Where are you Looking?

Recently read an article about Corie Ten Boom, the author of “The Hiding Place”.  It was the story of a Dutch watchmaker and his family who hid many Jewish families during World War II.  Eventually, they were captured and in death camps; Corie the only one who survived.  She spent the remainder of her life talking about forgiveness.  When people visited her home, she would take down a beautifully embroidered picture of a cross from the wall and show it first from the back where it was a tangled mess of thread.  Then she would show the front where it was a wonderfully stitched crown.

God sees us as the front side where we have a tendency to see us as the messy side. Then yesterday a lady called me and as we were talking she said she had been lying in bed while not feeling good and her eyes settled on her beautiful antique chest of drawers, where her sock drawer was not fully closed.  That drawer was a mess, but didn’t take away from the gorgeous chest.  Where is our gaze during this turmoil.  Is it on the Love being expressed throughout or on the fear?

Today I will catch every thought that does not praise God and think on those things that are beautiful, loving and true.  Isaiah 9:2 states “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

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Who are you Serving?

My question today is “Who am I serving?”  We cannot serve two gods!  We cannot serve both God and fear.  Was thinking about David and Goliath and the Goliath we seem to be facing today.  A while back I was reading where a man the size of Goliath in Biblical days was mentally slow, not very agile with limited eyesight. As I think about that only the belief of his size would have been scary, but even so  David was well aware that the battle was God’s so was not fearful.  A small pebble of Truth destroyed that giant just as today when we turn wholeheartedly to God.  There is only one God!

Psalm 79:9 states “Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.”  Yes, use wisdom and be law-abiding but refuse to be obsessed with fear and serve only the one God.  He will deliver us from all evil.

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Witnessing Love Everywhere

Today has begun with my telephoning in to our Church service.  My heart filled as I thought of all the work being done by individuals nationally so this could happen.  Then I saw where a truck driver received his dinner at no charge from a large franchise as he ordered his pick-up meal with the bill saying “O due and thank you for your service.”  Downtown in our little town, a local food truck is preparing lunch for one of our grocery stores employees.

As I focus on these things, they just seem to multiply, which is always the case.  John 4:35 states “There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest?  behold, I say unto you, ‘Lift  up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.'”  Look through God’s eyes and this is what we see and I will do that today!

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Balancing Going On

For years there has been complaint regarding the imbalance of salaries.  For instance, many have thought our teachers have long been underpaid and CEO’s, celebrities and sports figures overpaid.

Just read where yet another CEO  of a large corporation has given up his multi-million dollar salary until the end of the year in order that his people on the frontline will be paid.  So grateful to see so many others do that.  This is God working His purpose out!  He has always and will always be in control.

Psalm 46:10 states “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Will continue to pray to see God everywhere.

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Who is Important?

Just returned from the grocery store  and we are being grateful for being able to do this.  The very next thing we are voicing is our gratitude for those making $15 an hour, not the executives but the stockers, checkers, the people picking up our trash, etc.  What would we be doing without them right now?

Also, thinking that a virus needs a living being to stay alive and we need to check our thinking to see what we are feeding?  Are we feeding the frenzy, the fear of not having enough groceries or supplies or even contacting this?  Today, I will focus on gratitude of the abundance of love being expressed, the sharing of supplies, the reaching out to help one another.

Colossians 2:2-3 states “This is what I have asked of God for you: that you will be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love, and that you will  have the rich experience of knowing Christ with real certainty and clear understanding.  For God’s secret plan, now at last made known, is Christ Himself.  In Him lie hidden all the mighty, untapped treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Praying for the safety of the universe.

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What is Church?

It is becoming more clear daily that true Church has nothing to do with a building!  It is people reaching out to one another in love and compassion.  All of the Churches in our area are closing their doors so now we are experiencing real Church.  It has absolutely nothing to do with the frock you are wearing nor how much money you are giving in the offering.  It is what is in our heart and how we treat our fellowman.  So grateful for this time where the best of people is brought out.

Psalm 37:4 states “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  One finds himself in the giving to others.

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Using My Time Wisely

Since I have been in my home more and more, I decided to clean out closets a little at a time.  Usually, I postpone this chore thinking it has to be done right now and I sometime tire myself out.  Have been joyfully doing this since I have no time limit.  The same I realize I’m doing with my prayer work.  What I have noticed, I have been forced to stay in the present!  The world is being cleansed and healed as well as we have been led to slow down.

Matthew 6:34 states “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has  enough trouble of its own.”  There is absolutely nothing to worry about as we are being forced to realize that all we have thought important is really not.  Isaiah 41:10 says “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you,  yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  These are promises and I know them to be true.

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