Dear family of God,
The Lord bless you for coming to Heartstrings. We need each other for encouragement while the world goes crazy don't we? I hope and pray you find a few moments here for just that reason. Here is a Bridal song that the Lord gave me.
"We have become His precious Bride. We have been called His chosen. As we humbly give our hearts to Him, singing, "Holy is the Lamb. Holy is the Lamb.
We have beheld His mighty works. We have received His blessing. As we kneel before His glorious throne singing, "Holy is the Lamb, Holy is the Lamb.
"Holy, Holy is the Lamb. Holy, Holy is His name. We cry "Holy" as we worship the King singing,"Holy is the Lamb, Holy is the Lamb!"
How do we constantly abide in the Lord? First I ask Holy Spirit to remind me throughout my day and then when He does, I get to take time to speak His name and declare He is Worthy. Without the Spirit of the Lord, I tend to get sidetracked and my focus is changed to things of the world or my imagination takes control.
Has there ever been a time in the pages of our story that we don't need His presence? You know how the enemy works. He will do his best to convince us that time with our Bible and prayer is a complete waste. He is a liar.
Today, I got to go to the library. It has been quite some time. While checking out my book a young boy came in asking if anyone had seen his skateboard. He looked like he could cry. When I went outside there he was leaning against the brick wall of the library, dejected and so sad. I went over and talked to him and told him I would pray that God would help him find his skateboard. I was going to turn away but instead stood there and prayed that simple prayer. The boy looked at me with wide eyes and his mouth open. I told him, "I believe God will help you." Then I turned to go, trusting God to hear my prayer.
Now, that was an unexpected appointment to let my light shine. I don't know if the boy knew God but, I do know he would never forget our interaction this day. I know I was able to make a difference! Lord, You see him. Save him and make him all Yours.
When we are abiding in Jesus and His Word abides in us as talked about in John 15, we will bear fruit. It is all there, read it!The Lord wants our joy to be full! And, I got to experience it only an hour ago. To give hope to that young man points to the Love of God.
In verse 7 Jesus said, "If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you."
This word remain has come to mean so much to me lately. In this upside down thinking world we live in, there is little hope unless, we shine the Light of God's Love. That young man, I believe, will find his skateboard and he will remember the prayer I prayed right there in a public place, for him.
You might think I am nuts to imagine that a thing like this is important. As far as the stuff and things, they aren't really. But, the interaction; the step of faith does. I won't play guessing games anymore. When the Holy Spirit prompts me to speak God's name, I will obey and trust the outcome to be exactly as God wills.
This may be a small incident. But, someday, there may come a time for greater faith than I have today.
The thing is, as the Bride of Christ, each of us need to be operating in the power of Jesus name daily, as though it was the most important day of our lives. We make a difference in the moments of others lives, one seed at a time.
Most important is to learn to abide in Christ! We, at least I have, wasted too much time trying or waiting to fit into what the church says we should be doing or looking like. Alright, now let's get down to it!
I want to tell you what happened before the library time. I woke heavy hearted. It only got worse and I was in tears and had no idea why. I felt like I was on the edge of a panic attack, which I don't have anymore. I sought out my daughter in law and tried to explain to her. She quietly came over, wrapped her arms around me and prayed. Her sweet voice, I could hardly hear, but the power of her prayer, God heard. Within minutes the pit I felt I was falling into was no more! Praise the Lord!
This is what living moment to moment looks like. I asked Jesus to hold my hand when I woke this morning. From where I am sitting now, I see that He has! And the day is only half over!
Oh, I pray you understand what I am saying. I hope with all my heart that you sense the power of God's Word at work in your life story. In all of this, to know that you are treasured and held in His capable hands no matter what the situation appears to be.
Abide in HIm and let His Word abide in you! God bless you in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Abundance is...because Jesus loves me
Dear family of God,
Instead of being shaken with anxiety; instead of being careless and complacent we must endear our hearts; our very lives to Jesus! Only He can save and set us free from the bondage of self and wrong thinking.
What is it about the wedding that brings you the most joy? For me it is the anticipation of finally being united with the Bridegroom. The flowers, the food, even the dress will fade in time. But, not the look of love we see in the eyes of our Beloved. What a wonderful Day that will be!
Not all. Sadly there will be those who have waited to get ready a bit past the time. Slow. Lethargic. Instead, the world's cares will outweigh the great need to be completely ready. I am not talking about trying to figure out the right dress to wear. The Groom provides that. We only need to have eyes for Him.
