There is nothing like piece of freshly baked bread, especially when it is still hot right out of the oven. You know, right? The piece that you can by hardly wait to pull apart and spread real butter on it and eat it! Yum.
Momma does not cook much any more, and I sure do miss her cooking!
I remember well, my momma's cooking. She definitely could throw down, doing her thing! She cooked like she was going to feed an army, and she did, because we were one! HA! Not only did she feed us but our hosts of friends as well! One thing was certain, there was always plenty. There was always enough to have second helpings, if you desired and sometimes, there were leftovers, too.
Momma was a good cook.
I loved her biscuits, cornbread, and loaf bread, all made from scratch.
I especially loved it when she made yeast rolls! Oh, that smell! Mmmmm...the aroma, I can almost smell it now.
That fragrance, not only did it fill the kitchen, but it permeated every room of our house, and you could smell it two blocks away, believe me, we all came running!
When momma would make bread, ALL six of us, (there were six of us then, because, Angela was not born yet.) my brothers and sisters, along with most of the neighborhood kids, would come into the house. We always had a house full!
Waiting patiently, I would be the go between asking momma how much longer, before the rolls would be ready. When she said "about five more minutes" I reported the news to everyone, it was then we all made our way into the kitchen.
There we were, standing around, drooling and hovering, like a bunch of hungry predators, stalking their next meal. HA!
I am positive, momma felt like a quarterback, about to be sacked! Ha-ha!
Momma opened the door of the oven, lol...somehow she had a built-in timer, she knew exactly when the rolls, would be ready! Finally, they were done! She removed the baking sheets from the oven, the rolls were lined neatly in rows. When, I feast my eyes upon them, I could hardly wait to have one of these huge edible, golden brown, domed treasures! Oh, the taste of that first bite! Gratification! I always had to have another one.
Most of us like bread, especially fresh bread. Right? Of course we do!
Myself, I don't like stale bread. I don't like smashed bread. I don't like soggy bread. I will not eat it! I always check for mold, because, I want mine to be fresh!
Stay with me, ok?
In the natural realm, we must eat to receive nutrition to live healthy lives. Thereby we survive and thrive.
There is no difference in the spiritual realm. We must eat spiritual food on a DAILY basis or we will starve our spiritman to death.
You may ask me, "what are you talking about?"
Allow me to give you something to eat, FRESH BREAD IS BEING SERVED HERE!
1. THE WORD OF GOD IS OUR DAILY BREAD!
Deuteronomy 8:3. NIV
HE humbled you, causing you to HUNGER and then FEEEDING you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to TEACH you that man DOES NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE but on EVERY WORD that comes from the MOUTH of the LORD.
Matthew 4:4. KJV
But HE (JESUS) answered and said, IT IS WRITTEN, Man shall not LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, but by EVERY WORD that PROCEEDETH OUT of the MOUTH OF GOD.
2. JESUS IS THE WORD!
John 6:33- 35; 48, 51.
33. "For THE BREAD OF GOD IS HE (JESUS) WHICH COMES DOWN FROM HEAVEN, AND GIVES LIFE TO THE WORLD."
34. "SIR," they said, "ALWAYS give us this bread."
35. And JESUS said unto them, "I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE. WHOEVER COMES TO ME WILL NEVER GO HUNGRY, AND WHOEVER BELIEVES IN ME WILL NEVER BE THIRSTY."
48. "I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE."
51. "I AM THE LIVING BREAD THAT CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN. WHOEVER EATS THIS BREAD WILL LIVE FOREVER. THIS BREAD IS MY FLESH, WHICH I WILL GIVE FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD"
AGAIN, Physically and spiritually speaking.
Man shall not LIVE by bread (physical food) alone. But by EVERY WORD
(spiritual food) THAT PROCEEDS OUT FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD.
O TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD: BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT TRUSTETH (takes refuge) IN HIM.
I want to share something else here. LISTEN with your spiritual ears.
When my momma made her bread, she followed the directions. She used specific ingredients. She precisely measured each one of them and mixed them together. She let the dough sit, allowing it to rise. After a period of time the dough had risen, it was ready to be kneaded and placed into the pans she had already prepared. She let it sit, until it rose again. Then she baked the bread until it was golden brown. The whole loaf was complete, and ready to be served.
So it is with THE WORD OF GOD, it is our INSTRUCTION MANUAL!
Holy Spirit is AMAZING! In 1989, HE spoke into my spirit through THE WORD, about crumbs that fall from a piece of the bread.
HOLY SPIRIT said, "No matter how tiny the crumb may be and perhaps you may only be getting a few of the crumbs...guess what?
Those crumbs still have ALL OF THE SAME INGREDIENTS AS THE WHOLE LOAF! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SETTLE FOR CRUMBS, YOU MAY EAT THE WHOLE LOAF!"
How hungry are you today? You can eat your fill and there is plenty more!
WILL SOMEONE PLEASE PASS THE BREAD?
AWAKE! AWAKE! AWAKE!
WAKE UP OUT OF YOUR SLEEP, YOU THAT ARE ASLEEP!
SEEK HIM WHILE HE IS NEAR, SEEK HIM WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND!
KEEP YOUR VESSEL FULL, AND OIL IN YOUR LAMP.
WARNING after WARNING after WARNING... yet...
People seemingly have no spiritual insight, they are stricken with spiritual deafness and blindness. Oh yes, they have ears to hear, but do not hear. They have eyes to see and yet they do not see.
47. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and PREPARED NOT himself, neither did according to HIS Will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
2. HE (JESUS) answered and he said unto them, "When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather for the sky is red.
3. And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the sky; but can ye not DISCERN THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES?
People are still SEEKING SIGNS. SEEK NO MORE! Read Matthew 24!
HERE'S YOUR SIGN!
Open up your eyes! Even the natural eye can see that prophecies are being fulfilled. Exposing, unfolding and setting the stage for what is happening all across the world!
And when THESE THINGS BEGIN to COME to PASS, then LOOK UP, and LIFT up your HEADS; for your REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH.
Are you ready? Are you loving him and looking for HIS appearance?
READY OR NOT, HE IS COMING!
REVELATION 2:7, 11, 17. Tells us what will be given TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH!
REVELATION 3: 6, 13, 22. HE THAT HAS AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAITH UNTO THE CHURCHES.
NOTICE: It says "AN EAR" that means, you only need ONE ear, to hear and receive this message.
