My Heart, His Words

Let the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your site, O Lord.


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Take My Yoke

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As I’ve mentioned before, God has called me into a season of rest, which is definitely a challenge to obey!  However, during this season, as I read Matthew 11:28-30 I find comfort, in a whole new way, so I’d like to share with you!

In my graphic above, I’ve highlighted the key words that spoke to me:

“I will give you REST

 “Take MY yoke”

“I am GENTLE

“You will find REST

“My yoke is EASY

“My burden is LIGHT

The recurring theme is REST: Finding rest in CHRIST.

Following the dream God’s placed on my heart, while good & purposeful can become an idol in itself if not done in obedience. ===>TWEET THIS

My zeal & my passion, while beneficial in many facets of my life, can also become a hindrance, when God calls me to a place of REST & I struggle to release & obey.

The God-sized dream God’s given me, opened doors for me to walk through, and I love walking, isn’t intended to be a burden. This dream isn’t intended to weigh me down, stress me out, or max out my days. This dream is supposed to come along side the life God’s called me to, and simply BE.

“BE still & know that I am God”.  More often than not, I’m guilty of going & doing so much that I forget to just BE. I forget to just allow God to work in me, as I stand still.

Taking the yoke of Christ is FREEING. It’s not a burden!

His Dream for me is Holy, not Heavy.

Walking my God-sized dream needs to be the same way!

So today, I choose to take His yoke for me… it’s light & I need light right now.

How about you, friend? Have you been spinning your hamster wheel, vigorously pursuing your dream, and forgetting to take time to rest? It’s time to fall off that wheel & on to your knees; finding comfort & rest in Christ.

Will you take His Yoke with me?

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This is Only the Beginning

We pull up to the house and it looks pretty basic, yet appealing to the eye, & it’s located in a neighborhood we’ve always loved.

As we wait for our realtor, we have no idea what to expect once she opens that door.

She unlocks the door and we walk in…

Beauty

Awe

Amazement

Surprise after surprise

We’re speechless

And it got me thinking…

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So often we pray for God’s blessing, provision & direction in our lives, but when we see it, we don’t recognize it because it’s wrapped in different packaging.

That dream job you “always wanted” but didn’t get?  God opens the door elsewhere & years down the line you realize what God was doing when he matched you to that perfect job.  The people, the challenges, the flexibility… Blessings in disguise!

That significant other you thought you were in love with, yet turned out not to be the right fit?  Your obedience in letting go afforded God the opportunity to open doors elsewhere & now you’re married to your best friend & can’t imagine a life any better! Blessings in disguise!

At the end of last year, the theme God placed on my heart for my family was, “This is only the beginning”.  I took our family photo & inscribed those words above it & hung it on the hallway wall as a reminder of God’s promises.

The word God placed on my heart for myself this year is “Believe“, so I’m choosing to believe that this is only the beginning of some amazing things God has in store for me & my family.

The point isn’t whether this house is “the one” for us or not. The point is that God is teaching me to see things through His eyes. To see beyond what my eye beholds and to BELIEVE that He truly has amazing things in store for me, for my family & for you too, my friend!

God Whispers to My Heart:
“Will you trust me?
Will you trust that I’ve got MORE for you? 
Will you trust that I want to bless you:
That I want to give you good things? 

Will you trust me?”

Lord, I trust You!  You’ve never failed, me & you never will.  I pray that you will open my eyes to see things the way you see them!

“We don’t yet see things clearly.
We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist.
But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!
We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us,
knowing him directly just as he knows us!
But for right now, until that completeness,
we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation:
Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.
And the best of the three is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:12-13

 

This is Only the Beginning,

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When You’ve Got Nothin’

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Lately, I’ve found myself at a loss for words with my writing. Well, maybe not completely at a loss for words, but they aren’t flowing as frequently as they have been and I just keep thinking “I’ve got nothin’ to say”. I’ve been wrestling with this issue because after all, how can a writer write without words? However, God is teaching me REST, which sometimes means rest from all things good!

I’d like to share a few things God’s been whispering to my restless heart during this time.

