Monday, February 10, 2014

Thought For Your Day

Here's a thought for the day:
from my grandmother's daily devotional.  This is the thought for my birthday, and my favorite.

I am pleased with you, my child.  Allow yourself to become fully aware of My pleasure shining upon you.  You don't have perform well in order to receive My Love.  In fact, a performance focus will pull you away from Me, toward some sort of Pharisaism.  This can be a subtle form of idolatry: worshiping your own good works.  It can also be a source of deep discouragement when your works don't measure up to your expectations.
       Shift your focus from your performance to My radiant Presence.  The Light of My Love shines on you continually, regardless of your feelings or behavior.  Your responsibility is to be receptive to this unconditional Love.  Thankfulness and trust are your primary receptors.  Thank Me for everything; trust me at all times.  These simple disciplines will keep you open to My loving Presence. 

For it is by grace you have been saved through faith-- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- by works, sot that no one can boast. --Ephesians 2:8-9

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in you inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. --Ephesians 3:16-19

Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. --Psalm 62:8

I don't remember who wrote this, but I think it's one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen or heard. 

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