Unveiling The Hidden Beauty Of Your Heart

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Black Lives Matter V All Lives Matter

 

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My heart has been hurt by the killings of African-amercian men in the United states by the police. It is heart breaking to watch these events play out on my tv screen in London. After the news outlets move on to the next news item  what happens to these families. Their sense of injustice, pain and lack of answers must be excruciating.

Yes all lives matter in theory but when I look at the realty of that statement all lives do not appear not to matter. The equality  and justice for all is not being reflected. The value of the lives of some citizens appears to be of higher value if you belong to a particular community and lower if you belong to another.

Earlier this year I visited Macon in Georgia and as I looked at the buildings and streets that James Brown, Otis Reading and Little Richard visited I tried to imagine what it must have been like for them living and breathing in air filled with segregation.

Yes great progress has been made in so many areas but the fundamentals of living in a society that stand equality and justice for all is still a distant dream. Watching the news reports in 2016 has not changed since the news reports of early 1960’s. Its the same fifty plus years on. Why is it the same? its the same because we have a group of people still fighting for their right to be heard and understood by the country they live in. They are not being heard and understood. Understanding will only start to come when the shoe is placed on the  foot of  those who walk by in silence and and turn their heads and hearts away as if it not happening.

Yes all lives matter but some lives more than others are being lost in an environment that’s judges based on skin colour. RIP to all those who lost their lives in situations where their lives did not matter.

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Jesus Came

 

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The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.   Luke 4:18~19

Jesus came into the synagogue on the sabbath day and read from the book of Isaiah. After reading he said  “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears”.

This is one of my favourite scriptures. Jesus came to heal a broken world with a hurting heart. He did not only come to heal us physically but he also came to heal us emotionally. The broken heart, the hearts held in bondage, and kept in fear.

Your broken heart can be mended today. Take a moment to pray and ask God to come and heal your heart. Take those important steps to heal from bitterness, resentment, anguish, unforgiveness and in any other area where you hurt as it will only destroy you.

Be made whole In Jesus Name.

 

God’s Best Kept Secret ~ Zenice Harasymchuk

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One in three women are victims of domestic violence worldwide. That is too many women in my opinion. Hi, my name is Zenice and I am a 48 year old survivor, mother and disciple of Jesus Christ. My life has not been easy, it has been a series of one type of abuse after another but about eight years ago I began a journey with Jesus that has transformed my life.

Transparency and vulnerability in the church is important to me. Many churches don’t talk about domestic violence. My question to those churches is why? It’s a topic that many would like to sweep under the rug as though it were not a huge and growing problem. Think about this: there are upwards of 20 people per minute who are suffering from physical violence by an intimate partner, and that is just in the United States! That is just one type of abuse! So in the last hour, 1200 people were physically abused by their intimate partner. That’s too many.

There are so many types of abuse: child abuse, physical, emotional, mental, financial and sexual abuse, elder abuse, human trafficking and bullying. This is out of control. The church is silent on most of these things although human trafficking is growing in awareness. I cannot sit in my church any longer and be silent. I know that God has called me to help those who are broken and abused. My role is to walk alongside and point them to Jesus who is the Healer. My passions are Jesus, prayer, revival, awakening and helping women. How do these things come together? By being the church to this lost and dying world. Being a voice to bring awareness to the Body of Christ to no longer turn a blind eye to those who are being abused in their midst.

I have a dream of seeing women who have survived abusive situations to rise up and share their stories and come alongside the women who are in abusive relationships now or trying to get out. I believe that Jesus heals us from all of the effects that abuse can leave as long lasting scars on our lives whether it be depression, PTSD, suicidal thoughts, anxiety or isolation and fear. Jesus alone is our healer. On January 11, 2009 Jesus healed me and the healing was instantaneous but I had to learn how to walk out my healing. I had to learn how to live a life that didn’t include pain, fear, depression and suicidal thoughts. This journey has taken me seven years but today I am an on fire disciple of Jesus dedicated to seeing women set free from bondage to the effects of abuse.

I am at the beginning stages of starting a ministry in my region that is what I believe to be different than what is available now. My desire is to begin with a support group that will really be more than a support group. I’ve been in support groups before and I only see that people talk about their issues and nothing changes. I believe the missing element is Jesus. I believe there needs to be prayer and worship along with education and support. I pray that this will not just be for my region but that others will take this to their regions as well. One in three women worldwide are victims of domestic violence. How many will the church reach? Let’s get started now.

The link below shares Zenice’s social media and contact information.

http://en.gravatar.com/losing4christ

How to Forgive Yourself ~ Letting Go of the Past Part 2 

Letting Go of your Past is a key step to walking in self forgiveness. Here are a few key points to consider if you are struggling in this area.

  1. Realise that you are not  perfect.
  2. Do not dwell on past mistakes. The key word here is dwell because dwelling on the past strips you from living in the present. Your life becomes stagnant.
  3. Plan for a bright future today by not being stiffed by the past.
  4. Investigate your past choices. What emotional triggers do you have? Investigate how your emotions during the event that led up to the incident that caused you to not be able to forgive yourself. What were your feelings?