I have another L-O-N-G post. Just one more thing, I have to share. HOLY SPIRIT was speaking to me last night before I fell asleep. I will tell you, the truth! All day long, I have fought hard, about putting this message out here. But, I cannot disobey
Here are the words. ~ DJR 2/23/2015.
" WITHOUT CONFRONTATION EVERYTHING IS AND REMAINS MEDIOCRE."
1. OPPOSE, as in hostility or a competition.
Ex. "You must confront your opponent."
Ex. " The two enemies finally confronted each other."
2. FACE UP, DEAL WITH SOMETHING HEAD ON (even if it is unpleasant).
Ex. "You must confront your problems."
Ex. "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes."
3. PRESENT SOMEBODY WITH SOMETHING, usually to accuse or criticize.
Ex. " We confronted him with the evidence."
Ex. "He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions."
Ex. "An enormous dilemma faces us."
1. SECOND RATE MODERATE TO INFERIOR IN QUALITY.
Ex. "They improved the quality from mediocre to above average."
2. AVERAGE, FAIR, MEDIOCRE, MIDDLING LACKING EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY OR ABILITY.
Ex. "A novel of average merit."
Ex. "Only a fair performance of the sonata."
Ex. "In fair health."
Ex. "The caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average."
Ex. "The performance was middling at best."
3. MEDIOCRE POOR TO MIDDLING IN QUALITY.
Ex. "There have been good and mediocre and bad artists."
Repeating my quote, again.
"WITHOUT CONFRONTATION EVERYTHING IS AND REMAINS MEDIOCRE."
There will be NO CHANGE, without confrontation.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the WORD; be instant in season, out of season; REPROVE, REBUKE, EXHORT with all long suffering and doctrine.
Ephesians 4:3. Endeavoring to keep the UNITY of the SPIRIT in the BOND OF PEACE.
I am so thankful! GOD LOVES and FORGIVES US! Yes, HE LOVES US SO MUCH! SO MUCH IN FACT, HE WILL NEVER STOP PURSUING US, HE WILL NOT LEAVE US ALONE.
HE LOVES US TOO MUCH, TO LET US CONTINUE TO ACT LIKE OR BE THAT 2 YEAR OLD SPOILED BRAT! ALWAYS NEEDING A PACIFIER and ALWAYS HAVING TO HAVE EVERYTHING OUR OWN WAY!
STOP IT AND JUST GROW UP!
Just like GOD and HIS WORD. HE CONFRONTS US! RIGHT SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MESS WE'VE CREATED! YES, we create it and then we want to blame everyone else! Again, STOP IT!
Hebrews 12: 5-6.
5. And ye have FORGOTTEN the exhortation which SPEAKETH UNTO YOU as CHILDREN, MY SON, DESPISE not thou the CHASTENING of the LORD, nor FAINT when thou art REBUKED of HIM:
6. For whom the LORD LOVETH HE CHASTENETH, and SCOURGETH every SON whom HE RECEIVETH.
JUST BE SURE THAT WHATEVER YOU DO, YOU DO IT ALL, IN LOVE!
ALL THING ARE TO BE DONE DECENT AND IN ORDER!
Hebrews 12:11. NOW NO CHASTENING for the present SEEMETH TO BE joyous, but grievous: NEVERTHELESS AFTERWARD it yieldeth the PEACEABLE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS UNTO THEM WHICH ARE EXERCISED THEREBY.
FATHER, wants us to have PEACE AND FREEDOM!
NO IT DOESN'T FEEL GOOD TO OUR FLESH, TO BE CORRECTED. THE WORD is THE TWO EDGED SWORD, IT IS SHARP and IT IS POWERFUL, definitely cuts going in and coming out.
Accept HIS CORRECTION! HE SPEAKS and HE WORKING EVERYTHING FOR OUR GOOD!
IF we love our children we will confront, correct and protect them. Especially, when we see them about to make a wrong choice, that will bring them harm and pain. Don't we do it?! YES WE DO!
NO, it is not easy, nor it it a pleasant task to confront a situation or a problem. But if we never CONFRONT "IT", whatever "IT" is, IT will CONTINUE to SHOW its ugly head, UNTIL it is STOPPED!
I would love to know WHY is it so difficult to confront someone who is supposed to be a good friend, a family member, or a Christian brother or sister.
There is NO demilitarized zone, it is either right or it is wrong! Period!
There is no grey area! Period!
It is either black or white! Period!
It is either in or out! Period!
It is either off or on! Period!
It is either hot or it is cold! Period!
Revelation 3:15-16. KJV
I KNOW thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would that thou wert cold or hot.
16. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
This is self explanatory, being lukewarm is nauseating, to Father! It will make HIM vomit.
HE KNOWS OUR WORKS! WHETHER THEY ARE GOOD OR BAD!
YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT what people think or say about the situation. But, be aware God is watching! He sees ALL! HE knows ALL!
Each one of us are being weighed. What does the scale tell about you and I?
Which way am I tipping the scale? Am I leaning too much to the left?
Am I leaning too much to the right? Am I out of balance? Or am I keeping things in balance?
When the equilibrium or sense of balance, is out of balance, our sensory system cannot send or register the orientation of the head.
You know what I mean, right? It makes you feel extremely off-kilter, sensitive, dizzy and nauseated. Let me off of this ride! Because, I need balance in my life!
Let's do this, get in the center of God's will and we will definitely find the secret to balance, in every area of our lives!
IF we are out of balance today, we must stop doing things our own way, and do it Yahweh 's - Way!
Warning. This is a rather L-O-N-G post.
This is NOT DIRECTED to anyone in particular.
However, I felt the need to share, what I heard in the Spirit at 3:30 this morning.
In the quietness of my room, in the silence, all of the sudden, I felt, my close friend, Holy Spirit, HE came in. HE was sweetly hovering over me. HE surrounded and covered me. I felt the weight of HIS presence. I reverenced HIM. As I sat STILL, HE spoke into my spirit.
I heard these words...
"WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES AND FOUND WANTING." 2/24/2015.
I had to eat and digest these words FIRST, before, I could share them.
I thought that was going to be the extent of what was being said to me.
But, I was instructed to re-read Daniel chapter 5. Before I read it, I ASKED FATHER for discernment, along with His wisdom, His knowledge and I specifically asked for a full understanding.
If you have read this chapter, then I am sure you understand what the above statement is saying and what it means.
"WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES."
To show consideration for; take into account.
1. A state of equilibrium.
2. Equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account.
3. Equality of distribution.
4. Remainder the rest of something left after other parts have been taken away.
5. A scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity.
"WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES."
