A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Lucinda says it all here in her poem, doesn’t she?  Before we knew God’s way of living, we all dressed in dingy duds with holes in weird places.  We were unaware of anything better until we met Christ.  He stood us up, dusted us off, set us straight on the right path.  The clothes we wore before weren’t even good enough to give to charity – they had to be burned.

We have a brand new wardrobe, thanks to the mercy and love of the Lord.  He teaches us every day about His ways and His will for us.  He loves us just the way we are, but He loves us way too much to leave us there.  It’s His desire that we grow in our faith and discover all the opportunities He sets before us – and yes, some of those are very scary – but once you give it to God and trust Him for the outcome, it gets less frightening.

Remember when God told Moses to speak to the people and Moses said, “You got to be kidding, Lord – I stutter!”  It may be paraphrased – okay – it’s definitely paraphrased heavily…  but basically – isn’t that what he was saying?  He said there’s no way he could take that on because he was disabled.  Can a dyslexic person write a blog?  You wouldn’t think so…  but God has other ideas sometimes.

Once we burn those old duds and put on the ones God wants us to wear…  weird stuff happens – weird in a good way.  Miracles happen that you would not believe – except you do believe it because you know how good God really is.

As you take on the attributes that God wants you to have, you don’t look at what is best for you, but what is best for someone else.  How can I help?  What can I pray for on your behalf?  When do you need my help?  Who can I tell about Jesus today?  Where can I share my faith?  The answer to God goes from “I can’t do that” to “With Your help, I can do anything if it’s Your will for my life.”  🙂

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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YOU ALWAYS HAVE MY BACK

It’s not English, but you know the song. Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us.

Behold what manner of love
The Father has given unto us,
Behold what manner of love
The Father has given unto us,
That we should be called the sons of God,
That we should be called the sons of God

There are human beings that I love very much. Some I like very much. Everyone else I consider friends I have not met yet. No matter how close I am to a person, I know they are not going to be on their “A” game every single day. Humans are moody, unpredictable and let’s face it, irritating at times. I know this because I AM one. I’ve rubbed a lot of people the wrong way I’m sure. I don’t keep a list and I don’t keep track. It would use way too much paper and waste too much of my precious time!

This passion week I want to praise My Savior, Jesus Christ, for being my rock steady, dependable, reliable, never-changing, always loving, always forgiving, always positive, always available for a chat… best friend!

How much better do you feel after you’ve had a real heart-to-heart chat with your Savior? I know, right? How can anyone not find the time for that? It’s such a precious time for me! I’m tearing up – my God is my everything and my Savior paid a debt He did not owe! For ME! For YOU! How could anyone reject that kind of love? I do not understand.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! – 1 John 3:1

When I study God’s Holy Word, The Bible, particularly the story of Jesus at the cross, I’m in tears through most of it. I’m at a loss to comprehend the pain He suffered. What boggles my mind even more is knowing that He suffered that anguish FOR ME.

I wasn’t living back then, but He knew I’d be born and He knew I needed salvation. He always has my back!

I hope you will read the account of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection at some point this week. Consider asking Christ into your heart and life. ❤

IRON SHARPENS IRON… FRIENDSHIP

IRON SHARPENS IRON

I'M AN ODD PUZZLE PIECE
Where would I be without those crazy people in my life I know as my friends? Loneliness is not a path that anyone should walk. Being alone is not all it’s cracked up to be.

The friends I bond with the fastest are the ones who relate to the road I’ve walked. It’s just natural that like-minded people become fast friends. Sometimes I think it’s sad that we have bonded because of awful situations we’ve faced, but there’s a sort of healing that takes place when you realize that the worst is over. The scars will never go away, and maybe that is a good thing. The scars keep us more wise for future choices and help us not make the same mistakes again. But knowing that someone knows and understands where you’ve been, and is there to help you get to where you want to go – is priceless.

Who is at the center of all relationships?  Christ, of course.

Who can know God’s counsel,
or who can conceive what the LORD intends?
For the deliberations of mortals are timid,
and unsure are our plans.
For the corruptible body burdens the soul
and the earthen shelter weighs down the mind that has many concerns.
And scarce do we guess the things on earth,
and what is within our grasp we find with difficulty;
but when things are in heaven, who can search them out?
Or who ever knew your counsel, except you had given wisdom
and sent your holy spirit from on high?
And thus were the paths of those on earth made straight.  – Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17

As I look at my group of friends and see God’s Hand in those relationships, it occurs to me that when my friends are going through rough times, I am usually sailing in relatively calm waters. When the storms of life and raging on me, my friends are usually sailing along just fine. We really do need each other for love and prayer support. That’s what friends do for each other.  It’s that iron sharpening thing.  Who is our best friend?

It’s my prayer that the poems or blog posts I write will speak to someone and encourage them. When God impresses me to write something, I don’t question it – I just write. He knows who needs to read it and He will work with them through it. I believe that if you have stumbled upon this little blog, it is not an accident. God leads us where He wants us to go!

HAPPY PILLS
Oh – and… pass the HAPPY PILLS! We share those too, don’t we???   Wink!  😉