Hearts and Minds

Sometimes when I pray I wonder if my words go any farther than the ceiling. In my heart, I know Jesus hears every word but my mind questions and doubts.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault,
and it will be given to you. 
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,
because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea,
blown and tossed by the wind.
James 1:5-6 NIV

I know in my heart that God is a generous and giving God but my mind often listens to what the world has to say. This saddens me. I have no reason to doubt Him. His word is true and without deception. I have much reason to doubt the world. The world is full of contradiction and lies. I have not been hurt by God but I have been hurt by the world.

Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 
Their loyalty is divided between God and the world,
and they are unstable in everything they do.
James 1:7-8 NLT

Though my mind questions and doubts my heart is strong and committed to Jesus. I have orange-631354_640faith and hope that even my doubting mind cannot deny.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen;
it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Hebrews 11:1 NLT

For now, that is enough; I pray and wait.

In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Psalm 5:3 NIV

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

Psalm 94:18 akj

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When we begin to have doubts about God let us remember the times
He opened or closed a door, 
sent someone to comfort us,
answered a prayer, healed a hurt, when He protected us,
kept what we wanted 
out of reach and gave us what we needed,
and all the times He gathered us to Himself and forgave our sins.
He is a merciful God who is never far away.

What causes you to doubt? 
What do you do to erase the doubts?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia (2)

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John 20:26-27 gwt

flowerThomas was not with the others the first time
Jesus joined the disciples in the locked room.
Thomas told them he would not believe
unless he saw Jesus and touched His wounds.

Today we do not see and cannot touch the wounds of our Lord.
Today we have the written record, the Bible, that we may believe.
When we believe what is written we have life in His name.

Were you a doubting Thomas?
When did you stop doubting and believe?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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