God Has Everything in Hand

Dear God,

If I have unresolved questions, I have long told myself, “Let it rest lightly on my mind.”  Now I know from A Course of Love that it is my heart that I really need to listen to.  My heart already knows the Answer, but it sometimes takes time for my heart to inform my mind.

When Peter Marshall, once a Chaplain to the U.S. Senate, was perplexed, he said, “I don’t know.  God has not told me yet.”  And he lived in the certainty that God would speak to him in a way that he could understand.

Peter was smart.  And I seek to be smart with the unresolved questions in my life, too.

Thank You for reminding me, through this story, that You have everything in hand.

Amen.

Perfectionism

Dear God,

I am deciding this morning that I am too much a perfectionist because I have conflict from time to time as I try to avoid mistakes.  Of course, everyone would like to avoid mistakes, but I take it to an extreme.

Straighten out my mind; let my heart inform my mind; and then let the merger of heart and mind keep me safe and sound.  This is advice straight out of A Course of Love, and good advice it certainly is.

Thank You for giving me the solace of an easy mind this morning.

Amen.

Soul Journey

Dear God,

When I feel enfolded in Your arms, I feel reassured about my life and the things that have happened in it.  I believe that what has happened is not chance, that my soul has had a hand in the planning.  And the soul is merged with You, deep within.

Help me to be tolerant of the happenings that have transpired in my life.  It is very, very likely that dire happenings may have conspired with good happenings to make just the life that I wanted—for reasons that I cannot see.

Thank You.

Amen.

God, Draw Close to Me

Dear God,

Draw close to me now and all through the day, to make me mellow.  Being mellow is a tremendous blessing.  It eases whatever happens in the day and allows gentle, good work, no immobilization from anxieties.

May this day go smoothly in every way.  Thank You for giving me intuitive nudges that let me know how to proceed through the day.

Amen.

Writing

Dear God,

May the words that I write help someone.  May the words that You place upon my heart make a difference.  I would not turn anyone off from You in what I say.  My finite mind might be getting it all wrong, my instincts might be wrong—but I hope not.

May my writing be completely and solely on Your beam.  May these words reach out across miles and aid someone in their struggle with life.

Amen.

Grateful Heart

Dear God,

Thank You for Your many blessings.  I am just so grateful this morning for many reasons.  A full heart.  When I feel gratefulness overwhelming me, it does behoove me to express it to You.

I have sometimes wondered why gratitude is so effective at bringing more good things into my life.  Like a good and loving husband, You joy in pleasing me.  I find that a heartwarming thought.

Thank You.

Amen.

Good Day

Dear God,

This day dawns with great promise.  My sun/screen porch is a delightful place to be early in the morning.  Thank You for offering me a good day.  Thank You for getting this day started so well.

Help me to do my part to keep the good feeling going.  I do have some control over how I approach my day.  It is not ALL in Your hands.  I must cooperate with You.

And I will.

Thank You.

Amen.

Calm & Collected

Dear God,

Help me to get along well with my circle of friends and family.  I never get angry unless I am stressed, and I think that this is true for many people.  Be with me to stay calm and collected just all the time.

This day I ask for Your patience with me.  My emotions are somewhat turbulent from working too hard and too early in the morning.

Calm me down.  Thank You.

Amen.

Listen to the Heart

Dear God,

I must listen to my heart today and every day.  This orientation is mandatory, the only way that I can make it through this world happy and with a peaceful demeanor.  Be with me as I seek, evermore, to listen to my heart.  This orientation will involve listening to the beat of a different drummer.  I will not always be understood.

Thank You for this insight, this way of knowing that I have to listen, and often follow, my heart.  My mind does not always know my best way, and so I have to listen to intuition sometimes and not always reason. 

Now my heart will inform my mind, and my mind will contribute when it is ready, but not in all things.  With heart and mind together,  I will make my way successfully.

Thank You.

Amen.

Stress

Dear God,

The start of a new week.  I hope for the beginning of an end to automatic anxieties when faced with a new and novel situation.  Stress is in my mind, and stress can be eliminated from my personal mind when I invite You to overshadow me.

Living close to You is the best way imaginable.  I will turn to You in every perplexity, sure of the calmness that will steal over me.

Thank You.

Amen.