Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Joy of the Lord

My heart is full, my body has been strengthened and I have been refreshed in the Lord.
The joy of the Lord IS my strength!
My "Time Out" was truly graced by God's goodness.
As women, it is so easy for our plates to become full.
We can get so busy that we forget to just sit,
rest and enjoy the presence of God in our lives.
During my time of rest I followed the example of Mary,
and I allowed my heart to be humble 
and teachable as I positioned myself at the feet of Jesus.
I longed to worship Him with a sensitive heart, 
rather than the business of being occupied for Him,
even, while laid up with knee surgery. :)
As women, don't you find that when we are to be still,
we have a hard time doing it?
God, in His beautiful and gracious way of teaching,
taught me in a deeper way how to appreciate Mary.
Having always been more of a Martha,
I longed to just sit and worship without feeling something needed my attention.
Both Mary and Martha are beautiful in their own way,
but, there has to be a balance.
I believe we can learn much from both ladies correctly.

In (Luke 10:38-42)
Martha received the Lord into her house.
She was preparing Him a meal that was entirely commendable,
but Mary left her and sat at Jesus' feet leaving Martha agitated and troubled.
Martha ( the worker) felt neglected by Mary (the worshiper)
and she complained and felt Mary nor the Lord cared.
"O woe is me" as we would say these days.
Like Martha, we can be so consumed with doing what we think we should
that we miss what God desires of us.
If there is anything more important than serving Jesus,
it is simply being in His presence.
The Lord pointed out that the one thing that was needful
was to give first place to communion with Himself,
by sitting at His feet and hearing His Word.
(Luke 10:41)
"And Jesus answered and said unto her,
Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things".
We too, can so easily become troubled over many things.
Martha was to learn that worship comes before service.
She had been distracted by her much serving
and became self-centered rather than Christ-centered.
Her words indicate that her service,
which in the first place was motivated by love for Christ,
had by this time become overwhelmed by feelings of being
left to cope and that no one cared.
How many times do we hear other ladies who sound just like Martha?
I am guilty of that myself.
Jesus, speaking here hits the center of the heart,
"Mary has chosen the good part,
which will not be taken from her".
Dear ladies, worship needs to come before service in our lives,
and when it does, real, fruitful ministry (no matter what it is) will follow.
Martha's faith was strengthened when it was revealed to her
that the One in her presence was
"The resurrection, and the life",
and at that point her faith radiates out in such splendour
that it causes her to confess,
"Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God". (John 11:27)
After Lazarus was raised from the dead,
they made the Lord a supper:
noticeably, on this occasion Martha served without
complaining, just content that her Lord was there. (John 12:1-3)
So we see Martha...Beautiful in her own way,
yet the Lord had a lesson for her
that I believe can be a lesson we as well can learn from.
*Then we have the heart of Mary*
* Mary sat at the feet of Jesus to hear His word.
While Martha was busy ~ Mary took the lowly place at Jesus' feet,
and the Lord provided her with Spiritual food.
How important it is to sit at Jesus' feet and learn of Him.
Ladies, we need quiet communion and contemplation
for our Spiritual well-being,
yet, it is many times difficult for us to put into
practice with our busy lives.
Remember the words of Jesus,
"Mary hath chosen that good part".
* Mary fell at the feet of Jesus*
When her brother Lazarus had died she sat at her house,
but was quick to respond when she heard that,
"The Master is come and calleth for thee". (John 11:28)
Mary fell at Jesus' feet when she saw Him,
and poured out her heart and wept.
Our compassionate Savior saw her weeping and was moved in Spirit.
What a Savior!
Jesus is the same compassionate Savior for us today.

*Mary came to Jesus' feet and poured out her worship*
Her devotion to Christ, moved her to take a pound
of very costly spikenard oil and anoint His feet.
She demonstrated that absolutely nothing
was too precious for her to give to her Lord.
Such devotion!
Jesus not only desires to have first place in the affections of His people,
He deserves it!
Here is a quote from Isaac Watts;
"Divine love demands my soul, my life, my all".
This quote makes me think of (Mark 12:30)
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,
and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment".
*Mary wiped Jesus' feet with her hair*
What a beautiful picture!
Mary was generous ~ she took the most honored part of her body (her hair)
and used it to clean the lowliest and dirtiest part of Jesus' body (His feet).
Mary's own brother had died, but instead of using
her costly oil for his burial, she had been saving it,
"For the day of Jesus' burial". (John 12:7)
What a picture of worship and sacrificial devotion!
Mary lavished her most precious possession on her Savior,
showing her complete submission and love for Him.
The affection and commitment of Mary,
should challenge us in our lives and in our walk with the Lord.
Mary's example shows us that the secret of a deeper Spiritual life
 is to be found in sitting at the feet of Jesus.
Sitting at the feet of Jesus
 Sitting at the feet of Jesus, O what words I hear Him say.
Happy place so near, so precious, and, when weary, find sweet rest.
Sitting at the feet of Jesus, I would look upon the past.
for His love has been so gracious, it has won my heart at last.
(First stanza to this beautiful song) 
Source Unknown
  Our precious Heavenly Father.
What a beautiful lesson in sacrificial devotion
we see in the life of Mary.
May our hearts be humble before you O Lord,
allowing You to teach us, to mold us
and to make us more like Thee.
Thank you for your Word,
 and the characters through out Your Word, that  we can learn from.
May You be glorified in our lives.
~Be Lovely~

I must give honor where honor is due!
Thank you to my dear daughter, Stephanie,
for helping me with my photo's.
I have the vision, but she has the gift that graces her camera.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Walking in the Light

Well, it has been three weeks since my knee surgery
and I have to say that I am doing
much better than this precious little guy!
My husband was able to catch this wonderful photo shot
of a cow elk and her very new baby near our home.
Don't you just wonder - in animal language-
what that mother is instructing her baby to do?
How beautiful the way she stands near
as the little one scrambles to get up
and continue on their journey.
Proverbs 4:12
"Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go:
Keep her, for she is your life".
Wisdom is a journey of many steps,
a path upon which a person openly receives truth.
A heart that is willing to hear and receive
the instructions on wisdom
is a heart bent towards God and His Word.
Jesus spoke of many who had
ears to hear but did not listen.
Proverbs 4:18-19
"But the path of the just is like the shining sun,
that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
The way of the wicked is like darkness:
They do not know what makes them stumble".
The way of light and the way of darkness
is clearly marked out for us in God's Word.
Those who seek wisdom
 are able to discern-and keep discerning-which path is safe.
At times we may loose our footing
as we walk in the pathway of light,
but God is there to illuminate the problem for us,
to guide us-to help us-to encourage us-
and to pick us up when we stumble and fall.
But those who stumble in the darkness
have no way of discerning
what has tripped them up.
Just like this little guy. Had he stayed on better ground
rather that stepping onto this black top
he likely would not have lost his footing.
Are we no different?
Sometimes we stray off the pathway of Light
causing us to loose our footing
and then we stumble and fall.
God would have us to be in the Word,
so as to have a heart and mind that is discerning.
God provides the wisdom.
Anyone can acquire it if they have a heart to pursue it!
Our precious Heavenly Father.
Thank you for Your Word that instructs us in wisdom.
Cause us to have a heart that is bent towards reading it daily,
and help us to apply Your principles to our every day life.
Thank you, for always being there when we stumble and fall,
and with a tender loving hand, ready to pick us up,
and nudge us onward for Your glory.
I would like to say thank you dear friends for your prayers on my behalf.
My recovery has gone well. To God be the glory!
~Be Lovely~

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