Saying Good-Bye

This morning while at my desk,  I received a telephone call saying my teacher, (who seemed like my mother, sister, best friend) passed on a few hours earlier.  There seems to be a void in my life right now but I know that void is filled with Love.  Human belief tells us we need to grieve and grieve if we really loved someone.  What a laugh!  I can almost hear her say “Rebecca, you’ve got this!”  She would want her life celebrated, not mourned!  As I watch a bird fly out of my sight through the window, it is true with her.  She is just out of my line of vision.

Romans 12:2 says “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Today, I will celebrate all life!

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Experience at the Grocery

Yesterday while checking out at the grocery store, the cashier told me from the beginning, this was only the second time to check out alone.  From then on, it was having to stop and get help with different items, to check prices and correct mistakes.  About this time, someone pushed her basket into me from the rear accidentally and apologized profusely.

Now what was so special to me was the compassion I felt for all of these so-called “inconveniences”.  There was a time when only one of these things would have irritated me to no end.  Later I saw this experience as a “pop quiz” to see if I were practicing what I had been studying and praying about; certainly not a punishment.

When I returned home, the first thing my husband said was “Wow, that didn’t take you anytime!”  It was so amusing when I knew before I would have been checking my watch.  Also, the remainder of the day was delightful as well.  “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:2.  Only Good is going on.

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Right Here, Right Now

So often, we hear phrases like “He will come again” and “some day we will be with Him” and immediately, I refute the “some day” or “here after” and later!  The Christ is available to us every second!  Romans 12:2 reads, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by  the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Today, I will be conscious of these subtle suggestions that our joy will be later, not now and will not “sleepwalk” through today, but will see God’s glory everywhere!

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