fear and know God is just working His purpose out. It seems so easy to turn to discouragement but the Christ, Truth is just waiting for us to replace our thoughts about self and replace them with thoughts about God and our relationship to Him. “Turn the other cheek” which could just mean look at the situation from a different angle.
Isaiah 55:8-9 reads “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declare the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” That verse is self-explanatory to me. Don’t trust my thoughts unless they are from God. If we are entertaining negativity of any sort, we know that is NOT from Him and then, we simply and humbly ask to see what He sees, which is always His perfect child. He also works out every detail and takes you all the way! Not partially, but all the way.
Recently we gave one of our granddaughters my husband’s car. Now she is off to college and we committed to help. Instead of a couple of hundreds, it turned into hundreds and hundreds! When I should have turned to God and listen for an answer, I had pencil and paper in hand attempting creative financing! There didn’t seem to be a way out without breaking our promise which my husband would never do.
This morning while at my desk reading and praying, a humble thought appeared as God revealed to me “I’ve got this!” Now I don’t know exactly how but I am willing to listen and take human footsteps and I do know our every human need is met by Divine Love.
2 Corinthians 4:16-17 states “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.”