Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I Praise the Lord for this time we can meet together and share Heartstrings. As we gather on this Thursday, I am completely sure of one thing. Victory comes as I cling to Jesus.
We will continue praying the Word of Life. We left off in Psalm 27 and will now prepare our hearts before the Lord. Father we humbly come before You. We want to hear what You have to say to us. You are able to see each one here, though living in various places around the world. Thank you for Loving us so completely. In Jesus name, amen.
"And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; in His tent I wil offer sacrifices and shouting of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord." My Savior, Redeemer and Shepherd...You are Great and mighty! How GREAT Thou art!
"Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; have mercy and be gracious to me and answer me!" Thank you Abba for always listening to my voice.
"You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word]."
Bless Your Holy name! I do seek Your face and know that there is nothing I can accomplish here apart from Your grace. With all the pulls and pushes from this world, help me to find my greatest longing, the desire of my heart, to be in Your presence.
"Hide not Your face from me; turn not Your servant away in anger, You Who have been my help! Cast me not off, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation!"
Thank you Lord for forgiving me of sins. Everyday. Every moment I know I can come to You and find Your arms open wide. Thank you for Redeeming me back to the Father!
"Although my father and my mother have forsaken me, yet the Lord will take me up [adopt me as His child]."
Jesus, there are so many who are alone in their sorrow. So many don't even know their birth parents. Yet, You glady accept us as Your own, as though from the same Father. Dear Lord, please reveal Your gracious love to those outside of Your family. Help them to come, just as they are and allow You to touch them with perfect love.
For those who have come to You, please help them to know they are valued, accepted and sealed by Your blood sacrifice. Thank you for Your love lifts us out of the grave and death! Open each of our eyes to respond to being ALL Yours.
After praying these scriptures, take the needed time to reflect. Open your hands with your heart to the Lord. He is waiting for you. He is your vital need. My vital need. I could not live without HIm. Ask Holy Spirit to fill you with fresh oil from the Throne. We get to begin again. Each day offers fresh mercies, just like the manna in the wilderness.
This morning I asked the Lord for a kindness to pour out of me in responce to unkind words. When someone speaks out of their hurt, we can get the hurt too. But, I realized that while I am crying out to God for strength and a right attitude, He hears and delivers me from the darkness others words can bring. I am walking taller, stronger and bolder as a daughter of the King, my risen Lord.
If you want to be a child of the King, walk like one! If you want to give life to another, go to the source of fresh life, Jesus! If you want to respond in kindness, go ahead and take the time to seek wisdom from the Father. "You are His child, act like one." says the Lord to my heart. What is He speaking to you now?
I look forward to walking the path of His chooseing today. We have a journey to complete. Jesus Christ our Lord will go with us. Only trust Him. He will save you now. God bless.
Abundance is...singing Oh how I love Jesus!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Welcome to Heartstrings! Because of the nature of the world today, I am trying to pray God's Word more and more. Why? Because His Word does not return empty.
Colossians 3:16 says, "Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts."
Not only do I want to invite Jesus into my home and heart but I want to make it my very breath. I am challenged by it. I am changed by it. So, I will pray His Word and see His hand at work in everything that pertains to me. Whether what is happening in our government or down to making a grocery list. My wisdom comes from God.
Do you want soul peace and harmony from Christ? Let Him rule and act as umpire in your prayer life too. And, be thankful, giving praise to God always!
This is where I began praying this morning. I will take it in three parts with you this week. It is Psalm 27:1-5. As I pray this Word I am going to find application throughout the days. Will you do this with me?
Beginning with verse one..."The Lord is my Light and my salvation---whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life---of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, [even then] in this will I be confident.
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock."
I have read this scripture several times at various occasions but, it never fails my notice that it is always fresh and alive each time. I can think of other scriptures that follow this theme too. Can you?
Rest in Psalm 91:1-2 ..."He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!"
Praise the Lord and this Living Word shown to us! If you are fortunate enough to hold a Bible of your own...there is nothing like it. His presence resonates with us every time doesn't it? I have many books but there is something very special about this one. God's Love letter to all.
Have a blessed evening. Until we meet again take the Word of God and make it your own prayer. God bless you in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, our soon coming King! Amen.
Abundance is...His Way becomes my way
Dear family and friends,
The Lord bless you and keep you on this day that He has made. May your heartstrings be fully interwoven with His own.
Last time we met we prayed together. This morning I want to praise together! You may notice these few lines are taken from hymns. The tune will likely come to your mind. If you know it sing it out!
Lamb of God I come, I come. I surrender all to Jesus I surrender. At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the Light and the burden of my heart rolled away, it was there by faith I recieved my sight and, now I am happy all the day!
When I survey the wondrous cross...the old rugged cross on that hill far away. I love that old cross where the dearest and best for a world of lost sinners was slain. I will cherish the cross and lay down my trophies. I will cling to the cross and exchange it someday for a crown.
Grace, greater than our sin. Grace, grace, marvelous grace. Grace that will pardon and cleanse within. Grace, grace, God's grace. Grace that is greater than all our sin!
When we've been there ten thousand years bright shining as the sun. We've no less days to sing God's praise then when we first begun. It is HIs amazing grace.
Blessed assurance Jesus is mine! This is my story, this is my song! Praising my Savior all the day long. All the day long.
My Jesus, I love Thee and I know thou art mine. For all the follies of sin I resign. You are my gracious Redeemer. My Savior Thou art mine. If ever I loved Thee my Jesus, tis now!
