August 11, 2013
I heard an inspiring and convicting sermon today on fear. We all worry, fear, hesitate to surrender and trust Abba. I sure do. I know better, but still the “reality” of what “this world” screams at me takes hold and how easily I forget for a time that I am not of this world. This caused me to think, to pray, to strive for a new heart. It also made me look to the dictionary. Pretty revealing:
reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
confident expectation of something; hope.
confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit: to sell merchandise on trust.
a person on whom or thing on which one relies: God is my trust.
the condition of one to whom something has been entrusted.
a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. Synonyms: foreboding, apprehension, consternation, dismay, dread, terror, fright, panic, horror, trepidation, qualm. Antonyms: courage, security, calm, intrepidity.
a specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling: an abnormal fear of heights. Synonyms: phobia, aversion; bête noire, bogy, bogey, bugbear. Antonyms: liking, fondness, penchant, predilection.
concern or anxiety; solicitude: a fear for someone’s safety.
reverential awe, especially toward God: the fear of God. Synonyms: awe, respect, reverence, veneration.
something that causes feelings of dread or apprehension; something a person is afraid of: Cancer is a common fear.
June 12, 2012
Greetings friends! I thank you so much for your faith, your continued prayer support for Mom, Me, and for others I’ve seeked your support for. The update on Alan reflects some encouragement yet we need to keep those prayers heading up. This wonderful man of God is suffering from pain in his back, his hip, and his knees daily, often in tummy as well. A recent blood test and physical find him in good health, yet there seems to be little the medical profession can do to relieve him of the pain which prevents him from leading the life he was anointed to live for Jesus.
Please pray for his total healing and for him to be placed, if the Lord desires it, in the correct hands for healing should the Lord choose to use medical professionals for His purposes. Please pray as well for Alan to know the Lord’s hand in this and to feel the Lord’s joy and peace. Please pray, as well, for his wife Erica since we all know how the struggles of one we love can weigh heavily on us.
Please pray as well that during this time of healing Alan will continue to be able to serve the Lord in ministry in the ways of the Lord’s own choosing and that Alan will know His hand is upon him.
May 23, 2012
Does the title of this piece sound like a contradiction? It might. Stay with me though. On Sunday I heard an amazing sermon preached by a priest I love very much. His preaching style is uniquely his own and the Lord has used him to touch my heart and to inspire me in ways no other has. I am so blessed to call him a friend. So, as I listened to his message on Sunday I heard it in the way the Lord meant for me to hear it, but also as a friend who knows the man delivering it. It was filled with personal experience which was so important in teaching us, the listeners, what we were to learn, but I knew the personal parts came from deep in his soul and likely made this harder to deliver than some messages.
We, as writers, know this feeling in our own hearts as we share our own message about the Lord in our blogs and other media. However, we are often sharing it with a faceless congregation while my priest had to do this directly before many many people, and harder still I believe is displaying his private “stuff” with people he knows and who know him. He did it well and hearts were changed, I know. Mine was. So, why did I title this post the way I did?
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
– Rumi –
I think Rumi understood. What made the message received on Sunday so special was it’s authenticity. My priest and friend ripped his heart wide open and we who heard and saw him preach couldn’t help but see Jesus there. Rumi got it right. Our human heart needs to be broken wide open so that His light can enter in AND so that His light can shine on those He gives us to share our heart with for Him. Our suffering is nothing compared to His . . . and sharing the grace and blessings He bestows on us never depletes our “stash” as He continually pours them on us in such abundance! What a blessing our broken heart can be when we let Him take up residence there!
July 25, 2011
Jesus was all about compassion. We must be the same if we truly desire to be like Him and win hearts for the Kingdom!