“‘I am the Resurrection and the Life. The one who believes in me will live, even though he dies.’” John 11:25 NIV (caps mine)
The mosaic cross caught my eye as we exited the botanical gardens. I wondered why a cross was hanging in such a secular place. Yet didn’t this garden display the handiwork of God? Joy stirred within me as I saw it resting against the rusted corrugated metal. Artistic in its placement. Only later did the deeper meaning resonate in my heart. His death in place of my rusted life. His life gives me new life making beautiful even the corroded parts of my life.
A perfect image for this Lenten season, I thought. It brings us to the cross to lay down the “Love Idol” that grips our hearts. Continue reading
It’s a soul-searching journey. A dive into the heart of the matter. If we are earnest in our seeking, it will take us on uncharted paths to uncover what really matters to our heart.We may discover that “idols” lurk beneath the veneer of our lives and we have fooled even ourselves.
What is that one thing or person that I crave to fill my deepest needs? Is it Jesus? As Christians, we will answer quickly that it is He. But I know that deep within me lie other cravings–really idols–that I run after to fulfill my needs. Only to find that I am still empty.
So what is it in your life that calls your name,? That says if I have this, then I will know I am approved? Is it acceptance of your writing? The love of someone special? The healing of relationships that demand every ounce of your energy to restore? A better physical appearance? The job that will say, Continue reading
Humming Bird Perched on Her Nest
“My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the Living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young–
a place near your altar,
Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house
they are ever praising you.” Psalm 84:2-4 NIV
The sparrow, the swallow, and the little humming bird above know the peace and love that are found near the Lord’s dwelling place. Our hearts should also long to dwell close to the richest of gifts found in the presence of our Lord and King. The one true God.
From My Heart To Yours,
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Just a few months ago, Hubby retired from the company in which he had worked for more than 40 years. It was a time of great anticipation coupled with warnings that the man of this castle would probably be working harder at home than he had at his full-time job. His castle needs much Continue reading
“You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.” Psalm 89:9 NIV
From My Heart To Yours,
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