God Matters

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This morning I was awakened by the news alert alarm on my cell phone. There was a report of a shooting in Ft. Myers, Florida. Yes, another shooting. I really didn’t want to begin my day with bad news or with more talk about Black Lives, Blues Lives, White Lives, and All Lives mattering. I believe I’ve reached my limit. Instead of getting frustrated, I told myself that God matters. Nothing else is more important to me right now than keeping my mind on my Creator to keep my peace of mind. If I didn’t, I’d be somewhere in a corner, in a fetal position and consumed with depression because of the state of our nation. I’m not minimizing what’s going on in our country, but I’m fully aware that what’s going on is way bigger than I am and bigger than all the small organizations attempting to make a difference. 

God matters and until we acknowledge Him and realize He is in control, nothing will change. 
Our country consist of all God’s children who haven’t learned to live together. In my thoughts this morning, I searched my own heart, thoughts, and actions then I told myself again, God matters. I then thought about my own issues with my sons, my personal life, my nieces and their future, my parents, and other loved ones who came to mind. My final thought – God matters. I don’t have any power to change anything except myself, so for me and my house – God matters. Staying focused on what REALLY matters put a smile on my face and joy in my heart in spite of what’s going on in the world. What truly matters is what’s going on in my heart - God matters.

Follow Your Hunch!

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Yesterday, Secondborn and I traveled to Alabama and I had a hunch to look for a horse ranch or stables. I managed to find a boarding stable nestled on a back road. The owners owned 132 acres and took us on a tour. It was simply beautiful. I was in heaven! The owner said it was her “spiritual place.” Secondborn said to me, “Mama, you act like you already have a horse.” I told him I planned to buy one or two. Our conversation led to the power of visualization. Yes, I act like I have horses already. I also act like I have a healthy bank account, which will allow me to care for my horses. 

My love for horses didn’t happen overnight. When the boys were little and enjoying attending parades. I would get so excited when the horses walked down the middle of the street. My face would light up like a child at Christmas. Maybe this is my season for horses. Whatever season it is, I’m not fighting it. I’m following my horse trail in faith. I believe hunches are spiritual directions. There have been too many instances in my life when I’ve ignored a hunch and wished I had gone here or there or done this or that. My hunch to take my first riding lesson led me to volunteering to care for several horses, which I’m now realizing is preparing me to take care of my own horses one day. 

Have you ever had a hunch, a gut feeling, woman’s intuition, or a nudge? Call it what you want, but when we are Christ controlled and maintain our poise of being spiritually connected, we can’t go wrong when we follow those spiritual directions. I’m happy I followed mine yesterday in Alabama because the owner is not the only one who will own a “spiritual place.” 

Are You Programmed?

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At 5:30 am Sunday morning, Secondborn and I were on our way to work at the radio station. Of course, Gospel music was playing on the radio since it was Sunday. Radio stations have the capability of setting the mood for listeners. The power is with the station program director who programs the music each day. I wondered if I was subconsciously programmed by someone or something to act and react a certain way. Society perhaps? The weather? People? My emotions? My past? I wondered if I allow outside circumstances affect my inner peace. Have I allowed the state of the nation to shake my foundation? Have I allowed my children or finances to unravel my peace of mind? 

For whatever reason my mind was in fifth gear at 5:30 in the morning, I was thankful. The thoughts of being programmed prompted a little self-evaluation. Am I steadfast and unmovable in my ways and thoughts? Do I acknowledge Christ in all my ways or do I lean to my own understanding? Do I react to daily circumstances by leaning to my own understanding? Do I stand firm on my foundation of faith or do I move with every gesture of society? Do I go with the flow of friends and family? 

I don’t want to be conformed to the world, but it’s easy to do. Change the radio station or the television station a few times and see how easy it is to react. Yes, it’s human nature, but we’re spiritual beings. My 5:30 am thoughts reminded me that my poise of prayer and praise should not be influenced by circumstances or events I see or hear, but I should be controlled by the mind of Christ, which only happens by keeping my mind on Him. Are you programmed?

I’m learning to not allow outside circumstances affect my inner peace.