My Inheritance

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How would you act if you knew you had a great inheritance coming to you?

Millions upon millions…

Abundant treasure of real value…

All you could ever hope for or desire…

Would you feel thankful? Relaxed? Happy? Giving? Certian?

What if you knew that it was already yours? And I am not talking about the “I know that because I read it and I understand what you mean” feeling that intellect can give you. I mean what if you really, really knew it — in the pit of your stomach, and in your heart.

There are two interesting things that I have been contemplating lately, and they were both brought to the surface when I read this morning’s Bible reading (which I’ll share below). What I have been thinking about is: what is that voice in my head? Who is it? And also, what is my inheritance and what would it mean to trust in it?

The reason I thought about the voices in my head this is that I heard a gentleman discussing God and the devil and he was saying that through out history, people have believed that the voice in their head could often be the devil. It hasn’t been until recently that we forgot about this and started to identify the voice as “me”.

We also hear of the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. God seems to often speak in quiet, calm, still whispers to the heart. This is why I feel it is important to find that stillness, away from the rush and distraction that life can bring, and try to listen for the whispers. But the voice in my head that can be quite loud — and I am talking about thoughts here — seems to be around an awful lot. So, could that be the devil? Just the thought of this actually gives me a sense of relief! Let me explain.

I was driving home the  other night, and thinking about Christmas gifts. My husband and I recently purchased two couches. We actually lived for almost two years in our new residence without any couches! We love to be cozy and are both homebodies, but we had moved and had to give away much of what we had, and as a result were living in a very minimalist way. We both love to camp and enjoy nature, so in a way it was a fun adventure to be minimalists. We had two camp chairs in the kitchen, a metal fold-able table, and air mattresses for the bedroom, and that was it!

But, when we found and fell in love with two large chocolaty brown couches that a friend was selling, we decided to get them. We decided that it would be our Christmas gift to each other. Well, this was wonderful and I was happy about it. But then, I was driving home and my mind was wondering and I heard a voice inside complaining about the Christmas gift situation. “That’s it?” it was complaining. “We won’t even get each other anything?” It went on to say how cold and sad the situation seemed.

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Since I had been contemplating where thoughts came from, I immediately noted the negative, unloving tone of the voice. And I questioned it. I tried to imagine, for a moment, that it was the devil, sitting on my shoulder and saying things into my ear that I had mistakenly identified as “my thoughts.”

Well! That really blew me away! I could listen to that negative voice and see that it wasn’t “me” at all! I imagined it in a funny, evil cartoon character kind of sound, and it got faster and more ridiculous. I saw that I am a child of God, and God is Loving. I saw that I can chose to dis-identify with those negative thoughts. I can see clearly that they are not me. I am loved and loving and can chose to follow Jesus as my guide instead of listening to those tricky voices of doom, selfishness, or irritation.

I am excited to keep trying this out when I start to hear that voice. I will question it, and instead listen for the still, soft voice of God.

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The second idea that I have been contemplating is the idea of Inheritance. I feel that God is good, and is awaiting his children’s return to His Home. I can not wait to be Home with Him. This hope fills me up sometimes. I feel as thought I am in a dark room, walking towards a door that is cracked open. Beyond that door is the Light of Heaven, and I can walk through the dark room knowing that Light awaits.

That hope and trust affects how I feel during the day. This Bible quote really brought up that feeling for me, and reminded me of the importance of renewing my faith each and every morning. What a different way to walk through the day!

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
Lamentation 3:22-26

Blessings and love,

Faye

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