God’s LoveNew Every Morning | January 16, 2022
Loving-kindness cut straight to the heart of improving my own self-talk and judgment of others. And I found, despite some grimacing, a softening toward those for whom I felt anger. Devotional meditation, though clunky at first, became as natural as any worship service I had attended. It provided a time of praise and worship for my heart and mind. This meditation method was the culmination of my journey, reminding me that thinking about, reflecting on, gazing at, and contemplating God makes me spiritually open to God’s movement in and through me.
—J. Dana Trent, One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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Let us go on toward perfection, leaving behind the basic teaching about Christ, and not laying again the foundation: repentance from dead works and faith toward God.
—Hebrews 6:1 (NRSV)
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My biggest change came during a 10 week one-on-one course with a pastor in 1998, I’m very thankful for those sessions, -5 here now, clear, going to 22, then down to 8, snow expected tomorrow, Ready for worship today. Prayers of healing for Julie, may resolution of home life issues be forthcoming. Stay safe and warm all of you in the path of this snow storm, hope it is all snow and not a wintry mx. Progress on plans fir a model of East Swanton VT station, two fellow modelers are helping. Thank You, Lord
A significant change came when I stopped asking God to change other people, and asked Him to change me. To change my perspective, to enable me to love in a more unconditional manner, to not be a scorekeeper, to seek peace and pursue it. Many of the attributes found at the end of James 3. In His vast mercy, He answered this prayer, beginning a seismic transformation in my heart.
Beautifully blue skies again, ahead of the snowstorm. Temps rising a bit – will get out for a walk this afternoon. My exercise tomorrow will be shoveling snow. It is supposed to be a heavy snow, so I will pace myself.
Hope to complete my schoolwork today – so I can have time tomorrow for more relaxation.
Dad went to church with me today. A few friends came over and greeted us afterwards – he was really glad he came. He had a showing of his condo yesterday and another one today. Hopefully an offer is forthcoming.
Last week our pastor began a series on 1 Peter. Today, we covered verses 3-5 in the first chapter. And he spoke about how our faith, through God’s great mercy provides us the ability to continue steady through hardships, due to our theology. A proper theology of suffering, will hold us steady as we go.