From My Heart

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6 -NIV

Archive for February, 2012

God is faithful

God may choose to not deliver us from our trial. Through the trial He reveals Himself, His power, His ways and teaches us to trust. We learn more going through it than we ever would have being delivered from it. We gain strength and peace. Rejoice in the trial. God is faithful.

Where does your peace come from?

A few days ago my blog was very short a simple. I said, “Let me hear from all of you please. When do you feel the most peaceful?” Sadly, I had zero responses. Maybe there aren’t very many of you out there feeling peaceful. I sure hope that isn’t the case!

I was asked that question many years ago. The first answer that came to my mind was “holding my grandchildren on my lap, talking with them and reading them a story”. At that time I lived very near those precious children. That is not the case today. But when I do get to visit with them I still enjoy reading to them and of course visiting with them. My grandson is now too big to hold on my lap and one of my granddaughters is nearly too big. I had best get another visit in soon!

I have been pondering my source of peace a lot recently. It really began a couple of weeks ago when I had a few disturbing dreams that stirred up some memories of a times in my life that I wish I could completely forget. Those thoughts/memories seemed to be haunting me throughout the day. I have many regrets about those times.
I discussed the unsettled feelings and guilt that the memories stirred up with my husband. I knew what I needed to focus on but it did help to share my thoughts and emotions with him. We both came to the conclusion that Satan was trying to get my focus off the most important things by stirring up past failures and guilt.

As I shared a while back; my husband and I are at a very significant crossroads in our lives personally and in the life of the church we serve. It is so very crucial that we keep our focus on God alone. I know that if I do this I will have peace and not those unsettled feelings of guilt and confusion. I know that if I focus on Him that I will hear from Him.

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3 NLT

Notice what this scripture says? You will be in perfect peace when? When your thoughts are fixed on God.
God is faithful to give you perfect peace; the peace is will sit deep within you; the peace that comes from the Holy Spirit.
Yes, I feel most settled doing the things that I enjoy. I believe it’s because God “wired” us each differently. I enjoy visiting with my children and grandchildren, riding my bicycle, riding horses, walking on the beach and of course digging in the dirt. Yes, I love digging in the dirt! I am eagerly awaiting the snow melting enough so I can get the door to my greenhouse open. If I’m having a difficult day and I can get to my greenhouse that is most likely where you will find me. I’m digging in the dirt and getting my eyes fixed on God.
But no matter whether I can get that door to my greenhouse open or not that shouldn’t shake my sense of peace that is deeply rooted in God. I’m looking out my office window at my greenhouse right now. There is no way that door is coming open anytime soon! Yes, I will have a great big smile in a couple of months when that door opens and I’m planting seeds. But for now I have a peace knowing that God is guiding me through this time.
I’m posing another question. Or should I say the same question only a bit broader? I’ll put it in 2 questions. When do you feel the most peaceful? And – How do you refocus when you know your eyes are off the Lord? Let me hear from you

I want to know…………

Let me hear from all of you please.
When do you feel the most peaceful?
Why do you think that is?

What are you storing up?

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21 NLT

We live in a world that places great value on possessions, accomplishments, popularity, appearance, educational degrees, talent, position and power.

Christians are not immune to being caught up in this value system. They forget that possessions can be stolen or wear out. They seem to be blinded to the fact that accomplishments are forgotten, beauty fades and “friends” abandon you. They are proud of their talent but fail to acknowledge where their talent came from.
I have heard it said that if you look at a person’s bank statement you will see where their heart is. I believe this to be true. You can tell at a glance if the person is storing up material possessions, hungrily searching for more entertainment or excitement. Yes, the way we spend money reveals our character, what we value and who or what is driving us.

The way we spend another valuable resource, our time is very telling as well. How do we spend our free time? Do we most often spend it serving ourselves? It may be that project around the home to make ourselves more comfortable or to be more appealing to the eye. Maybe it’s that thrill seeking adventure or wonderful entertainment. Or in contrast can we often be found humbly serving others and bringing glory to our Lord.

If we are listening to our logical and ever so selfish nature we lean toward storing up for ourselves material items and exciting adventures. Yes, we may gain some temporary treasure and happiness. They will soon all fade away and we will once again be striving for something new and better.

There is no absolutely firm, unshakeable security to be found in material things or a guarantee of lasting happiness in any experience or relationship. No amount of money will bring genuine security and contentment. Only God can give us a guarantee like that.

So how then should we live?
I say live your life openly. Live with an open heart that hears God’s voice and that is tender to the needs of others.
Live with open hands that aren’t grasping for your own desires but are willing to serve others.

By living this way you are storing up treasure in heaven and fulfilling the two greatest commandments. “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39 NLT

“For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 NIV

Quote for the day- perfect one for today

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ~ Corrie ten Boom

My favorite quote of the day

“Let your Christianity be so unmistakable, your eye so single, your heart so whole, your walk so straightforward that all who see you may have no doubt whose you are, and whom you serve.” J.C. Ryle