Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In The Face of Jesus~








 
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Don't Forget to Hand It Off~

Of course. It made perfect sense. 

Her words were not new to my ears.  I had heard them before.  Many times before, in fact.

Somehow, they had always managed to simply slip through my heart, dismissed as "what a nice idea", or "wouldn't that be wonderful" or "that's what they tell me".

This day, though, these precious words settled in my heart.

This time, God, Himself, spoke them to me through the words of a prayer spoken over me by this precious prayer warrior.

"Father God,
You have given your servant, Stacy, such a tender heart. The hurts of your people hurt her.
She sees the sorrow others carry in their heart, and this sorrow becomes her own. 
She feels the stress that weighs heavy upon the minds of those near here, and this load  is weighing her down. You have given her the gift of mercy, a beautiful gift, but now, I pray you teach her how to use this gift.

(Use this gift?  God was speaking and my heart was listening.)

Teach your daughter, this tender hearted vessel, how to turn these cares over to you. 
Father God, you never meant for Stacy to carry this load.
You never intended for these heartaches to take up residence in her own heart. 
You have given her this gift of mercy, not to burden her heart with stress and heartache,
but rather that through her,
You can release your comfort, healing, wisdom, and power to those in need.
As her heart breaks for what breaks yours,
help her exchange the sorrow,
exchange the worry,
exchange the stress and anxiety,
for a prayer. 
As she brings these concerns boldly before Your throne of grace,
You can then take this gift of mercy and use it to minister to those in need.  
Help her to release it ALL to You, and  then to leave it in Your hands, knowing that her prayer is making a difference. 
May this truth settle in her heart. 
May she trade her heaviness,
trade this burden that is weighing her down,
for the joy that comes in knowing and believing she is standing in the gap,
interceding, and making a difference in the lives of your people. 
Thank you, Father God. In Jesus' precious name, I pray. Amen.

The exchange.
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Like a runner, carrying a baton in a relay race, I was more than willing to take hold of what life handed me through the lives of those around me.  As tears flowed, as problems presented themselves, as trials and tribulations appeared on the faces and lives of others, I was always faithful to reach out and take hold of them. 

She was right.  This was nothing of my own doing.  God had "gifted" me this way. 

As I bore the baton of heartache, I tried to sprint forward.  I tried, and tried, and tried.  Sadly, the finish line never appeared.  Lap after lap, the baton only grew heavier and my endurance weaker.  I pressed forward only to find myself losing ground, losing faith, losing the very race I so desperately wanted to win.  And, I was tired, exhausted, and broken-hearted.

Have you been there? 

Through the prayer of this precious lady, God opened my eyes to see how very ineffectively I was using this precious gift He had given me.

God didn't want me to carry the burdens of everyone I met,
He simply wanted me to be the middle man,
running a leg in the race,
receiving and then handing off.

Interceding. 

This is how you and I can make. it. count.

Not carrying the load
not  overcome with sorrow,
not stumbling around overburned and broken hearted.

God never intended for us to be full of pity.
His intention is for us to take our pity and turn it into a prayer that knocks upon the very door of Heaven.

God never desired for us to carry the load of others.
His desire is for us to carry this load boldy before His throne of grace.

Don't forget to make the exchange.

If you and I want to make a difference,
if you and I want to make. it. count.
we have to hand it over to God.

We are hopeless to change a situation. He IS hope.
We are incapable of healing a broken heart. He IS healing
We are unable to answer a prayer. He IS the answer.

Are you weighed down by the hurts of this world?
Are you carrying sorrow, stress, and heartache God never planned for you to carry?

Hand it over to God.

All of the smypathizing and empathizing in the world,
won't change the world.

Only God can.

Through the gift of mercy,
God desires you and I to take hold of the hurt, yes,
but only long enough to hand it over to Him.

Today, turn your worry, your stress, your heartache into a prayer and exchange it for the peace and joy found in  and through prayer.

Today, exchange your heaviness for a prayer and and Make. It. Count.

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
~ 1 Peter 5:7, AMP

Sometimes, we need a little reminder.  
This is what God is reminding me (and maybe, you, too) of today. 
(Re-posting from the Make. It. Count. series of 2012)







 
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Testing! Testing! 1, 2, 3 . . .

We interrupt our regularly scheduled post here to say this:

Posts that normally find their way to email subscribers have been interrupted on their way to some of you, and unfortunately, have not been arriving.  This problem seemed to begin on / around April 2.

I have no clue as to why this is happening, but have done some "tweaking" in hopes of remedying this problem.  That is where this post comes in.

This is my test post.

If you receive this post, would you kindly reply to it letting me know you are still receiving Heartprints of God in your inbox?

Also, if you haven't been receiving posts since April 2, but did (hopefully!) receive this, will you also let know this as well?

Thank you.

I'm so thankful for you, my faithful readers.
Praying this problem is resolved quickly.

Thank you for your patience (and your prayers!)~♥








 
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Resting in God~









 
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lead Me Gentle Spirit~

 







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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Deeper Way In~









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Monday, April 7, 2014

Angry? Here's a Plan~

What do you do when angry gets on you
so thick you feel it in every single muscle and every single part of your body?

