Recently my husband did something wonderful for someone and I felt he was not properly thanked. He feels I put too much emphasis on a “Thank you” note or text. As a young girl, my mother taught us how important it is to express gratitude and I may have “overlearned” that. Then, I was gently reminded and questioned myself on how grateful I am for all my blessings. Humbly, I realized I should really stay in a state of gratitude for all God does and maybe I should judge not lest I be judged.
Ephesians 3:20 reads “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” Once again, I question where my focus is.
It has been quite a while since we have had rain and the plants and trees look so sad and thirsty. Late yesterday afternoon, I had been pleading to God for rain as I had done recently. Then, it occurred to me that I was praying amiss. All at once I knew in my heart that God knows our every need and surely this was a need. Remembering how Jesus always became thankful before every healing, I, too, began to thank God for always being in control. In about twenty minutes, my husband asked if I heard the rain! It probably rained good for a half hour or more. Needless to say, my heart filled with gratitude and humility as I listened to the answer to my prayer. Psalm 62:8 reads, “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.”
Last year when my husband bought his car for our second vehicle, it only came with one key which was digital. He was to make an appointment and return to the dealership to have the second key made. He never went back. Today after misplacing the only key, I immediately reminded him that he should have had that second key made last year.
Then I went to pray about it but my thought was so filled with “self-righteousness” and was having a difficult time praying with that type of thinking. A light soon came on for me as I knew I couldn’t subtract to find the answer to an addition problem. Neither could I get a positive result coming from a negative. My thought immediately humbled as I thought about his patience with me so we called our service who sent out someone at no charge to open the door. The key had fallen on the floorboard.
Romans 8:26 reads “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” I knew immediately that they would be found when I replaced negative thoughts with love and gratitude.
As I was studying the prodigal son in the fifteenth chapter of Luke today and have probably read this no less that a hundred or more times, it really came to me that while it only took eight verses for this young man to come to his senses, we don’t know how much time had elapsed. It could have been a couple of weeks or several decades, but it made no difference to his father, God. To me, that is so reassuring that God is always patiently waiting for us to wake up and come to Him! Sometimes my lessons come so easy while other times there seems to be such a struggle. That is always up to me!
Gratitude and humility are the traits always needed to find the Christ and that still, small voice. Luke 15:24 reads “for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found. And they began to celebrate.” Setting aside human will and outlining and turning wholeheartedly to God is the answer.
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!