October 25, 2015

In the Shape of a Heart

I always slow down when I come to this old cemetery on my walk. This cemetery that dates back to the 1850’s is the halfway point of my walking route and as I recently approached it I noticed there was a trailing vine on the chain link fence that looked like a heart and I stopped to take its picture. 

The longer I gazed at the heart on the fence the more it made me smile. I also felt like it was smiling back at me. It definitely drew me in and as I continued to observe it I saw more than a random heart-shaped formation. I saw God’s hand tracing His love for me, a reminder in the middle of my walk that He loves me. He wrote it across a chain link fence.

I am a writer. I will admit to having a big imagination. I am also reading the Old Testament and recently read about God writing the commandments on stone tablets.

I think He can draw a heart on a fence that speaks right to my very own beating heart and declare, “Kathy, right now, I want you to know- I love you.” He wants us to know He loves us. 

He can find a thousand ways to show you and tell you. Open your eyes and open your heart. You will see it because He will show you too. He wants us to know He loves us.

Jeremiah 31:3  
Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

October 21, 2015

Butterfly Free

Free means
I don’t have to burden myself with deep worries
I don’t have to figure everything out
I don’t have to know where everything
Is supposed to fit
Or why things happen at all

Free means
I can look at life with a new perspective
I can see beauty in all that is around me
I can see God's hand in things I don’t understand
And when I don’t see His hand
I still believe

Because I’m Free
I know He is in control
Sovereign over all
Sees and knows everything
Holds a whole world
In His hands

That’s why I’m Free
He set me free
When I put all trust in Him
And live by faith each day
And walk in His ways

And God's way
Is for me to walk
In freedom
Because this is what
He wants for me

Freedom is what He wants for you

Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

October 18, 2015

Five Against A Hundred

Leviticus 26:8  
Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you.
This is what I love about reading through the Bible. God will bless you and teach you every time you read His Word. Even in Leviticus, a book filled with more laws than I can count. I don’t know how the Israelites kept up with all the laws for sacrifices, laws concerning the tabernacle, and everything from dealing with unclean diseases to observances of the Sabbath.

But, I do know that even in the middle of a wilderness experience, God wants the Israelite people and you and me to acknowledge Him as God and trust Him to work in our lives far beyond all that we can comprehend. I was reminded of that in this verse as God tells the Israelites about what is ahead for them if they follow Him as they move from the wilderness toward the Promised Land.

Five against a hundred. A hundred against ten thousand.

I like these odds. But it is about more than odds. It is a theme woven throughout the Bible.

This reminds me of David against Goliath.

This reminds me of Gideon and his small army of 300 against the Midianites.

This also reminds me of Joshua and the wall of Jericho.

This is God empowering us to overcome giants and giant sized obstacles.

God is for us and He will do what we could never do and often with our seemingly small resources. He is our resource!

I will admit that I didn’t expected to be so encouraged in this second to last chapter of Leviticus. When I read Leviticus 26:8, the message in these words jumped off the page and into my heart. I pray it encourages you. I hope it reminds you that God has more to work with than conventional methods. He has more to work with than our strength alone. In God’s strength, five can overcome a hundred and one hundred can overcome ten thousand.