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be stillThis is a very difficult thing for me to do. Stillness is strange to me!
I’m a goer & doer, a mover & shaker!
Yet, during this time of rest, God keeps whispering to my heart, BE STILL.
Psalm 46:10
“Be still, and know that I
am God”

be quietGod keeps reminding me to be quiet and accept that sometimes I have nothing to say
because it’s in the stillness that He will give me the Words He wants me to say.
I never want to be a vessel spewing words that are not anointed.
Isaiah 30:15
“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”

waitOh, that painful word “wait”!!!
Living in a society of instant gratification,
waiting for anything is extremely difficult.
It’s in the waiting that we get to watch God’s hand at work.
It’s in the waiting that He moves mountains.
It’s in the waiting that He makes all things new.
Isaiah 40:31
“But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,  They shall walk and not faint.”

Friend, if you happen to be in a season where you’re feelin’ like you’ve got nothin, may you be encouraged in knowing that God has given us everything we need, we just have to learn to walk it! Be Still, Be Quiet & Wait.

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When Healing Hurts

I have some friends who are going through some very difficult times as they maneuver through healing & growth.  Watching them agonize over the pain involved, in God putting the broken pieces back together, is a lot like watching a doctor reset a broken bone: it looks and hurts like hell, yet has to be done in order for complete healing to take place.

fully healing fully brokenPsalm 51:17 says:

“…A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise”

We often pray Psalm 51:10

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

However, we tend to leave out a key verse above both of them:

Psalm 51:8
“Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.”

While our hearts should certainly long for God to create a new heart in us, it is important to understand what we’re asking for here! The work involved in the cleansing/healing process isn’t pretty, easy or painless.

There are (4) parts of the journey to healing I would like to address:

  • TIME: It takes time to heal. Something broken in an instant, unfortunately, doesn’t heal instantly; it takes time. God doesn’t give us a time table for which we will heal, but he does promise to heal us!  “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
  • SKILL: I’m not talking about our skill-I’m talking about God’s skill! His keen ability to make something beautiful from something broken! “Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8
  • LOVE: Again, I’m not talking about human love-I’m talking about Jesus who IS Love. His love envelops all that we are & surrounds us even in the deepest of pain. “Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. Psalm 23:6a
  • PERSEVERANCE: It takes perseverance on our part to get through the healing process!  God gives us all we need, & requires that we persevere through it, relying on Him for our strength! “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5

My precious friend, if you are walking a God-journey that looks & hurts like hell, I hope you will keep these truths in mind.  If you’re feeling alone in your journey & need someone to pray with you, will you allow me to come along side of you & encourage your heart?  You may comment below, publicly, or you may private message me here: My Heart, His Words.

You are NOT alone, God WILL bring healing & you ARE loved!

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Jesus in You

I recently read a passage out of Luke Chapter 1 that really jumped out at me:

“And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.Luke 1:41-44

The day I read this passage, was the same day that I had received a Voxer message from a very special friend.  Hearing her voice made me feel just like Elizabeth when she heard the voice of Mary!  No, I’m not pregnant (trusting God’s timing), but here’s the awesome part: hearing my friends voice, was like hearing the voice of Jesus. She was God’s voice to me, in a time when I needed a word of encouragement and prayer.

When I read this passage, I realized for the first time, that although Elizabeth’s baby leaped for joy inside his mamma’s womb at the sound of Mary’s voice, it wasn’t because Mary spoke, or even that she walked into the room: it was JESUS IN HER!

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Mary was simply a willing vessel, yielded to God, for such a time as this.  Other than the amazing fact that Mary gave birth to the Son of God, how are we any different than her?  If we are full of the Holy Spirit, then His power within us brings JOY & HOPE to those around us!

“To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.Colossians 1:27

Friend, Christ in YOU, the hope of glory!  Like the infamous saying goes, “You may be the only Jesus people see!”  What do you want Him to look like to the world?

All the dreams we hold in our hearts & walk out in faith, yielded to Jesus, become blessings poured out on the thirstiest of souls, the driest of hearts & the weariest of souls.  Friends, WE get to be vessels Jesus can use for His glory! Isn’t that amazing? And oh the responsibility.

