Friday Favorites – Favorite Bible Story

My favorite story from the bible is pictured here in the photo I took while in Magdala, Israel.

The story is found in Mark:25-29 (ESV)

25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.

This poor woman knew in her heart of hearts, that if she could only touch the hem of His garment, she would be healed.

So she threw away her fear, and bravely pushed her way through to Him.

Can you image how hard that had to be for her in her weakened state?

Can you imagine how WE would be,

if we simply pushed our way through, to touch the hem of His garment?

Until next time …

Hindsight 20/20 – #3

For this post today, we’ll look at some traits that are common with the orphan heart.

I copied some traits here from the link that I placed near the end.

For those who think they could be suffering from an orphaned heart, it is a good place to begin.

1. The orphan spirit operates out of insecurity and jealousy. The spirit of sonship functions out of love and acceptance.

2. The orphan spirit is jealous of the success of his brothers. The mature son is committed to the success of his brothers.

3. The orphan spirit serves God to earn the Father’s love. The mature son serves God out of a sense of divine acceptance and favor.

4. The orphan spirit tries to medicate his deep internal alienation through physical stimulation. The mature son walks in the joy and presence of the Lord for comfort.

5. The orphan spirit is driven by the need for success. The Spirit leads the mature son into his calling and mission.

6. The orphan spirit uses people as objects to fulfill their goals. Mature sons serve people to bless the kingdom.

7. The orphan spirit repels their children. The spirit of sonship attracts their children.

8. The orphan spirit has issues with anger and fits of rage. The spirit of sonship rests in the Father’s ability to control and guide their future.

9. The orphan spirit is always in competition with others. The spirit of sonship is always blessing others

10. The orphan spirit has a lack of self-esteem. The spirit of sonship walks in the love and acceptance of Father God.

11. The orphan spirit receives their primary identity through material possessions, their physical appearance, and activities. The spirit of sonship has their identity grounded in their sonship and their Father’s affirmation.

The complete article well defines the traits of the two opposite hearts.

Join me next time for post #4 in this series.

Some steps to help heal the orphan heart.

Until then …

All That Wander Are Not Lost

All that wander are not lost.

So I’ve heard it said.

It seems I’ve been wandering since the beginning of this COVID business.

Some of that wandering has lead me to places I am greatly familiar with.

Other wanderings have lead to places dark, and unknown.

In my wanderings I have seen and re-seen things I have noted before; in those same wanderings I have noticed things that I had either forgotten entirely, or had not known at all.

Some of my wanderings took me to places I never wanted to go; others to places light and airy, and free.

From some of those wanderings, I came away with a fog so thick that I had to sit and rest until it cleared.

Still at other times, they brought light to dark corners that I was unaware of, thereby shedding new light on my path.

Regardless of where your wanderings take you, I encourage you to be open, and ready to learn whatever is in front of you to learn.

Mostly, I encourage you to “Be not afraid”.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid. John 14:27.

I leave you with two questions to ask yourself during your current wanderings;

I usually use them during scripture reading, they are from a long time mentor – Graham Cooke.

“What does this mean?”

And

“What shall I do?”

Asking these questions has been helpful in my understanding of most, if not all, of my wanderings.

Until next time …