Dear brothers and sisters,
As this morning slips into afternoon, I am thinking of you. Thank you for joining me again with Heartstrings. It means so much to share in the blessed hope of Jesus Christ!
My desire for eye to eye contact with my loved ones is pulling me to search them out. It isn't too difficult here because some are right next door. I got myself ready, as though I had a special appointment. Holy Spirit planted this desire in my heart not only for my blessing, but I know now, for the encouragement of my family members.
The most heart warming and sincere hugs come from my three grandsons. They take the moments and hold fast to me. While they do I am praying for them. My own body feels their strength and I am refreshed. Then, at the last moment before releasing them, I look into their eyes and say, "I love you."
Take a chunk of time out of your day to find someone to appreciate. It is so healthy and builds us up. Even though I went into the cafe where the boys work, I didn't hug anyone, most were strangers. But, I did take the time to look into their eyes and talk to them. For some reason, I find strangers more in tune to that kind of conversation than my own family. Sad, I know.
The internet has crippled us. It seems more and more that while our eyes are locked on the screen we can converse with another person. It has become the easy way. But, again, how much time would it take to look them in the eye to reply? It hurts.
Father God desires nothing more from us than to turn our faces to His and look into His eyes. To take the time in His presence without it being an emergency. To show how grateful you are, not with money or sitting religiously in church, but to take that sweet time with Him every single day.
It must hurt the heart of God when we rush in and out. I am so thankful the Spirit wooed me in this direction today. Again, I'm asking for forgiveness for my distraction and self concern.
Someday, when we gather together at the feet of Jesus, we will fully know all things are made right in that humble position. I am looking forward to seeing you there, and our times to share in His love.
Although I want to tell you the scriptures I found about God's eyes on us and how He counsels us with His eyes, I will leave that to you to find. Search the Lord out of your busy day. Pause long enough to feel the Spirit's promptings. Get face to face time in The Word, with the Father Who has chosen you and the Son Who has redeemed you. Be filled with His Spirit!
In Jesus there are never regrets and disappointments. Only rejoicing and sweet appointments in His matchless, wondrous love. We need His hugs above all else! God bless you bunches!
Abundance is...being wrapped in His arms
Dear bothers and sisters,
"Happy and blessed are the people who are in such a case, yes, happy (blessed, fortunate, prosperous, to be envied) are the people whose God is the Lord!" Psalm 144:15.
In spite of how I feel. What ever the weather. While I am waiting. There are some things that are sure and never change. Having the Lord God as my own gives me reason to rest assured.
I am noticing how dark grey the sky is this morning. The wind is pulling the leaves from their branches, casting them to the ground. The last flowers are falling away to fade in the cold. While this death shows its latest colors in the Autumn leaves, they are still dying.
Is that where we are to leave our thoughts? No, because soon enough, the robe of winter white will melt away as it waters the trees and plants for coming Spring. What a grand picture of hope!
It is the same with our thought life. There are seasons when we are sure the ones we love are dying, never to be seen again. God tells us different. He wants us to be warmed from our frosty thoughts and think on what is to come. Read 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Comfort is within the promises of God.
We can be assured that while we wait we are learning to love God better. When He comes to us; we will have joy unspeakable! C.H. Spurgeon tells us..."Waiting exercises our grace; waiting tries our faith; therefore, wait on in hope; for though the promise tarry, it can never come too late."
While we wait, we rest in His love. We can declare with David in Psalm 144:2..."My Steadfast Love and my Fortress, my High Tower and my Deliverer, my Shield and He in Whom I trust and take refuge." Who is the Lord in this season of your life?
Will you declare His wonderful goodness and love to those around you? You may be God's voice to those also waiting for "Spring" time. What if you are alone? You can still raise your voice because the angels in heaven are listening too. If you are plagued with dark thoughts, bring them captive as you worship Mighty God. Keep praising Almighty God!
This is going to be a short entry today. Let the Word of God speak to you in whatever situation you find yourself. Trust in Jesus as your matchless Savior and Friend.
Say with me..."The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of things created]." From Psalm 145:9.
May the Lord bless you today. "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose]." 1 Corinthians 15:58. With the Love of Jesus, love one another!
Abundance is...His Love assures me
Dear brothers and sisters,
Praise the Lord for His continued, matchless love and grace. I am so thankful for this outpouring over my life. Are you?
