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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God Hears our Prayers

Yesterday, I allowed my feelings to be hurt by a dear family member.  For a while, there was self-pity, self-justification, self-condemnation, etc. even after knowing that the battle is always God’s, never mine.  This morning as I humbly prayed to see what God sees, I was led to Matthew 12:48, 50 which reads “But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, ‘Who is My mother and who are my brothers?'”  ‘For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.'”

This is exactly what I needed to hear to remove all of the “self”‘s.  Then I began seeing this precious one as a child of God and simply loved her more.  Love is always the answer, no matter what the problem seems to be.  My prayer recently had been to see God/Love in every situation so I was given that opportunity to do so.

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Clarity of John 9:1-3

This morning I read and re-read this passage which states “And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth.  And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?  Jesus answered, neither hath this  man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

Whenever we have a challenge, it is never, ever punishment but is only the opportunity to know God better and our relationship to Him!  There can be no inheritance of family weaknesses or traits when we truly understand everything is to glorify God.  So often, we want to look for a cause in the human scene and that search only leads to confusion.  By keeping our focus on God/Good, what we need to know is always revealed to us.  Man can never be separated from God.

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