Archive for God’s Heart

Apr
18

Are You Enough?

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And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed. Genesis 2:25

If you pause long enough to allow those words to penetrate your heart, you might just conclude that they are among some of the most powerful words in the Bible.

God’s original design.

God’s intention.

No shame.

Authenticity.

No hiding.

And yet, we’ve fallen far.

Not just in the area of marriage but in all our relationships.

When’s the last time you faced the monster called shame? My guess is that it was probably not that long ago.

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Nov
29

The Garden Party: Pleasing Yourself

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(This blog is part two of The Garden Party. In part one of this blog, I referenced Ricky Nelson’s performance at Madison Square Garden and his inspiration for writing the hit song, Garden Party. Be sure to read part one for the context of this blog.)

While it might sound selfish, after all, pleasing oneself….is that godly? But what if pleasing yourself means that you are listening to your heart? Being comfortable in your own skin? Being authentic? Being who God made you to be? Loving yourself?

Does the sound of that set off alarms in your heart? Yet Jesus clearly told us that we were to love others AS WE LOVE OURSELVES (Mark 12:30-31). What can that possibly mean? Is that self-centered?

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Jul
19

Divine Surprises

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It’s a most amazing thing to unexpectedly end up in a place and then discover that it was all part of a divine plan of redemption. A set up. An orchestration of God’s making.

When I left work today, I was just so full of wonder at God’s handiwork in my life.

At one time, my pain seemed so overwhelming that I couldn’t see the possibility of redemption or restoration. And now here I am. Satisfied. Content. Fulfilled.

During a time of great loss, I chose to pursue a new career. Really, a new ministry.

Counseling had so significantly changed my life that I found myself desiring to be involved in that process with others. So I signed up, completed the 60 semester hours and an internship, and began a new business.

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Apr
27

Trinidad, God, and Me

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I just returned home from 8 days in Trinidad. Trinidad is the southernmost island in the Caribbean and is only about 7 miles from Venezuela.

As a part of a team of eighteen, we ministered to the people of Trinidad and they ministered to us. I wish I could have taken you all with me and you could have experienced these beautiful, loving people whose hearts were wide-open to God and our team

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Jul
22

Why God Asks Questions

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questionWhat is the last question God asked you? On first impulse, you might say, “God doesn’t ask questions; He knows everything.” And that He does, however God is a master question-asker. What kind of questions does He ask and what is the purpose of His questioning?

SOME OCCASIONS GOD ASKED QUESTIONS

God asked Adam, “Where are you? Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree?”

God asked Eve, “What have you done?”

When Cain murdered Abel, God asked, “What have you done?”

God asked Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Is anything too hard for the LORD?”

GOD’S PURPOSE IN ASKING A QUESTION

The questions of God are laden with purpose…targeted…cutting…they reveal our heart.

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