Dear brothers and sisters,
Have you ever been wearied from too much information? Even listening to too many teachers in the Word. We sometimes need to just focus on the one thing the Holy Spirit is longing to convey to our heart. Today was such a day for me. Loaded down to the point of being burdened. But, Jesus tells us to hold fast in one thing. His words and not those of well-meaning people.
I hope that you understand I am writing Heartstrings as though writing my journal. You get to peek into my own life and the changes taking place. Hopefully, I am changing. I do know I can't do this in my own power.
John 8;31-32 says, "So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in my Word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free."
Please don't follow my heart, but the heart of the Lord! In Him we have all the Truth we need for every issue that comes up and will know how to reply to any who ask "Why do you believe?" The Word of God stands before time began and will go on through eternity. Man's words will fade away.
In Isaiah 55:8-11 we read, "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts."
I am so very thankful we serve a Mighty God and He is much smarter than me! What I think is important, I had better take before the Lord on every account, don't you think? Is there an area in your own life that the Spirit is calling you to? Don't ignore His voice!
"For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."
Praise the Lord! That means that whenever we go into His presence and spend time reading our Bible; we have a certain word. Not a guess or the counsel of supposed wise men. For example, because we are getting snow, I anticipate new plants in the Spring time. We can also anticipate the work of God to grow us to become fruitful children. Simply by allowing His Word to abide in our hearts.
We believe. We can trust Him to do all He said He would do! I think the best thing for me is to settle back down into the Lord's care and forget the cares I have been heaping into my wagon. Get back to my rest. When the Lord spoke to my heart that He was going to do a new thing in me; well, this new thing is something I am trying to find and follow, adapt my life to. Refreshing and joy to follow now! First things first...listen to His heart.
Romans 8:28 is so familiar to many..."We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose."
Back up to 8:1 and find there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. We walk according to the Spirit and not to our flesh. Pause, breath, sigh relief. All the things I have been trying to accomplish (for God) are not what I am supposed to be doing. Doing this and that may look saintly, but it will only dray my spirit down in the accomplishing. The same will come for you too unless you are not following the heart and desire of Jesus. Praise the Lord there is a better way and Father knows best!
What season of change are you in today? We need to be careful and only do what He is telling us. We can only hear this when we come humbly before His throne. So back to the basics for me! One step at a time in the right direction is better than skipping along and passing up the precious stones that really go in our wagon. There are many things we could add but only what He has ordered are the right ones.
Well, I hope you were able to follow along with me. The main this is to keep what the Lord desires as your main thing and not try to follow in the steps of others counsel and pattern of living. Okay? Thank you for allowing me your time. You are wonderful and I pray the Lord rains down many blessings in your life as you place your heart in His hands. God bless you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Abundance is...times of refreshing
Good evening everyone,
What are you feeding on today? Our diets, at least in America, are made a big deal of. We have so many things to choose from. May we never forget how blessed we are. My simple fish dinner tonight was just right, only enough to satisfy and allow me to rest well through the night. I am grateful because I know many don't even have a piece of bread.
That is for the physical body. But, what about our spiritual diet? Are we starving ourselves? Would you even think about eating only on Sundays? Or a snack on Wednesday night? Colossians 3:16 says we are to let the Word of God richly dwell in us! This Word is our Wonder Bread! It will make us strong and provide all that we need.
Our minds crave things to fill the void in our lives too. Look at all the social media available to keep us coming back for more. Yet, how good is it for us? The media relentlessly provide the bad news morning, noon and night. Just like a meal. Too much of this steady diet will make us nutritionally depleted. The main course is fear; the gravy that covers us with the goo from the worlds knowlege, untruth, assumptions. And, have you noticed how it sticks with us?
Psalm 46:2 says, "Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea." WE don't have to fear anything they say. Only listen to the voice of the Lord. We are to be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving...Colossians 4:2.
