This morning upon awakening after a restless night, I found myself trying to “figure out” why I tossed and turned in my sleep. As I thought along these lines for a few minutes, it dawned on me that I was casting my nets on the wrong side and immediately Philippians 4:7 came to thought which reads “Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
When I practice putting God first in my life, all things come together and I need never attempt to understand error, which is anything ungodlike.
This morning the thought came to mind about thinking erroneously or negatively. If I am perplexed in any way on where a certain thought came from, immediately I know it is not from God. There is never a doubt when the thought is Truth, which is always peaceful and certain and leads with a loving hand. If the thought is negative in any way (envy, bitterness, vengeful, hateful, etc.) all I need to do is to reject it and replace it with Truth, Love. Love knows absolutely nothing of envy, bitterness, etc. and those traits can never co-exists with Love. Love is always the answer! Isaiah 41:10 reads, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
My prayer today will be with that verse if any negative thought appears!
Each of us in entertaining either thoughts from God, Love or thoughts from the carnal mind, which is world thought; fearful, anxious, bitter, vengeful, envious, etc. thoughts. By recognizing and paying attention to these thoughts one can know if a thought is kind, loving, intelligent, etc., God is governing them. On the other hand, when one worries and is angry he is buying into world thought and this is the God he is serving.
Our free will is choosing who we are serving. Error or sin is never in the present but either in the past or the future. No need to go to either of those places because our every human need is provided by Divine Love every minute.
Exodus 16:15-16,19 states “Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: Each one is to gather as much as he needs….No one is to keep any of it until morning.'”
Today I will watch my thoughts and if it is not loving, I will refute it and reject it and replace it by knowing God is the only power there is.
At times when I first awaken, my thoughts go immediately to what I have been working on or things I need to do. Before that takes hold in my consciousness, I recall two scriptures, one is Psalm 5:3 which reads, “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” The other one is Philippians 4:13 and states, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
With that being said, I pause and wait on God to direct my path.
This morning as I sit at my desk and look out my back window, there are five deer, three are laying down and two are standing grooming each other. What humility and love is expressed in their actions. My heart sings as I pray with Psalm 118:24 which reads, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
The ones laying down are all facing different directions, being alert to any sudden movements. Couldn’t we learn from these blessed creatures and love more and be more alert in our thinking watching for any darkness that would attempt to rob us of our joy and peace?
In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the author says, “For those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.” What a statement!
This morning as I think of today and plan it out, I am reminded of Proverbs 16:9 which states, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Isn’t that a reassuring thought? I will keep that verse in my heart today.
This morning as I was reading my Daily Devotional, it occurred to me that the majority of these begin with a forewarning of when our journey gets rough! While pondering this, a light bulb came on because after reading these, you almost always expect something negative to happen!
Refusing to begin each day expecting disaster, I will pray with Jeremiah 25:11 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.” Never once does it mention “pitfalls” but prosperity. Often times we experience these “pitfalls” when we are expecting them!
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.”
This morning I seemed to be in a funk. Looking out the window, everything was dark and rainy and matched the mood I was in. Then I went to my desk and opened the Bible to Isaiah 55:8 and it reads, ” For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Wow! This was exactly what I needed. Today, I choose His thoughts!
This morning I am working and praying with Psalm 139: 23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” As I read this scripture, I realize I am asking God to reveal to me any offensive trait I may display so I needn’t get upset when He does just that. I need to be aware of something before I can release it. Gratefully and humbly, I recognize that is exactly what spiritual growth is and I welcome it.