Dear family of God,
Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me bless His Holy name! If you are here today, I know the appointment was made by the Holy Spirit Who leads us into all truth. Welcome to Heartstrings!
Romans 5:1 says, "Therefore, since we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)."
If you belong to the family of God then you have every reason to rejoice! I wonder though, are you?
With all the gray clouds and rain we have been getting, it sure has put a damper on my enthusiasm. Like so many seasons, we really don't have control over what will come, or...if we can even get out. This has certainly been a rough season for many around the world. Freedom takes on a new meaning, doesn't it?
Our freedom begins and ends with a right relationship with Jesus. And, like Abraham we can be fully satisfied and assured that God was and is able and mighty to keep His Word and to do what He promised. See this in Romans 4.
What about our time here? I have had the song, "In the Garden" on my heart all day long. Thinking about Mary at the empty tomb and not knowing where Jesus body was. Her tears flowed down her face and stained her robe. Grieving.
Then turning herself, she saw Jesus standing there! She knelt before Him with arms outstretched aching to receive Him. There in the garden.
The first garden of course we are told was Eden. There the God of All, created man to walk and talk with Him. It must have been a wonderful relationship!
So, for me, freedom is knowing that I can come anytime, in any place and spend time with the One Who Knows me best. With every fiber that holds my body together. My soul with varied emotions and longings. My spirit abiding in the Love of the Father, the Son and the Spirit. An intimate relationship.
If we spend time with Him we will hear His words of Love. You will hear Him tell you, "I am HIs own." There will be joy to share like no other on earth. And for all eternity. Here is only a glimpse of what is to come!
When I consider the time I spend; who I am walking with and talking with, it makes me wonder at the patience of God. I want more don't you?
This is a time, a season, when all the noise around us can suddenly hush. Like the storm Jesus rebuked. Even the birds hush their singing, as the song goes.
Yet, during the hush there will be a new song, a new melody working its way into your heart and capturing all thought as you come before His throne of grace.
Is this where you want to be? I believe we were made for just that. To walk and talk with God. Without shame or anxiety. Knowing that while we are with Him we will never be disappointed or condemned.
There is a peace that we can hold onto and enjoy. If only we will take time to step away from the things of man and into the presence of the Lord.
I would love for you to know the Lord as your personal Savior. If you haven't taken that opportunity, today is your special appointment. Come as you are to the Father. Believe that His Son went to the cross to take your place. Could you have saved yourself? He conquered death so we have an eternity mapped out for us in the family of God. It can begin now.
Confess your sins to Jesus. Then, trust Him with your whole heart and lean not on your own understanding or means. Acknowledge your need of Him. He will give to you fresh life and direction as He seals you with His Holy Spirit. Be whole, be healed in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, amen.
"Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace (the peace of His kingdom) at all times and in all ways [under all circumstances and conditions, whatever comes]. The Lord [be] with you all." Amen.
Abundance is...in the garden with Him
Dear family and friends,
After a difficult night and then all this day, I admit I felt like I shouldn't be trying to present this Gospel because, well, I'm not feeling it right now. A heavy heart in prayer concerning a loved one. A circumstance that I personally cannot change. But then, maybe I can.
Have you ever felt like you were in a crowd striving to get to the gate into a larger place? You feel the push and flow of so many around you; the hallway getting tighter; and it seems like you couldn't turn directions if you life depended on it?
Then, you see someone you recognize across the crowd. It gives you hope, even though you know shouting they wouldn't hear you. So, you jump up and down waving your arm to get their attention...but, they don't see you?
I have had plenty to keep me busy today and I am very weary. Yet, when I took a minute to sit down and watch the little wren taking food into the bird house, I had to smile. Again, realizing that God's eye is on that little tiny bird.
Our neighborhood, obnoxious, always getting into trouble squirrel was walking the fence near the nest. You should have seen the tiny, bold, protective nature of the house wren! She dove at the squirrel, unintimidated and pecked it all the way down the fence line! I loved it! And, that is why I chose to write to you now.
We are in a battle! Everyone of us! Day and night, so it seems like the hours and anxiety just don't give us a break. But, as the wren, I am going to pour out my heart to God.
You see, Jehovah really does see! He does hear our cry for help. And He is always working on our behalf. You need proof??
I am hanging out with Romans 8:37-39 right now..."Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening not things to come, nor powers,
Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
My application. For instance, my car was having some electrical problems where the whole dash would go black and it would stall out anytime along the hwy. We had someone hook it up to test and that was about $100, ouch. We prayed. God answered! Today, it came back without a charge because only a single wire came loose from a sensor. How tiny one thing can disturb such a large vehicle. He hooked the wire back up and all the sensores worked again. Our friend only wanted his small crew to have a lunch for payment!