It really makes sense to me, you know, about the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the garden at the beginning. God told Adam and Eve to forget eating that lovely fruit. Don't go there! But Eve decided it is good for the eyes and food for our bodies. At least I think it went something like that. Look what that led to! Let's not put all the blame on Eve though.
We have all these "food" choices and I was thinking about this today as we were coming home from town. We had to get a couple of things from the store. I actually walked past the things that I used to load into my cart, for only the good for me foods. It does get easier with time. Also works as we spend time in the Living Word of God.
Same for the other things we bring to the table of our life. I am discovering how pleasant and filling it has been as I am giving myself to the Scriptures, letting them saturate my mind and heart. Psalm 73:23-24 says, "Yet I am always with you: you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory." Give thanks for the counsel and direction we get from the Lord. The Book is complete!
When I think of something fearful, my body shakes and the trembling takes time before the Lord in prayer, to settle. There I find the peace I need. If I want to have a steady walk with the Lord then I have to quit feeding my mind with fearful news. No, we don't know the timing of all that God has spoken will come. It will be fearful for anyone who hasn't become a child of God. If it didn't happen today it could tomorrow.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Jesus is calling us to be still so our restless hearts will be calm. Mark 4:39 says, "Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace be still!" and the wind ceased and there was a great calm." There is nothing worse than being sick at sea. This journey sometimes takes a boat ride on rough seas. He is with you!
There are so many voices in the world trying to gain our full attention. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Amen?
Father, teach us to lean into Your whispers and trust Your voice above all the others. Forgive us for following blindly the suggestions of the enemy. Cut us free from the net that would entangle us and keep us from walking with our hand in Yours. Thank You for another chance. Change our heart and steady our mind in the name of Jesus, amen.
Bless you brothers and sisters. It is in Christ we reside in the peace that passes all understanding. Press into His Word each morning. It will be your best meal of the day. You will be satisfied and strengthened. Your joy will increase and your hope abound. God be with you until we meet again with Heartstrings, Patricia.
Abundance is...hearing God's whispers
Dear brothers and sisters,
Are you loved? Look around you. What do you see? Even if you live impoverished, suffering through various trials, you are Loved today. The only way to know this love is to be born again. You will have a spectacular inheritance as a child of God.
Blessed assurance is a song that is rolling around me like a warm spring breeze. I really need this right now. My body is fighting a bug of sorts, I guess. In order to be well I am taking the precautions, teas, and reading my Bible in stillness. There is my strength and calm. Just knowing I am loved by the Lord helps me deal with this trouble.
You are on my mind today and I know you too need encouragement. Through trials and tests we are promised that Jesus goes with us. He doesn't just wait off in the distance saying, "Come on you can do it!" He is right beside us as our Shepherd. Find comfort in His Word today with me.
In 1 Peter chapter one, Peter is writing to gentile believers. Some new to the faith, some well acquainted with this journey. All of us, along with them, are called to salvation through Christ, submission to His Words of life and to trust Him when we suffer.
Chapter 1:3 says, "Praised (honor, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," If Jesus hadn't risen from the dead we would have no eternal inheritance. But God the Father brought us into that hope.
Verse 4..."[Born anew] into an inheritance which is beyond the reach of change and decay [imperishable], unsullied and unfading, reserved in heaven for you," There is no where else we can find this kind of inheritance. Anything from anyone here on earth will eventually loose its value. Not this one!
Verse 5..."Who are being guarded (garrisoned) by God's power through [your] faith [till you fully inherit that final] salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time. WE have something wonderful to look forward to! This is so much better than rehearsing or complaining about what has happened to us in the past. God places a guard on this and through your faith you will see it in the end. I am challenged to not allow the past creep into my future hope and rob me. Being needy is about needing God.
Verse 6..."[You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations," For me the temptations to loose hope when I feel poorly used or sick in body. When all along, Jesus is with me.
