Heart of Refuge

Unveiling The Hidden Beauty Of Your Heart

Month: September 2014

Sow in Tears Reap in Joy

Nearly all of us at one time or another have shed tears about situations or people close to our heart. Our tears are a reflection from the overflow of pain.

Pslams 126:5 says “They that sow in tears shall reap in Joy”. The bible also says that God shall wipe all tears from our eyes. When the reaping season comes our tears of pain and anguish will be wiped away and replaced with tears of Joy.

Your tears are never wasted they ascend to God as a living memorial of your request to him. Psalms 56:8 says that God collects our tears and keeps them in a bottle. Can you imagine the amount of bottles God has and yet he is intimate with each tear drop in each bottle.

Do you remember the tears of anguish Hannah cried to God in 1st Samuel chapter 1? She desperately wanted a child and the chapter states that she was in “bitterness” of soul about her longing.

What ever situation you have lifted up to God in prayer, your tears of sorrow will be turned to tears of Joy. Continue to cast that burden up to God, release your heart to him in prayer because he has you and the situation you are going through in his hand. He has promised to never leave you or forsake you. He has said that his name is written in the palm of his hand.

The Lord is your glory and the lifter of your head (Pslam 3:3). Be encouraged dear heart for The Lord himself is your refuge and strength. Your time to reap is around the corner.

A Beautiful Gift…

We are created as beautiful gifts born into the world to bless people with what we have in our hearts. We all come into this world with something precious, something unique, something to share.

The forces of life and our daily experiences can nurture or hide that gift. Life can be an ugly box.

Our world is also filled with hurt and pain. Some of it self inflicted and some of it inflicted by others. At times our world can be an ugly box in which we, a beautiful gift, lives.

Someone some where is waiting for you to shine the light that you carry in your heart. You are a light bearer in a darken world.

I had the pleasure of sharing with a beautiful woman this week. She could not see her own beauty because life had dealt her so many painful cards. But you know what, she is taking those same cards and turning them around for good and using them as a testimony to shine the light that Jesus has placed in her heart. She is realising that she is fearfully and wonderfully made and that she is a princess. Do YOU realise that you are a princess?

Ladies carry yourself with dignity and elegance. Start with lady like steps everyday. Speak words of kindness to yourself and not what other say about you. Speak positive affirmations. What does the bible say about who God created you to be? Very soon you will walk in the beauty of those words.

If you have to cut off unfruitful relationships then do so. Ask God to bless you with new friends that will cause you to grow, develop and mature into the beautiful rose that you are.

Don’t stop, keep taking those steps because each step, each day will progressively unveil the beautiful gift that you are in an ugly box. Don’t let the ugly things of life that you face block the light and gift that you were born to share…….. Remember someone is waiting to receive it.

Acts of Kindness

God is not unjust to forget your labour of love that you have shown towards those in need of it. For every kind word, gesture or seed sown there is a reward.

These acts of kindness that we give, a smile, a thank you it all goes a long way for someone who is thirsty to receive it.

The days, months and years of kindness that Ruth showed Naomi culminated in an impressive harvest from God. Boaz was fully aware of her sacrifices, acts of service and love. Her act of consistent faith and giving moved Boaz to pronounce a blessing on her. He said to her that The Lord would recompense her sacrifice and reward her for her labour.

In today’s world an act of kindness is seen as strange, something that was common place in years gone by. I challenge you today to build a beautiful memorial for your future by doing acts of kindness, starting today.

If you are unsure where to start here are a few ideas:

* Smile.

* Say thank you by sending a thank you card, an email or tweet.

* Volunteer your time in a local primary school or charity.

* Give up your seat on the bus or train to an elderly person, a pregnant
Woman or a person with a disability.

* Take a minute to direct someone who appears to be lost.

* Buy a homeless person something to eat.

* Say “I love you” to someone you love.

* Say you are sorry when you are wrong.

There is so much negative in our world lets form a habit of kindness one act at a time.

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