Normally, my day begins with my Bible lesson followed by my prayerful work and then I wait for inspiration for my blog. There seemed to be no inspiration this morning as I mentally searched for an idea. As my day unfolded, one good thing after another began showing up. God was everywhere and I could see that. Then I became amused because sometime I even vote on how I feel after my prayer work or if I feel enlightened and did I do it right! Today, it was if I did nothing special at all, and I saw Love expressed all over. Of course, it is not me and I truly know that but I experienced that fact more than ever today.
Psalm 29:2 states “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.”
Many years ago I sold gold jewelry and my first purchase found gold at $100 an ounce. During the years gold went up to almost $2,000 an ounce. It was sold through home parties, fund raisers and gifts through Board Rooms at large corporations and was often very profitable. Trying to keep pricing competitive but also making a profit was quite tricky and at times, impossible. There were times I would almost sell out of my inventory which was good, but more expensive to replace certain items. Then, I would have to think about pricing increases. At that time, it would have never occurred to me to pray about this, but still God looked after me.
It took years before realizing my Good comes from God and I certainly could not outline humanly my profit margins. Gratitude is expressed daily and is foremost in my thoughts as I glance back and see my every human need has been met by God and I know it will continue to be. Thank you, Father.
Psalm 105:4 states “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek His face always.”
Recently, I was looking at a picture of raging waters and a lighthouse. As I glanced at the waters, the lighthouse became less clear and almost invisible. Then, I focused on the lighthouse and could not see the waters clearly. That is exactly what happens when I think of problems rather than all the good going on in my life. As I express gratitude for blessings, all other just fade away.
Philippians 4:8 reads “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Today, I will do just that!
Almost twenty years ago, during a challenging and dark time in my life, I moved to a city where I knew no one. During this time, I visited a downtown Church which I found very unfriendly. In looking back, during the year I visited I sat at the back and left immediately following the benediction. Several years passed before returning to this Church due to a move which was nearby and it made sense for me to go there. This time I became involved with different committees and stayed after Church each service to say “Hello” and be greeted as well.
Without a doubt, this Church became so important in my Life and I made lifetime friends there. Several years ago, I moved again and have a new Church but continue with relationships formed there and also, attend when we are in the area. How on earth could I have ever thought this Church unfriendly? I know how. I was so closed-minded and scared of being hurt, that I couldn’t see or feel the Love surrounding me.
Psalm 13:5 states “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” My heart fills with humility and gratitude as I realize that I have never been separated from God and never will.
Years ago I heard a story of a man who died and was at the pearly gate. St. Peter told him he was pleased to escort him into Heaven and opened the door. Before him were tables filled with beautiful food and drink and there was music everywhere The utensils were gold and large and everyone was feeding another. The man was in awe but asked St. Peter if he could just take a quick glimpse into hell and St. Peter agreed.
As he opened the door, he saw the same tables, food, drink and huge gold utensils, but everyone was attempting to feed himself, losing the food in the process. There was so much complaint and swearing that it drowned out the music and food was all over the floor. Don’t we experience Heaven when we are helping others and filled with gratitude and praise! Don’t we experience hell when we are self-absorbed and afraid of lack of Good. Don’t we make our own Heaven and hell?
Lamentations 3:22-26 states “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’ The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Today, I will see Heaven everywhere.
Recently at a Board Meeting at my Church, our cleaning service was on the Agenda to be addressed. We have let things slide for a while and there were some issues we discussed and were wondering how best to handle them. After coming home and going to God in prayer, I began to see things in a clearer light. First, we can acknowledge that they have been with us for a long time and we are so grateful and ask them how is the easiest way to contact them. After looking back over my life at places of employment, it dawned on me the managers that I had that I respected the most were the ones who came to me starting with Love and Gratitude; then telling me about areas that could be improved.
This is true in everything we do in life. When we begin with Love, it is so much easier to communicate. Moving our ego out of the way and telling the truth gets so much more results. Matthew 7:24-25 reads “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fail, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Love and appreciation of others give us that strong foundation.
Recently, in my prayer work, I have asked God to reveal to me my secret faults including every error and every sin. Casting my net on the right side and deeper, He has answered me by pointing out “sensitivity” that needs to be healed. Never had I thought I had been overly-sensitive but in a different light I have seen how others’ differing opinions have sometime irritated me. Soon, I became grateful that God was lovingly pointing out traits to me that need to be dropped since they have never been part of my true identity.
When I feel that gratitude, the healing follows. I John 1:5 states “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” With these revelations, the darkness flees.