Early today I “googled” a recipe which is so convenient and easy to do. Then I was reminded when something arises, do I call a friend or someone who would agree with me about an issue or do I call someone who would help me to see the Truth or do I call on God? There are times when God is not where I turn first but should always be.
Isaiah 41:10 reads “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Dependency on God is maturity rather than immaturity! Thank you, Father for every opportunity I am given to grow in grace.
This morning there is joy from deep within attempting to surface and actually for the past few days there seemed to be a lack. This is not something I can take credit for but am delighted to experience it as it will flow over onto others. There are times when I am tempted to think joy or mistakes are personal in nature as I remind myself, everything is about God and my relationship to Him/Her. The constant struggle is removing the little ego from my thinking and know that I know it is always about God/Good. The Bible says it is all vanity if we are not looking through God’s/Love’s eyes.
John 3:8 states “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” Today, my focus is on God!
Recently, I was looking at a picture of raging waters and a lighthouse. As I glanced at the waters, the lighthouse became less clear and almost invisible. Then, I focused on the lighthouse and could not see the waters clearly. That is exactly what happens when I think of problems rather than all the good going on in my life. As I express gratitude for blessings, all other just fade away.
Philippians 4:8 reads “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.” Today, I will do just that!
This morning as I study and pray at my desk, I think about how I awakened for many years. The minute my eyes popped open, I would take an inventory mentally of all the problems that were going on in my life at that time. The same thing would happen as I closed my eyes at night. The difference now is as I retire for the night, I think of the many blessings God has bestowed upon me and I wake doing the same thing. As I glance back, I cannot remember the exact time and date that change occurred nor does it matter.
Zephaniah 3:17 reads “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” This, I now know to be true and with this Truth, my heart sings.
As I ponder this story of Jesus talking with the Samaritan woman at the well, there are so many things that made it an unusual occurrence. Firstly, for a Jewish man to talk to a woman, much less a Samaritan woman was rare. Her reputation couldn’t have been pristine if she had five previous husbands and was not married to the man she was currently living with at the time. When His disciples returned and found Him, they, too, were surprised. The one thing that Jesus was positive about, was her receptivity; therefore, her recognition of the Christ as He told her about herself. In her humility , she expressed gratitude for this conversation.
1 Samuel 16:7 states “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the lord looks at the heart.'” Jesus was certainly looking at the Samaritan woman’s heart that day and it remains that way. Today, I will actively work about keeping my heart free from worry, anxiety, jealousy, envy, bitterness and pray that it be filled with grace, love and kindness. That is what God will see.
Recently, my husband and I were driving the back roads in the Hill Country where we live. This is one of our favorite things to do since he is a photographer and I am an artist. As we came upon this bridge and got out of the car, on one side we looked down at the rapidly flowing waterfalls, which were just amazing! But, by turning to the other side of the bridge and looking down, the water was flowing calmly and very serene. We stood there in amazement looking from one side to the other. Soon I was thinking about life realizing no matter the scene, just by raising and turning our thought, we can see peace and harmony.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 reads “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Sometimes all we need to do is face the other direction.
Years ago I heard a story of a man who died and was at the pearly gate. St. Peter told him he was pleased to escort him into Heaven and opened the door. Before him were tables filled with beautiful food and drink and there was music everywhere The utensils were gold and large and everyone was feeding another. The man was in awe but asked St. Peter if he could just take a quick glimpse into hell and St. Peter agreed.
As he opened the door, he saw the same tables, food, drink and huge gold utensils, but everyone was attempting to feed himself, losing the food in the process. There was so much complaint and swearing that it drowned out the music and food was all over the floor. Don’t we experience Heaven when we are helping others and filled with gratitude and praise! Don’t we experience hell when we are self-absorbed and afraid of lack of Good. Don’t we make our own Heaven and hell?
Lamentations 3:22-26 states “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’ The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Today, I will see Heaven everywhere.