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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To Hurry, or Not to Hurry

satin&jackson collageDo you live your life in a constant state of go-go-go?

Hurrying from here, to get to there??

Hurrying from this task, to take on a new task?

I’ll admit it-I’m guilty!

Please join me over at 5 minutes for Faith  for more…

love satin


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Adjusting Our Lens

I’ve heard the phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” many times, yet the other day it came alive to me.

Standing in front of my subject, I see beauty and want to capture it on camera.  I set my eye to the window viewer, and all I see is blur.

Simply aiming my camera at the subject and clicking will not yield a picture that accurately depicts the beauty I behold with my natural eye.

It takes precision & care to focus & see beauty.

Then I think about my own life.

I naturally look at my life through blurred vision.

How do I know this?

Because I don’t always see myself through the eyes of my Beholder {Jesus}.

My vision is blurred.

When I look at my own life, I see a mess, flaws, imperfections, failures.

I see cracks & blemishes.

I see blur.

 When I was a child, I spoke, thought, and reasoned in childlike ways as we all do.
But when I became a man, I left my childish ways behind. 

For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things,
as when we stare into polished metal.
I realize that everything I know is only part of the big picture.
But one day, when Jesus arrives, we will see clearly, face-to-face.
In that day, I will fully know just as I have been wholly known by God.
1 Corinthians 13:11-12 (The Voice)

I see blur, yet Jesus is calling me to adjust my lens and see things clearly; through His eyes.

When Jesus looks at me, He sees me the same way I see my photographed subject: beautiful.

Instead of looking at the thorns surrounding the rose, I see the beauty within the petals:

The colors, the softness, the formation; all amazing & pleasing in my sight.

The same applies to Jesus & His view of me.

Instead of a tattered past, He sees mulch used to fertilize the soil of my heart, yielding growth.

Instead of blemishes, He sees color, uniqueness & gifts He can use for His glory.

Instead of thorns, He sees the softness of petals blossoming into beauty amidst the pain.

Instead of blur, He sees beauty.

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Ultimately, the choice is ours to make.

Will we view ourselves through the blurred lens of our insecurities, or will we embrace the true clarity spoken over us in God’s Word?

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
Luke 4:18

Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your Word.
Psalm 119:18

My personal prayer is that God will continue to adjust my lens & give me eyes to see all things from His perfect perspective.

How may I pray for you today, friend?

love satin

 link up time
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of three amazing writing communities.
Won’t you join me over at the blogs of two of my dear friends?

Holley Gerth, with Coffee for your Heart

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Simply Beth, with Three Word Wednesday

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Rebekah A Hughes with Words of Life Wednesday

A Soft Gentle Voice

 


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Finding Mommy Bliss

Today, I would like to introduce you to my friend Genny Heikka.  I am honored to be part of her “Finding Mommy Bliss Team”, where we were given a digital copy of Finding Mommy Bliss before it was available for purchase!  What an awesome resource this book is!  In Finding Mommy Bliss, Genny encourages Mamma’s & Step-Mammas alike, to find joy in the everyday moments of motherhood!

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Genny Heikka is an author, speaker, and passionate mentor to moms and writers. From mentoring moms through MOPS, Youth for Christ, and The Mom Initiative, to sharing about writing and publishing on her podcast, she is driven by the desire to encourage others and help them be successful.

Today, she lives in Northern California with her husband and two kids, where she balances writing with motherhood and loves both. She’s the author of Finding Mommy Bliss, as well as seven children’s books. She also has stories published in the books Kirtsy Takes a Bow: A Celebration of Women’s Favorites Online, Facing our Fears – 31 Stories from M.O.M., and Overwhelmed – 31 Stories from M.O.M. Genny’s blog was listed at Blogs.com as one of the Top 10 blogs for moms and was named Blog of the Week by The Sacramento Bee.

MommyBlissGiveawayWant to get this book for FREE?  In celebration of Mother’s Day, I am giving away one autographed copy of Finding Mommy Bliss.

Here how you can win this book.  Between now & Thursday, April 24th do one or all of the following:

  • Leave a comment below & explain why you think you should win this book,
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A random winner will be selected & contacted Thursday, April 24, 2014.

You may order Finding Mommy Bliss anywhere books are sold. Personally, I love to shop at Barnes & Noble.

If you’re a Mom or Step-Mamma like myself, looking for some much needed encouragement & words of wisdom about motherhood, this book is for you!

love satin


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Love Heals All

Time heals all things”

“It just takes time

Society often uses these phrases when consoling someone during a time of grief.

