As I sit at my desk, studying and praying, I reflect back over my childhood. Memories come flooding back of all the stories my mother told me of Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny and on and on. They were all fabricated and I was told all of these things by someone who claimed to love me unconditionally. After discussing this with a dear friend and mentor, she simply said “Your mom’s motive was pure and from Love.” A light clicked on in my consciousness and no longer did I focus on those stories, but her Love!
Then I was reminded of calls I may receive asking for prayerful help and sometimes, I may be having the same challenge. When we talk about God and His Healing power, there is an issue of hypocrisy that needs to be addressed in my thinking. Once again, my motive is pure and the caller may even see the Truth before I do, but God protects my motive. Jeremiah 3l:3 reads “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love I have drawn you with loving-kindness.'” Always, always check your motive and make certain it is from Love.
While beginning my day this morning, I began to ponder how fearful thoughts try to sneak in; whether in the way of upcoming lack of Good, Health or finances. It seems to always be in the way of lack and starts out subtle, but soon grows. 1 John 4:18 reads “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfect in love.”
This says to me that love and fear cannot co-exist so love is always the answer. The question I always ask myself when tempted by fear is “Where do I need to love more?” and it is always uncovered! Love is always the answer. Today I will do just that!
In the recorded allegory of Adam and Eve, the story is about Eve being tempted to believe in a power other than God. Rather than being grateful for everything in the garden, her focus was on the one tree, she could not have. Don’t we even have to face that temptation today? When our blessings are so great, we want to think about lack of some kind.
Philippians 4:8 states “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.” Isn’t that clear? We always have a choice on whether we choose light or darkness.
As I ponder this today, I think of when I am struggling, it is because human will is attempting to be in control. Then, when I turn to God and release human will, it is like the morning mist and distorted images that it contains dissolving in the presence of the sunlight. Humanly, we often think of “turning to God” as a state of passiveness, when actually, it is a very active exercise.
Praying with Colossians 3:15 bring peace as it states “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
Self-sufficiency is destroyed as I realize my dependence upon God more and more daily. Then, I know my security lies in God. 2 Corinthians 12:9 states, “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
This verse was reassuring during a severe hail storm last night. This morning I express gratitude for our protection including home and cars.
Any time I have a thought of Love, compassion, inspiration, I know it comes from God. That is the still, small voice that is within. When I cannot hear it, it is because of negative emotions such as self-righteousness, self-justification, anger, unforgiveness, disappointments, hurt feelings, etc. So, it is up to me to recognize those emotions and replace them with Love and compassion. This, of course, is not something I can do humanly, but by turning to God and asking for His help, I can rest assured I can see what He sees! John 13:27 states, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
A reflection of trees in the water.
Over the week-end, we went to see Star Wars and were vastly entertained. When Hans Solo was killed, though, it took me a minute for it to register that it was only a movie, because I felt sadness and grief. I later thought how similar it feels when it seems my feelings are hurt, or disappointment surfaces when my plans are thwarted.
The experience I felt in the movie may feel exactly the same! But am I viewing an illusion?
The photo below looks like a reflection of a tree with leaves, when in reality, it is only Texas wild rice growing in the river and a tree on the bank with no leaves. Do you see the correlation as you view certain challenges that may appear real?