I recently read the book, Searching for Spring by Christine Hoover. The book is centered around the truth that God will make all things beautiful in time. The writings within turn encounters with God’s beauty into inspiration for our life with Christ, encouraging us to seek out His beauty in all things, from the joyous to the grievous.
Christ’s provisions for us on the Cross are presented with colorful illustrations that reveal His beauty to even the newly seeking heart. In presenting key aspects of our Christian spiritual journey, the book could serve as a helpful enjoyment on one’s journey through discipleship. Continue reading →
God wants to turn every mess into something of worth.
He gives beauty for ashes. Things that seem worthless, He transforms like gold. What seems like the end of us, He turns into a testimony, bringing joy to us and others.
Like a potter with clay, the Lord is molding and shaping us. He seals our hearts with untainted love, and we find we are never alone even when others are absent. This process in the journey can be painful, but will cause us to feel fully alive.
We need not fear His hand upon us. Christ’s nearness is our good. All that’s left to do is to say “yes” to Him. As we do even the pain of His “fire” freeing us from the negative things that afflict us will be a welcome help.
All that’s left to do is to say “yes” to Jesus.
Perhaps as you read this, you feel like you are reading a foreign language. Or maybe you’re turned off from hearing about God. Honestly, in my experience, this is probably that things in life or people have caused you to be turned off of things that seemed to be God but were of man and therefore without life and joy.
Religion and ritual can be a terrible task master, and this is not Christ’s heart toward us. He directs a heart connection, a relationship with us that is ever growing, not our performance and perfection. Continue reading →
Sometimes our journey of friendship with God isn’t all roses. Roses are beautiful and lovely in appearance and fragrance. They are given to show love, that we are held dear to the heart of the Giver.
But roses also have thorns. When we pick up a rose, we are careful to avoid grabbing the stem where a thorn resides, so we are not stabbed by it. At the same time, we know the thorn is there as we acknowledge it by our making room for it.
When we pursue the Lord, we cannot ignore the hard things. We know they are there. God knows they are. He sees our hearts and all we go through, and He wants to touch our lives even in these areas. But if we pretend these things don’t exist, it can hinder Him from fashioning us in those areas.
Impurities must be brought to surface for the revealing of the fine silver that is us.
It is in the refining that the beauty is able to come forth. Ashes before beauty. The coal before the diamond. But if the pressure upon that coal is hindered, the diamond will not fully come forth.
It is painful at times, but He is worth it, and His glory to be revealed in us is worth it.
Let Him bring the fullness of His character forth in your life. He makes all things beautiful in His time. You will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
If you have left the faith or the church, Jesus wants you to know how much He loves you and cares for you. Beloved, He is right there, still loving you and working all things out for your good–even if you have gone as far as to completely turn from not just Christianity but Him as well. He still wants the best for you and for you to know His goodness toward you.
If you left due to things done in a church or to you by those identifying as Christian, be open to search your heart for a moment. Did you place your hope, faith or expectations in people or in God? Did people leave you angry, wounded or disappointed, causing you to wonder what Christ is really like or if this thing is for real? People fail but God alone truly meets every need.
No person is perfect but the Lord. Even those with a desire to truly show kindness make mistakes or openly express their frustrations, and at times we can end up in the line of fire. At times we ourselves create impossible expectations for others as well.
Other times, God’s ways and timing differ from ours, and we can become disillusioned or filled with doubt and offense when He doesn’t seem to be our Help. This is when choosing to believe though we have yet to see comes into play.
If people doing wrong causes us to lose faith, then our faith is probably in people instead of in God. As difficult as this is to digest, stay with me for a moment. As one who has been through hurt and disappointment even in the community of faith, I long to encourage you and remind you of God’s love despite anything that you’ve witnessed in people or in Christianity. Continue reading →
Hurts and wounds lodged within can poison us not only emotionally but physically and in other ways. Hurts within us can also poison those around us.
Hurts and wounds occur when we are wronged, when things don’t play out as we had hoped, or when we are misunderstood. Someone spreads a rumor or speaks negatively about us, we feel pressured to be something, we are mistreated or offended… There are many scenarios. Hurt affects us all at some point or another.
Do you realize that even after the hurt is over and we think we have moved on, that emotional pain can continue to poison us and those around us? Hurts not properly dealt with can poison us with lies and wrong beliefs. They can alter our perception of life, reality, ourselves, the Church, and even God.Continue reading →