However, as nice as those phrases may sound, I have come to realize that while it does take time for healing to take place, it’s not actually the time that heals, it’s Love {Jesus}.

{Jesus} heals all wounds.

The words spoken, cutting so deep they broke your heart.

The spouse who broke your marriage vow, ripping your heart to shreds.

The friend who betrayed you when you needed them the most.

Those wounds are deep, but friend I promise you, Jesus’ Love is deeper!

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I think of the cross.

I think of the excruciating pain Jesus suffered, on my behalf, & tears stream down my face.

Though horrible as it was, the pain Jesus suffered wasn’t merely physical.

The pain you feel deep inside, that’s the pain Jesus bore on the cross, for you & for me!

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities;
the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us
was upon Him,
and with the stripes [that wounded] Him
we are healed and made whole.

Isaiah 53:5 AMP

Love heals all wounds.

Regardless of how deep the wound goes, there is only One who can heal at the deepest core of your pain.

Only One who can satisfy your yearning for wholeness and peace:

Jesus

Friend, you may be walking around with a gaping wound in your heart.

You may feel rejected, alone, scorned, betrayed & broken.

Jesus bore all that pain for you & me when He hung there on the cross.

And when He uttered “It is finished”, He longed for you to embrace those words & believe:

Your pain is finished. Your wounds are healed.

I consider it a joy to come along side you and lift you up to Jesus, the Healer of all Wounds.

If there’s anything I can pray with you regarding, feel free to email me: myhearthiswords@gmail.com

Love {Jesus} has Healed me, & my heart is forever grateful.

Friend, I pray the same for you.

love satin

 link up time
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of three amazing writing communities.
Won’t you join me over at the blogs of three of my dear friends?

Holley Gerth, with Coffee for your Heart

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Simply Beth, with Three Word Wednesday

three word wednesday

Rebekah A Hughes with Words of Life Wednesday

A Soft Gentle Voice


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Reveling in “Wait”

As I embrace this season of “wait” & “rest”, the Holy Spirit gave me this understanding and I could hardly wait to share with you!

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Wherever you might be on your journey, may you join me in reveling in the here & now.

May you look up to Christ, and focus on Him, rather than that mountain your facing.

And may you bask in His promise to move that mountain, & make something beautiful from it’s ashes.

Appreciate your love & encouragement on this journey!

How may I pray for you today?

Much Love,

love satin

 

link up time

three word wednesday


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Rest is a Choice

As I’ve mentioned before, God has called me to a season of REST, yet I am continually bombarded with more things to keep me busy!

So I simply ask God, “Why, if you are calling me to REST, is my life getting busier?”

What I hear in response is simply, “REST, Child. REST”

Then it dawns on me that it’s my choice to obey or not! It really is that simple!

rest is a choice

I can continue to frantically pursue the successes of today,
or I can REST in Christ, as He brings eternal success to my soul.

Sometimes it’s our insecurities that keep us continually striving rather than resting.  Thoughts such as, “If I don’t do this, I will be viewed as weak, less than ideal, or I could be replaced! {Gasp!}

Truth is, those fears are just lies of the enemy. If I truly believe that God has called me for such a time as this, then I have to also believe that He understands my limits, my need for rest & my need for Him to step in & make the impossible, possible through Him.

As I mentioned in my previous post, my husband & I have been looking to purchase a home.  God in His infinite ability, opened the door when & where we didn’t even know a door existed: We are now in escrow on our first home together! GOD IS GOOD!

So as I walk this season of REST, all the while organizing our lives for this move, I’m asking that you pray with me, for my family. Here are my prayer requests:

  • God’s strength as we prepare for this move.
  • God’s protection on our hearts, minds, health/bodies, souls & finances.
  • God’s peace as we encounter each task on the laundry-list of “to-do’s”.
  • God’s presence, in all we do, as we step out in faith, trusting Him on this journey.
  • God’s wisdom, discernment & understanding in all we do.

In an act of obedience to God’s call for me to REST, starting this week, I am reducing my blog posts to only one per week, instead of the usual three.  Once my family is re-situated in our new home, I will follow the direction God gives me & resume posting accordingly.

I can’t thank you enough for your love & prayers during this blessed season of my life.

I love this journey & I love sharing it with amazing friends like you!

Most of all, I love God’s promise that “This is Only the Beginning“.

His blessings know no bounds, I see them every day!

psalm 116.12

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