“He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?”
Micah 6:8

No longer can we point to someone else as being the vessel Jesus wants to use:
He wants me & He wants you.

Jesus in me,

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Take the Time

I receive a text from a friend saying she’s thinking of me, praying for me & hopes all is going well.  I get a beautiful card in the mail encouraging me & appreciating my friendship.  I listen to a message on Voxer from a friend who’s rejoicing in our answered prayers & offering a special prayer up for me.

Each of these scenarios have one thing in common: someone took the time to show love & encouragement.  In our oh-so-busy lives, time is very limited, yet we all still long to be part of a community, a family, a greater purpose; all of which takes time.  Yet if we don’t MAKE the time, we never TAKE the time for others or for ourselves.  How much life will we let slip through our hands in the name of, “not having time”?  How many regrets will we hold for the time we can’t get back; the memories we missed with those we love?

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Being on the receiving end of love & encouragement over the years, has been instrumental in getting me through some of the most difficult & painful times in my life. There were times I wasn’t ready to talk about it, but receiving a reminder that someone cared meant the world to me. There were times where advice & words of wisdom were needed & given, while there were other times that silence was golden & the prayers spoken in the distance were the glue that held me together.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11

Encouragement, regardless of the form, is necessary, in all of our lives.  Whether we’re having a good day or a bad day, knowing that our trusted circle of family & friends are surrounding us with love, encouragement & prayers, is vital to our emotional, spiritual & physical health.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

We need each other. Contrary to what the speed of the world around us may speak, we were made to encourage one another & walk this journey together.

So next time you have just a few minutes to spare, send a quick text or an email, leave a Voxer message, write a card, or send a little “thinking of you” gift.  The time you spend to show love & encouragement isn’t limited to the minutes on a clock. The love & encouragement you show someone today may be the very thing God uses to speak life, healing, courage or hope to someone in need.

Take the time…

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Obedience is Better than Sacrifice

obedience is better than sacrifice 1000 borderI remember as a little girl disobeying my mother & her sitting me down & making me write “Obedience is better than sacrifice” in a single line, all the way down the page.  Today, I’d like to refresh our memory on why obedience is truly better than sacrifice & exactly what that means for us in today’s world.

King Saul was instructed by God, through the prophet Samuel, to kill all the Amalekites, including men, women, children & all animals. Nothing was to be spared!  Instead, of following God’s complete order, Saul decided to “improvise” God’s order & spared the Amalekites King (Agag), as well as the best of all the animals. Saul decided that partial obedience to God would suffice & that instead, he would offer the Amalekites’ calves as a sacrifice to God.

How many times do we do this very thing? God asks us to do something & instead we “improvise” His order to better suit our needs, wants or desires.

There are times when God calls us to do a very hard thing. Sometimes the very dream He’s given us, He asks us to lay aside for a season.  We may not understand why, nor the timing, but if we truly trust Him, we should be content to simply obey, yet often times we are not.  It is in those times that we make decisions that affect us for the rest of our lives.  For King Saul, his rebellion to God cost him favor with God:

“For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.
1 Samuel 15:23

God gave Saul a direct order & had good reason for doing so.  Exodus 17:16 says that the Amalekites were against the Lord & His people for generation to generation.  In Saul’s rebellion, his decision to spare the Amalekites King & animals, he gave the devil a stronghold not only in his own life, but in the lives of the Israelites.

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I don’t know about you, but I love my life, my family & my writing ministry. I don’t want to lose it all because of my own rebellion.  When God asks me to let go of something, I want my heart to be so tender & ready to obey, that I don’t even hesitate.  I don’t want to keep doing the very thing that He asks me to let go of, while claiming that I’m doing it for Him.  Pride always comes before a fall.

To disobey God, to offer our lives & ministries as sacrifices to God, when He’s called us to lay them aside, is a slap in His face.  It’s an act of deliberate rebellion.  To obey God, to freely let go of all that He is asking of us, means to trust that all He has given & taken back, will be given to us when He deems us ready to receive it & walk in it.  Hearing “no” now, doesn’t mean it’s “no” forever.

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You may read the full scripture passage by clicking here: 1 Samuel 15

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