Dear brothers and sisters,
Thank you for joining me today with Heartstrings. I am blessed knowing we share the Love of the Lord. I only pray that we can express this mighty love with those around us.
When I think of the last year, the heartache, body ache and the battles; I am able to thank the Lord Who never changes for loving me through it all.
You have felt pain, emptiness of soul, longing for peace. We are not alone on this journey. I suspect that God being Who He Is must have a wonderful plan for each of us. From the front of God's Love letter to the very last word, He shows us His matchless love!
Why do I get so tied up with fear and unbelief? It only squeezes a soft, accepting heart into a hard heart of steel? Just because I can't see the hand of God turn the pages of my story; when I think I am ready to go on and step away from this trial, doesn't mean His hand is slack concerning the details of my life.
I realize the seeds resting in the dark earth, sleepy through winter, are going to rise up to meet the sun just as the Lord intends. So with my life. What seems way past the right time, will not make it come any sooner.
In regard to my health this has been a time of learning to trust in the Lord and learn to depend on Him for every movement of my muscles. For every breath keeping me through the night hours, long as they may be. Learning to just be me in His presence without a semblance of earthly beauty.
He is making me, shaping me into something that will bring glory and honor to Him. Am I willing to go through the long hours of stillness? The lengthy times when I don't hear His voice? How about the pressure of trials?
Will I still trust the Lord, my Redeemer, Savior and coming King? God wants me to love Him with all my heart, mind and soul. Regardless of my tempory circumstances. He intends fresh life for each of us! My times are in His hands.
Psalm 13:5-6 says, "But I have trusted, leaned on and been confident in Your mercy and loving-kindness; my heart shall rejoice and be in high spirits in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me."
"You know, you don't have to have it all figured out" Holy Spirit whispers in my ear. It may be hard for me to sing, but once I begin, it comes easier. To give thanks for all the bountitul blessings He has bestowed on me is the best place to begin. I may sing with tears falling down my face.
I may sing, even when the pain is pressing down on me so I can't breathe. I may even discover the Holy Spirit's comfort brings me a new song. It isn't beyond His ability!
We can even make up a tune for a single scripture. By singing of the Lord's faithful love for us over and over again, until we become revived and the burden, the weight is lifted. In that place, abundant life will be released so we can flourish.
Psalm 86:15 is another Word that has helped me..."But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness and truth."
You can bet I have given the Lord plenty of opportunity to turn away from me. My complaining, pouting, pride and always seeking to be in control are only a few reasons. Here again is where I can rejoice. For He is a merciful and gracious Father!
Lessons ongoing...from Psalm 16:7-9 says, "I will bless the Lord, Who has given me counsel; yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety."
See, it is up to me to bless the Lord. Each of us make that choice. I now turn my thoughts to Him more often than any other time of my life. Every moment of the day is never wasted when I listen for His instruction; day or night. Jesus Christ, my Lord, is my bodies rest and safety.
Will you give praise to the Lord our Father today? What will you do with the season you are in? Who will you turn to for wisdom and understanding? These are questions I am having to acknowledge as God writes the pages of my own personal story.
Make the very most of this time, buying up each opportunity like it says in Ephesians 5:15. Find strength, courage and complete joy as you make the Word of God, Jesus The Son, your standard. God bless you and keep you till we meet again. In the matchless, precious name of Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.
Abundance is...making room for more of Him
Dear family and friends,
Praise the Lord if you are saved, chosen and embraced by the Father! He does love us so much!
The comfort through our restoration is a great work. Isaiah 43:1 tells us, "But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine!"
In John 1:12-13 we see this..."But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
We have been adopted, through the work of Jesus Christ, to become the Beloved of God. Not something accomplished in our natural ability, but done by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Born into the family of God! Think about this! Nothing in our own power could make us good enough to belong to Almighty God but, we try don't we?
I grew up trying to be worthy enough and failed miserably everytime. Until Jesus broke my bondage to sin and my desire to please myself first did I experience freedom to become His own. I couldn't free myself. Jesus did it!
John 15:15 says, "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you."
Verse 16..."You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you."
Verse 17..."This I command you, that you love one another."