The temptation to doubt His precious promises. The temptation to use my time to complain to somebody, anybody, about my lot in life. Rather, let my witness be of faith in Christ, knowing the outcome as He told us. Joy returns!
Instead, we must carry on in our faith! We call on the Spirit of God to help us lift up our heads and our hands to rejoice anyway. What a difference this makes! Here I am writing this to you while my stomach is still unsettled. But, my heart is revived and I feel the fresh life of Jesus in that warm breeze wrapping around me. Yes, even in the chill of winter. We will always have the warmth of the Son!
We don't have to see Jesus to love Him do we? WE can believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious joy! (verse 8). We will be convinced by spending time in the shelter of the Most High, resting in Him. Go on and read all of chapter one. I am sure you will find yourself in this letter. I have. It will even show you a battle plan in verse 13-16.
Time for me to leave you. I will return and in the meantime, hold you up in prayer. I covet your prayers as I am sure you do mine. May you find your inheritance today. Believe it and cling to Jesus Christ for this. Together we can stand fast in the truth of His Word. Thank you Lord Jesus for such marvelous peace! Have a blessed day and remember you are loved with an everlasting love! God be with you, Patricia.
Abundance is...lifting everything to Jesus
Have you ever written a note to yourself. I don't mean a list, like for groceries or to do projects. I mean a note that will impact the steps you take today. For instance, my note for today would be "love is patient."
Yep, it's right there in the Love Chapter. 1 Corinthians 13:4 says, "Love endures long and is patient and kind." I would seem that this is the first on Paul's list. For the most part I have spent more time ignoring this than applying it to my life. At least that was before I really started to gaze into God's Love letter. Funny how I find myself there time after time.
Time after time His love goes on. That is a song. You can find it on my Heartsongs page. It really is something to finally understand how patient God is. And, that patience is one of the fruits of His Spirit within us. So, that means I have no excuses anymore. I am surrounded by opportunities everyday. I do hope you take a moment to read the words to this song the Lord gave me.
The note on my heart today then, is a reminder that I don't have to struggle on my own to have this wonderful attitude of patience. Being full of the Holy Spirit equips me under all circumstances to be a patient child of God. Patient with His work in me and patient with others.
I looked in my Thesaurus the word patient. Some of the like words that really grabbed me were; untiring, submissive, resigned, serene, calm, quiet, unexcited, unruffled. Well, to sum it up I want to be all of those. Do you see anywhere in this list words that describe stress or worry? They just can't share the same space.
Wouldn't it be best to seek the Lord if we are impatient people? With all that goes on in my Friday happenings it is easy to succumb to anxiety. Though it is not for my good. Certainly does not bring glory to God. Making a change begins with being submissive to the Word of God. I read it, so now I am responsible to cry out to the Lord to shape me into a patient daughter of the Most High.
Does God exist outside of time? He sure does! He is all powerful, all knowing, always existing. When we get to the place when we are frustrated, a bit snappy with others, and running in circles we can remember that God is indeed in control. We can hope that today is the day when everything goes according to our schedule. Will it? Not likely, unless, we are following the footprints of Jesus and His plans for us.
I love Proverbs 16:3, "Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed." It is all about what He desires for us!
People are predicting the time when Christ will return. To think of going through another day of persecution, emotional upheaval, well, overwhelming is the word that comes to mind. Some of which we can't seem to change. We are learning to adjust our hearts and minds to adapt to the Lord and His grace, His timing and day of rescue. It will come.
2 Peter 3:9 says, "The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people's conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patieint) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance." We should be rejoicing everyday for God's patience with us! Pray for your calm and for the salvation of others.
According to what we see, delays may happen, but not to the eyes of God. They be the most important thing going for us. Wow, pause and think about that! There are so many scriptures in the Bible that speak about the plans of man and the plans of God. We do what is best don't we?
