How Do We Reveal the Heart Jesus Redeemed

 God’s plan is to reveal the power and beauty of Jesus through our lives.  The message in Galatians 2 is all about living the resurrected life, but how do we do this? 

How do we live in a way that reveals His heart?  How do we express our lives with the heart Jesus redeemed for us?

I have been learning to say ‘no’ to those things contrary to His word and instead run to His word and drink from the fountain of living water.  When I am filling my heart full with His words, my mouth, which so often gets in the way, will begin to speak words in agreement with God’s word.

The last question in the chapter, “Ayin” (in Hebrew this alphabet letter is likened to a fountain of water) in Beckoned by the King ended with this: “Can you hear Him as He teaches you to speak right things only so that your speech lines up with His word?”

I sure have been able to hear Him!  He let me know my word for the month of November is ‘no’, and of course it fits right in with what He has been teaching me and what He wants me to learn.  I am not surprised that the word is a perfect fit for the next chapter in Beckoned by the King, which is ‘Pe’.  The Hebrew meaning for this alphabet letter is ‘open mouth’. 

Pe  Psalm 119:129-136

129 Your statutes are wonderful; therefore, my soul observes them. 

130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. 

131 I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.

 132 Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.

 133 Establish my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.

 134 Redeem me from the oppression of men, that I may obey your precepts. 

135 Make your face shine upon your servant and teach me your decrees.

 136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.

One of the most important lessons I have learned in my walk with God is the absolute need to be faithful with the time I spend reading God’s word.  I am lost without it.  My husband always knows if I have been slack in my word time because I get cranky and aggravated…quickly. 

I have needed to trust Him to firmly establish me in His word so sin does not take priority and dominion in my life.  Trusting involves knowing He will complete the good work He began in me but I need to do my part.  I need to read the word of God, practice listening for His voice and be faithful to obey His written and spoken words. Continue Reading

A Thank You Note to the Father After Forty Three Years

It has been 43 years today, Father, since I gave my heart to You at ”Shepherd’s Call’, the Jesus People coffeehouse.  Forty three years since accepting Jesus as I was shown John 3:16 for the first time and realized that I was a whosoever, that I was loved by You.  I believed even though I knew nothing.  On this day, 43 years ago faith was born!  Thank You for such an incredible gift!

But Lord, I still desperately need You to undertake for me.  Let those dead traits in my life stay buried and bring to life that which glorifies You.

Lord, I thank You for protecting me from my own foolishness.  Let my foolishness be buried and let wisdom arise.

My haste and impatience also need burying, Lord.  In these days, Father thank You for  joy as I choose to wait on You.  May I also choose joy as I walk full through the now moments, no matter the circumstances.

In the planning for the future, let me not forget to embrace my todays.  To live and love fully within them and to be a blessing to those in my family, church and community.

Thank You, Father for all You have given to me, all You have entrusted me with.  May I be a faithful and obedient steward of Your gifts.  Father, I pray and long to walk undefiled in Your way.Continue Reading

A Word in Season

Do you ever feel you have wandered off course only to hear the Lord let you know you are really right on track, right where He wants you to be?  That’s how it is for me today as I settle down to answer a few of the Bible study questions in Beckoned by the King.

The chapter I am currently working on is Psalm 119:121-128 – the Hebrew alphabet at the beginning of these stanzas is ‘Ayin’ and it is likened to a fountain of water.

In September He inspired me to ask Him for a word for each month that would cause growth in my character and walk with Him.  September 2014-09-24 13.07.08was peace and October2014-10-01 11.47.44 was gladness.  I wasn’t sure about November, I thought maybe rest but that’s not it.

He has given me the word ‘no’.  And it fits so incredibly well with the chapter and the questions ‘Would you say you are becoming more sensitive to the working of Holy Spirit in your life?’ and

‘Has your soul learned how to submit to the word of God in a quicker fashion than before you began this study?’

No to negative self talk

No to fear, doubt and worry

No to impatience

No to words not spoken in love

No to all those niggling qualities that take away from the best me.  The me God planned and created me to be.

He planned for me to trust Him.  He reveals His character and nature to me throughout the Bible. 

Will I take the time to prioritize and make reading His love story to me the most important part of my day?

He planned for me to love Him.  He reveals the strength of His love throughout the Bible. 

Will I let Him whisper love words to my heart? 

Will I silence the other voices clamoring to be heard and just lean in against His breast and listen?

He planned for me to be like Him.  He created me in His image. 

Will I allow Him to continue to mold and shape me and fashion me with His glory?

This is how my soul learns to submit to the word of God.

This is how I become more sensitive to the working of Holy Spirit in my life.Continue Reading

When You Need Sure Words of Truth

In a time when fear fills the hearts of men, women and children all over the land, we need sure words of truth to depend on.  The following words are from Psalms 12 – 15, written out to encourage you and strengthen your heart as you speak them out as your own prayer of confidence and trust in our unfailing, unchanging God.

The words of the Lord are pure words.  The words and promises of the Lord are pure words, pure like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times over.  The Lord keeps His word, He preserves them.

I will give thanks that He will guard and keep us from this evil generation forever.  He will actively guard and keep us and He has promised that He is with the generation of the uncompromisingly righteous; those upright and in right standing with Him.

Gladness leads us to repentance so we can be in right standing with the King of all the nations’ kings.  We choose to trust and not fear.  We choose to lean on and into the strength of Your mighty right arm, we choose to be confident of Your mercy and loving kindness.

Father, our hearts rejoice in Your unfailing goodness, we bless You for the fullness of our salvation.  We sing.  We sing Your praises, God in a fear filled, weary land and thank You for the bountiful way You have looked after us, and will continue to look after and care for us.  For the abundance of Your promise that will never fail.

We are Your people, Your sons and Your daughters and rise up and thank You that You are with us and Your presence with us is mighty to save.

We bow our knees, we cleanse our hearts.  We walk and live and have our very being in You.  We dwell with You.

We have hidden Your word of truth in our hearts and we are growing accustomed to thinking and speaking the truth over our lives.  Into the atmosphere and over circumstances that would fill our hearts with dread.

We trust You God to keep us.  Protect us God, for in You and You alone is there a refuge to be found.  In You, Lord God, I put my trust and hide myself .

Hidden with you beneath the shelter of His wings,


Gladness Leads us into the Presence of the King

Gladness Leads Us into the Presence of the King and oh! don’t you long to live in His Presence, in His glorious light? 2014-10-01 11.47.44

Today is the day the Lord has made and today, the Lord wants us to rejoice and be glad. Right now, this very second in time is the time to rejoice and be glad.

God does not want us to wait until our lives are all pretty and picture perfect.  He says ‘now’ for now is the time most important to Him.

Gladness and rejoicing (Psalm 45:15) are leading us into the presence of the King. Their voices cry out, ‘Behold your King!  Holy, righteous, all consuming fire of blazing holiness is He.’

Do we dare take the offered hand of Gladness? Do we dare?

Our God is righteous and holy. He loves righteousness and holiness.  He loves to see His people in right standing with His heart.

But, you say, He is a God who sees all and knows all and has full knowledge of the intent and motives of my hidden heart. He knows my every thought.  How can I come into His presence?

He knows your heart; He knows your every longing and desire for that elusive sense of inner wholeness. We crave a sense of peace and security in an unstable and scary world.

Listen! Your God, my God, our God has anointed us with the oil of gladnessContinue Reading