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Let Your Light Radiate Love: Day 30: Lent Journey

27 Mar

1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the LORD rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.  4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you:
All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters are carried on the hip.
5 Then you will look and be radiant,
your heart will throb and swell with joy;”

-Isaiah 60: 1-5

Many people are familiar with the song, “This Little Light of Mine.”  It is a Sunday School staple but it also one that has made its way into popular culture through quotes, movies, and other media.  It is a song to help teach children that they should hold the light of Christ that is within them, up high for all to see.  They are taught not to hide it under a bush or a basket, or to let the light go out.

What light? Continue reading

He Knows Your Name: Day 29: Lent Journey

26 Mar

9 “As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.   10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.  11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Matthew 9: 9-13

Name

Seven days old in the icu tonight

Little baby boy, they don’t want to have to say goodbye

Your mother’s on the phone

Your father’s in the hall

Prayin’ “God,save this life”

He sees you

He’s near you

He knows your name

He knows your pain

He sees you and He loves you

He knows your name

He knows your name

Four doors down there’s a man who just won’t wake up

He crashed so hard

And the doctor’s want to pull the plug

Your wife is by your side sayin’ “Not tonight”

Prayin’ God will just show up.

He sees you

He’s near you

He knows your name

He knows your pain

He sees you and He loves you

He knows your name

He knows your name

Maybe you’re alone

In a corner of an empty house

Or maybe you’re the one

No one notices in the crowd

He sees you

He’s near you

He knows your name

He knows your pain

He sees you and He loves you

He knows your name

He knows your name

He knows your name

He knows your name

NAME LYRICS – FIREFLIGHT

A hospital is a place where we expect to encounter pain. It is a place of the sick and the dying, but it is also a place of healing and recovery.  Even in the midst of terrible pain, you can find hope. Continue reading

You is Important: Day 28: Lent Journey

24 Mar

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” 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ”

2 Corinthians 12: 7-10

Aibileen Clark, one of the main heroines from The Help, faced great trials and persecution.  She felt weak; yet she was made strong.  She had great faith in the midst of struggles.  She never forgot that she, and those she fought for, were worth every minute of pain.  She knew her value and the value of others, even when told there was none to be found.  She was worth the fight.

Do you know you are? Continue reading

Dark Night: Day 27: Lent Journey

23 Mar

20 Are not my few days almost over?
   Turn away from me so I can have a moment’s joy
21 before I go to the place of no return,
   to the land of gloom and utter darkness,
22 to the land of deepest night,
   of utter darkness and disorder,
   where even the light is like darkness.”   – Job 10: 20-22 (NIV)

Though it seems dark as night, still there is light to be found

“11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
   and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
   the night will shine like the day,
   for darkness is as light to you.”Psalm 139: 11-12(NIV)

I wrap Your Word around me as a layer of light for my soul

Today I want to share the scriptures I am finding comfort in. The sentences in between are my thoughts.

I also wanted to share the poem, Dark Night of the Soul by Saint John of the Cross.

The Poem:

One dark night,
fired with love’s urgent longings
– ah, the sheer grace! –
I went out unseen,
my house being now all stilled.

In darkness, and secure,
by the secret ladder, disguised,
– ah, the sheer grace! –
in darkness and concealment,
my house being now all stilled.

On that glad night,
in secret, for no one saw me,
nor did I look at anything,
with no other light or guide
than the one that burned in my heart.

This guided me
more surely than the light of noon
to where he was awaiting me
– him I knew so well –
there in a place where no one appeared.

O guiding night!
O night more lovely than the dawn!
O night that has united
the Lover with his beloved,
transforming the beloved in her Lover.

Upon my flowering breast
which I kept wholly for him alone,
there he lay sleeping,
and I caressing him
there in a breeze from the fanning cedars.

When the breeze blew from the turret,
as I parted his hair,
it wounded my neck
with its gentle hand,
suspending all my senses.

I abandoned and forgot myself,
laying my face on my Beloved;
all things ceased; I went out from myself,
leaving my cares
forgotten among the lilies.

-Saint John of the Cross


Peace be with you today my friends, even in the midst of darkness.

