Category Archives: God’sWord

How He Loves Us!!

The sun is rising. My heart is reflecting on the past year as we make our way through morning traffic to the airport. My joy is overflowing at the reality that we will see Dz again soon. At the other end of this day’s long flight is a boy still wondering if we will come through; uncertain what his future holds, full of excitement and anticipation, yet a slight hesitation to believe it all, just in case. How I’ve wanted to reach across the miles and reassure him time and again… Believe it Dz, this journey is already set in motion! We are coming! And we have prepared a place for you!

I love the beautiful picture of God’s story found in adoption…
“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:2-3
The love and joy I’m feeling over our reunion with Dz, gives me a small glimpse of the love and Joy God feels for you and me! Oh, how He loves us!!!

Love, Beautifully Painted

 

Just Five Minutes to let the words flow. No over-thinking, no backtracking, no agenda. Just our thoughts on a given word. I need this now and then, and I’m so thankful that there’s a whole community of friends who need this right along with me…
Five Minute Friday
This week the word is Graceful…
She chooses her words carefully. She knows how the tongue can revive a dying soul, and she reaches for the words that bring life. There is no judgment in her tone, only grace. Her own scars are deep and she recalls the lies that left her feeling empty. Words spoken without thought, forever etched into her memory. The insecurities she was forced to battle with for so many years.  
Aren’t we all like an empty canvas seeking beauty? Waiting for a masterpiece to be painted upon our hearts? And the vandal spreads lies across this work in progress, but she would not do the same. With precision she chooses to paint love into my life. Intently she seeks to recall His Word, full of grace and truth.  And she speaks it with delicate timing, never hastily, never harshly.

The words flow out smooth, and soft, and sincere, as if they are read directly from the page, but I see the passion behind her closed eyes; she means every word.  To me, she is more graceful than the ballerina, more beautiful than the fair maiden. She is a conveyer of life, and forever my example.

Shared from my heart ~ Stacy

Hearts Softened to the Light of Christ

Summer sunshine warming through the depths of me. The brightness shining down upon my waking face. Oh how I love to bask in the light. What a glorious God we have to show us just a glimpse of His unfathomable depths within the tangible created things of this world. Our Creator whose fire is too much to look upon. The light of Christ reaching down to bring this world out of darkness. The warmth and power of His Spirit fully present in our hearts.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 2Corinthians 4:6

The fire, the light, and the warming energy of the sun. Three in one. I don’t propose to belittle our God by wrapping Him up in the small package of our world’s sunshine. But I LOVE that God uses the created things of this world to help us understand Him just a little better. So that when my eyes take in His truth…

But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go. Exodus 10:27

and I ponder how that can be so, for my God is a God of love and grace. He shows me through these pictures; these parables; these real and concrete things that I can see and feel in this physical life, that there is no discrepancy in His Word. My God of Love does indeed harden hearts, just as the sunlight hardens clay. And He softens hearts just as the fire melts my candle’s wax. He simply shines his light upon us, and allows the heat to produce the natural outcome of the substance that is exposed to Him. What is the substance of our hearts?

But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit was hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him. Daniel 5:20

What makes the candle melt? Is it not the oil?

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. 1Samuel 16:13

God’s Spirit softens. Let us not deny His Spirit. Even this…

The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD. Psalm 97:5a

Lord, how I want to melt like wax in your presence. To be left with nothing but the oil of your Spirit within me.

And He replies…

If you then, though you are sinful, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! Luke 11:13

Have you asked Him friends?

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Shared from my heart ~ Stacy

 

Staying Steadfast

It’s so easy to get sidetracked by this world’s day to day activity, the distractions that arise as a busy mom and wife. Full lives being lived and time passing us by. But I don’t want time to slip by and one day find myself far from the Lord and His Word. I’m recognizing the importance of abiding in Him. How very much I need His renewing love and grace every day. I know there is no formula for living this Christian life. It’s a day by day, moment by moment choice to remain in Christ; in His will and in His grace. So what is the secret to staying in Him; staying steadfast? I can only share my thoughts… this closest thing to a formula that I can offer…  5 steps to take, daily.

Staying Steadfast:

1. Seek Him. Seek the Lord with your whole heart. Desire to know him more. Spend time with him, in his word, every day.

2. Study. There is so much truth within his Word. More than we can possibly grasp. But the only way we can even come close to understanding how great his love is for us, is to dig in deep to the truth of his word. Deeper. And deeper still. Don’t settle for a shallow understanding, Study His Word.

3. Surrender. Christ taught that the attitude of our heart is what matters most. We can fill our head with information, but if we’re not willing to accept his truth; to surrender our hearts to his will, then our knowledge means nothing. Choose to be fully his; willing to believe him, willing to trust him, willing to accept his will.

4. Be Still. Don’t let the distractions of life keep you from spending time in the presence of God. Be still before Him, every day. Speak to him in prayer, worship him, and listen to his gentle whisper.

5. Be Spirit-led. Respond to his whisper. Our knowledge, our heart, and our actions need to match. We need even more than a surrendered heart, we need a surrendered life. One that is not easily distracted by the nature of our flesh, but one that displays a humble obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit. The more we seek, study, surrender, and be still before him, the more strength we will receive to continue on the path he leads us.

“Therefore my beloved brothers(sisters), be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1Cor. 15:58

Praying for your steadfast hearts my friends!

Shared from my heart ~ Stacy