This morning, as I study, the thought came about a recent conversation I overheard regarding a quarterback whose team is going to the championship game. He was being praised while I immediately was reminded that he wouldn’t be that great if he didn’t have good receivers. Then, was thinking about how needed the blockers were! As I was thinking along this line, I thought when someone is healthy but has a broken-down car, a good car mechanic would be much greater than a doctor.
Soon my heart filled with love and gratitude for everyone, no matter what his station in life must be. I was led to think about prayer and often we may want to ask God to bless our plans rather than ask Him what His plan is for us. Today I will be praying with Jeremiah 29:11 which states “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”
Today as I work about fasting, not from certain foods and amounts, but of thoughts I entertain. My prayer is asking for guidance, discernment and wisdom as I remove any and all discordant thoughts to be replaced by loving ones. The more I am aware, the easier it becomes to recognize anger, bitterness, envy , no matter how subtle it is. When my thinking is pure, my entire life seems to fall into place and I give gratitude for this!
Jeremiah 29:11 states ” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not t harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” This can only be seen when my thinking is cleared of darkness; and instead, is filled with Love.
This morning I have been thinking about peace and harmony and how I can seem to lose those feelings when I am inconvenienced. There are times it appears someone is late for a meeting that puts a hardship on others that are there on time. This just happened to me last night and I entertained “irritation”. While driving home, I did some prayer work because I noticed that it was me giving my “peace” and “harmony” away. I then thought of how I have always “prided” myself with my punctuality and “judged” others when they were late or didn’t show up for a pre-agreed meeting.
My thought then went to knowing “pride and fear” have no place in the Kingdom of Heaven but “gratitude and humility” can always lead one there. Jeremiah 29:11 states “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Later on last night, I received a telephone call for prayerful work and I thank God that by then, I had my peace and was able to assist the caller.
We may not be able to control what happens to us, but we can control how we view it. Love and compassion are always the answer.
Today as I pray for the prosperity of our country, I refute any and all my human opinions of personality and human traits, but rather stay with the prayer that justice, mercy and peace characterize our government. Also, realizing God is still in control and asking to see through his eyes rather than limited human eyesight.
Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I will pray with this prayer today and replace all negative thoughts with this promise.
So often, it is easy to notice all the bad going on in the world and listen to negative things reported by the media. At that very same time, there is so much Good going on if we just look for it. Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Proverbs 17:22 reads “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Today, I will watch for unwelcome thoughts that attempt to steal my joy. I will take responsibility for what I am thinking and I can do this when I cling to God.