This is what I heard next...
THE WRITING IS UPON THE WALL!
Holy Spirit said, THE WRITING IS UPON THE WALL!
This IS A CONFRONTATION from the HAND OF GOD!
IN this chapter it speaks of "VESSELS" that "WERE TAKEN OUT OF THE TEMPLE OF THE HOUSE OF GOD AND THEY WERE BEING USED!"
"VESSELS" (PEOPLE) "BEING USED" (many leaders who are saying, that it doesn't matter what you say or do, now-days, anything goes). THESE VESSELS ARE "CHOOSING" TO DRINK WINE, A MIXTURE, FROM THESE VESSELS OF DECEPTION, GETTING DRUNK ON THE THINGS OF THE WORLD AND THE CARES OF THIS LIFE, AND THEN PASSING IT ON, DOWN THE LINE.
LORD JESUS! THEY'RE USING THE THINGS OF GOD, AS THEIR FRONT.
5. In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over AGAINST the CANDLESTICK upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king SAW the part of the HAND THAT WROTE.
6. THEN the king's COUNTENANCE WAS CHANGED, and his THOUGHTS TROUBLED him, SO MUCH that the JOINTS of his LOINS were LOOSED, and his KNEES SMOTE ONE AGAINST ANOTHER.
YOU see Belshazzar was Nebuchadnezzar's son. He live with his father, he saw and he knew all of what happened. He knew all that his father had done.
HE KNEW! BUT, HE CONTINUED USING AND DOING THE SAME AS HIS FATHER DID! HE KNEW, BUT HE DID IT ANY WAY!
22. And thou his son, O Belshazzar, HAST NOT HUMBLED THINE HEART, THOUGH THOU KNEWEST ALL OF THIS;
23. But hast lifted up thyself AGAINST the Lord of heaven; (A DANGEROUS PLACE) and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which SEE NOT, NOR HEAR, NOR KNOW: and the GOD IN WHOSE HAND THY BREATH IS, AND WHOSE ARE ALL THY WAYS, hast thou NOT GLORIFIED:
24.THEN was the part of the hand sent from HIM; and this WRITING WAS WRITTEN.
25. And this is the writing that was written,
MENE, MENE, TEKEL UPHARASIN.
26. This is the interpretation of the thing:
MENE; GOD HATH NUMBERED THY KINGDOM, AND FINISHED IT.
27. TEKEL; THOU ART WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES, AND ART FOUND WANTING.
28. PERES; THY KINGDOM IS DIVIDED, AND GIVEN TO THE MEDES AND PERSIANS.
Daniel was clothed and put in the promised position.
That same night Belshazzar the king, was slain.
I ASKED... WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS MEAN?
First, I saw a BUILDING. This was a FIRM STRUCTURED building. The FOUNDATION was strong. At one time. Now deteriorating.
Next, I saw a BODY.
It was a strong, healthy body. At one time. Now sickly.
Healthy from the HEAD to the FEET. Now it is sick... being effected, deeply!
The face of it has CHANGED. Every thought is TROUBLED, causing its members to COMPROMISE... so much compromise that the JOINTS of the body are LOOSED, at the point of their STRENGTH, SMOTING EACH OTHER to the point of FALLING DOWN. Being divided!
Without feet and legs, we have no support, and cannot stand up.
What is it that supports and distributes our weight evenly, giving us balance, to be able to stand or walk? Our joints! A pivotal point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton ( especially if it allows motion).
I heard, "The body is out of joint! It is in pain! It is in pain!"
A HOUSE DIVIDED CANNOT STAND!
HE then took me to Isaiah chapter 1.
1. The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2. HEAR, O HEAVENS, AND GIVE EAR O EARTH: for the LORD HATH SPOKEN, I HAVE NOURISHED AND BROUGHT UP CHILDREN, AND THEY HAVE REBELLED AGAINST ME.
3.The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth NOT KNOW, MY PEOPLE doth NOT CONSIDER.
4. AH SINFUL NATION, a people LADEN WITH INIQUITY, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: They HAVE FORSAKEN THE LORD, they have PROVOKED THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL UNTO ANGER, they are GONE BACKWARD.
LISTEN TO VERSES 5-6.
5. WHY should ye be STRICKEN ANY MORE? Ye will REVOLT more and more: THE WHOLE HEAD IS SICK, and the WHOLE HEART FAINT.
6. From the SOUL of the FOOT even unto the HEAD there is NO SOUNDNESS IN IT;
and PUTRIFYING SORES:
they have NOT BEEN CLOSED,
NEITHER BOUND UP,
NEITHER MOLLIFIED WITH OINTMENT.
YOUR COUNRTY IS DESOLATE,
YOUR CITIES ARE BURNED WITH FIRE:
STRANGERS DEVOUR IT IN YOUR PRESENCE,
and it is OVERTHROWN BY STRANGERS.
Then, HE took me to the book of Revelation.
The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars ARE the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest ARE the seven churches.
CHURCHES? PEOPLE ARE THE CHURCH! OUR BODY IS HIS TEMPLE! WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN US!
Revelation chapter 2.
CHURCHES: HE IS NOT REFERRING TO THE BUILDING ITSELF, BUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE BUILDING.
EPHESUS - YOU HAVE LEFT YOUR FIRST LOVE.
SMYRNA - I KNOW YOUR WORKS, TRIBULATION AND POVERTY, BUT YOU ARE RICH I KNOW THE BLASPHEMY OF THOSE. WHO SAY THEY ARE JEWS AND ARE NOT, BUT ARE OF THE CHURCH OF SATAN.
PERGAMOS - I KNOW YOUR WORKS, YOU HOLD THE DOCTRINE OF BALAAM. YOU HAVE TAUGHT TO CAST A STUMBLINGBLOCKS. YOU HAVE TAUGHT TO SACRIFICE TO IDOLS.
YOU HAVE TAUGHT TO COMMIT FORNICATION, and to
HOLD THE DOCTRINE OF THE NICOLATAINS.
THYATIRA - YOU ALLOW JEZEBEL TO TEACH, TO SEDUCE MY SERVANTS TO COMMIT FORNICATION AND EAT THINGS SACRIFICED TO IDOLS.
SARDIS - I KNOW YOUR WORKS, YOU HAVE A NAME YOU LIVE, BUT ARE DEAD AND I HAVE NOT FOUND YOUR WORKS PERFECT BEFORE GOD.
