As my husband and I were talking this morning, he made a remark about a certain person in our government and I immediately chastised him because I found the remark offensive. Later, at my desk I began to ponder my reaction. First, I realized I wasn’t responsible for my husband’s opinions. Certainly, I am not his mother. Then, it struck me that often I think I know what is best for someone. How absurd! God is the only real parent there is.
Isaiah 64:8 states “Yet, O Lord, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.” Truly our only responsibility is to worship God and Love. As we do that, everything always falls into place.
While watching my birds at the feeder and bird bath and hear them singing, I know they have not just started doing that; just recently have I slowed down enough to see this and appreciate them. They have always been! Today, I will notice God’s work everywhere.
This morning at my desk, I was studying and praying and my heart was so lifted! My telephone rang and it was my older brother calling from another country to visit. He is known to embellish the truth from time to time and the next thing I knew we were competing as we did as children. We also went nose to nose with “one-ups” and were doing it today.
After finishing our conversation, I realized my thoughts were not as lifted as previously and actually, I felt a little dark. Ephesians 4:22-24 reads “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” I then called a friend and chatted briefly with her because of her clarity of thought. She quickly said that competitiveness was never a part of my true identity nor was it my brother’s.
Immediately, I felt better and realized error will always try to come in and steal our joy; but we do not have to let it. Freedom is our rightful inheritance!
Globally, if we would faithfully realize every day that the omnipresence of Love fills the whole universe, the consciousness of the healing, saving power of that Love will reach and bless all who reach out to God in their extremity. Lonely and sad hearts will become conscious of His infinite Presence. Those afraid will feel the touch of this Love and be comforted.
The light of the Christ will dispel the darkness of fear and pain, and His voice will declare, “Lo, I am with you always , you are never alone.” Daily, let us work and see the omnipotence of the Omnipresence. We are never separated from God.
If I was holding a football next to a football great and it needed to be thrown, wouldn’t I hand it off to him? Not only could a long, successful pass be made, the value of the ball itself would immediately become greater. The same would be true of a baseball or golf club. Then I thought of having a challenge. Wouldn’t it be much smarter to just hand it off to God? Why would I attempt to handle it myself? My dependence on God grows daily just as my strength and understanding of Him and my relationship to Him grows.
Relying on God should be so easy and be the first thing we do, not as the last resort. John 8:32 reads “Then you will know the truth , and the truth will set you free.”
As I was praying this morning, I was asking God to reveal to me where I could help. Immediately, the thought came of a nearby Crisis Center in a town not far from here. I called them to check and she immediately said “Oh, yes!” we need toiletries and underwear for all sizes. I keep toiletries from when we travel and can order anything else. Our Church sends out wonderful weekly Sentinels with healing articles in them so I always take a box of them.
The woman at the Center said there was such a need for those items that in my heart, I knew that this was an answer to her prayer as well!
Psalm 37:4 states “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” “What blesses one blesses all.” Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
In our Bible lesson this week from II Samuel is the story of Amnon, the son of David seducing his sister, Tamar. The more I studied about what this could possibly represent, it dawned on me that it is error being forced upon us, which is happening now with the scare of the virus. It is forcing me to see more and more of the power of God as the only power there is. I see more and more love being expressed, less prejudice and less political bias. This has come for healing.
Romans 8:28 states “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Love is always the answer.
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!
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.
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.
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!