Heart of Refuge

Unveiling The Hidden Beauty Of Your Heart

Month: January 2016

Your Treasure Within ~Acres of Diamonds

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I am in the middle of reading Acres of Diamonds by Russell Conwell (1843 – 1925). Conwell was born in the United States in the mid 1800’s.  He was an ordained minister and his father was a supporter of the Underground Railroad that helped slaves flee the south to escape to the north and their freedom. His family home was a key station for the railroad and he accompanied his father on a few of these trips.

 

His book acres of diamonds is a speech he gave 6152 times throughout the course of his life and it is about the fact that so often we search for so many things in life thinking that they are on the outside of us and we go searching on the outside when actually it is within us.

The bible says we have a treasure in earthen vessels. Our destiny,  future is within us. Jesus within us help us to bring out this treasure.

Look no further because what you need is within you. You may ask but I can’t see it! The reason you can’t see it is because it is covered with the pain and dirt of life and the many things you have gone through. You can never see yourself clearly in a mirror that needed cleaning can you?

Take a moment to pray  and ask God to begin to clean you up so you can see the destiny he has for you because inside of you are acres of diamonds.

 

The Act of Forgiveness by Monica Ambersley

 

What is forgiveness?

Forgiveness is an act of strength. Strength that enable you to move on from that situation or person; not tied to resentment and anger which can turn into bitterness.

Why hold on to resentment for that person when we can let go and live? I am not saying that it will be easy to forgive; it may be hard, but the longer you hold on to it the harder it will be to forgive.

I have heard people say, “Forgive and forget.” Forgive and forget can mean that you forgive the offender and move on with your life, because God expects us to forgive, using godly wisdom.

The Bible says “Forgive those who has trespass against us.” (Matthew 6:12).
What does that mean? Trespass is an act of offence against a person. In order for us to receive God’s blessings and forgiveness when we do wrong; we have to forgive. The sad thing is that when we do not forgive, we leave unresolved issues behind on loved ones who do not have the opportunity to say, “I forgive you.”

Forgiveness brings peace and freedom and it releases you from the power of that person. The only way that you know you have genuinely forgiven that person, is when that person walks into the room and you feel nothing negative; only forgiveness.

We all have one life; a life that should be filled with peace and tranquillity instead of anger or resentment. It is impossible to move on with a heart that is not forgiving and live your life fully.

Is it right for a person to take over one’s life and emotion with an unforgiving heart? Forgive, and move on, in order to let go and live your life more abundantly. We should also, forgive ourselves of mistakes that we have made in the past. The past is the past. We should not stay in the past, but use the past to learn from the mistakes!

You may be saying, “It’s easy for you to say because you have never been in my position!” Yes, you may be right. But it does not make one’s hurt emotion different from another person. We have all experienced hurt, rejection and pain from loved ones, strangers and people. No situation is different to another person when it comes down to hurting emotions. Forgiveness brings healing and with healing brings joy. The act of forgiveness sees blood pressure and heart rate lowered, reducing the levels of depression and anxiety.
Resentment is self-inflicted and will always hurt you more than the person who you are angry with. In fact, the person may have moved on with their life over the years and you’re still worrying about it!!

According to the Bible, we have to forgive so that God can forgive us (Matthew 18:22). We cannot expect God to forgive us when we are holding on to grudges with someone else (Ephesians 4:32).

The key factor is to take a leap of faith and forgive in order to receive your healing through forgiveness.

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A time to speak out by Windsor Queensborough  

This book is an important read for every person in church leadership.  Windsor Queensborough does an excellent job in discussing the issue of domestic violence and the church. He uses the stories of Tamar and Joseph in the bible to speak out about this issue that the church has kept under the carpet for to long.

This book can be purchased on Amazon. Your church needs this book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to forgive yourself ~ Practising self forgiveness. Part 1

Forgiving someone for the wrongs they have do to us can be challenging but forgiving ourselves can be a greater challenge. The bible talks about the importance of forgiveness in Matthew 6:14-15 and Mark 11:25.

Here are 4 reasons why it is important to practice self forgiveness.

  1. Diagnose why you need to forgive yourself  ~ Are your memories making you feel guilty and hindering your from self forgiveness?
  2. Accept that failures do not make you a bad person ~ remember failure does not make you a bad person.
  3. Do not be afraid to start again ~ Learn from your experiences and past mistakes and move on. Use them as stepping stones to a brighter future.
  4. Adapt a new mind set by learning from past mistakes ~ Set Goals for your future.

 

My prayer is that from this post you will take the necessary steps to start forgiving yourself  and live the life you were created to live.

 

Inhale Exhale

I woke up one night and as I was reading my bible the thought came to me inhale exhale inhale exhale.

We sit in church for so many years and we inhale so many messages, attend conferences, christian television etc. inhale inhale inhale! We have become fat on the word! When do we exhale? Exhale with encouraging someone, exhale in prayer for others, exhale in giving, etc. When was the last time you exhaled? 

We have a treasure in earthen vessels that need to be shared. We need to give Jesus away. We are his point of contact with the world. He touches others by using our hands, voice, smile, money and anything else we have. He needs us to exhale.

Can you imagine if all we did was inhale oxygen, we would die in a very short space of time. Exhaling always follows inhaling. It a process, it’s a divine bodly function. We can only hold our breath for a few seconds.

Take a moment to consider when was the last time you exhaled? If you can’t remember start exhaling today!

Are you persuaded? 

Today I was meditating on 2 Timothy 1:12

“…… For I know in whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day”

There are so many  things that we commit to the Lord daily. We commit our families, our homes, our finances, the list goes on. When we commit things to God we say Lord you take it because it is to much for me to carry alone, the weight is heavy.

Paul was fully persuaded that the things he committed to God  that God was well able to take care of them. Paul was persuaded.

At times my persuasion  is never fully persuaded, because I keep looking, doubting and analysing what I have committed. Does that happen to you?

To day I had to pray, Lord I commit my mind, will and emotions to you. Help me Lord to know that they are safe with you. I also prayed for my heart, as Proverbs says out of it flows the issues of our individual lives. Lord keep my heart, help me to stay fixed on you, help me to be fully persuaded dispite what I see. Have you prayed that before?

If you have not then join me in committing your mind, will and emotions to God afresh because he is capable of keeping them safe. Together let us endeavour to be fully persuaded as Paul was about God’s commitment to him.

Would Jesus prefer hooped earrings or studs?

I was reading my Joyce Meyer bible devotional the other morning and she was talking about how use to be judgemental about how people use to dress to go to church. Then the Holy Spirit began to challenge her about the way she use to dress to minister, she was actually considering wether she should wear denim. Joyce could not make up her mind so her son said to her “Do you think God is worried about polyester or denim?”

It reminded me of an incident I witnessed once when I went to church and a young woman was wearing hooped earrings and she asked to remove the earrings. “Do you think Jesus prefers hoop earrings or studs? Skirts or trousers?”

I know some of you may be thinking that the type of trousers or skirts or whatever should not be worn because it maybe to tight or to short. I totally understand that when standing to minister that our apparel should not be distracting to the word preached. I totally understand that, but my concern is focus on the outer garment and not the garments of our heart.

I have also seen people dressed with the “appropriate” church attire and their attitude is questionable and Inhave seen people come to church in attire not considered acceptable by the church but their attitude is reflective of love, joy and peace.

Many of the lessons I have learnt  or from people who would be rejected by the church because of their clothing. Our rejection does not mean Jesus’ rejection. he died for them, he had his hands paired for them and Jesus is forever mindful of them.

So what do you think Jesus would prefer hooped earrings or studs?

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