PHILAELPHIA - I KNOW YOUR WORKS. BEHOLD, I HAVE SET BEFORE YOU AN OPEN DOOR, NO MAN CAN SHUT. YOU HAVE A LITTLE STRENGTH. YOU HAVE KEPT MY WORD, AND NOT DENIED MY NAME.
LADOICEANS - I KNOW YOUR WORKS, YOU ARE NEITHER COLD NOR HOT: I WOULD THAT THOU WERT COLD OR HOT. BECAUSE YOU ARE LUKEWARM I WILL VOMIT YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH.
He asked me, "WHICH ONE DO YOU BELONG TO?"
Revelation 3:19-20, 29. KJV
19. AS MANY AS I LOVE, I REBUKE AND CHASTEN: BE ZEALOUS AND REPENT.
20. BEHOLD I STAND AT THE DOOR, AND KNOCK: IF ANY MAN HEAR MY VOICE, AND OPEN THE DOOR, I WILL COME IN TO HIM, AND WILL SUP WITH HIM, AND HE WITH ME.
29. HE THAT HATH AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAITH UNTO THE CHURCHES.
ROMANS 3:23. FOR ALL HAVE "SINNED", A-N-D COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.
THIS SIMPLY MEANS...
THERE IS NOT A SINGLE ONE OF US, NO NOT ONE, THAT CAN SAY, "I HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG!"
"IF" ALL OF US...WILL TURN ON THE LIGHT, TAKE INVENTORY, LOOKING DEEPLY INTO GODS SPIRITUAL MIRROR, THOROUGHLY, EXAMINING OURSELVES, WE WILL SEE, WHO WE TRULY ARE!
IT IS TRUE, There is NOT ONE PERSON, ANYWHERE, Who CAN TRUTHFULLY SAY, "I DO NOT NEED TO CONFESS AND REPENT!"
Today, I am CONFESSING, REPENTING, AND CLEANSING MY TEMPLE!
I am "RETURNING TO MY FIRST LOVE!"
1. NOW FAITH is the SUBSTANCE of THINGS HOPED for, the EVIDENCE of THINGS NOT SEEN.
6. But WITHOUT FAITH it is IMPOSSIBLE to please him : for he that cometh to God must BELIEVE that HE IS, and that HE IS A REWARDED of them that DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM.
NOW: AT PRESENT AT THE PRESENT MOMENT.
NOW: IMMEDIATELY, INSTANTLY, STRAIGHTWAY DIRECTLY, RIGHT AWAY.
NOW: THE MOMENTARY PRESENT.
EVIDENCE: GROUNDS YOUR BASIS FOR BELIEF OR DISBELIEF; KNOWLEDGE ON WHICH TO BASE BELIEF.
2. INDICATION THAT MAKES SOMETHING EVIDENT
3. (law) FACT WHOSE TRUTH IS INVESTIGATED, at trial) ESTABLISHED or DISPROVED
IMPOSSIBLE: NOT CAPABLE OF OCCURRING OR BEING ACCOMPLISHED OR DEALT WITH.
IMPOSSIBLE: INCONCEIVABLE, OUT OF THE QUESTION UNIMAGINABLE, TOTALLY UNLIKELY.
HOPELESS: WITHOUT HOPE BECAUSE THERE "SEEMS" TO BE NO POSSIBILITY
My Daddy, a man of integrity. He walked in love and he extended compassion, to all people, what an example he was!
I am convinced, this was because, he remembered where the Lord brought him from, after all he was human, too, even though in my eyes he was so much more!
I listened and learned from my Daddy. Taking every word he spoke, into my heart.
My Daddy was my hero! He still is! I miss him so much!
In August of 2010, he stepped out of this life into his eternal destination.
To be with the Lord!
This is my consolation, he is absent from his body, but I know, he is present with the LORD!
Psalm 116:15. PRECIOUS in the sight of the Lord is the death of HIS saints.
As child, I remember well, every day Mother busily scurring from room to room, finishing her tasks, so that when Daddy came in from work everything was in order.
He would take care of the things he needed to do at home. When he finished, he would gather all of us together, this was an every day event, it happened daily! I know this may sound strange to some of you, but we all sat together at the dining room table for supper. After supper we all went into the living room. Yes, we had a television. We had the opportunity to watch some programs.
But, we had family time, first. Family time, in the Simmons' home, consisted of Daddy reading the Bible and praying. I can still remember, we all knelt down together, in corporate evening prayer and after prayer, Daddy would read the Bible to us.
I loved hearing him explain the stories he read. His words came alive! He made me see and he made me feel as though, I was right there, in the middle of what was going on in the lives of Daniel, David, Samson, the devil, the disciples, Mary, Martha, Mary, Joseph and so many more. Of course, I loved learning and knowing all of the details about my favorite person in the Bible, JESUS!
Daddy told, the greatest love story ever told, and oh, oh what a story! I LOVE YOU was WRITTEN IN RED!
He read about HEAVEN. I believe, Daddy truly had a vision of this beautiful place, in which he believed. When he spoke, his descriptions were vivid, and he made me see the beauty and magnificent splendor of it! He preached that heaven is a beautiful place insomuch, that
I could see myself walking into the city of gold, that looks like clear glass. I could see the walls of jasper and the 12 foundations that were made of all manner of precious stones, and the gates that are made of one pearl. Imagine that! The streets that are pure gold, as if it were transparent glass. Sometimes, I felt like, he had already been there!
I want to go there! How about you?
He read about Hell. His Biblical discription, made me know this place, Hell is not a place I desire to go! He preached that hell is hot, and miserable! He always asked this question, "What in hell do you want?" As he decsribed it fully, HELL: An enlarged place. A furnace of blazing fire.Weeping. Wailing. Gnashing of teeth. Outer darkness. Torments. Fire that shall never be quenched. Burns continually, night and day, forever.
I definitely do not want to go there!
Ahhhh Daddy, He was definitely, of a kind!
I told Daddy, "I sit at the feet of Jesus, but I love to sit at yours and learn, also."
He would smile. Even though there were times, I did stumbled. I did fall. I disappointed him. But, he never judged me or anyone else for that matter. Daddy would say, "Repent quickly and make peace with God." He loved, and restored me!
I recall, two days before he drew his last breath. I was standing there beside him, he was holding my hand, he looked up at me, pointed his finger at me, he smiled, and these were his words to me..."YOU KNOW!" I replied, YES, DADDY I KNOW!
Daddy would say, "Don't You Ever Give Up and Dont Let Go!"
The WORDS of the LORD are PURE WORDS: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Song of Solomon. What a beautiful book.