I am drawing from Isaiah 32 today. Just the things that speak to my own heart. Being a chosen daughter of God, I realize more and more how much is at stake! It causes me to solemnly, humbly come before God each morning with anticipation that maybe, just maybe, this will be the Day when I see the Bridegroom, Jesus, face to face.
I realize there is a path of peace and a path of destruction. WE get to choose. And, during this time when everything is looking more and more black and white and evil has become openly bold, we still get to choose. Did you hear me? You and I get to choose! That is how much God loves us!
This Marriage supper Will come to pass. Like the fruitful field ready for harvest, Isaiah speaks of, that Day will come. Verse 16 says, "Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) will abide in the furitful field."
Can you picture what harmony looks like? Apart from walking with the Lord, there is none. Verse 17 says, "And the effect of righteousness will be peace [internal and external], and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever." Harmony with the One Who created you.
Someday, my Prince will come! That is a song I heard long ago. When I read Isaiah I am not sure if I understand the meaning. So, I hope you can make out what my heart is saying today. I am not a teacher. Holy Spirit is our teacher. One thing I do know is Jesus Is The Prince of Peace and I am His!
What grabs my heart is that all in good time; Gods time we will meet the Prince of Peace. He will look into our eyes and we will know Him as never before. There is the wrath of God for the world and yet the love of God for the world. I long to walk in His Blessings. Only God can rightly divide the whole plan.
Do you love the promises of God? We can apply them to our lives everyday. Coming before Him in prayer and praise brings them to pass. Then you will be happy and fortunate as you await His coming.
Praying now Isaiah 33:2..."O Lord, be gracious to us; we have waited [expectantly] for You. Be the arm [of Your servants--their strength and defense] every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble." Is this your prayer?
We can see a dividing line, much like the narrow way from the wide way can't we? It is becoming so obvious who God's chosen are.
This last weekend we got to hear the Shofar blown in different places around the world. I still cry for joy at the sound of it! But, some will be crying for fear when that last trumpet blows. I pray you will choose Jesus Christ as your Redeemer Savior.
I love what verses 5-6 says, "The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation). And there shall be stability in your times, an abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the reverent fear and worship of the Lord is your treasure and His."
Wow! Stability now when all around us is confusion and strife. Praise the Lord!
Don't you feel this in the deepest part of your heart? Are you paying attention? The signs are everywhere! So many are walking down the path of evil. Yet, the numbers of those being saved are greater! The news only shows us one side. Pay attention Bride of Christ! Someday soon your Bridegroom will come!
Thank you for letting me share Heartstrings with you today. I am excited and in awe of the workings of the Lord! Even in pain and suffering we can lift up holy hands and worship the Lord. By speaking the Word of God, we are being changed and the world around us too will notice. Are you excited?!
Who wants stability right now, regardless of your circumstances? Who wants to experience the Wisdom and Knowledge of God? Who wants to be saved?
God Loves your heart as you give your life to Him. Don't worry about the exterior of yourself. Come as you are so the amazing Love of the Lord washes you and gives you a new garment to wear. Let the beauty of who you are come from the inside. Be careful to adorn yourself with the Love of God. Be filled with His Spirit and have Jesus renew your mind. You are loved and highly prized and He is coming for you. God bless you in His matchless name, amen.
Abundance is...the effect and the result of righteousness
Dear family of God,
Welcome to Friday Heartstings! I am so glad you could stop by. I pray that you are blessed as together we journey closer to the heart of God, our Father.
We have many reasons to praise Jesus, our Lord and soon coming King. From the beginning of our day until we fall asleep at night, blessings attend our way. Our greatest, Jesus Christ!
The last couple of days I have been hanging out in John 14. It is so alive to me! Truly the Living Word of God. My circumstances may not have changed but my response to them has. My perspective is so different now as I view this world and all its troubles.
So, I want to share a few scriptures that I have underlined in my Bible from John 14. Please read the whole chapter in your quiet time. I know the Holy Spirit will move on your heart in that still part of your day. What a sweet place to be.
Right away the very first verse of John 14 grabs my attention. It is the strong foundation every word following. Verses 1-4. Jesus help us to apply this to our lives now.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated), You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me. In My Father's house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you. And when I go and make a ready place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also. And [to the place] where I am going, you know the way."