What do you do when angry gets a hold of you
so tight you feel it strangling the very breath out of you?

What do you do when angry gets full reign of your thoughts and emotions
so completely it flings you every which way but loose?

What do you do when angry gets the better of you
and leaves you with nothing but worse?

What do you do when angry gets you?

All of you?

Every last bit of you?

You remember the words found in Ephesians 4:26.
Words that were written not only upon the pages of Holy scripture, but written upon your heart.
Words you have tucked deep inside the deepest part of your heart for a time such as this.

You wield your sword of the Spirit and you stand your ground against the enemy of your soul.
The very one hoping you
let anger win,
let anger sin,
let anger fling wide open the entrance to your heart and life.

You be angry, but sin not.
You don't let the sun go down on your wrath.

You fall to your knees and you cry out to your God.

"Help me, God."

You take hold of that which is trying to take hold of you
and you place it all in the hands of your God.

Because,


if


you


don't,


you give place for Satan to barge right in.

It's why Ephesians 4:26 was written -
to protect you and I and to warn us about the devil lurking in the Ephesians 4:27 places of our life.

26 When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath
 (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) 
last until the sun goes down.
27 Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].

If we don't deal with our anger,
if we don't give it up before the sun goes down,
if we don't drive it out of us before it drives us to sin,
if we don't let it go and let God take control of it,
it becomes
an invitation,
a welcome sign,
a "come on in and create havoc in my life",
a golden opportunity,
for the devil.

What do you do when angry gets
so close to consuming the very all of you?

You give it ALL to God.

Every last bit of it.

You live out Ephesians 4:26.

You open your heart to God.
You invite His Spirit
to flood over you,
to cleanse you,
to release you,
to set you free,
and in turn,
to shut,
to bolt tight,
to completely secure,
the door to your heart.

You leave Satan on the outside looking in.
Ineffective.
Unable.
Defeated.

You give up your "angry" to God,
so that the only one angry then,
is the devil, himself. ~♥








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Friday, April 4, 2014

Feeling Forgotten?~

Have you ever wondered if you have fallen off God's radar?

Life was merrily rolling along and then all of a sudden you found yourself
in a prison,
out to pasture,
thrown in a tomb.

Joseph.
David.
Lazarus.
You.
Me.

No matter where you are.
No matter how silent you find this place to be.
No matter how unforgotten you may feel.

Rest assured.

God knows where you are.

He has not forgotten you.
In fact, chances are, where you are is right in the center of God's will.

When only a youth, God gave Joseph a glimpse of where he would one day be. Prison wasn't it. In fact, his journey to prison was nothing Joseph could ever have imagined. From a pit, to slavery, to prison. Where was God in this? Right beside Joseph, that's where. Waiting for the perfect, God-ordained time to take Joseph's hand and lead him from the prison right into the palace.

David was out in the pasture tending sheep when Samuel came calling with a call from the Lord. His family may have overlooked him. His own father may not have thought him worth calling for. But God hadn't forgotten about him. In fact, David was the reason Samuel had come. He was God's man and soon everyone knew it. The shepherd soon became King.

And then there was Lazarus. Sick, dead and buried, but far from being forgotten. Jesus came and not a minute too soon. He was right on time and Lazarus received a call of his own. At the words of Christ, life came into his body and he came forth, out into the light of God's resurrection power.

Maybe where you are is far from where you ever thought you would be. Looking around your life, you, yourself, have doubts as to where you even are. Don't worry. God knows where you are. In His perfect timing and in His perfect way, He will come calling.

He sees you in the prison.
He is with you in the lonely pasture.
And yes, even in the dead places of your life, the places where you can no longer see a sign of life,
He is there.

Stay faithful to your calling.
Stay faithful to your God.
Keep trusting Him in these dark, barren places of your life.

He is with you. He is working behind the scenes and one day, it WILL happen.

The door will open.

The call will come.

The dead will spring forth with life.

As Joseph stood before his brothers, the very ones who had sold him into slavery, he proclaimed this truth.

You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. Genesis 50:20, NLT.

God's purpose was revealed.

David, who had been faithful to keep a watchful eye upon his father's sheep, was now the one being gazed upon as Samuel anointed him to tend the sheep of Israel.

Then he asked Jesse, "Is this it? Are there no more sons?" "Well, yes, there's the runt. But he's out tending the sheep." Samuel ordered Jesse, "Go get him. We're not moving from this spot until he's here." Jesse sent for him. He was brought in, the very picture of health— bright-eyed, good-looking. God said, "Up on your feet! Anoint him! This is the one." Samuel took his flask of oil and anointed him, with his brothers standing around watching. The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life. 1 Samuel 16:11-13, The Message

God's purpose was revealed.

Lazarus, dead, and buried, and lifeless for four days, walked right out of the tomb and back into the lives of everyone watching; a living testimony of God's power to bring whatever is dead back to life.

Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!” Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw this happen. John 11:43-45, NLT

Lazarus walked in newness of life and once again, God's purpose was revealed.

The God of Joseph, David and Lazarus is our God, too.
When it seems God has forgotten us or life has taken a wrong turn,
we simply need to remember this:
God HAS a purpose.

Soon, in God's perfect timing and in His perfect way,
His purpose will be revealed in our life, too!






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