Song of Solomon 1:2.
2. Let HIM kiss me with the kisses of HIS mouth: for THY love is better than wine.
Song of Solomon 2:4, 8-14, 16.
4. HE brought me to the banqueting house, and HIS banner over me was LOVE.
8. THE VOICE of my BELOVED! Behold, HE cometh leaping upon the mountains, and skipping upon the hills.
9. My BELOVED is like a roe or a young hart: behold, HE standeth behind our wall, HE looketh forths at the windows, shewing HIMSELF through the lattice.
10. My BELOVED SPAKE, and SAID unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
11. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
12. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
13. The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. ARISE, my love, my fair one, and come away.
14. O my dove, that art in the cleft of the rock, in the SECRET PLACES of the stairs, let me see THY countenance, let me HEAR thy VOICE; for sweet is thy VOICE, and thy countenance is comely.
16. My BELOVED IS MINE, AND I AM HIS: HE feedeth amoung the lilies.
Song of Solomon 6:4. a. THOU art beautiful O my LOVE.
Song of Solomon 7:10. I am my BELOVED'S, and HIS desire is toward me.
Song of Solomon 8:7.
Many waters cannot quench LOVE, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all of the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.
Psalm 139:14-18. KJV.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lower parts of the earth.
16. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
17. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O GOD! How great is the sum of them!
18. If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I am awake, I am still with thee.
Yes, my Love, YOU saw me. YOU saw my heart. YOU knew me before I ever was.
YOU LOVED ME!
YOUR Words of LOVE, flowed from the tip of YOUR writers quill. YOU dipped YOUR pen of LOVE, into the ink well of my being. Like a piercing arrow you used YOUR Words from the greatest Love story ever told, to write YOUR LOVE upon mine.
YOUR WORDS touched my mind and fell into the chambers of my heart. Now, they reside down deep, in my soul. YOU have written my life story.
Because YOU LOVED ME, YOU placed me in your hands, YOU carried me, every moment of every day. Taking me just as I am. I hear YOU say, "You are mine, come with me, I shall carry YOU."
I LOVE, YOUR LOVE.
I love, how YOU LOVE me.
YOUR LOVE is strong.
YOUR voice is the sound of many waters.
YOU woo me with waves of compassion. YOUR deep passionate WORDS, along with the touch of YOUR hand, draw me near unto YOU.
YOUR LOVE is beyond all human comprehension.
YOU LOVE me, unlike any other lover. YOUR LOVE is unconditional, unfailing it is everlasting. YOUR LOVE IS EXTRAVAGANT. YOU are the lover of my soul.
I am waiting for YOU in our secret place. I long to hear YOUR voice. I am here listening attentatively, for the sound of YOUR VOICE. I am drowning out all of the other voices, that are competing for and demanding my attention.
Quieting the noise. I am here in the silence.
I smell YOUR fragrance, I feel YOUR presence, YOU are here.
I hear YOUR voice. YOU are speaking. YOU called me by my name!
O LORD, how beautiful and satisfying, are Your Words, unto me!
It is true too, that "bad things happen to good people."
LIFE IS, unfair at times.
There are times, you know the ones, when you feel as if you have no breath left in your body nor can you muster up enough strength for yourself, not even enough to care whether you live or die. Maybe you are even thinking, that death would come as a welcomed guest.
Ahhh yes, sometimes living takes the life out of you!
But, as long as you are breathing...take a deep breath with me...
See, YOU still have PURPOSE!
Start afresh. Speak life!
I encourage you today! Look in your mirror today, and say this out loud.
It won't rain, always!
This too, shall pass!
Hold on! Because you're gonna make it!
God did not bring you this far to leave you!
There IS HOPE!
I encourage YOU, To Encourage Yourself Today!
Remember, no matter what you are going through, and yes sometimes life is hard but, our GOD IS GOOD!
HE'S NOT JUST GOOD SOME OF THE TIME, HE IS GOOD ALL OF THE TIME!
How many can remember the slogan for Coca Cola in 1969?
The slogan was, "Its The Real Thing."
This slogan continued on into 1971- "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" (part of the "It's the real thing" campaign.)
Ok, lets get REAL! I am really talking, REAL talk! Ha!
I admit it! I am a follower of that which is REAL!
I love experiencing and having what is REAL. I love "brand transparency!"
I love REAL, GENUINE things. I do not like IMITATIONS.
I am sharing two definitions . REAL and GENUINE.
real, existent being or occuring in fact or actuality; having verified existence, not illusionary.
ex. "Life is real! Life is earnest! " ~ Longfellow
1. Genuine: not fake or counterfeit.
(see also honest, honorable, real, existent, sincere and true)
ex."A genuine Picasso."
2. Genuine: true, unfeigned not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed.
"Her interest in people was unfeigned."
3. Actual, genuine, literal, real being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something.
"Her actual motive."
Do you remember this quote? " You get what you pay for."
There are imitations of many things. They resemble the real thing, many are even a perfect look-a-like, almost identical! Sometimes we can barely tell the difference between the two! Right?
Imitations are not genuine, they are counterfeit, a copy with intent to deceive. A fake and a phony, is only a copy of that which is real, representing itself with a misleading appearance. They only "appear" to be real!
These items, do not always sell for a lesser price, however, most of the time, we purchase them, believe we are getting a bargain. an unreal bargain! These items usually sell for a much lower price, because their quality is lower and they do not last as long or perform as well as the original!
Besides, we know, a genuine article or item, will cost us much more in the beginning, because, it is the "real thing". The genuine article, usually lasts longer, much longer. These items become antiques. Very valuable pieces, so valuable in fact, they are worth more, and more as it ages!
Some items are considered heirlooms, for generations, yes, a lifetime. Which is priceless!
Today, I have come to tell you something very important!
YOU matter and YOU are valuable! I encourage YOU today, learn to love YOURSELF and accept YOURSELF for who YOU are! There is only one YOU, and YOU are good at being YOU!
YOU, were fashioned and created uniquely, individually, unequalled, unparalleled by God, to be YOU!
HIS LOVE IS the love, YOU CAN TRUST!
HIS LOVE IS UNPRETENTIOUS!
HIS LOVE IS not based on PERFORMANCES!
HIS LOVE IS the appreciation of who YOU are!
YOU ARE A DIRECT REFLECTION OF HIS LOVE and WHO HE IS!
YOU are not a CHEAP IMITATION!
Get off of that shelf, you are not a copy!