That rest that we seek can only be found in Christ Jesus our Lord. Have you tried to rest while your brain is working overtime. Dealing with issues and never getting a resolution? Do you know that Jesus understands?
I want to look at a warning in the Word; one of many. While praying for my eyes to be open and my heart to be held fast in His hands, guess what I was doing? Cleaning the windows outdoors. While the next couple of days are going to warm up a bit, I thought this the perfect time. While it is Today!
As the puffy clouds were reflected in the glass, I realized that the eyes of my soul needed a cleaning. It may sound a bit stuffy, but I went through our movie shelf and pulled out the ones that just aren't right for me to view. To someone else, they may be 'okay' but Holy Spirit is always doing a new work, isn't He?
Once the windows were sparkling I was drawn to read Hebrews. There in chapter 3:12-15 we can see that God has drawn a line in the sand. He is a just God. So we need to believe what He says.
"Therefore beware] brethren, take care, lest there be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to cleave to, trust in, and rely on Him], leading you to turn away and desert or stand aloof from the living God."
We are called to come close to the Father. If our heart isn't believing in the words He has spoken we become distant and we stand apart from His loving-kindness.
"But instead warn (admonish, urge, and encourage) one another every day, as long as it is called Today, that none of you may be hardened [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [by the fradulence, the stratagem, the trickery which the delusive glamor of his sin may play on him]."
That is pretty strong language isn't it? We need this though in these last days. So many of our youth are believeing the lie that everything will be better if they take their lives. I heard of three just this morning! Right in the circle of my grandchildren. They tried to warn. A definite wake-up call to parents.
Older people, we are not exempt from this warning. We get too comfortable in our retired state and can easily become deluded. All stand before the Lord.
You may have heard...The eyes of the soul are like windows? It is true. WE need to teach our youth to discern what is behind the eyes of their friends. If darkness, bring them into the Light of Jesus! That is just one instance. Never allow yourself to be deceived because others are playing a christian game. WE are either in or we are out.
"For we have become fellows with Christ (the Messiah) and share in all He has for us, if only we hold our first newborn confidence and original assured expectation [in virtue of which we are believers] firm and unshaken to the end."
WE cannot expect to stand on sandy ground while the waves of a storm are upon us. WE need the Solid Rock! The Lord has fresh life for us, daily. Let's believe Him!
"Then while it is [still] called Today, if you would hear His voice and when you hear it, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion [in the desert, when the people provoked and irritated and embittered God against them]."
WE cannot blame God for the junk we are wading through. There is nothing around us that we cannot bring to Him. He is our security in a fallen world. It doesn't matter if Holy Spirit is warning you about what movies you watch or the way you dress, or the people in your circle. WE are called to obediance and in that is our greatest freedom!
WE come to the Lord for a new life. In Him we are confident that we can obey His leading. If someone has darkness behind their eyes, pray for them and ask God to give you an opportunity to tell them about Jesus. While it is Today. They may not be here tomorrow.
Lord, please make my eyes to see things the way You do. Help me to know when to act, when to speak, when to walk away. I pray Your Holy Spirit fills each of us with fresh annointing to deliver the Good News. Forgive our chosen blindness, what ever that may represent. Renew our rest as we submit our lives to You, regardless of our circumstances. You alone are able to keep us. Praise be to Your matchless name, amen.
Well, I hope this all made some sense to you. Sometimes it is difficult for me to put into words what my heart is saying. All I know is I want clean windows! So others will see the Light and reflection of Jesus in me. God bless you and keep you until we meet again.
Abundance is...free from a hard heart
Dear brothers and sisters,
Have you heard the Spirit calling you today? Maybe over some time now? This is the time to return to your rest and gain strength that has been lost. It is time to return to your first love relationship with Jesus.
I go through thinking all is well, until, I can't distinguish between physical weakness and spiritual weakness. I am looking at a couple of scriptures this morning that may help you as it helps me.
All of us need a reminder, a repentant heart, a return. Yesterday may have marked your life with pain or confussion and despair. Or, it may have been the best day in a long while. Whatever comes on this road we are traveling, we do need awareness and a sharpening to hear what God has to say to us.
Isaiah 30:15 tells us, "For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength. But you would not."
Oh, Lord may that never be said of me! That I would not...but continue to speed on in my own strength and using my own resources. Your word tells me that those who pursue me will take me down swiftly! I repent of using my own 'horses' to get me where I want to be. Forgive me Lord Jesus.
In verse 18 of this chapter I read, "And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!"
