Archive for August, 2008

no adequate words . . .

August 27, 2008

God’s word tells us.

(…These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you would have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, trials, difficulties, but take courage; I have overcome the world” John 16:33)

It’s not like we’re uninformed. We know these things happen. But, sometimes, there’s no way to prepare and there just aren’t any adequate words.

David and Marsha have a young son in heaven tonight. Please pray for their comfort. They understand that Jesus has overcome the world – but today – they could use our prayers.

Please read a sweet tribute to precious 3 year old who is being missed very much today.

Father, we trust in you.

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Image Bearer

August 19, 2008

This is the heart of our enemy. He is determined to hinder and harm and ruin God’s image bearer. To steal and kill and destroy. So, let me say this again: the story of our life is the story of the long and brutal assault on your heart by the one who KNOWS what you could be . . . and FEARS it!”
(
Walking the Dead by John Eldredge)



OK . . . A show of hands . . . who among us is certain that – today – you are adequately bearing the image of God for all to see? . . . anyone? . . .

No? . . . A little? . . . maybe on a good day? . . . sometimes?

In Genesis 1:26 God says: “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness . . .” And here’s the thing I’ve learned about God: He has never spoken a single syllable that He doesn’t mean. He has never, not once, been careless with His word.

And He has not changed His mind about us – His image bearers.

We are made in His image. We are His image bearers on this mess of a planet. Our problem is that we look in the mirror with our natural eyes and we trust what they see. And what they see, most often, is not all that ‘Godly looking’.

Yet, in the beginning, God decided (without any arm-twisting on our part) to create a people unto Himself and He decided to make them in His own image. In His own image . . . God wanted his children to look like Him – not on the outside, but on the inside.

If you ever run into any one of my five children, you’d have trouble believing that they belong to me – they don’t look like me. (My sissy-girl Cajun French genetics were no match for hubby’s pure Italian genes) But if you were ever to have a conversation with any of my 5, your doubts would disappear. Deep down, under all the layers of dark Italian skin and dark eyes, are traces of my heart. Some of the things I love, they love. Some of the things that break my heart – also hurt them. Certain traditions that are important to me have become important to them. On any given day they could tell you how I’d react to almost any situation.

The (hidden) genetic contribution is there, and, by living in close proximity to them for years, so also is the spiritual and emotional contribution. It’s simply not visible to natural eyes.

It is much the same with God the Father. He has made us in His image. We are eternal, spiritual beings – like our Father. We have an eternal destiny that most Christ followers struggle to believe about themselves. God looks at His blood-bought children, and has this to say about us:

I have made them a kingdom, a royal race, and priests . . . and they shall reign as kings.

I know, I know . . . I don’t “see” it either! But our enemy does! He knows that we are God’s image bearers here on this earth but he doesn’t want US to really grasp that. He knows that we are part of a royal race of priests and kings. He doesn’t want us to understand that as a daughter (or son) of the kingdom, that the power that raised Christ from the dead is at our disposal. He doesn’t want us to really believe that moving mountains is part of our birthright. He doesn’t want us to discover that as a child of the King, an image bearer of the Creator of all the universe, that he – the enemy – is subject to US and not vice versa.

And so begins the “long and brutal assault on your heart” as John Eldredge writes. In an effort to keep us from fully walking in all of the power and glory and victory and peace that is ours in Jesus, our enemy, Satan, delivers ‘cheap shots’ to our hearts from every possible direction. In order to assure that we never truly grasp the enormity of being made in the image of our Creator, he peppers all of life with difficult people and situations. And all of this is an effort to distract us from the truth – that our enemy KNOWS and FEARS what we would become if we were ever to agree with the Father about our lineage and begin to walk in it.

It’s time to claim what has been bought for us, with a price. Our Father has provided for peace and joy and freedom and victory in the midst of what appears to be our very ordinary lives. But image bearers of the KING do not have to live ordinary lives. Our enemy understands that. Do we?

Eye has not seen nor ear heard all the good things God has made ready and stored up for those who serve Him wholeheartedly! (1 Cor. 2:9)


Now to HIM who by the power that is at work WITHIN US, is able to do super-abundantly far over and above all that we (dare) ask or think (infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams) . . . (Ephesians 3:20)

(Also posted at The Internet Cafe’)


PRAY :)

August 12, 2008

I’d like to ask for prayer for my friend, Cindy. She’s a single mom with two daughters in college. Cindy is undergoing surgery for breast cancer today. Some tests have shown other “possible problem areas” as well. Cindy is a sold-out follower of Jesus who has put her life in His capable hands. Please pray for her and her daughters when God brings them to mind. Thank you very much!


Heart of the Matter Conference Links

August 3, 2008

VISION THERAPY AND VISION RELATED LEARNING PROBLEMS

DIANNE CRAFT.COM

D.I.V.E. MATH CDs

SEQUENTIAL SPELLING

HEART OF WISDOM – What Your Child needs to Know When

HEART OF THE MATTER MAGAZINE ONLINE (August 8, 2008 edition) : “How to tell WHY your child is struggling” (Focus/Attention and Diet)