Heart of Refuge

Unveiling The Hidden Beauty Of Your Heart

Month: September 2011

The Alabaster Box

Matthew 26:6-13         John 12:1-8

Dear Heart,

What is it that is so precious to you that you have had to sacrifice? Sacrifice is relative and what’s a sacrifice to one person may not be to another. The above passages from the bible tells of a woman who sacrificed something that cost her a years’ salary. The bible describes it as a very precious ointment that she used to anoint the head of Jesus. The disciples were very angry about the way she used the ointment and that it was a waste because it should have been sold and the proceeds used to feed the poor. Dear heart, whatever  you do for the sake of the Kingdom can never be wasted and you can never be disadvantaged.

The woman did something that remained with Jesus through his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, his arrest, his trial, crucifixion and death. Little did she know that this sacrificial act would make its way into the bible and prepare Jesus for the suffering he would encounter. Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 26:13 that wherever the gospel is preached this selfless act would be remembered as memorial.

Whatever dear heart you have sacrified for family, ministry,  job, whatever…… you will not and can never be disadvantaged. Why you may ask because you will reap what you sow ( Genesis 8:22) If you have sown love, sacrifice, faith then expect to reap the same. Whatsoever a man soweth, the same shall he also reap. You can not sow apples and reap oranges. Ensure dear heart whatever alabaster box you break to release the inner perfume, ensure it comes from a pure heart.  A heart that touches the throne of God, a heart that is free from bitterness, hatred, strife, anger and all other negative emotions because these thorns destroy the garden of your heart.

Don’t allow anyone to turn the beauty of heart from a cultivated garden to a thorn filled garden with no room for growth or beauty. It’s not worth it dear heart, let it go, let it go,  let it go…….. Forgiveness is a choice, choose life and live……..

Let us pray,

Dear Father I thank you for the precious person. I pray that whatever pain they are carrying in their heart that you will bring healing to their heart. Your word states that there is a balm in Gilead and you Jesus is that balm. Touch this precious reader, heal their hurting heart. Amen

Healing Hands, Healing Heart

Reach for the stars

How far have you reached in accomplishing your dreams and desires or is procrastination having the last word over you. What is the one thing that you are striving to reach for? How big is your dream?

I have heard it said a few times that the graveyard is the place with the most talent. It is talent that has never been discovered and dreams unfulfilled for whatever reason. What ever obstacle may be in your way continue to reach for that star and don’t give up until you have it. Continue to reach for your vision, practise, read, pray about it. What are others doing in that field? People may have told you that the area of your dream is over saturated and you are wasting your time, but you know what,  the fact that you have a dream in that area means there is room for you. How big is the music and film industry with so many stars in it and they will always welcome one more. How many clothing designers do we have and there is always room for one more. How many succesful authors do we have and there is always room for one more.

Dear butterfly ignore and stop sharing your vision and dreams with so-called friends who don’t belive in it. They were never your friend in the first place.  Keep reaching for what burns in your heart because the burning is a signal that it is attainable.

Keep reaching dear heart

You are not what you have been through

Every day people are called or  described by what they have been through. The bible talks of the woman with the issue of blood, we do not know her name. The deaf man, the blind man,  the boy who gave his lunch of 5 loaves and 3 fishes and the woman at the well,  to name a few.

People go through trauma’s that label them for life. Such statement like ” you know that woman who has 5 children who lives across the street” or ” that man who had the car accident last Tuesday” Have we ever thought of what their names are? On the other hand people can be described by the good things that have happened to them with statements like ” that man who won the lottery on the news” or ” that lady with the beautiful big brown eyes”.

If you have gone through pain, please know and belive that you are not the pain or trauma you have gone through. It is part of your experience and not your essence. A person who has to cross a river and becomes wet is not the river, they had to pass through it to get to the other side. The river was part of their experience and not their essence.

What have people described you as and which painful experience in your life have they used? Dear one you are not your experience, you are not the negative things people have called you at work, school or church?

Jesus calls you by your name because there is a uniqueness about you, you are one of a kind. Please do not allow your pain to become part of your mindset or entertain a belief of that’s how life is for me. No!!!!  Be transformed by the renewing of your mind because there is more to you than meets the eye and you are not your situations ans circumstances. Jesus came and died for you to be healed, to be loved and made whole and to be appreciated.

When I read my bible I continue to amazed about the love and care that Jesus had and still has. No body cares like he does, no body loves like he does! It is truly amazing. If he can care of the sparrow, can’t he care for you? Can you  receive his love and care! Dear one there is no one like Jesus. Put aside your philosophies about God and just open up your heart to him,  talk, share with him. Put your religion aside and embrace relationship with Jesus.

Dear one I have tried this and Jesus is turning a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly for his glory!!

From one butterfly to another

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