My Sinful Heart ~ NaPoWriMo (Day 17)

Elaine:

I just had to share this wonderful poem with everyone! What a blessing! Thank you Skye!

Originally posted on The Sanctuary of My Heart:

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I feel Him set His eyes towards me
Offering the safety of His wings.
He holds the truth that shall set free;
My sinful heart rejects these things.

He comes to sweep this temple clean~
Create in me a house of prayer.
Wanting to purge what comes between,
My sinful heart seems not to care.

I eat the bread and drink the wine;
I sense the sin I can’t deny.
The kiss upon His cheek is mine;
My sinful heart shouts, “Crucify!”

Upon the cross, I see His tear;
His agony no one relieves.
Our eyes meet, and I see so clear;
My sinful heart weeps and believes.

Outside the tomb I sit and cry;
Emotions fill me to the brim.
He is not here! He did not die!
My sinful heart belongs to Him!

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NaPoWriMo 2014 

~ Day 17  ~

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Broken male culture – Part 5 – Forgiveness

Elaine:

A wonderful, well written piece on forgiveness! Despite the title of it, it is not just for men. It’s good for all of us! Forgiveness is something that frees us from a lot of pain and distress that gets in the way of our happiness.

Originally posted on unhiddenlight:

If knowledge is gained through experience, I should be pretty familiar with the subject of forgiveness. I have had much to be forgiven for in my life time & have also had much to forgive. Some connected, some disconnected but all necessary & all small steps towards what I feel is finally some sort of real mental health, peace & stability. That is not to say I have life figured out, but I am fully connected to the One that does. Nor is it to say I don’t continue to do things out of my stupidity that will not require some form of forgiveness again. Sinning out of brokenness is one thing, sinning out of stupidity is another, connected, just as bad in the eyes of God, yet somehow different. The knowledge that I have made a mistake comes so quickly now, without prompting (or desire to know sometimes), I…

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God loves us!

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This morning I started out thinking that as I read my Bible and did my devotions I would begin work on a post on a totally different subject that has been on my mind and coming up in things I have read of late, that subject being about how He is a light unto my path. After chatting with a friend, I was led in a totally different direction.  She mentioned that she was about to read Romans 8, and I thought immediately, why not?  I will join her in reading it also!   My friend was pleased and her wish for me is that the Lord would meet me there and give me many blessings.   Her wish was a good one!  I did indeed receive many blessings from that passage.  Thank you my dear friend!

I have found that chapter to always be a good one to read, filled with reminders of how much God loves us and what He has done for us to show His love.  I felt with this being Holy Week leading up to Resurrection Sunday, it was especially a great one to read again!  It talks about how the purpose of the Coming of Christ  was that the law might be fulfilled.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

A note found in my NKJV study Bible states that believers gain the righteous standard of the law by being in Christ and walking according to the spirit.

This chapter is filled with many blessings, all reminding us that we are the children of God!  As children of God, we are joint heirs with Jesus Christ!  What a wonderful promise!

In verse 24 and 25  it says we are saved by hope that we cannot see.  He adds that if we could see it then what could we hope for?  If we hope for what we cannot see, we do so with patience.   Patience is a great character trait for all of us to strive for.

Quite often, we are not sure what to pray for, what words to use, how to pray.  However in this passage we are assured that we have the Holy Spirit intervening for us  and taking our prayers to the Father.  He knows always what it is that we cannot put into words, what our prayers are.   I find great comfort in that blessing because many times I feel lost about how to pray, what to pray for.  Thank you Holy Spirit for knowing my heart and my mind!

In verse 28 we have yet again another wonderful blessing!  28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  He follows that with these additional words in verses 30-32.

30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

On Sunday as we celebrate His Resurrection, we know that Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father and he intercedes for us.  Someday, as believers, we will join him.  What a wonderful blessing and gift!

Last, but by no means least, I received a blessing from the ending verses of this wonderful passage.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Praise the Lord for all these wonderful blessings and more!  His love for us and his grace and mercy are all gifts I treasure; we all should treasure as believers.

Thank you again to my friend for leading me to this chapter of God’s word today!  I have been pondering it through my day and felt the blessings and God’s love and had real peace in my heart all day that will be there whenever I think upon these and other verses.

Be careful what you ask for…..

Elaine:

This devotion from my friend Skye really grabbed my heart and give me so much to ponder on as we lead up to Resurrection Sunday. I felt I had to share this with everyone!

Originally posted on OH, THE THINGS WE SHALL SEE ~ Photo companion blog to TheSanctuaryofMyHeart.com:

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Yesterday was the beginning of Holy Week. I have to admit that I love this week because of the ebb and flow of emotions it produces within me. I love bringing myself back in time as I ponder the events of Jesus’s journey back to the Father’s right hand.

In church, we celebrated Palm Sunday. Hosanna’s sung to our King filled the air, and you could feel the excitement as we sang praises. The sermon, while always packed with a wonderful message (one that even keeps you from dozing week after week), was especially riveting. Pastor was able to transport me back to the triumphant entry of my Savior and into the heart of Jesus as Holy Week began to unfold.

