Understanding, Not Figuring Things Out

This morning, while studying and praying at my desk, I caught myself trying to intellectualize how something was going to turn out.  It didn’t take long for me to turn to God and quieten my thoughts and just listen, since it was not working the other way. Trying to figure things out involves ego and self-will while understanding comes from the heart if it is filled with humility and gratitude.

Luke  9:21 reads “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou has hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes:”  Sometimes, I just need to listen more.

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Anniversary

Today marks a year since I began writing this blog!  My intent was to listen to God as I studied and prayed each morning and to write something, followed by one of my husband’s pictures, which never fail to inspire me.  The main point was to consciously see what God sees rather than being tempted to look at something through human eyes.  The Christ is always right here with us and so often, I worked with Philippians 4:6 which reads, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

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Healing of the Blind Man

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is from John 9 about the healing of the blind man.  Sometimes when I am praying about a difficulty in my life, the first thing I want to do is to consider what I have done wrong.  By studying this story, I soon realize this is not punishment but is revealing more about God and my relationship to Him.  John 9:3 states, “Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

Today, I will listen even more closely to what God is telling me and I can rest assured it is Good.

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