Gracefully~~Heather

Soul Weary: Day 26: Lent Journey

22 Mar

“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:26-28 (The Message)

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26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.  28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Roman 8:26-28 (NIV)

If you can’t tell by today’s scripture, or the title, this post is going to be a bit melancholy.  I told you at the beginning of this series (40 Day Lent Journey) that I was going to be excavating some not so pretty and shiny areas of my life and faith journey.  My hope, in doing so, is that I can re-ignite my spiritual passion, deepen my faith, and do some needed soul restoration.  I also hope that by sharing this journey, God will work through my words to reach others who are in similar situations of the soul; broken, doubting, angry, ambivalent, hurting, lost, or anywhere in-between, bringing hope and restoration.

What has happened in the 26 days I have been on the journey so far?  Continue reading

Pirate Elephants, Healing, and Hope: Day 25: Lent Journey

21 Mar

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (NIV)

It’s hard to believe we are on Day 25!  God is leading me on an incredible journey that has taken unexpected, but fruitful turns.  While He is still refining the message I will share with you tomorrow, I am honored to have a guest blogger joining us today.  Leanne Penny shares her heart over at leannepenny.com as she allows God to minister through her life and words, “journeying with those hurting, healing, and choosing joy.”

I have known Leanne since 2007 when we met in a counseling class at Asbury Seminary in tiny Wilmore, KY.  I was smitten with the fabulousness that is Leanne.  We found many common interests including food, helping others, college football, and being silly and spending time with good friends.

Just for fun...A photo of Leanne and I from a gathering in KY to watch an OU football game (2008)

While her stay in Wilmore ended before mine, a fellow Okie, her husband Kel, brought her back to my home state (OK), and Leanne now makes a lovely home in Ada, OK for her family, which includes two beautiful children.

Photo courtesy of Folsom Photography and leannepenny.com

Leanne is a constant source of inspiration for me and many others, and she is on my must-read blogs list.  When I think of people that embody the above verse from 2 Corinthians, Leanne comes to mind.  She has suffered great loss and tragedy in her young life, has walked in utter darkness, but she has clung to God’s saving grace, letting His light shine through her life.  Where she has found comfort in Christ, she is now able to offer that same comfort to others who are hurting, broken, and bruised.  God is truly creating her ashes into something beautiful.

I am blessed to call her my friend, and so grateful she is willing to share her words of hope with us today.  You can read more about Leanne HERE.  Check out her story HERE.  I encourage you to visit her blog, follow her on twitter, or like her Facebook page, so you can journey with Leanne as restoration and joy is found.

Here’s Leanne: Continue reading

Prep Mode: Day 24: Lent Journey

20 Mar

 

 

“”Now listen, daughter, don’t miss a word:
      forget your country, put your home behind you.
   Be here—the king is wild for you.
      Since he’s your lord, adore him.  Set your mind now on sons—
      don’t dote on father and grandfather.
   You’ll set your sons up as princes
      all over the earth.

Psalm 45:10-11, 16 (The Message)

Today, I am just going to let this scripture be the focus.  I am working on a little more in-depth post covering some touchy issues, and I don’t want to rush it.  The inspiration came late last night.  I feel like God is really wanting this message to be a bit more than usual, so please bear with me until tomorrow.

I also overdid it a bit yesterday!  The hubs took the day off (after a long week last week) and we worked on the yard before the rain hit; he mowed and I weeded some and picked up trash from the yard.  Our yard is a pass-through for people (aggravating), and they dump their trash.  I often see empty cigarette cartons lying in the grass.  Fun for the kiddo to find.  After the yard came painting!  Yep, we got the nursery painted.  Two coats in a room with no ceiling fan in humid, rainy, warm weather=no fun for this pregnant mom.  Even with breaks between walls, for me, I was done in.  So glad I put on a roast in the slow cooker so no dinner prep was expected later!