Do you know the way? Jesus tell Thomas, "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by Me."
Jesus calls us to obey His commandments and then tells His disciples about the Holy Spirit to come. The Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby! All wrapped up in Jesus and given to you and I! Think about these words. All of them personal and just what we need.
However, the world doesn't welcome Him and take Him into its heart. Simply because it cannot see or know Him and recognize HIm. But we do, for He lives with us constantly and will be with us always!
If you ever have felt lonely, wounded, or at a loss, then you know that intimate fellowship with the Spirit of the Lord as your comforter and helper, don't you? When it seems all others are against you, He is your Advocate! He is for such a time as this.
So, not only is Holy Spirit standing with you, you are sealed in HIm and He dwells constantly in you. He represents Jesus and acts on His behalf. He will teach us all things. And, cause us to recall to our mind everything that Jesus told us. Praise the Lord! I have experienced the Holy Spirit as each of those words are described in verses 16 &26.
The world cries out for Peace, Peace. The only place to find it is in Jesus Christ. Verse 27 says, "Peace I leave with you, My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]"
This is what we read in the first part of the chapter! Jesus obviously knew we would need a repeat. In the last two verses of this chapter Jesus is saying the prince of evil is coming. But, since he has no claim on Jesus to rule over Him, the prince of evil has no power or rule over our lives either.
Jesus wants you and I to know that only in HIm will we find the kind of peace that passes all understanding. He will place a guard over our hearts and our minds so we can endure the trials. And, there are so many right now building one upon another aren't there?
My heart goes out to you today as I look and see the many places around this world where people are coming to share Heartstrings with us. Let's remember to pray for one another, not just for our own concerns.
WE need to be sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost and ones who have been playing Christian games all their lives. I remember this in myself. I praise the Lord today for setting me free from a religious spirit. Now, I know Him. Then, I didn't.
This is the time. Not much left of that, I'm afraid. I hope you seek the Lord while He may be found.
Jesus gave us His Holy Spirit and is preparing us to meet Him someday soon. Then, He was speaking to His disciples while on His way to the cross. Now, He speaks to us, His Beloved, as He prepares a place for us to live eternally in Heaven. I hear it is a wonderful place! I long to be there. What do you long for? Peace? Come to Jesus and be forgiven of all sin. Be filled with His Spirit! It is all free and paid for. Our freedom is found in Him.
God bless you, each one, in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Abundance is...resting in His Peace
Dear family of God,
Do you consider yourself blessed? As I take time to think about this I realize it really has nothing to do with where I live or what I possess, if I am loved or if I am alone. The one thing that is above all others is my relationship with God.
When I think about standing before the Holiness, the Mighty Eternal Father, my legs melt before me. Just think of His Majesty for a moment. How do you feel? Are you trembling in fear and shame or are you kneeling with joyful tears streaming down your face?
What does blessing look like? Being forgiven of all my sins and knowing I am welcome in the awesome presence of God! I will never be able to describe the mercy of the Lord over my life. The many times I should have died, yet I am still here to spread His Word around.
We are in trying times, in case you haven't noticed. And sometimes my heart is gripped with pain for all the lost and suffering. People are beginning to question whether or not they really believe Jesus is the Son of God. They are longing for change, but their circumstances just don't. It's going to be alright. But, not until you have a blessed assurance that Jesus is your Salvation.
More and more we are hearing the call to repentance. To humbly come before the Lord and ask for forgiveness and healing. Every day I wake wondering if this will be the day that I meet Him.
We will someday! But know without a doubt that as His child, we still need to kneel and confess our sins. What used to be assumed as just a small thing has now become something to be revealed and brought into the Light. Then, return back to the Father.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, "If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land."
If you want God to provide for you there needs to be changed behavior. Read in chapters 6-7 about Solomon; his prayer and God's conditions.
First, humble yourself by admitting your sins. Second, pray to God, asking for fogiveness. Third, Search for God continually, and Fourth, turn from sinful habits. True repentance is more than talk, it is changed behavior. This goes true for us as individuals or as a whole nation.
I am delighted to share with you that God's character is loving and ready to receive each person who comes humbly to Him. Read this in Psalm 103:8-12...
"The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness. He will not always chide or be contending, neither will He keep His anger forever or hold a grudge. He has not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us."
