This is an awesome object lesson on the harm of holding on to negative thoughts. Philippians 4:8 says what to spend time focusing on. 1 Peter 5:7 says to cast our cares on Jesus because He cares for us. Place the “Can’t do anything about that” into the hands of the One who can and take from His hand the memories and reminders that leave you with a grateful heart.
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Who crowns each moment of my life with something of sweetness and love to remind me that He is good. As the water reflects the sky and hills, may my thoughts not become dull or weary with Your faithfulness O my God.
You have planted so many abilities and unique talents in each one of us. All of creation speaks to your heart to bless and see us thrive where we are planted. Give me eyes and heart to recognize and affirm the giftings I see in myself and others.
I see flowers filled with busy bees gathering pollen to mix it up with other plants bearing flowers. Without this interchange where would be the fruit? Where would be the honey? What is it that is helping my life accept and gain blessings and sweetness from others? Could it be the activity of the Holy Spirit? Yes.
You lead me beside quiet waters to restore my soul. I am grateful for times less busy, less demanding yet I haven’t appreciated when those times have been forced on me from illness or when my abilities are no longer needed. I have felt sad, frustrated, sidelined, useless. I forget you are not a silent observer. You wept at Lazarus’ funeral even though you knew all along you would be calling him back to life from his tomb. Easter is coming. I need to daily rise from the ashes of my disappointments. I know because You live, Jesus, I also live. I live. You came to turn my chaos onto order; my self pity into purpose. You are my Good Shepherd.
As flowers strain to catch the sun rays and thrive when basking fully in its light, I ask for a constant infusion of Your Light in my thinking, my heart, my choices. King David said “Better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere. My heart and soul cries out for You, the Living God. Your words are water to my soul.”