This morning I faced a day I did not plan. Pain, weakness and wanting to just give up under it all. But, I got a message from a dear friend from South Africa at just the right time. Her encouragement and sharing the Word with me is fresh life. That is when I knew it was time to set aside how I felt physically and lift up my weakness to Jesus in exchange for His strength.
I have found no other remedy better than singing songs of Praise to Jesus. Praying for one another is so very important. Haven't you found the power of God comes forward to help us when we need Him. I need Him every hour!
What battle are you in today? I am praying for the warriors of heaven to intervene in your story and bring you fresh life from the Father above. As we lift up weak hands to Jesus, the enemy has to flee. So go enemy! Now in the powerful, matchless name of Jesus Christ. You are conquered right now. I am declaring the blood of Jesus covers me. Amen.
WE will keep our eyes focused on the Lord. WE will listen for His words of love as He sings over us (Zephaniah 3:17), we are healed. God bless you and keep you. With all my heart, Patricia.
Abundance is...our Saturday communion
Dear family and friends,
Whether near or far, our heartstrings should always lead us to His home. Today, I would like to take more time in prayer with you. As we learn to trust God for the steps ahead, we are able to bear witness of His loving-kindness and compassion. We will bless the Lord for redeeming us back to the Father. In Jesus can we know the Way, the Truth and the Life.
So, Lord, fill us with Your love and peace. Give us the calm assurance of your presence and establish in us the sense that our life is hid in You. You are the controller of all things that come our way. Please take this flesh and make us like Jesus.
Shine the light of Holy Spirit on us and fill us to overflowing with a love that is of You. Help us to not be anxious, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, we set our requests before You. Thank you for the peace which surpasses all understanding. May it guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Give us a new heart and a new spirit Lord. Ezekiel 18:31. We want You to rule over our heart and mind and soul that we can give glory to You. Forgive the time we live as a city broken down, without walls. Our sins, are keeping us from knowing You intimately. Change us Lord. Be the Master of our house! Physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Release us from anger, unrest, anxiety, concerns, inner turmoil, strife and the pressure to follow darkness. Lift up our countenance that we would have a glad heart of cheer, not of sorrow as a spirit that is broken. Proverbs 15:13.
WE bless Your name O Lord! Be gracious to us, that Your face will shine upon us and keep us. Be gracious to us and lift Your countenance upon us and give us peace, in the name of Jesus. Numbers 6:24-26.
Thank you Lord that whoever draws near to You will be blessed. Thank you for understanding and giving us the desire to spend time in Your presence everyday. Shine Your light upon us and fill us with You love. In the matchless name of Jesus, amen.
God bless you and keep you until we meet again. Love in Christ, Patricia.
Abundance is...Jesus is Master of this house
Dear family and friends,
Another day, another step, another move into our future. Welcome to Heartstrings where our journey leads us to the arms of Jesus. The heart of the Father and the comfort of Holy Spirit.
Have you ever picked up a stone to skip on the water? I was thinking about this and remembered it had to be a smooth stone. It took just the right toss to make the thing skip over the surface and make ripples. So fun to watch with the kids!
Well, what about the stones we throw when we speak? I know once I have spoken in haste I cannot get those words back. The ripple has already been in motion.
Our words mean a lot to God. When we direct them to Him in praise and worship, we know the Lord and all the angels in heaven hear. They even bend down to our soft whispers.
Thinking before we speak will make the greatest, longest effect in the lives of others. So, this morning I prayed along with this scripture in Isaiah 57:19..."Peace, peace, to him who is far off [both Jew and Gentile] and to him who is near! says the Lord; I create the fruit of his lips, and I will heal him [make his lips blossom anew with speech in thankful praise]."
What a beautiful picture. I want to have words coming off my lips that are fragrant and lovely Lord Jesus.
Psalm 19:14 says, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer." Amen!
Personally, I can't justify the clipped words, the spoken unkindness or the self-righteousness when I speak. It grieves the Lord. Only by coming to Jesus and asking for forgiveness can I ever be made free from the way my mouth used to speak. I got so tired of my Sunday speech compared to my Monday speech.
WE have been given a marvelous gift of God's grace. It is something we could never be able to pay for. Something so valuable as a believer that once experienced, well, you just want more with each new day.
WE have been raised up to worship the Father! It is through the Son of God ...."He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue our being] in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:6.
We, together; Jew and Gentile. Who is standing in the way of the stones you are casting? Pause and think about this. Maybe no one but, one. How good is your aim? Best to drop it to the ground then. Jesus doesn't want us to bruise others.
There are unlimited, surpassing riches of HIs free grace; unmerited favor. It is HIs kindness and goodness of heart toward us that we are able to share the gift of Jesus Christ.
WE are saved, delivered from the judgement due us through faith. Salvation which is not of our own selves or our own doing. it came not through our own striving to make it so...but, it is the gift of God!
So, when we speak we ought to think what the effect will be. God sees and hears the tiniest stone hitting the water. Will it bring honor to HIm or drop out of sight with a plunk? Will the ripple bring joy to others or be a heavy weight of regret? Oh, I want to be changed!
Lord, thank you for being with us today. Thank you for shining Your Light on the words we speak. Help us to consider others better than ourselves as we present the fruit of our lips. Keep and guard us Holy Spirit. Teach us Your ways and help us to walk in them.Thank you Lord of peace. We bless Your Holy, matchless name Lord Jesus, amen.
Abundance is...the blossom of new speech