There was a torrential downpour at my boys’ soccer clinic this evening. Everyone left the field for cover under the buildings at the park. The rain eventually subsided; and we all went back onto the fields. Many of us noticed the rainbow in the sky; and reminded the children that it was God’s promise from a very long time ago. I felt my heart fill with gratitude and thanksgiving. After all of these thousands of years; God is so faithful to His every promise. I just began to thank God right there on the spot; because that moment was between Him and me. He promised that He would supply all of my needs, according to His riches and glory (Philippians 4:19). He promised that He would bring me into a land, with houses filled with good things that I did not put there, with wells that were already dug; and vineyards and groves already planted (Deuteronomy 6:11). He promised that He would contend who and whatever contended with me; and that He would save my children. As a matter of fact, He’s given me a promise for every area of my life….. and at that very moment, I was reminded of how faithful He is; and that all that I believe Him for, will surely come to pass.
Even at this very moment as I write, my insides are bursting with excitement, joy and expectation! How exciting and wonderful it is, that the God (YHWH) of the universe takes such an interest in me. He is more real to me than anyone else. He’s my father, mother, friend, judge, counselor, cheerleader, encourager, leader, life coach, disciplinarian and so much more. From hanging out with Him, I can now differentiate what thoughts and emotions are not mine or His. Various thoughts and emotions present themselves; and try to pass as being yours. I’ve learned that my power lies in my understanding that I have a choice to accept or reject them. I do not have to agree and take on any and every thought that comes to mind. My filter is Philippians 4:8 (ESV): Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Paraphrasing Earl Nightingale: Our lives go in the direction of our most dominant thoughts. I always tell my children to speak ONLY those things that they wish to show up in their lives. If they don’t want it in their lives, then don’t say it with their mouths. Their is always something to be grateful for; and we must train ourselves to look for and see it. Well, this is it for now. Enjoy the rest of your week!