Recently, our grandson, who is graduating from college with honors, was awarded a scholarship for his masters degree in another state. There is a fellowship given of $10,000 to several and our grandson was the first alternate. Last week we drove over to take pictures of him in his cap and gown. While there, we were talking about how we could help with expenses while he finds a part time job when he moves. As I told him I was praying he responded he didn’t want to get the money if someone else had to turn it down due to illness or anything like that.
We talked and knew God didn’t work like that because what blesses one blesses all. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I prayed with that verse.
Yesterday, he called so thrilled. He had been awarded $10,000 for expenses. The young man that had turned it down had been granted another one from another school which had been his first choice. God is the only power there is and I will claim that today.
Recently, my husband and I were driving the back roads in the Hill Country where we live. This is one of our favorite things to do since he is a photographer and I am an artist. As we came upon this bridge and got out of the car, on one side we looked down at the rapidly flowing waterfalls, which were just amazing! But, by turning to the other side of the bridge and looking down, the water was flowing calmly and very serene. We stood there in amazement looking from one side to the other. Soon I was thinking about life realizing no matter the scene, just by raising and turning our thought, we can see peace and harmony.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 reads “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Sometimes all we need to do is face the other direction.
There are times it seems that I ask God to “fix” a human situation when, in fact, He never sees anything that need to be “fixed”. Instead of seeing God more manlike, I need to see man more Godlike. Resurrection is actually the disappearance of the false in the ever-presence of God. As I begin with God and ask to see His presence everywhere, the false just simply falls away. God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Good and when I pray along those lines, my view becomes more Spiritual and Loving.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 states “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” This is seeing through God’s eyes.
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.”
After writing yesterday about loving more I had numerous opportunities to do that. One call was with an unpleasant young lady in a large company where I needed to understand their way of doing things. Wanted to allow our grandson to use our account in another city and she didn’t seem to want to help. Then after a couple of more calls, a light came on in my thinking to practice what I was preaching! I was soon reminded of a scripture and a poem. These helped to gently respond rather than react angrily.
On Gentle Word
Oh, let it never bear a sting–the thought you think. Make it a bird! Oh, feather it with love, and wing it carefully on gentle word. Then it will rise and sweetly sing, and bless wherever it is heard. by Althea Brooks Hollenbeck
Colossians 2:6-7 states “So then, just as you received in Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Last night we lost our power until after midnight and then it went out three or four more times. There were over seven hundred homes affected. My husband and I read by candlelight until we went to bed. I began pondering peace during this time and thinking of how the Israelites could not store up manna, but had to gather it daily. Not so long ago, I would have felt so inconvenienced, anxious and fretful but I began to be thankful for the conveniences we have daily and take for granted.
This morning we found out it was a woman, intoxicated who had run into the power box. I found myself praying about her.
Last evening, Philippians 4:6,7 and 19 came to me which states “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus….And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” As I prayed I realized it was not for the power to return on but to have peace during that time.
As I begin my day this morning, I was pondering just how close God is; certainly not a far-off God! Feeling He is as close as my next heartbeat, prayer or thought and relishing that thought I am reminded of Romans 8:38-39 which 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.”
When I keep this foremost in my mind, I can be alert to any irritation, fear or worry that attempts to sneak in and cast it out immediately. Either my thoughts are harmonious or not for they certainly cannot hold Love and hatred at the same time. It is my choice what to nurture and I choose peace.