May 27, 2018

Taste and See



Dear Heavenly Father,
I did not know You would want to bless my life this way.

Your love has changed me.
Your joy and peace have
Filled my life to new heights with Your goodness.

Your freedom in my heart causes me to
Lift my wings and soar across the wind.

I’ll never be the same
Because of Your love
And all you’ve given me.

You have shown me tender mercies.
You have extended to me abounding grace and patience.

You have taught me to walk by faith,
Trust Your ways,
Stand firm in the courage You’ve given me.

You’ve taught me to believe
You would move heaven and earth for me
To work miracles in my life.

You held me close and loved me as only You can love,
That is the best part of all You’ve given me.

I have tasted of Your goodness, Lord,
And everything else diminished by far.


Psalm 34:8
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him.

May 20, 2018

Open Heart


Someone recently commented to me, and it is the same comment I have heard from others, that what I write makes them want to have a deeper walk with God. What I write makes them realize it is possible.
 

They thought it was complicated but it isn’t. It is as simple as opening your heart to it…constantly and consistently. It is not a big secret for just a select few. It is for everyone who calls Him LORD.
  
An open heart is a heart that welcomes Him in.

 

An open heart is a heart that makes time for Him.
 

A lady once told me in one sentence that she doesn’t have time for a quiet time in her schedule and in the next sentence she admitted that she gets up at 5:00 multiple mornings a week to run and train for marathons.
 

What are we making time for in our schedule?
 

It is easy to look at our schedules and find them jam packed and then we wonder why we don’t feel close to God.
 

I am not saying we shouldn’t get up at 5:00 in the morning and run.
 

I am saying that if we make time for running, then use that same kind of effort and dedication to also make time for God in a close and intimate way.
 

One of my favorite hymns, which I sadly haven’t heard in church in many years, but remains a favorite of mine is the beautiful song In the Garden.
 

This writer gets it. His words tell me he had a wide open heart and God filled it up with joy.
 

The heart that opens to the Lord is a heart He delights to fill.
 


Chorus from In the Garden, C. Austin Miles 1912   

And He walks with me, 
And He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

May 14, 2018

Trading Flaws for Grace


I am flawed. Every day I miss the mark. Every day I lose patience and say things the wrong way which means I should not have said them at all.
         
I keep messing up. Last week I forgot to pray for someone I assured I would remember their prayer request. I saw her at church and the stress of her situation was written across her face and I was reminded that I need to pray. I was also reminded of my negligence.
         
I stand in the line at the grocery store and chit chat with the cashier or another person in line with me and forget to share the Lord in some way when God opens the door and gives me a moment to open my mouth and be a light in a dark world. When I get in my car and pull out of the parking lot I shake my head disappointed in myself because I let that moment slip out of my hands.
         
I have negative and critical thoughts about someone and then I am filled with guilt. I should know better. I do know better, and yet…there were those negative and critical thoughts exploding in my mind.
         
The list is endless.
         
There is bad news and there is good news.
         
Bad news: I have flaws and I mess up—consistently. I am not perfect. Not even close. Sometimes I am just a big mess.
         
Good news: I am a sinner saved by grace. Then the good news gets even better. There is someone who is perfect. Jesus is the perfect one. He perfectly loves me every day. He loves me although I am flawed and when I miss the mark. I am desperate for this kind of love and He offers it to me freely every day.
         
I don’t like myself when I mess up but I am reminded God’s grace is there for me and I can do better with His help. I want to do better. God is patient with me and He continues to work in me to make me more like Him. This gives me hope. I am deeply thankful there is hope and grace for this flawed heart of mine.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.