Praise the name of the Lord! This is our greatest blessing! So no matter if the fires become hotter and our homes are gone, our lives are in the shelter of His Love. Psalm 91.
Jesus knows all about your troubles today. That is why He came to bring you peace. A deep, perfect kind of peace that can't be explained.
John 3:16-17. Do you know it? I am sure you have heard this good news. This is His call!
"For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) HIm shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal life."
"For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him." Amen.
Do you believe in Him? Please come. I know He is calling us. Don't wait to do another good deed, drop more money in the offering plate, smile though your heart is heavy. God only wants your heart and sweet relationship with you. He made you for this. All the emptiness will fall away like dust from your hard heart. He is where you will find fresh life, living water and bread from heaven.
I am praying for you. I know God has great and wonderful things to show you. He alone is your Blessing. Hear the voice of Jesus. He is calling. God bless you in the matchless, unchanging name that is above all other names; the name of Jesus, Son of the Living God, amen.
Abundance is...He is calling for us to come home
Dear family of God,
As we are being prepared as the Bride of Christ, we can stand tall on the Rock of our Salvation. In light of the horrible events happening in our world, I believe it won't be long until we see our Bridegroom face to face.
We have God's Love Letter to guide us and direct us into the presence of the Father...daily. WE have been given all we need, if only we would take up the Shield of Faith and the Sword of the Spirit. God isn't going to fail us. He never has and never will.
Jesus is the Rock on which we stand! My prayer this morning when I woke was this from Psalm 19:14..."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."
I am coming to realize more and more that what enters my mind will enter my heart so I need to guard it continually. Haven't you seen that this isn't an easy thing to do? Not without the equipping of the Holy Spirit!
Look at Proverbs 4:23..."Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life."
I have watched programs where rock climbers are adventuring to unbelievable heights. It takes forethought. It takes courage and strength to trust the rope that holds them. The rock isn't going to move, but one miscalculation and down they go.
This is not the time to guess at the enemies games. It is time to know the Whole Truth and cling to that. While we do this God will take care of our enemies. Our thoughts, our words, our actions all count.
You may be wondering what this has to do with standing on the Rock? Everything! Jesus, being the Rock, is our only hope! Your ONLY Hope.
Psalm 31:1-3..."In You, O Lord, do I put my trust and seek refuge; let me never be put to shame or [have my hope in You] disappointed; deliver me in Your righteousness! Bow down Your ear to me, deliver me speedily! Be my Rock of refuge, a strong Fortress to save me! Yes, You are my Rock and my Fortress; therefore for Your name's sake lead me and guide me."
Amen! There are many being saved from satan's trap, inspite of his efforts to destroy us. I am thrilled to see the hundreds, thousands who are falling before the Throne of Grace. My mind is recharged to press on and serve Him gladly.
You may have lost your possessions to the fires all around you. We are seeing them encrouch upon us here too. Our once beautiful blue sky...well, It is still up there along with the sun, moon and stars. As I take in the Word of God each morning and lift up prayers for others, my faith sees me through.
Watch Israel. Pray for God's chosen people. Keep your eyes on the quickly moving power of God to save. Our time here is looking pretty close to our wedding day in glory. We are living in Psalm 91! Commit it to memory.
Also, in my prayers I am praying for those new believers. That the Word of Truth will fall on good soil and not fall away in the rocky road. That the Spirit of God will equip and empower and diciple people in these last days and give them knowledge of God's will. That they will be teachable and have an answer for the hope that has been planted in their hearts. Will you agree?
Father, we ask for a fresh anointing of Your Spirit. Lead us in the Way, the Truth and the Life contained in relationship with Your Son, Jesus Christ. Take away the hardness of our hearts and call us to return to You, leaving all our idols and self importance behind, and Help us to trust and obey You, Father. In Your Holy name, amen.
If you are part of the Heartstrings family, I know we are growing on this journey of Faith. I know now is the time to walk, talk and respond as the Bride of Christ. If you haven't considered this awesome privilege, take time to think about this. It is for the honor and glory of our soon coming King.
It won't be long now! We are in a time to prepare for our evacuation from this planet. Do you believe this? I honestly didn't know even 4 months ago, like I do now. Spend time reading the scriptures and applying them to your lives! I have fallen in love with communing with God!
Take care. Be safe and well as you place your life fully into the hands of the Lord. He will keep you. You are loved. All my heart, Patricia.
Abundance is...I am standing on The Rock