Then, I felt drawn to read the second chapter of Revelation. The church of Ephesus is the first of seven that the angel is talking to John about. It fits. Everything sounds good, at first and then the Light shines on their darkness. Look at verses 4-5 with me.
"But I have this [one charge to make] against you; that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love]. Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent (change the inner man to meet God's will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord] or else I will visit you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent,"
Wow! This is heavy and brings tears to my eyes. Yet, I want to know the truth and be free, don't you? I know we get busy with the things around us. Our family, our job, even our place in serving the church. There is nothing wrong with these things as long as we remember Who gave us this family. Who gave us this job. Who placed us in ministry to serve others.
This is a good day to return to the love of Jesus. Quite trying so hard to do right. Be quiet and listen to His instructions. The Father knows best for our journey. Each day. Remember He longs to spend time with us.
If you need to repent of your waywardness and distraction, do that now. You are always welcome to come into His presence as His beloved. If you are here and don't know Jesus as your personal Savior. Talk to Him right now and submit to His authority over your life. He won't harm you but only has fresh life for you. Take the time. He will hear.
I hope this opens your eyes today. It has mine. After a few tears, my heart will return to the comfort of His peace. His Spirit will be singing over us! God bless you this day until we meet again. No more my way, but His way. Amen?
Abundance is...found in my First Love
Dear brothers and sisters,
Thank you for coming here today. Heartstrings is our place to connect and encourage. Here we find that God Is Good...all the time.
So why fret? I know this word isn't spoken much in the language of today. It does sound kind of old time to my ears. But, when I went to check out the word I found it speaks proudly of worry, torment and anquish, aggitation and distress. Even writing these words make me weary.
That is exactly what fretting does! Don't you feel weaker when you are worrying over something? I heard of a person using a worry-stone. They rub it whenever they feel threatened or unable to gain power to overcome in a situation.
Sad. But true. That is why Jesus told us not to fret. Was He? Knowing the plans the Father and Jesus and the Holy Spirit agreed on; yet He did not worry or fret. Jesus wants us to remain in peace, the opposite of what you may be feeling right now.
Then there is you and I. Many gone before us had the same tendency. Adam and Eve were pretty worried about being found out by God. They tried to hide from Him. How silly is that but, we do the same when we try to hide or excuse our sins.
I think that Naomi in the book of Ruth was a fretting, anxious woman. "Will they accept me when I go back home?" Ruth was Naomi's stability because she just obeyed. What a godly woman.
Oh, and then there is Martha, one of my favorites! Jesus had to remind her that fretting over the meal was not the best position to peace. Take a look at Mary sitting at Jesus feet, in the moment, with her focus totally on Him.
There are others too. Hey guys what about Gideon? Jonah? Even King David. Abraham took things into his own hands because he wanted to please Sarah and worried that God wouldn't fulfill His promises.
Okay, I think you get the message. I know I am found guilty of this! Fretting? Don't do it! If you don't know what God is up to, be still. Just BE STILL and know that He is God. He will sustain us each day with exactly what we need.
If we are bothered by anything where should we go? You know the answer as well as I do but, sometimes we use fretting to nurture our emotions. The problem is that our fretting doesn't change anything; it does wear our bodies down quickly. As well as those around us.
It is a gradual wearing away by rubbing or gnawing. I guess you could say, Jesus knew what it would do to our lives physically, emotionally and spiritually.
God is aware of the little birds in my back yard. Yesterday I caught myself fretting that there wasn't enough seed for them. That led to the fact that I couldn't buy more. No money. Oops! Then I read again Matthew 6:25-34. I am so glad God doesn't slap me down when I weaken and forget. They were His birds first!
Our world gives us much to worry over, right? However, when we consider our Father, the Maker of heaven and earth and all that is in it...why should we worry? If you have an answer, let me know.
It is all a matter of Who we will serve when you think about it. Who is Master? Which one will we be devoted to and trust with all our hearts?
After all of this...God is able! He is able to keep us and those little birds outside. He is able to handle anything that comes our way.
Matthew 6:34 says, "So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble." It is just the fact of the matter.
Psalm 121:7-8 says, "The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore." He is our fresh life!
Let's just praise the Lord! For all His answers are found as we turn to Him and be still. From there, the steps are before us. He will not fail. Keep your hand in His. God bless you with a deeper wisdom and understanding of His matchless grace. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Abundance is...freedom from fretting