We serve an awesome God! Can you see? Maybe not, right now, but in your life God Is Working! The only thing the enemy can do is take our eyes off of God's wondrous promises. So, we lift up our heavy hands in worship whether we feel it or not and soon before we know it our hands aren't so heavy anymore!
Another example for you...I sprained my wrist on Monday. It hurts and is taking too long, by my calculations anyway, to be completely well. I do get in a hurry! But, as I am typing, God is helping me write to you! Why? Because this was an appointment for you and I to take courage, like the house wren and fight back those irritating squirrels!
Finally, back in Romans 8:28 we read..."We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose."
Question...Do you love God? Or do you worship all the stuff and things that appear to make your life good? Have you ever asked God what He has designed for you, personally? Could it be the pain you are in, is there for you to depend completely on Him? Could it be the undying, unanswered prayers of your heart, for you to see that He does care for you?
In His time. If you don't know God and long to have someone fighting the battle for you, alongside of you...then you need to put your trust in His Son Jesus and find redemption back to the Father. Fresh life is waiting for you. Your circumstances may not change, but your heart will find perfect peace in having a Savior. I am praying for you. Will you trust the Lord in all things?
Thank you for allowing me to share Heartstrings with you. I am so glad to be here with you! I do feel it now! No more heavy heart! Praise the Lord Who goes before us and perfects His Word in us. Through the matchless name of Jesus, amen.
Abundance is...thankful even in battle
Good afternoon family of God,
Recently I heard a quote from someone; I don't have the name, but it goes like this. "Worry is like a rocking chair; it will give you something to do but it won't get you anywhere." Thought provoking, isn't it?
Worry disables our faith in God and His good plans. Plain and simple. Besides that, it is a sin. It separates us from God. Whether we have been rocking all our life or just recently in light of what is happening around our world. It is time to get out of that rocker and plant our feet on the solid Truth of God's abiding Word.
Right now, we are experiencing a thunder and lightning storm. The rain is falling and the wind picked up. It is funny that just this morning I read in Marks account, chapter 4:35-41.
You know how heavy the air feels as a storm approaches? The obvious change in cloud color and how the air smells? If the storm is close the hair stands up on your arms and neck. All very exciting. But, imagine being in a small boat on the sea in a storm. It was good that Jesus was with the disciples.
However, while all this thunder banging and noise of lightening; with the fierce winds that raised the water to fill up their boat...I would be scared too! Where was Jesus? Sleeping on a pillow!
Sometimes it feels like that doesn't it when circumstances are too loud in your ears and it makes your heart pound. We are learning what God says about anxiety these last few days.
So, my question is...is Jesus in your boat? Are you ready to scream for His help? Wouldn't it be good to hear, "Hush, be still" and see the command of the Lord take control over the storm you are facing?
How quickly my faith flys away when the storm unsettles me. It takes a few minutes sometimes to set my mind on things above the storm. To claim His Majesty over the wind and waves.
The are the times we ask along with the guys on that day, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" Jesus takes care of the situation with a couple of mighty words then the guys see the calm happening right before their eyes! The sea gives up its raging!
After things calmed down, "He said to them, Why are you so timid and fearful? His is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)?" Mark 4:40.
Whether the storm comes in the form of angry people, or within nature itself. The storm could be within you because the money didn't come in to pay your bills. The storm might come to you through the words of a doctor.
Where ever we find ourselves, the enemy will always try to create the perfect storm.That is why we are preparing now to know God's Words and hide them in our hearts. If only we will. It is all right there for us to hang onto, like the life preserver that keeps our head above water.
Psalm 56:3 says, "What time I am afraid, I will have confidence in and put my trust and relieance in You."
Psalm 94:19 sys, "In the multitude of my [anxious] thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul!"
There we have it! Praise the name of the Lord Who brings me comfort. The One Who gives me a spirit of a sound mind. Thank you Lord Jesus for Your continuous watch care over our lives. Nothing escapes Your notice as we continue on the steps that You have prepared for us.
Psalm 94:13 says, "That You may give him power to keep himself calm in the days of adversity, until the [inevitable] pit of corruption is dug for the wicked."
Praise the matchless name of the Lord Jesus. He has kept us and will take care of the enemy in due time. Thank you Father God.
After the storm, step away from your rocker of worry and go outside to inhale a deep breath of fresh ozone! Lift up your hands in worship while taking in the breath of life God gives! Amen!
Abundance is...Jesus is in my boat
Dear family and friends in Christ,
May the blessings of the Lord our God overtake you today! As we gather at Heartstrings I am thinking of the many around our world that are searching for some good news. I pray you find it here!
Psalm 147:112 says, "The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently and worshipfully fear HIm, in those who hope in His mercy and loving-kindness."
If we are in fear of man can there ever be a hopeful outcome? Never. Not eternal hope. To fear the Lord is a reverent, worshipful place, with a humble heart lifted in surrender and thanksgiving.