I went to pick up the little guy from his babysitter (whom he had been asking to go see ALL weekend), and we went over to see a family from the church so Micah could play with their 3 kids and the hubs could move some furniture back into the nursery.  I love watching Micah interact with these kids.  They love him, and he adores them. They are older by a few years, but they are so great with him.  It was a battle to leave, but once convinced we had to go home to see daddy, he was on board.  He is a very loving child and likes to give hugs and kisses, and he has started giving them to everyone when we leave somewhere.  As he made his rounds to say goodbye, he decided Ella, their 7 yr. old daughter needed some extra kisses.  He kissed her like 6 times until she kissed him back, even once on her nose!  Sweet, adorable, and funny, but oh my….he is going to be a handful when he gets older!  I got him home and his motor ran on full speed until I finally sang him to sleep at 9.  He’s really fighting sleep these days.  So not fun.

Needless to say, I am taking a day to rest some, recover, and focus on renewing my spirit in the gloomy rain.

Check out the above scripture and let it ruminate.

I hope to see you tomorrow for a few new posts!

Gracefully~~Heather

 

Royal Invitation: Day 23: Lent Journey

19 Mar

  “Daughters of kings are among your honored women;
   at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.”

Psalm 45:9 (NIV)

My email contains the word princess in it.  My mother has told me numerous times that I need to get a grown up email address.  I told her it is my grown up email address since it has my married name in it too, and is quite a step up from rainbowbrite!  Yep, rainbowbrite.  (Child of the 80’s, remember!)

As I was reading today’s scripture, I was reminded and affirmed that I indeed have my grown up email address, because not only does the hubs often treat me like a princess, I am the daughter of a King.  We are all children of God.  He is the King of Kings, and that makes us royalty!  Sons and daughters of God; princes and princesses of the King.

Is this really how God sees us?… Continue reading

Just As You Are: Day 22: Lent Journey

17 Mar

 

 

 

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8 (NIV)

*Today’s post will follow the KISS method….Keep it simple silly (Yes, I use the nice word), as I have a darling toddler literally hanging on my arm, waiting for undivided attention.*

One of my favorite chick flicks is Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001); a very imperfect girl and her zany, British, antics to land the “perfect” man.  Besides a scene where Bridget belts out some Celine Dion to, “All By Myself,” my favorite scene from the movie is the incomparable Mr. darcy declaring his “love” for Bridget.  (I say “love” because it’s a strange, reserved, British, sort of love….stodgy?)  I’ll let Darcy speak for himself:

Mark Darcy: I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences… But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.

The best part of the entire speech rests in the last sentences; I like you, very much. Just as you are.  Just as you are.  He’s telling Bridget that she is good enough, as is.  Despite her craziness, her quirks, her tendency to make the wrong decisions, and blurt out the wrong sentiments, he likes her.  Heck, he loves her more because of these things.

This is how God loves us.  Just as we are.  Warts and all.  Faults and all.  Despite our sin, God loves us.  He sent Jesus as a sacrifice to cleanse us from sin so we could be reconciled to Him.  God is not waiting for us to clean up our act, look or act perfect, or lead a sinless life before loving us.  He loves us now, as we are.  He wants us to accept Jesus and be brought close to Him.  He’s waiting to show you how much He loves you, and all the good plans He has for your life.  He will bring forth the best you.

Are you ready to be loved as you are?

I’ll leave you this weekend with a smile:

Remember, you are not alone!  God already loves you, as you are!

Gracefully~~Heather

Still Good: Day 21: Lent Journey

16 Mar

This is the family tree of the human race: When God created the human race, he made it godlike, with a nature akin to God. He created both male and female and blessed them, the whole human race.

Genesis 5:1-3 (The Message)

We all spring from the same family tree.  We were created in the image of God; the entire human race.  We were created unique and purposeful, and to be in relationship, with one another and God.

While sin has marred the image of God within us and within our family (humanity), we have not been cast off and forgotten.  God sent His very son, Jesus, to redeem us and reconcile us to the Father.  Our family heritage is one of great sacrifice and greater love and grace.

This is how we should live out our love for each other, as the family God created.  We are all broken and seeking wholeness and healing.  We seek to be reconciled to one another, yet we do not treat everyone as family.  God calls us to love as He loves; unconditionally and abundantly.  We are to love God with all we have and are, and love our neighbors, our family, as ourselves.

So take a look around….. Continue reading