[adapted from The God
A rule for our times: do what God wants you to do, not what
brings you "status." When you're obedient Ė "true to yourself" Ė you're tall in
They are the Eyes that count.
When we seek something that is not in Godís Will,
itís like trying to take a big fish out of the water: There is tugging. There's
resistance every step of the way. When we finally land the fish, it lashes and
flops all over the dock and we see that it's a type we donít want. It may even
have teeth! We throw it back.
Instead, go with the gentle flow and fish I smoother waters.
Heaven does not exist on earth,
and when we realize that, we transcend disappointment. It is all one big Lenten
journey. Yet Heaven -- paradise on earth -- is what those who seek money attempt
The right course, the wondrous, miraculous way, is to apply all excess gain to
Godís cause and accept each storm as an opportunity. As one wise woman
used to say, all of Godís tests are "good" tests. Handled correctly, they accrue
to our benefit.
we will show, there is actually a light -- a literal light -- at the end of a
tunnel we will all traverse, and we must treat life in the light of that truth.
Do you know what the pastor of that church in Punta Gorda told his congregation
right after Hurricane Charlie devastated it? It was that "the greatness of our
community is being born through this suffering."
Remember always that we are on the desert -- like Christ, between angels and
Humility places a bubble of protection around us.
When we donít accept life
as one long series of "good tests," we only frustrate ourselves. How many times
have you said that you couldnít get out of a rut? Itís because we are not open
to the way God wants to shift our course.
Through prayer, that openness, that surrender, grows. The more we pray, the more
we envision the correct pathway, as well as the fruits of faith. Little prayers
are answered, and then larger ones. The more prayers that are said (from the
heart), the more opportunities there are to watch God work.
Through prayer our faith is born, nurtured, and strengthened Ė until what it
produces is overtly miraculous, which means that big prayers are answered in
astounding fashion. As I said, the Lord doesnít answer them all. He has a plan.
And thank God for that! How many times have you asked for things that you now
realize would have been bad for you? He does what is best for us, along with
what we deserve.
Use faith as a muscle, and it will both grow and strengthen. Use it even through
your pain, like a bodybuilder. Especially, use it when you are struggling,
discouraged, or depressed. Use it even when it doesnít seem to be working. Use
it blindly and soon your "faith muscle" will grow to Herculean proportion.
Pray about everything Ė especially first thing in the morning (all the details
of the day ahead). Usually itís not enough to just wing off a desire. Instead
take the time to pray adequately about each of those details. Sometimes, when we
are in immediate need, God does answer brief prayers, but mainly He wants us to
spend time with us.