Right NOW, take YOURSELF off that clearance rack, because YOU are the ORIGINAL! YOU are not a discounted item! YOU are PRICELESS!
YOU! YOU are the ONE and ONLY YOU!
YOU are the BEST at being YOU!
YOU are the GENUINE ARTICLE and HE compares YOU to no one else!
HE has not changed HIS mind about YOU!
HE CALLS YOU BEAUTIFUL... BE-YOU-tifully YOU!
"BE YOURSELF, EVERYONE ELSE IS ALREADY TAKEN." ~ Oscar Wilde
Psalm 139:14, 17. NIV
14. I will praise YOU because I am FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY MADE;
YOUR WORKS are WONDERFUL, I KNOW that full well.
17. How PRECIOUS to me are YOUR thoughts, GOD! How vast is the sum of them!
Have you ever wanted to say something so badly, and someone told you could not say it? Doesn't it make us want to say it, all the more?
Yes, it does!
I am reminded of a story in the Bible, the book of Daniel chapter 6.
Daniel In The Den of Lions-
Daniel was obedient to GOD, he was honest and hardworking. The other government officials were jealous of him, but could find nothing to remove him from office. They were so jealous they worked up a scheme to trick King Darius into passing a decree.
The law was: During a 30-day period of time, anyone who prayed to another god or man besides the king would be thrown into the lions den.
Daniel heard the decree but did not change his habit! He continued just as he had done all of his life. Daniel turned his face toward Jerusalem and he prayed to GOD Almighty!
These wicked schemers! They knew Daniel, they knew he prayed three times a day! Can't you just see them following him around, watching his every move? I believe, they were even lurking in the hallways, stalking Daniel! Lying in wait to accuse him, and they did, they caught him, he was praying!
They knew, that King Darius favored Daniel! Remember they were jealous! They also knew that the law was set and that the king would not tolerate disobedience. Nor would he revoke his punishment toward anyone, not even Daniel!
At sun down, Daniel was thrown into the lions' den!
The king could not eat or sleep all night.
I believe, Daniel had the secret to his "freedom of speech" He prayed...even though he was told , not to do it!
Daniel stood up for what he believed in!
Guess what? He still prayed!
LOL! I can just see Daniel, standing there petting and rubbing that fierce lion, like a domesticated house cat! Ha! Perhaps when night fell, and he became sleepy, he used one of those lion's as a pillow, trusting GOD! Knowing in whom he believed. I believe he was resting, maybe he was even peacefully asleep! He knew his GOD WOULD DELIVER HIM!
At dawn the king saw that Daniel was not dead, but rather, Daniel was alive, well and unharmed. The king knew something supernatural had happened, he saw it with his own eyes, that the GOD of Daniel had shut the lion's mouth!
Daniel address the king with these words:
Daniel 6:22 NIV.
"My GOD sent HIS angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in HIS sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king."
Word is...GOD delivered Daniel, that day!
That day, the king sent out a new decree!
LET EVERY MAN, (WOMAN, BOY, AND GIRL) FEAR THE GOD OF DANIEL, WHO'S KINGDOM WON'T PASS AWAY!
Maybe your trial feels life threatening. Remember, prayer is essential. GOD will hear you, GOD will protect and sustain you. He will answer. It is always yes, no, or wait!
Don't stop trusting GOD! Have faith!
Today, if you feel like you are in the midst of the lions' den, then pattern yourself after Daniel, and use your "Freedom of Speech!"
PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!
LOVE IS NOT DEMANDING...NEEDING TO HAVE ITS OWN WAY!
LOVE DOES NOT REJOICE IN INJUSTICE, but REJOICES IN TRUTH, AND WINS!
LOVE BEARS ALL THINGS, BELIEVES ALL THINGS, HOPES ALL THINGS, and ENDURES ALL THINGS!
LOVE ENDURES THROUGH EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE!
LOVE NEVER FAILS!
FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY ABIDE. But the GREATEST of these IS LOVE!
LOVE WILL LAST FOREVER!
"TO LOVE ONLY a little PART of me, IS CONDITIONAL LOVE!
This means, You DO NOT Really LOVE Me AT ALL! " ~ DJR
The church I attended, God sent a jewel to us, her name is Mother Brownlee. She was a wonderful mother in the Lord, a Godly example to me. I miss her and I love her!
She LOVED ME! She mentored me and she taught me. I hung onto every word she spoke!
She always spoke the truth and thus, she was not liked by some people...many people!
Even thought Mother Brownlee knew that some people felt this way, it did not ever seem to effect her or bother her, however, I'm sure it did!
Even so, she never let anyone see or know that she was hurt by it. To me, she is a Saint. Definitely, one of the strongest women, I have ever had the pleasure of knowing!
I Love her! I'm thankful! She was such an inspiration to me. She made an impact in my life!
Mother Brownlee, was one of my favorite teachers, she had a way with words! She spoke under the power and demonstration of the anointing, which gave me life! She had some very profound, and life changing statements, she used regularly. I've kept them in my heart!
There is one in particular that I remember well, and I want to share it.
Vividly, I can still see her standing behind the podium. She would finish speaking. Standing there, Mother would pause for a moment, with her watchful eyes, sweeping the congregation. She would smile, that beautiful smile. Then, with the sweetest voice, filled with so much love, she would say,
"Baby you better not die, if you don't love me."
The first time I heard her say these words, I knew exactly what she meant.
Christians sit in church services, Sunday after Sunday, Wednesday after Wednesday. They say, they LOVE GOD, right? Do they?
My question is, "How do you say that you love God with all of your heart and you don't love me?
No wait a minute! You don't even like me! You actually, worship the quicksand I walk on...lol.
1 John 4:20-21. KJV.
IF A MAN SAY, (man, woman, aunt, uncle, boy, girl, brother, sister, Sunday School teacher, worship leader, etc..) I LOVE GOD, and he HATETH HIS BROTHER, HE IS A LIAR: for he that LOVETH NOT HIS BROTHER whom he hath seen, HOW can he LOVE GOD whom he hath NOT SEEN?
21. And this COMMANDMENT we have from HIM, That he who LOVETH GOD LOVE HIS BROTHER ALSO.
Whatever the reason may be, that you have chosen, TO PICK AND CHOOSE WHO YOU WILL OR WILL NOT LOVE, REMEMBER, THIS...There are no excuses. Without LOVE we are NOTHING and we have NOTHING!
Maybe with you, it is all about appearances! Maybe you dislike their hair, their makeup, their clothes. Maybe the don't have a brand new car, fancy home, a huge bank account. Maybe they do not meet your level of standards, to "fit in."
