Recently, I texted our grandson’s wife to see what he wanted for his birthday and she told me certain shirts. Immediately sent her the money to get these for him. Three days later I asked her if he had received them and she replied “yes”. Then, I thanked her for taking care of this for us. She then replied “no problem”.
Admittedly, I was somewhat disappointed that there was no thank you call or text; nothing. Once again, I had outlined how this should look and was expecting a thank you of some kind. But isn’t this expecting something in return. Realizing I needed God to handle my feelings because I couldn’t on my own. My only job is to just love without getting anything in return. In all these years, I would have thought I would have learned this by now. That is not going to stop me from giving! Thank you, God.
“But may all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; may those who love Your salvation always say, ‘Let God be exalted!” Psalm 70:4 God, not me.
Two weeks ago, we moved a bird feeder closer to our house and began filling it with birdseed. Now, there are countless birds that fly in. As I ponder this, I am reminded of the Law of Attraction. We cannot experience heaven and hell at the same time, nor blessing and cursing. When our thought is filled with love and humility, look what we attract into our experience. Pride and fear can never attract good! Gratitude and humility always do.
Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves.” Today I will be alert to thoughts and ask to quickly recognize those that are not from God.
Yesterday as I tried and tried to study and pray, it was fruitless. My studying was just reading words. It almost felt like numbness because there was no joy. Finally, I shared those feelings with my husband and he just casually mentioned leaving my desk and enjoying a good book which I did rather than condemn myself for not feeling joyous and grateful.
Today I awoke with such a light and receptive thought. Everything I am reading is coming alive and I am not “trying” to understand or forcing anything. Sometimes I need to just “Relax and know that I am God”. (Be still and know that I am God)
Psalm 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in Truth.” I need not force a thing!
My study for today is Doctrine of Atonement. What is so very interesting is as I studied from a commentary, it was talking about Jesus’s sacred mission with His disciples and it said “a message which was not confined to news of eternity; it proposed to change conditions on earth.” Is that not “spot on” for today! Conditions on earth are certainly being changed from how we knew it. It feels to me like a huge leavening of thought and addressing what, in the past, we have considered necessities. Certainly, we are seeing Church in a new way. We are also doing without services that we thought necessary.
In the Amplified Translation of the Bible in Philippians 4:13, it reads “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me (I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self=sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency).” Today I am praying for Love and Harmony throughout beginning with my thoughts.
As I start my day off by listening for God’s guidance, I am reminded how easy it is to get caught up with living on the surface of life. It is ever-changing phenomena and can easily bring depression, confusion and chaos. Ecclesiastes 1:2 comes to mind as it states “Meaningless! Meaningless! says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” That tells me to look deeper!
We live in a small town where our football team won the playoffs last night and will be going to state next week-end. While I am thrilled about this, I thought about the hours of practice these young men put in and qualities they express; agility, strength, teamwork, discipline, trust and love of the game. These qualities all come from God. This, I feel, is looking deeper into an announcement promoting excitement. My heart feels with love and gratitude for this team of players and yes, I will be rooting for them next week!
This morning at my desk and thinking of all I need to do and making sure I have remembered to buy gifts for all visiting, I soon became overwhelmed. Then I stopped, thought and remembered what I am celebrating! The birth of the Christ is the real reason for this season.
Soon I was led to a paragraph in Miscellany, written by Mary Baker Eddy, which states “Human reason becomes tired and calls for rest. It has a relapse into the common hope. Goodness and benevolence never tire. They maintain themselves and others and never stop from exhaustion. He who is afraid of being too generous has lost the power of being magnanimous.” Psalm 139:23-24 reads “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.”
Today I will check my motives on everything I do and remember that gratitude is riches.
Today as I am studying the various healings of Jesus, I notice they are from turning water into wine, healing the lepers, raising the dead and on and on. In none of these, does Jesus say one may be more difficult to heal than another. There are times when I pray, the temptation that it may be worse than another challenge comes to thought until I focus on the allness of God and the nothingness of error. As I begin prayerfully with God and ask to see what Jesus always saw, I soon see the perfection of God’s universe. Matthew 9:35 reads ” Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.”
There is nothing impossible to God and Jesus even showed us how to pray. Gratitude fills my heart as my focus stays on the allness of God.