Thursday, July 6, 2006

Today Is A New Beginning

by Donna L. Watkins

© 2006 Donna L. Watkins - Sunflower With Bee
God has a plan for us that is greater than our thoughts or words can imagine or say. You must first get rid of yourself, because only you can hinder God’s plans for your life. If we believe that He loves us and has a plan for our lives and seek to see God in all that each day holds, we will be transformed.

Move beyond your mind and emotions, beyond the human strength and all the resources you can muster. Let inspiration and a belief in His good for you take you over completely and bring yourself out of the duldrums, the depression, the despair and into a new realm of the power of God operating in your life.

When you speak to God, our Father, do you simply rehearse the problems you have, the requests for life to be the way you imagine it? Or do you take what His Word says about you and put it into prayer and action? Believe in extravagant asking and God will be pleased to give you extravagant things, but you must know that our imaginations and desires are not always for our own good, so we must look for the extravagance in all the circumstances that come our way.

Not until we are through the battle or stormy clouds do we see the good of what we considered bad. For some, they never see it because it’s easy to become bitter and Romans 8:28 is a promise for those who love God and with that love, we cannot become bitter, we can only become better.

We lived in a wooded area and when the storms pass through they clear a lot of dead wood out of the trees. God allows storms in our lives to clear the dead wood out of our thoughts, actions and emotions, but many times we refuse to let go of it. Free will is a two-edged sword.

Look at your life right now and choose a circumstance that you can focus on. One that you consider bad. Seek God on what He is wanting you to learn from this and move forward to the next class.

When we pray over a bad situation, we have to seek His face on why He allowed this in our lives. What does He want to change in us so that we can be more Christlike and enjoy ourselves and others more?

The devil would tell us to just grumble, whine and beg away for mercy to a God who is not listening. God would have us to seek His face. Crawl up into His lap like a child with a “boo boo” and let Him make it okay for you. Many do not see our Father in this way because they weren't able to crawl into the lap of their earthly father, but that is the past. Let it go and take hold of the Truth and the Father you were given when you accepted Christ as your Savior. It doesn't matter what your past is, you now have a choice for today and the future on whether you will take a Good, Loving, Faithful and True Father or not. Call Him something that doesn't relate to your earthly dad and move on.

Take the time to study the Scriptures on how much God loves you. 1 John 3:1 in The Amplified Bible says, "See what an incredible quality of love the Father has given, shown, bestowed on us,that we should be permitted to be named and called and counted the children of God!" I like the word lavished, it gives a sense of extravagance, richness, no matter what the cost (even the sacrifice of His own Son). Read the familiar Psalm 23 and take it to heart. Psalm 139 is awesome!


Father, help us to see who You really are, the love you really have for us and show us in each day. May the Holy Spirit remind us the moment we awake that You are calling us to spend time with you in Your Word and while we are in the world. May we seek You in the green spaces of this world, where Creation will show us more of your attributes and more of Your love. Guide us and hold us in Your arms revealing more and more in our minds of how much You love us. Amen.

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