Well, who are you? Did you forget where you were? Have you forgotten where God brought you from and the hot mess he delivered you out of?!
With God it is "WHOSOEVER WILL! "
Did you ever stop to think some people are doing the best that they can, with the best that they have?!! Get out of the way! MOVE OUT OF THE DOORWAY AND LET THEM COME IN! WHO ARE YOU TO SAY, WHO CAN OR CANNOT COME?
Romans 2:1 KJV.
Therefore thou art INEXCUSABLE, O man, (again, a man, woman, aunt, uncle, boy, girl, brother, sister, Sunday School teacher, worship leader, etc...) WHOSOEVER thou art that JUDGEST: for wherein thou JUDGEST ANOTHER, thou CONDEMNEST THYSELF; for thou that JUDGEST DOEST THE SAME THINGS.
JAMES IS SPEAKING TO CHRISTIANS HERE!
James 4:11-12. NIV
11. a. BROTHERS AND SISTERS, do not slander one another.
11. b. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but SITTING IN JUDGEMENT ON IT.
12. b. But you- who are you to JUDGE YOUR NEIGHBOR?
James 4:12. KJV.
There is ONE lawgiver, WHO IS ABLE TO SAVE AND TO DESTROY: Who art thou that judgest another?
1John 4:7-21. Read it!
GOD IS LOVE! You are claiming to LOVE GOD, then you will LOVE your fellow man! Red, yellow, black or white we are ALL PRECIOUS IN HIS SIGHT!
Loving God means, loving each other!
Don't continue to walk around being a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal!
I know I can.
The question, I posed to myself at 5:00 this morning, is "will you?"
I CAN, IF I WILL!
I may not know what you are going through. But, I do know, we all go through things and we need each other!
It costs nothing to be nice!
Today I WILL...
I will, encourage someone today, I will, say something nice.
I will, give a smile away, I know it will come back to me.
I will, give the gift of a hug, because, it is returnable on the spot, and one size fits all.
I will, give kindness and a whole lot of LOVE!
Today, I have the opportunity to reach out and touch someone! So, I Will!
Why don't you, too?
"Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)"
(Nickolas Ashford/Valerie Simpson)
Reach out and touch
Make this world a better place
If you can
Reach out and touch
Make this world a better place
If you can
Take a little time out of your busy day
To give encouragement
To someone who's lost the way
Or would I be talking to a stone
If I asked you
To share a problem that's not your own
We can change things if we start giving
Why don't you
Reach out and touch
Make this world a better place
If you can
Reach out and touch
Make this world a better place
If you can
If you see an old friend on the street
And he's down
Remember his shoes could fit your feet
Try a little kindness you'll see
It's something that comes very naturally
We can change things if we start giving
Why don't you
Reach out and touch
Why don't you (Why don't you)
Reach out and touch somebody's hand
Reach out and touch
Make this world a better place
If you can
Reach out and touch
Make this world a better place
Most of us, if we are honest have been plagued with some type of fear, at one time or another during our lifetime.
As a child I was afraid of the dark. You know, because in the darkness everything is unknown. I always despised bedtime, as a child. Begging my mother, " please don't turn out the light, please, please, please! " Because, in the darkness, was where the "Boogeyman"lived! Not only the "Boogeyman" lived in the darkness of my room, there was also, the monster under my bed, and the other one that lived in my closet. I was terrified and fearful, as a child. I felt like something was always lurking behind me, following me, and I was convinced that it was going to get me!
Do you remember, ever feeling this way?
Growing up, things did not change very much, even as an adult I still battled fear. I was constantly attacked in many areas of my life, having these symptoms all because of the spirit of fear. I was constantly filled with complexes, being inferior to everything and everyone. I worried about everything, I had the fear of dying, I was tormented by nightmares, I was anxious, I was stressful, I was doubtful, and un-trusting. I was plagued by all of these and many more phobias. My fears were magnified by this strongman!
This was negative fear. Negative fear choked out ALL of God's Love. Fear snatched away my faith, joy, peace, and power. Fear directly opposes God's Word and HIS LOVE.
After all, it started back in the Garden of Eden. It appeared when Adam and Eve sinned.
Genesis 3:10 KJV. "I HEARD THY VOICE IN THE GARDEN AND I WAS AFRAID."
Adam and Eve were disobedient!
A sinner has the right to be fearful. Why? He walks in direct disobedience to God.
To the enemy this is "open season."
I was his target!
There is a real enemy. He is Satan. John 10:10. The THIEF, the Devil, He comes to kill, steal and to destroy.
I believed the devil. all of the lies, he subtly spoke to me. I was a prisoner, paralyzed and weakened, held in chains of bondage, to the spirit of fear. I had nowhere else to turn, so
I began to fill my mind and my heart with the Word of God.
Hebrews 4:12 KJV.
For the Word of God is QUICK and POWERFUL, and SHARPER than any two edged sword, piercing EVEN dividing asunder the SOUL and SnoPIRIT, and the JOINTS and MARROW, and is a DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND THE INTENTS OF THE HEART.
I picked up my sword, I started using it! I was rejoicing as I was swinging it, and chopping away at the roots of the tree, I had given life to!
In my hours of studying Gods Word, I have found and received my deliverance from the spirit of fear.
Romans 10:17 KJV. Now FAITH COMETH BY hearing, and hearing by the Word Of God.
It took many day of reading scriptures to encourage myself during my deepest moments of fear. But, GOD IS FAITHFUL! I sing a song, here is a line of its lyrics:
"In my moments of fear, through ever pain, every tear, there's a God who's been faithful to me."
Fear, one time held me as its captive.
I thank God for freedom. Today, I am delivered and totally set free, from the bondage of fear!
I know, of 365 times, (there may be more) that THE WORD of God says "do not fear."
For me, 365 times means, that there is a scripture, ONE scripture for every day of the year! Praise the Lord! I don't have to put up with fear, not for ONE more day!
One of my favorite verses.1 John 4:18 KJV.
"There is NO FEAR in LOVE; but PERFECT LOVE CASTETH OUT FEAR: because fear hath TORMENT. He that feareth is not made perfect in love."
I read the Word. I re-read it, rehearse it, learn it and quote it. I have learned that speaking the Word aloud and directly applying it into and over my life, is it then, things WILL change!
James 4:7 KJV.
SUBMIT YOURSELVES therefore to GOD. RESIST the devil, and he WILL FLEE FROM YOU.