 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches…

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Broken male culture – part 1

Elaine:

Lot of good sense in this piece.

Originally posted on unhiddenlight:

I don’t recall now exactly what the trigger was, but at some point back in December I wrote 3 poems on what I call broken male culture. Rather than just throw them on my blog I had been intending to write a couple of pieces to book end the poems. Well, intending has taken a long time to materialize into doing, but here we go, on Palm Sunday of all days I am beginning my look at the down side of today’s western culture.

So what do I mean by broken male culture? Look around, it’s not hard to see, men everywhere failing as fathers, struggling with their demons so much that industries have been created just to satisfy their craving for medication. Sure, you could say well that’s just life, not everyone is the same, it’s not hurting anything etc etc. The problem is, it is hurting, it is…

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Trees and Simple Faith

Elaine:

Great post on keeping our faith simple! Check out some of the other things Don writes as well! Love his blogs!

Originally posted on The Life Project:

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Many have said that the simple things in life are the best.  Simple things don’t  cost much, usually aren’t flashy and are seldom mentioned in the newspapers…  Things like devotion to duty, love of family, faith in God and serving others are the kinds of things that make life worth living…

Our Lord taught us that to love Him is to obey His commands (John 14:23) and at first glance this might seem difficult.  The truth is that it isn’t very difficult at all; it only requires simple and uncomplicated faith.  If we have simple faith to believe His teachings, than obeying Him is an easy burden to bear.

Faith is not complicated, it has no ulterior motive and it isn’t self promoting; it just boils down to a loving response to His loving act of saving us from death.  Simple faith is uncomplicated because we are relieved of the…

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The Snail Made It!

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By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
Charles Spurgeon

Lately, the word perseverance has crept into my life from various sources like Bible readings, etc.  I decided to do a bit of a word study since there is obviously a good reason for the Lord to have that word popping up over and over. I searched my Bible first, of course and then on the internet.   As I was looking at the word on the internet–its definition,quotes, etc., I came immediately upon the quote above from Charles Spurgeon about the snail and that is where I got the title of my post from.  The quote made me smile because I can relate with that snail!  That is exactly how I feel at times when I want to accomplish something, like a very slow-moving snail, wondering if I will ever succeed at whatever it might be that I am trying to do.

So what is perseverance?  The dictionary gives two definitions.  The first, the secular definition, is “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success”.  The second definition it calls the Christian definition.  “Persistence in remaining in a state of grace until death”.    The actress Julie Andrews simply defines it this way:  “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th!”    That makes sense to me!  There are a very large number of quotes from different folks regarding perseverance, too many to share here but you might find it fun to Google them.

I thought about why the Lord has me thinking so much about perseverance of late and the first thing that came to my mind was my recovery and rehab from knee surgery.  He is reminding me and encouraging me in what I need to do for my surgery  to have had the very best, most successful outcome.  Persevere!  Keep working every day at the exercises and walking–especially practicing walking correctly, not stiff-legged like I did before.  There are times when it would be easy to tell myself I am too tired or it hurts too much today and any number of other excuses I know I could come up with.  After all, I am the master at finding excuses to put off until tomorrow what I should do today!  I’ve joked at times that my parents misnamed me–my middle name is Marie but it should have been procrastinator!   :-)  The Lord knows that all too well I am sure, so He is going to keep reminding me often I am sure!

As I searched through the Bible I found several verses that talk about perseverance and along with it in some cases, patience.  I feel like the two words go together.  One of the best examples of perseverance and patience together we can find in the book of Job.  Everyone is familiar with the phrase “the patience of Job”.  In James 5:11 NIV it says 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”    Somewhere else  I read another explanation of perseverance that states it is endurance produced by trials and tribulations when we exercise faith.  I would say that Job fits that definition most definitely.  He suffered through many things but he never gave up.  His faith in God kept him going; he had an inordinate amount of patience as well as perseverance!

Another who comes to mind is the Apostle Paul, who also suffered many, many trials and tribulations in his life, yet he wrote in his letter to the Romans the following:

Romans 5: 3-5  New International Version (NIV)

Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

There are many other examples in the Bible of course but Job and Paul really stand out to me and grab my attention.  If they can go through all the things they suffered and still persevere then why should it be so difficult for me or any of us to do the same?

Along with perseverance and patience, we must include prayer.  In Ephesians 6:18 it says “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— “.  In my NKJV bible there was a note that said simply that without prayer, all the armor in the world would be of no use.  Perseverance and patience in prayer are essential.

I could go on and on with all the references I found about perseverance, patience, prayer and self-control as well, but I won’t at this time. One of the important things I gained from my short study  is that a person who exercises perseverance will not easily fall into discouragement or be tempted to quit.    The secret of perseverance?  View all circumstances as coming from the hand of our loving Father who is in control of everything in our lives.   I find it very encouraging that God is always in control and that He will help me to persevere in the things I do.   If the snail could make it to the ark, then I should be able to carry out my goals as well.

Oh and I just had to add in this little quote I found by an unknown source that I thought was kind of funny really.  The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.

Have a wonderful day filled with all of God’s blessings my friends!  Thanks for taking time to read my post today!  You are all a blessing to me.