He allows my heart to be broken so that love and compassion can flow freely into the lives of those around me.
via The Value of Broken Things — Dark Side of the Moon
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Passion is not sinful and purity is not prudish, nor are they mutually exclusive. You can have both.
via His Lordship — Dark Side of the Moon
Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
It’s hard to believe December is already here! You are reading this on December 2nd, but I’m writing it on December 1st. Already this morning I have initialed and dated school assignments for my daughter and was mildly alarmed at the fact that I was writing 12/1/17 on the page. Where has the year gone? Before we know it, this month will end and a new year will begin.
In the midst of all the hustle and bustle that is typical of the Christmas season, I am thankful for the theme for this week’s photo challenge. It’s good to pause, breathe, and remember the serene moments of life before returning to the busy schedule on the calendar.
What is more serene than a quiet afternoon on the porch swing with Grandpa and Puppy Love?
“Princess” Alysa with Grandpa and Puppy Love
Bringing anything at all into order—a messy room, a wild horse, a recalcitrant child—involves some expenditure. Time and energy at least are required. Perhaps even labor, toil, sacrifice, and pain.
via Unruly Affections — Dark Side of the Moon
Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
To ‘coexist’ is to tolerate and embrace other religions. I get that the noble idea of “can’t we all just get along” and I will do my best to be kinder than necessary to anyone I come in contact with, however, my christian faith commands me to “stand guarded, confident and ready to give […]
This article is a very good read. Sadly, many of those seeking tolerance for themselves are unwilling to extend it to others. To be honest, coexistence simply isn’t possible, for the Bible tells us not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. But at the same time, Christ does tell us to love them. Only through Christ can we genuinely love those who are opposed to us without losing our distinction from them.
via Coexist is to contradict — Love Joy Balance
“I was perplexed because it seemed to me He should prevent it, but He doesn’t.”
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2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Fret not thyself because of evildoers,
neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
and wither as the green herb.
Trust in the LORD, and do good;
so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the LORD,
and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the LORD,
trust also in Him,
and He shall bring it to pass.
And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light,
and thy judgment as the noonday.
Rest in the LORD,
and wait patiently for Him…
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:
fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
For evildoers shall be cut off,
but those that wait upon the LORD,
they shall inherit the earth.
For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be:
yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
But the meek shall inherit the earth,
and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
The LORD knows the days of the upright,
and their inheritance shall be forever.
They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,
and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
Selected verses from Psalm 37
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This has long been a favorite passage of mine. In fact, I would venture to say that verses 1-8 of Psalm 37 are my life’s verses, and I claimed them when I was but a young girl. Take a look at the commands given to us here: Continue reading
For nearly half a century I have soaked up life’s messes.
My surface is ragged, stained, and worn
From years of use
I have carried a weight that was not my own
So some weaker vessel might not feel the burden.