Since we have been talking about God's Love and letting Him turn our doubts to belief, I now understand that without being His I can't possibly love others. Not the way of Agape, His way. Let's ask for Love first.
Now, since our new appointment as His child, we can see that this is True. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."
WE are uniquely reworked! Now we have a future and a hope! Philippians 3:20-21 says, "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; Who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power He has even to subject all things to Himself."
Isn't that exciting? As you look back to these verses do you see how much you are loved and how little you had to do to receive this gift? Nothing for everything! Our lives for His. Our home here for a home that He has prepared for us.
This love gives us a new identity. Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." His Masterpiece!
Do you recognize a masterpiece when you see it? I mean look around. There are many chosen of God who haven't quite believed they could be one. I would love to be a vessel that reflects the beauty of Jesus Christ in such a way that when someone sees me they see Jesus smiling at them.
The greatest work, the biggest harvest comes through the Love of God poured out upon one heart at a time. You are Loved so you can be loving. I needed this today! I want all that God has prepared for me! Do you?
Talk to the Lord right now where you are. Let Him speak fresh life into your heart, mind and soul. This world is toughened, hardened like steel, by evil. Only in separating ourselves to be in His presence can we make a difference in this generation. Will you give Him your ALL today?
God bless you and keep you in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Friend, amen.
Abundance is...being His masterpiece
Dear family and friends,
It is wonderful that you could be here with Heartstrings! I am happy to report that God is still on His throne and loving you with unchanging love.
Father, I invite you into my everyday life. Please fill my heart with a longing for more of You. May Your Word be the foundation of every decision I make today. Cause my mind to be alert to the many ways You want to speak to me. Help me Holy Spirit to respond with an obediant heart and mind. In Jesus name, amen.
1 John 3:1 says, "See what [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him."
This Love of God is our prize. It is through Jesus Christ that we are able to come to the Father. If you feel too dirty or inadequate to come to Him as you are, talk to the Lord right now. Confess your sins and turn your heart, soul, mind and strength to Him. You will find great peace!
Jeremiah 31:3 says, "The Lord appeared from of old to me [Israel], saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you."
Now, go back and put your name in place of Israel. Make this personal. Do you see the promise? God reaches toward His people with lovinkindness. Kindness that is motivated by a deep love. He is eager to do the best for us if they will only let Him.
After the many warnings about the sins of God's chosen people, here we get to see we don't have to dread or fear, but if we look carefully we can see him lovingly drawing us toward Himself.
You know those circumstances that you have prayed about? Oh, the longing to have them changed! What if God hasn't changed them because they are working a good thing in changing us?
I had to think about this a long time. Yes, I want things to be different. But, God wants me to be different too. By changing my focus and consider what He would want to do instead of what I want, I find the peace and love I have been desiring.
Contented to be where He wants us, for as long as He wants us is a wonderful and freeing thing! Whether sitting alone in a room or out for an adventure, climbing a steep trail.
I had written down in my journal a thought from something I read. It said, "Contentment is satisfied with what God is doing but, much more. Being content to die while climbing! Wow!
Do you know how much God loves you right now? With an everlasting, never changing, rich and free gift through Jesus Christ. Pause and think about this today.
Be ready to be loved. Look for the unspoken messages God sends you. It might just surprise you. Always be ready to turn your eyes to Him. Pray to see clearly what Love really looks like.
You are counted worthy of His Love as you come into His presence. Humble with a sincere heart. He welcomes you. God bless you in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Abundance is...we are His children
Dear family and friends,
Good day to you! I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of His glories and grace. I will boast of all His kindness to me. Let all who are discouraged take heart. Let us praise the Lord together, and exalt His name. That is from Psalm 34:1-3.
Are you there with me today? You may be fighting discouragement brought on by any number of reasons but, here we are and we will praise the Lord no matter what comes across our path, right? It is time to shake off our discouragements and begin to speak of His wondrous love for us. We have so many blessings!
I'm not talking about being rich with things. I am referring to all the treasures we have as we simply take the hand of the Lord Jesus and let Him lead us on. Heaven really isn't that far away! Be filled with His Spirit!
As we are taking time to discover God's deep, overwhelming love for us, I am noticing this LOVE fills all of God's desires for us. In Him we find He is enough.