I'd better get my laundry going. I just wanted to share a note with you. Maybe it will be helpful. God has told us that He won't fail us in any way or leave us without support. He will not forsake us or relax His hold on us. Be assured! You are loved son and daughter and His Spirit will bring you to rest and rescue in His proper time. Hold tight to His hand.
Father thank you for this day and all you have planned for each of us. Remind us that our times are in Your hands. Fill us with patient, wise and understanding hearts. We lift up our lives as worship and look forward to the journey ahead. In the matchless name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Abundance is...love notes from God
Dear brothers and sisters,
In Christ, In Christ, In Christ. I just keep hearing this over and over in my mind today. It doesn't matter what we said yesterday, thought about, acted upon. Today, I choose to stand, live, move and breathe...In Christ. He is the banner that waves over my head. I am His beloved and He is mine! Are you with me?
Psalm 143:8-9 says, "Let me hear Thy lovingkindness in the morning; for I trust in Thee; teach me the way in which I should walk; for to Thee I lift up my soul. Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; I take refuge in Thee."
Yes, I am going to share another song. Bet you didn't see that coming! HaHaHa! The title is, "Love Lifted Me." An oldie that I learned as a young girl. How young? Well, younger than I am today. It was written in 1912 by James Rowe and hammering out the keys, with arthritic hands, was his friend Howard E. Smith. They created this together. My point being...together, in Christ I will stand firm.
"I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more. But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry, from the waters lifted me now safe am I. Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help, Love lifted me; Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help Love Lifted me!"
When will we learn to invite the Master of the sea into our boat? Instead we play the blame game, which the enemy knows right away when to make his move. Everything that has happened in my life is now called "Yesterday." Some of those things were not good in any respect. But, as a young girl I invited Jesus into my heart and today I know, when the past comes up, that He was with me and helped me through the hard stuff.
Some people are stuck. Really stuck and you can hear it in the tone of their voices. Even on facebook the things their hearts meditate on show up clearly. If your witness is weak, a thing of the past when you first met Jesus but now, hardly a spark glows, then you are stuck.
By the words of this song, it is the Love of Christ that lifts us up out of that sink hole, pit, dark closet. What I like about this song is another two verses which say..."All my heart to Him I give; ever to Him I'll cling, in His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing. Love so mighty and so true merits my soul's best songs; faithful, loving service, too, to Him belongs. Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help, love lifted me...
"Souls in danger, look above, Jesus completely saves. He will lift you by His love out of the angry waves. He's the Master of the sea, billows His will obey. He your Savior wants to be, be saved today. Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help LOVE LIFTED ME! " And there you have it! A way out and peace in His strong arms.
Why should we take refuge in the words that hurt us? Or, what about being in a difficult situation, yet always allowing this to dictate the steps we take, today. Our thinking process is unstable, warped by unforgiveness and self-pity. When will we give Him all our hearts and cling to Him? It is in His presence that we find hope and faith for our future. Jesus Christ is our future!
Today, I unfriended some people on my long facebook list. I spent too much time getting wrapped up in dramas that really weren't a cry for help, but a very long dialogue of discontent. Something that the Lord is doing in me; a refining work where I need to hold the time I am given as sacred. I had to ask myself, "is this what I want in my boat?" I keep coming up with the reply from what I believe is the Holy Spirit in me, "No."
Praise the Lord for Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Can you say AMEN? We choose to listen to the blaming words of the enemy or the life giving words of God's Spirit. If the past isn't past then, without condemnation, we can step into our future IN CHRIST JESUS. I don' how else to say this. I do know that today I am reminding that old enemy, that liar; Who I belong to!
Press into the Lord, the Master of the sea. Throw out the weighty things of your past and allow Jesus to open up the sails and set you on a totally new path. This journey is exciting and joyful as we place our trust in Him. So, I ask again. Who is the Master of your great adventure?
You are in my thoughts and prayers today. Listen to His voice as He expresses His Love in your ears. Let His Love Lift you! God bless you till we meet again in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Abundance is...Love lifts the heart