Recently we left town for a few days. Before leaving, my husband and I discussed a tree in our back yard that we both thought might be dead and was wondering who to call to cut it down when we came back. While away one morning as I was praying, I remember asking to see God’s presence everywhere and began doing so. Upon arriving home and unloading the car, I went to my desk and looked out the window. There standing proud and lovely was our tree with leaves covering its branches. There is much life in that tree as I see God expressed in growth and beauty. Why do I ever doubt Him?
Psalm 16:11 states “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Thank you, Father!
This morning as I was making the bed, a dream I had just had came to thought. Then, I tried to remember it and it was very difficult. At the same time, I recalled trying to remember a past hurt and it was the very same thing! How absurd it is to spend time trying to put together a dream or something from the past. Same difference. Absurdity.
My next pondering was the celebration of the birth of the Christ while I would be celebrating my rebirth! Colossians 3:15 states “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
Today I choose to cherish Life rather than a dream.
This morning during my prayer work, I am reminded that God is Love, Truth, Life and Spirit as told to us in the Bible. This God I definitely want to know better including my relationship to Him rather than the God I knew from my youth, which was an angry and punishing God. Realizing that everything that happens to us is to further our understanding and dependence on Him is much more comforting to me. John 12:29 reads “The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to Him.” This was said in reference to the Crucifixion of Jesus.
This speaks to me as I know it to certainly be true for me. Today, I will listen more for angel messages, rather than thunder.
Being an artist, I pick up and read brochures, pamphlets and books about art. Some time ago, I found a small pamphlet entitled “Five Things to Remember When you are Drawing”. As I read this, I thought it should have been entitled “Five Things to Remember When you are Drawing (and Living)
l. Step back from your work.
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10 Impersonalize the work and get a larger view.
2. Draw what you see; not what you know.
Look at it from different angles. Keep a fresh outlook and pray for a new approach.
3. Consider composition.
Where is my focus? Am I looking through God’s/Love’s eyes?
4. Be patient with yourself.
Am I being so judgmental that I cannot be kind to me?
5. Enjoy the process.
Enjoy Life’s Journey. We are all learning!
Twice this morning, I would think of a person and that person would call me. It always seems surprising when that happens but it really shouldn’t. Whenever that chatter is stilled in thought, we are able to hear God. Romans 8:6 reads, “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” This can be achieved by replacing envy, judgment, condemnation with Love! Love dispels all negativity!
God’s light is always shining! When our light is bright, sometimes we don’t recognize it as God’s light. In the darkness, His light is still shining and when we let it, it overpowers the darkness. It Never goes out! John 1:4-5 reads, “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
While pondering God this morning, the realization was strong that God is anything that is Good! God is Love, Truth and Life!! All Good has to come from God. That being the case, there is no room for error or sin of any kind while focusing on the Almighty God! Romans 8:28 reads, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.