Finders Keepers!

My kids are always yelling “Finders Keepers” around the house when they find money on the floor, or something their sibling has but secretly they have wanted.

How often do we leave our prized possession, our heart lying around on the “floor” waiting for someone to grab it up and say “Finders Keepers”?

Proverbs 4:23 reads “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Our hearts are where the wellspring of life flows from. If we carelessly throw it out there for people to use and hurt, then we are losing something so precious!

Have you thrown your heart out for people to use? Have you tried picking up the broken and shattered pieces of your heart only to realized if you had listened to the Holy Spirit in the first place, you would not have been hurt at all?  This was a toughy for me as I have looked back at my life and realized that I wasted so much time and effort worrying about what people thought of me.  I wanted to do what I could to please them. I forgot that I don’t have to please people, I need to please God. Romans 15:13 encouraged me because there is a renewal and an overflow available :).

The Holy Spirit can refill my heart that I emptied out many years ago and even recently on worries, people, and relationships that never should have been. So my prayer for today is Romans 15:13 NIV  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Have hope, and keep your heart safe from being foolishly emptied out. Don’t allow people to find and keep your heart. Leave it safely where God put it. Inside YOU waiting for Him to ask you to use it for His purpose.

He is not here now.

Taken from the book of Mark chapters 15-16.

Sweet Jesus He hangs there nailed to the cross. He willing gave up His life for us all.

He hangs ‘tween two robbers two sinners two low lives. They are quite simply an example of me.
Bitter wine he refuses. They cast lots for His garments. “Come down” they say. “You can Lord you’re the King of the Jews!”
Chief priests, scribes, and others all mock Him with their words.  The sixth hour is here the sixth hour has come.
Darkness ‘til the ninth hour when Jesus He cries out, “My God my God why have You forsaken me?”

Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed His last breath. The curtain in the temple was torn it two.

From top to bottom now that is from God’s hand. The soldier said, “Truly this man was the Son of God.”

But the story of Jesus does not end in this way. You see 3 days later He was alive again!

The stone had been rolled back.  Two Marys brought their spices and to their shock a young man did they see.

“Do not be alarmed ladies.” I would have been panicked but guess what, they weren’t the listened instead.

Jesus of Nazareth He is risen not here now. See the place where they laid Him it’s empty and bare.

The young man told them to tell the disciples and Peter, “He is going before you to the town Galilee.”

“There you will see Him just as He told you. They fled from the town and astonishment seized them. They said nothing to anyone because they were afraid.

He appeared to Mary, the one delivered from demons. “She went and told those who were with Him” they cried and they wept as their friend was dead now.

This woman she tells them that He was alive but believe it they did not.  But He showed Himself to two more.

When they went back to tell the others they’d seen Him. They didn’t believe what those two had said.

He then appeared to eleven disciples. He came through the walls what a sight that must’ve been!

Go tell the whole world now proclaim me to creation whoever believes and is baptized is saved.

With my tears and my hair.

From Luke 7:36-50

 Here I am Lord a tarnished woman. The oil from my jar is a love gift to You.

My tears stream down to wash Your feet Lord. I am but a sinner let me.

I hear the comments about waste, but had I not done this, I’d have nothing to give.

Sell it they say. 300 Denari I know a high cost even though it would feed so many more.

A balm for my Savior and ointment for Him. This is preparing Him for the grave.

I hear the words that the world will remember me, but that is not why I did what I did.

My gift of love was poured out in sorrow. My tears mingled with the perfume.

His feet they are washed and prepared for His end. I have no towel so I’ll just use my hair. Dry and ready He is going to the cross. His life He has given for you and for me.

Thank you dear Jesus for Your act of service. You have allowed me to live life today.

With hope, joy and courage, I walk now toward You. This race I will finish with refinement from You. Help me to love and forgive as You do. I am but a cracked vessel use me.

Abiding in Christ

As I was reading my Bible and doing my quiet time yesterday, my eldest child asked me what I was studying. I told her that I was reading about abiding in Christ.  She looked at me oddly and said, “A biting? How can you reach His hand?”  I laughed and explained that abiding meant being permanent, enduring, staying put. Off she ran to play.  I sat there thinking, “What a perfect post for tomorrow.”  We often do bite God’s hand as he extends it to us. Not physically of course, but figuratively.  He offers to help us, to lead us in the right direction and we don’t like where He is leading us so we don’t accept. We bite in anger and say, “I shouldn’t have to do that!” “Why would you make me do that?”  When all He often wants is that willingness to choose to take his hand and be obedient.

 “Our acceptance with God and our access to Him is through Christ. As we consciously abide in Him, we are free from the power of our old nature. In this divine freedom from self-will, we are free to ask God for what we want, being influenced now by our new nature. And God will do it. Let us treasure this place of freedom through abiding in Christ — and believe that our requests right now are heard and will be answered.” Andrew Murray    

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 “We find a night-and-day difference in our lives when we choose against struggling to be strong and peaceful and loving –and instead, count on the strength and peace and love of Christ’s life within us. And how good it is to know that abiding in Christ is not an unusual, added extra in the Christian life intended for a few ‘special’ Christians. It’s part of God’s plan for each of His children” Warren and Ruth Myers

 We have just to accept and trust that He will do as He says friends.  We can do this!

Lord, help us to abide with You today and bask in Your glory and presence. Help us to put away what hinders us from a closer walk with you. Thank You for what You will do today in our lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Beaten down but not broken

   

Beaten down but not broken

Bent by the storm

After a recent thunderstorm, I went to check on our first garden. The wind looked like it had taken its toll on our corn. It is not standing straight up but rather leaning to the side. Do you ever find yourself bent over and beat up by the storms in your life? Family, relationships, exhausting job, being a mother?  In the after math of the storm I still saw the corn was bearing its fruit.  It has ears of corn growing from its stalks.  Just as it is intended to do. We are intended to reflect our Savior and bear fruit that shows we are disciples of Christ. as John 15:8 says?   This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+15%3A8&version=NIV 

Are we bearing good fruit that shows we are a disciples of Christ? Or are we bearing anger, bitterness and unclean lips?
What kind of fruit are you and I bearing in our storms?

Lord, today I pray that you would help us to be true reflections of you so that we can show those around us that we are your children. Help us to find good in the storm and cling to You even though life is hard. We praise You God for loving us and ask that You would guide us today. In Jesus name. Amen.