My Indian Vase

Recently, while on vacation, we visited a small Indian Reservation where we shopped for a piece of pottery.  We arrived early and this woman invited us into her home to show us the five pieces she had made to sell.  The vase I found was small, delicate and beautiful and she had $150 price marked on it.  I asked her what she would take for it and after thinking, she said $140.  She then told us of the steps in making this piece of art and I was almost embarrassed.  Before writing my check, I almost wrote it for $200 since I felt pity for how she lived.

Immediately, I caught my thought, wrote the check for $150 and she was beaming.  How dare me feel sorry for this lady who loved what she did and was so proud!  What a beautiful experience we had listening to her as she proudly told the steps her family had been taking for hundreds of years in making this pottery.

John 14:27 reads “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  I felt such peace that day.

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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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Loose Him and Let Him Go

Last  night, a family member telephoned me and we hadn’t talked in over a year.  That is not unusual since this person has a history of irritating people in the family.  We visited for over an hour and it was the most pleasant conversation we had ever had.  As I had picked up the phone and saw the name, my first thought was “Oh no” and immediately caught my thought and quickly prayed to see God’s child instead.  John 11:44 reads “And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin.  Jesus said unto them, ‘Loose him and let him go.'”

This reminded me to release preconceived opinions and know the Truth about God’s creation that He found “very good”.  Being Easter week-end, I had also prayed to know that “He is risen!” and to raise my thoughts as well.  Letting go of condemnation, bitterness, harsh judgments and other negativity, I am leaving room for joy!

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Releasing the Past

This morning as I study and pray, the thought came to me that my Church family may know me better  than my own family.  There are times when I feel less judged by my Church family and I feel my siblings may still view me in the past.  Then, I asked myself, “Is this my thinking?”  Philippians 3:13-14 states “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend time with family individually as they were here during a recent challenge I experienced.  The only thing that was expressed was Love, no pretense nor judgment at all.  As I think back my heart is filled with gratitude and humility for that time with each of them.  My daily prayer is for more grace and the ability to drop off any concern on what anyone else thinks.  It really is none of my business.  Spiritual growth is all that really is going on.

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Praying for the Dallas Police

This morning, as I read and pray, the Dallas Police and their families are foremost in my thoughts.  The story of feeding the multitude in Matthew, interpreted Spiritually, is very poignant today.  Breaking bread is explaining Truth to the crowds and that Truth is the power of Love, which always destroys error.

Matthew 15:32-38 reads, “Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.  And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?  And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye?  And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.  And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.  And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.  And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.  And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.”

So often the news media continues to incite more fear and anger, so we need to limit our viewing of this repetitive explosives, and pray to express more Love and compassion.  Love is the only Power there is that can destroy hatred.