2 Timothy 1:7.
For GOD hath NOT GIVEN US the spirit of fear; but of POWER, and of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND.
The Word of God is filled with solutions to every situation we face!
I recommend reading the Word, daily.
Reading from several translations.
I chose to post a picture from The Living Bible. Wow! I have read this over and over,
but today, these words jumped off of the page at me.
15. O evil man, leave the upright man alone, and quit trying to cheat him out of his rights.
16. Don't you know that this is a good man, though you trip him up seven times, will each time rise again? But one calamity is enough to lay you low.
17.Do not rejoice when your enemy meets trouble. Let there be no gladness when he falls-
18. For the Lord may be displeased with you and stop punishing him!
My thoughts. Malicious actions of a wicked man are futile! Seven is the number of COMPLETION!
IF the RIGHTEOUS FALL and is down, at the hands of others or his own choosing, even being dead he (the righteous) will rise up again!
Both righteous and wicked will receive their rewards. Sometimes in this life...But for certainty in eternity.
Don't be happy, don't rejoice, when you see someone stumble on a path toward disaster. STOP IT! It could be you!
When they fall, lend a helping hand. Lift them up. Instead of leaving them there to die spiritually. Let's encourage them.
They are lying there with wounded hearts and skinned knees, they need to be mended with Gods Love.
Let's pour in the apothecary's ointment. Let's bind up their wounds, until they are restored, completely.
Remember this also.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13. KJV.
12. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth TAKE HEED lest he FALL.
13. There hath NO TEMPTATION TAKEN YOU but such as is COMMON to man: BUT GOD is FAITHFUL, who will not suffer you to be TEMPTED ABOVE that ye are ABLE TO BEAR; BUT WILL with the TEMPTATION also make a WAY TO ESCAPE, that ye may be ABLE TO BEAR IT.
My husband found an amazing stone, in our driveway, yesterday.
He has quite a collection, of stones and fossils, already. But this is one is very unique and very special.
Anyone who knows me, knows that, I am a curious person.
I picked up the stone and held it in my hand. I turned it in every direction, inspecting it carefully.
Studying the stone a little more, I wondered, what could have formed this perfect, heart into this piece of stone? There is no telling how long it had been lying there in the driveway. It was continually being ran over on a daily basis. Many different sets of tires pushing it down further leaving their marks on it. Continually grinding it under rocks, grains of sand and dirt, that cut deeply into it. Until it was twisted, turned and cut, repeatedly, to form this perfect, and beautiful
"Heart of Stone"
So it is in life. Hearts get trampled on, broken and sometimes crushed.
But the heart is repairable.
Of course, by now, my thoughts are running around in circles, in my mind.
Immediately, my first thought, I was taken back to a clip from the movie, The Wizard of Oz.
In the movie there is a scene, where Dorothy, and her friends go to the Wizard, and he is going to grant each one of them their hearts desire.
Remember, the Tin-man? He wanted a heart.
Here is the excerpt of their dialogue.
"As for you my galvanized friend, you want a heart, you don't know how lucky you are, not to have one. Hearts will never be practical, until they can be made unbreakable."
The Tin man:
"But, I still want one."
"Back where I come from, there are men who do nothing all day but good deeds, they are called, good deed doers and their hearts are no bigger than yours. But, they have one thing you haven't got, a testimonial. Therefore in consideration of your kindness. I take pleasure at this time in presenting you with a small token of our esteem and affection, and remember my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how
much you love, but by how much you are loved by others."
One line of lyrics from the song, Tin Man performed by America.
" NO, Oz never did give nothing to the Tin-man, that he didn't already have. "
My second thought was a great question. How often can a heart be broken? The answer: over and over! Speaking from my own experience, my heart has been broken repeatedly. At times these hurtful episodes have cause me to harden my heart, to become calloused and non-responsive, never wanting to trust anyone, ever again! I feared being broken again. Therefore, refusing to be hurt, I shut and the locked the door of my heart.
You see, I hold the only key.
In my times of brokenness, it hurt me so much, at times, that I felt as if, I would be better off dead. Being crushed in the very seat of my emotions, I thought, surely,
This time, this it it, this will be what will completely destroy me. But God!
I Thank God, I wasn't destroyed, I was only cast down, for a short season of time.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9. KJV
8. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9. Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed.
I realize and see clearly what the term "Hurt people, Hurt people" truly means.
Broken hearted people are really, hurt and broken!
They are searching for something, someone, anything, or anyone that can help to ease them and heal their pain.
"How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?"
The answer is JESUS.
There is HOPE! HE IS HOPE! HE is the ONE, who can fix it! HE knows just what to do. HE can mend a broken heart.
Things that are broken, can be put back together again.
Even a heart!
Just like a bone that has been broken, when it is set back into place, it takes a period of time, to stay in the cast. But, after it is mended and completely healed, the cast is removed and the bone is stronger. STRONGER than before!
Life is hard but God is Good!
We must pick up all of the broken pieces of our lives and bring them all and give them all, to Jesus!
GIVE THEM ALL. GIVE THEM ALL. GIVE THEM ALL TO JESUS.
SHATTERED DREAM, WOUNDED HEARTS ...BROKEN TOYS
GIVE THEM ALL, GIVE THEM ALL TO JESUS. AND HE WILL TURN YOUR SORROW INTO JOY!
He is standing with HIS arm extended, HIS HEALING HANDS are motioning for us to come to HIM. HE is waiting for us to come to HIM. We must trust HIM completely and allow HIM to touch us with HIS LOVE, and HIS COMPASSION.
If you are broken hearted today, then pick up your heart, pick up your heart, and carry it to healing hands!
Don't continue to walk in your past circumstances nor allow those piercing words that have been spoken about you or to you, don't allow them to keep you bound in their chains. They have already held you far too long. Let them go!
Today, you may be that wounded soldier. But, I hear Holy Spirit speaking. HE is saying, you have the strength to get up. Get up and keep marching on.
What has been done to you, can cause you to become bitter or better!
I choose better! How about you?
Psalm 147:3 KJV
HE HEALETH THE BROKEN IN HEART, and BINDETH UP THEIR WOUNDS.
HE HEALS THE BROKEN HEARTED, AND BANDAGES THEIR WOUNDS.
Ezekiel 11:19. KJV
And I WILL give them one heart, and I WILL put a NEW SPIRIT within you; and I WILL take the STONY HEART out of their flesh, and I WILL GIVE them an HEART OF FLESH.
"The heart of the matter, is the matter of the heart." ~ D'sHeart