Even though the last week I have read many scriptures about anxiety, I find that I remember them better if I can write them down. Just like writing on a tablet, the ink of God's immense love flows onto the paper of my heart and mind.
So, I will proceed to share more. In Psalm 34:4..."I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word]. and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
Yesterday I was blessed to take a trip with my family to the river in the woods. It is called Lost Horse. We managed the rutty road until we came upon the perfect site. The water was raging and swollen with thaws from the lakes up further. The sound of it was so loud it took me awhile to settle into the sheer beauty.
I stepped closer to the edge of the water and suddenly remembered a dream I had only the night before...falling into that swift current and being taken away. That was a reminder to step back a bit further! I did fine after I spoke God's truth over the situation and throughly enjoyed everything immensly.
I think our lives are like that. We can get so caught up in the rip and flow of the things around us that we find our hearts beating hard and we get out of breath. You understand.
God's Word does give us several warnings. And if not specifically, we can sure see the lives of those examples in just everyday people, chosen to be set apart for God.
We are not to be anxious! The Lord will hear and answer us. He will deliver us from all, ALL our fears. Can you do that without Him? Certainly I can't seem to manage it alone.
Psalm 46:10 says, "Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!"
Mark 9:23 says, "And Jesus said, [You say to Me], If you can do anything? [Why,] all things can be (are possible) to him who believes!"
When fears come; doubt, and your mind and body go into survival mode, take the time to be still. KNOW without a shadow of doubt that God has you in the palm of His hands and the center of His plans for your journey.
When God says,"I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!" Well, just open your eyes and see what He is doing! I have no doubt that He is working for our good and His glory. What do you believe?
My writing today took a different turn than I thought it would. Hey, that happens most of the time! But, my heart overflows in the blessing of the Lord and the power of His Spirit. I wish you and I could spend some time together talking about the Lord.
You know, whether you are with me from Great Britian, the USA, Africa, Russia, Germany, India, or any other place on the planet...someday we will meet with the Lord...TOGETHER! Then, we can share in His goodness for all eternity! What joy that will be!
Finally, 1 Corinthians 2:9..."What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love HIm [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]."
In the Precious, Priceless, Matchless name of Jesus Christ; God be with you all. Amen.
Abundance is...beyond measure
Dear family and friends,
Although it is rare these days due to our faster way of communicating, don't you just love getting a handwritten letter or note in the mail? I sure do. It might be my age. However, I have decided to pick up my pen and write more often. The blessings for the receiver as well as for myself outweigh the time it takes and the stress on these old hands.
Can you imagine with me how awesome it would be for someone to get a letter from Moses or Joshua? How about King David or Esther? They are important in the story God writes on their lives. Ours is also a story to be told. There is something wonderful for us as we read their stories. Something to apply to our own lives. God didn't keep them for us then say, "oops". He knew what we would need.
When we share the wonders of God, we find added strength for the journey. We find there is always someone who needs an encouraging word. I sure do! And, I do long to hear from you.
The prophet Micah, who we can read about in the old testiment, predicted judgement, restoration and leaves off with a plea for repentance. People never change do they.
Our world is a mess but, a mess that God sincerely loves. He sees each individual heart and longs to bring ours to be united with His. As we see the tough stuff going on around us, we can be no better place than abiding in His Love.
Micah says in chapter 5:5, speaking of Messiah..."And this One will be our peace." Plain and simple. Our Jesus, our redeemer is the One Who will be our peace! Do you know Him today?
Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us, "Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you: He will not fail you or forsake you."
Joshua 1:9 says, "Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
There are many scary people out there from those who lie openly to terrorists pushing their agenda to repress our freedoms. Does this look like the kind of God we are called to serve? Division, destruction, delusion are all the work of the enemy.
We are called to take up the armor of God. Read Ephesians 6. The Lord is our Banner, Jehovah Nissi! We are called to follow and quickly obey as warriors of the cross of Christ.
It might be that God calls us to walk around our Jericho for a few days, quietly obeying and trusting Him as our Matchless Warrior; our Commander and Chief.
Where are you at today? I mean spiritually. Where is your heart residing. Who are you trusting to care for your needs? If Jesus is our peace then, we'd better draw closer to Him wouldn't you agree?
Finally, making this our prayer...Psalm 27:1, "The Lord is my Light and my Salvation--whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life--of whom shal I be afraid?"
Cast all your cares on the Lord! Yahweh knows and He sees where you are today. Your circumstances haven't surprised Him in the least. Call on Him while He may be found.
Lord Jesus, I need to be revived! I need You and depend on Your touch to strengthen me for the battle ahead. I bring my thoughts to You. They keep me awake at night. I want to trust You completely and find fresh life and perfect peace. I come to You and give my life to Your will. I love You Lord and will direct my voice in praise to honor Your name. Bless You Jesus, amen.