This morning I felt like my eyes are clouded over a bit. Yesterday I spoke so darn negatively to a friend. I am not navigating this summer that well as far as brain goes. The days are spent with four of my children, one needs total care; the other three need directing, fed, refereeing at times. I'm enjoying them but also trying to get the stuff done I need to get done inside and outside -- house chores, yard and garden and animal chores. I'm exhausted.
So this morning I was kicking myself inside telling myself to quit being so negative, get centered in God again, pray more, pray continually (which is a command in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and which I am sadly not obeying); Read the word throughout the day.
God didn't join in. Instead God directed me to Romans 8:1: There is . . . no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
In verse 34 I am told that Jesus is praying for me (for you too) right now!
And in verse 39 we are told nothing can separate us from the love of God.
God told me not to waste time condemning my apparent lack of spirituality.
He reminds me in Romans 8:9, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Today is a new day People! Forget yesterday and focus on the present (Philippians 3:13), this very moment.
Plus, condemning does the very thing we don't want to do -- it puts our eyes right on ourselves rather than God.
(Hey, if you have a minute, check out this week's Perfectly Blunt column: http://capjournal.com/articles/2011/06/15/opinions/perfectly_blunt/doc4df8106bbcb65358597922.txt.
And if you like it forward it to your local paper. It's easy to get it in the paper and it doesn't cost anything. I just send it to my editors Monday afternoons via email. It's pretty popular with people.)