When we are aware of our thoughts, we can tell when they begin to spiral downward into darkness.  This mind is referred to as the “carnal mind” in the Bible and we are warned against it.  I heard a lecture some years ago where the lecturer related this to an elevator and said we could get off on any floor and did not need to go to the basement.  Loving this analogy I remembered early on in my life, I felt like I needed to “pit” out to turn to God.  World thought or carnal mind would tell you that when you reached bottom, there was no way to go but up, but you can stop at any time.

The difference today for me is I recognize negativity early on and immediately turn my thoughts to God.  John 16:33 reads “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence.  In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer, take courage; be confident, certain and undaunted!  For I have overcome the world.  I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered  it for you.”  This is true today as always!

Sunset along the Mississippi-1

Gift or The Giver

Recently,  someone shared an article with me on the two kinds of gratitude which was most interesting.  If we take someone a wrapped gift, does she unwrap the gift and then thank us profusely or does she set the gift down and embrace us before she even unwraps it.  This really sparked some thought with me.  Always, before Jesus prayed, he first expressed gratitude to God for all He had done!  As we express that type of gratitude, isn’t our thought lifted to a spiritual level?  Or are we always praying to get something or to get well or whatever?

I Chronicles 29:11 reads, “Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom,  O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.”  Isn’t that  a wonderful way to begin all prayer?  I think I will do that.