It is important to realise  that forgiving yourself is crucial to enjoying a bright future. The chain of guilt shame and embarrassment can weight heavy on your spirit and emotions. You deserve better and you deserve to be free of this weight. Do not let anyone keep you bound to your past because you do deserve to experience freedom and liberty in Jesus.

Take a moment to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you forgive yourself.

 

Drinking from a Deeper Well

I was in the library doing some studying and to take a break I was glacing through an old Ebony magazine and came across the story of a successful pastor whose older sister committed suicide, she had mental health issues. He said it shook his faith to the core but he realised he had to drink from a “deeper well” to recover. This pastor had to dig deeper in his faith in God to continue to drink living water to cope with this tragedy.

I have had to dig deeper in the wells of my bible, pray and worship to cope with many painful situations. The wells of God’s word never run dry. The things of God never run dry, the river is always running but we have to position ourselves to drink.

When I suffered personal pain and loss, I shut myself away and dug deeper. As I poured out to Father God in prayer, tears and worship I experienced the river of his love wash over me and through me.

Is there anything that you are experiencing that is forcing you to drink from a deeper well. Dear Heart do not run from the well but run to it because there you will find the water of life that will quench your thirst.

Jesus told the woman at the well that the water I will give will cause you not to thirst again, it was a living water that ministered to the soul. When we are thirsty and need a drink, identify good quality water because there are many polluted sources. When you are well identify your good sources so that when you hurt you know where to go.

Dear heart, keep drinking that living water and when life throws things at you and that well dries up, don’t stop but dig another well.

Life’s Unanswered Questions 

  

I was reading my daily devotional by Joyce Meyer a few days ago and she was sharing on life’s unanswered questions. 

I am sure each person has a series of unanswered questions about their life or situations. Why did I have to go through that pain? I thought that person was my friend? I trusted that person why did they turn around and betray me? The list goes on.

I have a series of unanswered questions about a situation I faced over many years and I still have no answers and maybe I will never get an answer. But what I have done is taken the lessons I have learnt through it and used it for good to better myself and encourage others. I have refused to allow it to cast a shadow over who God created me to be or on my journey to living a great life. Yes I have been asking God questions about it but after sometime time I stopped asking because it was eroding my life journey and I was becoming bitter. I have one life to live and I intend to enjoy it.

What unanswered questions do you have? Is the situation still casting a shadow over your life? What steps are you planning to take to let it go and move on? I am not judging anyone here I just want to encourage you to change the path of your life by choosing to be happy and to not allow what happened to you to chain you to a painful past.

Choose today dear heart to let the questions go and start living! 

Religion  ~ Take The Mask Off

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I have heard this topic preached on so many times in the past but as I look back over my Christian walk over many years, I began to realise  some years ago that I substituted a relationship with Jesus Christ for religious activity during periods of my Christian walk. My religious activity covered personal pain and there was no true relationship where I could be totally honest in the place of prayer regarding how I felt about my life and the direction it was taking.

I thought the more religious activity I did the more I was pleasing God. But it was so far from the truth. I decided you know what, I am taking the religious mask off so what was underneath was exposed. 

I said God I am a mess, please come and heal my heart and all the bruising, cuts and infected wounds. It was a long process and I am still on that road. I took the first step and God honoured it. I realised that painful periods of my past had infected my relationship with my Heavenly Father and I needed healing.

A skilled surgeon knows where and how to cut with a scalpel in order to get to the root of a wound. He knows how deep to go and how much to take out. he also know how to stitch up the wound so only a hairline scare would be evident of the wound you once had. Jesus dear one, is the great physician of your soul.

God is faithful as he knows my weakness. He gave and is continuing to give me beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for morning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

I shared this to encourage you dear heart to not be afraid to take the mask off. Do not let pride convince you to keep the mask on. Expose what is underneath and let the Lord heal you. Be honest and open before him in the place of prayer. Let your healing begin.

🙏 Lord Jesus I lift up this precious reader to you. As they have read these words touch them in the place of their heart where they need healing. Help them Lord to take the mask off to begin the healing process with you. Wash them with the water of your word in Jesus name. Amen .

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence (DV)  has been coming out of the shadows over the last few decades and has been finally getting the attention it deserves.

For many years it was hidden and not discussed as it was considered a private matter and not for public consumption. In the early 1970’s that all changed when a woman called  Erin Prizzey open the world’s first woman’s refuge in Chiswick, London and brought this ugly secret out for the world to see and understand what was happening on their own door step.

Domestic violence does not respect, race, culture, religion or social standing. It is happening in the home of the extremely wealthy to the homes of those who are poor. For 3 years I did voluntary work for the East London Rape Crisis Service, which also covered domestic violence.  I listened to so many stories of the pain these women went through and are still going through. In many communities it is still a taboo subject and the helpline was their only outlet.

Domestic violence is not only violence against women but there are an increasing number of men coming forward who are suffering violence from their female partners. Men’s refuges are springing up around the country.

I have also been concerned about domestic violence in the church and how in some churches it is still being swept under the carpet and the subject never discussed. There are a few high profile churches that have programs to raise awareness and can offer help but on the whole it is still a silent evil.

I intend to write a few blog posts on DV so stay tuned. 

  

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

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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