Happy New Year

Last night we went to a wonderful restaurant for New Year’s Eve and when we arrived and told them we had made reservations, they replied they didn’t ever reserve tables.  I had made a point of calling several weeks earlier since they have a special menu for New Year’s Eve but the lady assured us we didn’t have one.  My husband wanted to walk out and I was a little perturbed but turned inwardly to God to replace irritation for love for this young lady trying to do her job in a very busy, chaotic situation.

We were soon seated, had a wonderful meal and met a couple from our town.  We were at the next town over.  Then we came home and watched our college team win a bowl game in which they played better than they had all year!  It turned out to be a marvelous evening but I was well aware that had I not gotten dominion at the restaurant, it could have turned out much differently.

Isaiah 43:18-19 states “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”  In the past, I would have demanded to see the manager and insisted on being seated right away!  By releasing that trait that was never a part of my true identity as a child of God, my evening was perfect!

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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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Learning to Love

This morning we had a meeting of women who raise money for scholarships for women’s furthering education.  I am in charge of our fundraiser which is selling shelled pecans.  Before the meeting I had texted one of the ladies to see if she wanted to deliver 40 pounds to a mutual friend who had already paid me.  She had said “Yes”.  I had to leave the meeting early because my husband and I had things to do.

After I left I received a short text from her asking where I was.  She had thought we were going together.  Each of us became frustrated due to the misunderstanding.  After stilling my thought, I remember my morning prayer had not been asking for Love but asking to learn to Love more!  What a break through!  The anger was dispelled immediately and my having to be right simply ceased!

Psalm 105:4 states “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.”  He always answers us.  We need just to listen.

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The Sound of Music

Today I began thinking of my childhood days taking piano lessons.  Whenever I would hit the wrong notes, my teacher wouldn’t dwell on those mistakes, but show me the right notes that needed to be played.  By doing this faithfully and practicing, there came harmony which was pleasant to the ears.

Whenever disharmony appears in my life, which road do I take?  Do I replace the wrong notes with the correct ones or do I begin to complain and spiral downward forgetting the harmony I am seeking?  The lower I go, the faster I slide until I replace all that fear with gratitude for God and know I have never, ever been separated from Him.

Ephesians 5:20 states “Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  When I do that, I soon recognize my Life as being harmonious!

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Red Rose in the Rain

Recently saw a photograph of  raindrops on a red rose that was so beautiful!  Decided I wanted to paint it and have started over more than a half dozen times.  It is in my head but I can’t transfer it to a canvas.  The more I try, the more frustrated I become and I just want to give up.  The irritation doesn’t stop with the painting.

A light comes on and I stop to pray.  John 5:30 states “I can of mine own self do nothing:”  Then I see there was no humility nor love in my motive; just a desire to prove “I can do this!”  Now, I look in all parts of my life to see where I need to be more loving and humble and know with God’s help, of course I can paint this rose and will release human will power and human outlining but come from expressing Love and sees what shows up on the canvas!

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Stress and Worry Not Necessary

As I sit at my desk this morning, reading the Bible and praying , it occurs to me that I have every reason in the world to be joyful!  So often, the carnal mind tries to come in and tell me I need to be concerned and worried, but I soon detect this message is not from God.  Psalms 84:31 reads “The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in His works.”  That verse tells me that if God is rejoicing in His work, then so should I.

The times I feel burdened is the exact time I think I can do something without God and I humbly turn to Him, laying all my burdens on the altar.  As I become more grateful for this understanding, I soon see God everywhere and know He has never lost control; no matter what the carnal mind is screaming at us.  Today is the Lord’s Day and I will praise Him.

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My Credit Score or My True Identity

This is almost embarrassing to share and I think I will anyway.  Since I bank online, my credit score is available with one click.   From time to time, I will check it.  It is always very, very high and I am glad of that, but today it had dropped almost 100 points.  Then I found myself wondering what could have happened.  Nothing had changed and I did spend some time questioning this.

It is wise to keep up with bills, etc. but to let it effect your self-worth may need to be addressed.  My self-worth has nothing to do with my bank account, price of my home or car or credit rating.   Nobody’s true identity depends upon that information.  Job 22:21 states “Submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you.”

My heart fills with humility as I think about spending thirty minutes trying to figure something like that out humanly.  At the same time, I am filled with gratitude to see how far I have come!  Thank you, Father that I caught my thinking earlier than I would have years ago.

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