Covid-19 has offered up an immense window of opportunity for abundant reading for me. Yesterday, I picked up four books at the library and delved into the smallest one first, the title of which is Inner and Outer Peace by Sri Chinmoy, a spiritual teacher who dedicated his life in service to aspiring humanity.
“World peace can be achieved, revealed, offered and manifested on earth when in each person the power of love replaces the love of power.”
And again…”One who knows others is wise; one who knows himself is wisest. One who conquers others is strong; one who conquers himself is strongest.” Tao Teh Ching
This book looks like a good, short read with more than a touch of profundity.
Who of us doesn’t need some reassurance at this time that everything is going to be alright. How many of us need to know that though we may be alone and have to keep a distance between ourselves and all others outside our homes, we have the assurance that we are never really alone. Take heart; as Joshua 1;9 says, Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Happy Sunday.
When it’s hard to be happy while living with chronic pain or receiving sad news, God offers this:
“I will strengthen you, I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
This is a repeat of a 2015 post because there are some younger people who need to hear it today (maybe some older also).
Act in the way that is true to your intelligence and beliefs.
Remember that no one can rob you of your power unless you allow them to do so.
Stand tall and face indignity with dignity, and indecency with decency.
Look truth in the face and use it to overcome deceit.
Remember the respect you have for yourself and those you love, and let no one rob you of that respect.
Always use your inner strength to walk away from a bad situation, and where possible take someone with you who needs to lean on your strength until they discover their own.
Remember that you are loved dearly by those who matter. Love yourself just as dearly, always.
There are some people I know who are going through difficult problems right now…cancer, depression, severe arthritis, and other maladies. Today Isaiah 40:31 comes to mind when I think and pray for them. In spite of everything, they still will manage to have a…Happy Sunday.
“But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
I believe in angels…and why wouldn’t I? More than one personal experience has proven they exist for our help and comfort.
My most recent experience was while changing the cartridge in a dripping bathroom sink tap. Having been told it would be most difficult to remove the old cartridge, I went ahead and attempted the task. Sure enough when it came to the old cartridge, it would not budge…not one iota. After a great deal of twisting and turning the little strength I had left was depleted. That’s when I cried aloud, “C’mon, Angels, you have more strength than I, please help me do this!” It took one final twist and pull and…voila!…the cartridge was out. Any three-year-old would have been proud of my jumps of joy and hand-clapping.
After many thanks to my ministering angels, it wasn’t long before the tap was finally fixed. No more drips.
Now, before someone says, “There she goes again…imagination working overtime,” let me direct you to a few scriptures regarding angels:
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. Psalm 91:11-12
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, (hold him in awe) and he delivers them. Psalm 34:7 (brackets mine)
So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. (Jesus) Hebrews 1:4 (brackets mine)
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:14
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2
Even angels long to look into these things. 1 Peter 1:12
Enough said. Just wanted to say I believe in angels all around us. Doesn’t everyone?
She’s just been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Please pray for peace and comfort.
She’s four months old and been stabbed by her mother. Please pray for healing.
He’s losing his wife to dementia. Please pray for strength and courage.
They lost their son to a senseless act of violence. Please pray for forgiveness and mercy.
He is in a powerful position and abusing his power. Please pray for wisdom and humility.
They believe that only their lives matter. Please pray for open hearts and minds.
They blatantly steal another’s property. Please pray for an effective conscience.
They text and drive. Please pray for acknowledgement of stupidity.
They drink and drive. Please pray for realization of danger.
For those experiencing estrangement…please pray for reconciliation.
Wherever you are, whatever the need, please pray for the best outcome.
Sometimes our daily duties can tire us to the point of not wanting to do another thing. When this happens I find it best to do just that…not do another thing…take time out to be quiet and still and just breathe. Is our world going to come crashing down on us if we don’t do what we think needs to be done right this minute or hour or day?
Weariness can sometimes rob us of our good intentions, in that our tasks become a pain instead of a pleasure which diminishes our effectiveness. It is sometimes best to do less with pleasure than more with resentment.
Jesus was a very busy man who did more for humanity than anyone ever could, yet he knew when to “take himself apart and rest awhile” before he became depleted. Here are some of his words of wisdom to those of us who have become weary in doing good:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV (Taking a break is not giving up.)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…Matthew 11:28 NIV
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint…Jeremiah 31:25 NIV
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31 NIV
Those who look to him are radiant…Psalm 34:5 NIV (Radiance replaces the look of weariness.)
There is power and then there is power. The most powerful people are those who use their power for the good of all, not for their own self aggrandizement.
Most of us don’t feel that we have any power over anything until something catches our attention to prove otherwise. In my case it was the Bible’s many scriptures introducing me to my power. Please read on.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; Acts 1:8 NIV
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us..Ephesians 3:20 NIV
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
The wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their strength. Proverbs 24:5 NIV
…being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance …Colossians 1:11
And then there is my poem:
“All Things Are Possible”.
All things are possible
To those who believe
To those who have faith
As a small mustard seed
All goals can be reached
All dreams can come true
When you call on the Power
Inherent in you
All life can be lived
To the fullest extent
All wishes fulfilled
As you know that He meant
All things are possible
To those who believe
To those who have faith
As a small mustard seed.
And so, the moral of today’s post is to own your power.
My attention has been drawn back to the year 2007 when I was in a hospital emergency room experiencing heart attack symptoms. While there I met an eighty-four old grandmother who confided in me that it didn’t matter if she lived or died at this point in her life. As she poured out her sorrows to me my heart broke even more.
This wonderful woman had lost two adult children…one to cancer and the other in a car accident. If that wasn’t bad enough one of her grandchildren, at eighteen months, had died of meningitis.
I believe we met at that particular time because I needed her strength and courage to lean on. I had had lung cancer surgery two years prior to this heart episode, and my husband, now in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease, was dying.
How much is too much? Only God knows.