We see in Romans 13 we are told to pay our debts. The only debt that we will never pay off is the debt of love we have for others. We are permanently in debt to Jesus Christ for the lavish love He poured out on us. The only way we can begin to repay this debt is by loving others. In His strength and with courage.
Since the love of Christ will always be greater than ours, we will always be obligated to love our neighbors as Jesus said. If you love you neighbor as yourself you won't want to harm or cheat him, or kill him or steal from him. In fact, you won't want to do anything against the 10 commandments. All ten are wrapped up in this one, to love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Romans 13:10 says, "Love does no wrong to anyone. That's why it fully satisfies all of God's requirements. It is the only law you need."
Wow! Until I read it this morning from my Life Application Bible, I didn't see this so clearly. You may have lived trying to go down the list of the 10 commands of God and found you look foolish and unable to keep it all. I mean all. Why not focus instead on loving the Lord God with you whole heart, mind and soul and love that neighbor as yourself. The rest will happen as a result.
My nearest neighbor I guess would be my husband. By not taking advantage of him when I want something. By thinking of him before my own needs. By praying for him to be blessed and wholly cared for by God. By wanting only good for him.
Hey, that is what I want for myself too! So, by turning my thoughts to the ways of the Lord I can do this. Everything I need to know is found in God's Love letter. Everything for peace, joy, hope, and a future; it's all there.
God doesn't make things difficult for us to find Love. We just need to go to the Source. A good place! Come into His presence first, before we take steps toward others.
Should you find you are having difficulty it would be wise to go back to your First Love, Jesus. Bring all your cares and concerns to Him. He is waiting.
Thank you Lord for showing us how much easier it is to find love in You, before trying in our own strength to love others. We praise You for hearing our hearts cry, knowing what is best for us. Forgive us for trying to fix ourselves and others without going to You first. Teach us Lord. In Jesus matchless name, amen.
Abundance is...with all our Love
Dear brothers and sisters,
Good day to you and God bless in the matchless name of Jesus Christ.
How do you express the Love of God to others? Even if today you are all alone, how will you express your thanks for His great Love?
For some reason writing hasn't come easy for me today. That is why I am going to share some good words from others out of my old book of songs. I hope you are as blessed as I am.
Psalm 119:48 says, "My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on Your statutes."
Here we are, where ever we are. Have you had a desire to just lift your hands up high when you read God's Word? We express our worship in church with lifted hands. Why not when we are alone? It is very freeing and part of our worship. God notices and loves your surrendered heart.
When you think of where you came from, living in darkness away from the Light of Jesus, are you ready to sing this song? "Love Lifted Me" was written in 1912 by James Rowe. Here are the words of the first verse.
"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!!"
It is God's Love that lifts us out of darkness. The gift of eternal life is through Jesus His Son, the perfect Lamb of God. Only believe.
By taking even a few minutes everyday our minds will be transformed and brought into wholeness as we sit at the feet of Jesus. It becomes a lifestyle!
By giving thanks from the heart, we find there is more and more light brightening our steps. A Light that won't be quenched by fear or doubt. A Light that draws others to Jesus.
Do I believe God loves me? Without a doubt! Do I believe the behind the brightest day, the stars still shine? Yes! Do I trust that the sun will rise after a long night? I do! How about you? Like this, God's Love is simple to trust. If only you will today.
I came across a poem that made me stop and think. Really another song..."The Love of God" by F. M. Lehman in 1917. He had been thinking about the limitless Love of God, and during breaks he sat on an empty lemon crate and jotted down words with a stubby pencil.
I like that picture because it reminds me that even while sitting on a crate with a small piece of paper and a short pencil, I too can express God's Love. He wrote, "God's Love is far greater than any tongue or pen tell. It goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest hell..."
Now the poem says, and this is what got me to pause...
"Could we with ink the ocean fill and were the skies of parchment made, Were every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade, To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry, Nor could the scroll contain the whole though stretched from sky to sky."
Are you ready for this kind of Love? The Spirit of the Lord brought people like these two gifted men, through some amazing times where they learned just how much God Loves us!
I will leave you then with this from Psalm 106:1..."Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever."Amen
Abundance is...filling my mouth with songs of His Love