Trimming our Trees

It had been five years since we had had the large trees in our yard trimmed so this week we had all the old, dead limbs cut off and carried away.  Not only do our trees look healthy and beautiful, our yard is more opened and the view clearer.  As I was pondering this sitting at my desk, praying while looking out my window, it occurred to me I might need to do this trimming and casting away old, dead beliefs in my thinking and I surely needn’t wait five years to do this.  As I practiced this, I saw how my vision improved when the temptation arose of seeing a past incident.  Viewing this through God’s eyes, it put a whole different slant on things.  God was with me right then as well as right now so I needed to cast off imagined hurt feelings and replace them with the Truth that I have never been separated from God for an instant.

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.”  By staying with these verses, the old beliefs have been obliterated that say I was ever separated from my Good, God!

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Casting the Net on the Right Side

John 21:6 reads “And He said to them ‘Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.’   So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.”  This is asking us where is our confidence?  Fear is faith in evil while courage is faith in God, Good.  Are we planning on failing or are we knowing that our confidence comes from God and we can be expectant of Good.

When we pray, are we allowing God to work it out for us or we trying to outline humanly what we think is best?  No matter what the scene, God is in charge and always knows what is best for us and what lessons we need to learn.  Knowing this confidently, we can pray asking to see what God sees and courageously, take the steps that are revealed to us.

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