Yesterday afternoon coming home from the week-end spent in another city, we stopped outside of this little town where a flea market was going on. We were drawn to this elderly woman’s tent where she had drooping hanging baskets and various plants. All at once we decided to buy this very ugly hanging basket with a few yellow flowers peeking out and a small pot of colored peppers, also dried up looking. We put them outside and watered them good with water and love when we got home several hours later.
This morning at my desk, I am looking out at this hanging basket standing proud and erect with beautiful flowers and hummingbirds sipping from the flowers! Am thinking about how God sees us when we feel worn out and droopy. Love is always the answer!
James 1:2 states “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” Often this may seem difficult, but release each and every challenge to God to see what He sees.
This morning as I was thinking about this, it seemed to be difficult at times. Then I began to ask myself, ” What do I think about that certain person?” That seemed easier for me as I know I am always at choice on what I am thinking! Catching myself as I think about faults and replacing them with spiritual Truths and qualities about that person; I can then see myself with more loving eyes.
Ephesians 2:10 reads “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” There are no exceptions; we are All God’s workmanship!
Recently, as I was praying, a thought came to mind of someone who had hurt me many, many years ago and I hadn’t remembered this person for years. I recognized this had come up for me to address, heal and release. I was led to study the story of Joseph in the Bible who was sold into slavery by his brothers, later imprisoned for a false allegation, but ended up being second to Pharoah for interpreting a dream for him. He endured many hardships but remained loyal to God. Genesis 45:8 reads, “Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and Lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt.” That was what he told his brothers when he saw them years later.
Joseph could have been filled with such hatred and bitterness, that he would have remained stuck forever. He chose to continue to have faith and follow God and surely, this must have been difficult at times. This was an answer to a prayer that I was not aware I was praying, but it definitely needed to be handled. When we have hatred in our hearts, we are the only one harmed. Today, I will actively pray to love everyone!
This can only be done by turning wholeheartedly to God.
This morning I am praying with Psalms 85:8 which reads, “I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints.” This includes me and all of his children. Old beliefs are such as man is sinful, sick and lacking of good. For years, men believed the world was flat and all the people in the world who believed that didn’t make it so. Why should it be difficult to let go of any wrong idea of man and replace it with the thought that man was created in the image and likeness of God as said in the first chapter of Genesis?
Today, I will affirm my true identity as the child of God and watch what I entertain in my thinking. It is always my choice on what I choose to believe. I believe in God, Good!
There are times when I am resistant to something I need to do. It may be because I feel it will be unpleasant or difficult. When I look closer, it is human will or pride that is resisting the deed. II Timothy 1:7 reads, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” It is never about us personally but about leaning more on God and learning about our relationship to Him.