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Hindsight 20/20

Several years ago, (17 to be exact) I came across a teaching by a Seattle pastor named Casey Treat.

The name of the series was “The Orphan Heart”.

I had not even heard of that before, but it caught my attention.

The book was entitled “Healing the Orphan Heart”.

In a nutshell, Casey maintained that the orphan heart is mainly caused by the “lack of biblical fathering”, that “causes many people to struggle with inferiority, insecurity, and defensiveness.”

“If your heart is orphaned, your life is broken; and if your heart is whole, your life is whole.”

“If you pursue a whole heart there is no limit to what God can do in your life.”

Healing the Orphaned Heart by Casey Treat

I’ve been hearing the term” Orphaned Heart” in many different places recently, so this made me want to go back, and look at the topic again.

Oh my goodness how that topic has been expanded.

To tell the truth, I think that quarantine time has managed to show me that some of those issues, although healed, are trying to come back.

Join me while I go and look back, (Hindsight 20/20 in 2020) and then look forward again.

My hope is that together, we can get a bigger perspective, and catch some more healing for our souls.

Since the resources are so vast, I’ll just post on this on Wednesdays, so that we can learn together.

I look forward to learning more about it with you!

Until next time …

Rocking Chairs and Tornadoes (Revisited)

 

With all the news as of late about natural disasters, it is really difficult to

“Be not afraid.” or “Fear not.”

Some events in our lives may make us feel like we are in those disasters, even though physically, we may not be.

Today things are so different than this original post. Coronavirus – COVID19

You know what I mean don’t you?

Are there things going on in your life that have the potential to

strike sorrow and fear into you?

Peaceful protest turning in violent demonstrations.

If we compared these disasters, what would we find they have in common?

 I never gave this question much thought until I heard Nate Berkus recount his experience  of being swept away in a tsunami.                       

In the water with him were telephone poles, barbed wire, parts of trees and people’s homes …. and people.                                                   

All these things were swirling around him and beating his body, all the while he was fighting for his very life.

Natural disasters are on the rise.

Is that how you feel right now?

 

        Is the debris of your life beating you while you are struggling to keep your head above it all?

Are sorrow and fear and loss threatening to engulf you?

Do your circumstances feel like they are beating the life out of you?

We are all in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat.

Your boat experience is likely very different than mine.

   But consider this picture.

 

Your life is the tornado.

Debris is flying everywhere and the mayhem of it all is causing you mass confusion.

You are swirling around with this mess and there is no exit.

This is not too much of a stretch, if you are like many of the people you know.

The fact is, you may recognize some of those folks in the havoc, right along with you!

 Now push the pause button, and consider a different picture.

The pause button has been pushed now for a couple of months.

What will we do with what we’ve learned during that time of pause?

                      The tornado is still there.

The debris is still flying and the mayhem is still circling you.

HOWEVER

Can you picture yourself here in this next scenario?

 The difference is that YOU aren’t anywhere to be found in the mass confusion.

YOU are firmly planted in the middle of the eye of that storm.

YOU are seated in a rocking chair.

What does that mean?????

Firmly seated in a rocking chair, in the eye of the storm?

 The peace of your Father God is planted deeply in your heart.

A peaceful pause if you will.

 YOUR heart is full of the knowledge that He is aware and in total control.

To be sure, there still may be sorrow and loss, but YOU do not have to live with fear.

 

How do I know this?

First off, I’ve had my fair share of living in fear. 

Secondly, the Word of God plainly states that if you know Him.

If you receive what His Son Jesus did for you on the cross, then you need not be afraid.

(If you do not have the assurance of Jesus’ saving grace, then please visit the “Rescue” page on this blog.)

I believe the word of God to be true. 

Every word.

So when He says not to be afraid (found over 80 times) in the Bible,

I choose to obey.

Notice I said “choose”; Being afraid is not a sin.  

What you do with it could be.

You get to make that choice.

The only thing you are to fear is God.

That is a different fear.

Not spooky, creepy fear,

but a fear that is defined as being in awe of Him.

 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

Here’s the ask.  For today. 

Use the following verses in your circumstances.  Today.

We can truly only do it for today.

Choose to let God be in control of your chaos.  Today.

Choose to sit in that rocking chair and relax while He takes on everything that would set your heart to fear.  Today. 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

(I heard a teacher the other day say that in it’s original form, Sound mind means moderation – which translate into Opposite of panic.)

Do you see that? Opposite of Panic!

This is not an easy task.  The world we live in caters to fear.  Its goal is to make us afraid.

Just look at the nightly news.  (No wait, maybe you shouldn’t)

At any rate, giving your fear to God will get easier with practice.

Note: Remember ~ Doctors practice.  Lawyers practice. Athletes practice.

Why do they do so?  To get better at what they do.

I encourage you to practice not being afraid, to sit and rest on your rocker, while God handles things.

 Psalm 34:9  (NIV) Fear the LORD; you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.

 Lamentations 3:57  (NIV) You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 (AMP)  Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.

This is it for today.

A revisit, with a splash of today.

I hope it helped to make a difference.

Until next time …

Heavenly Home

Family. Friends. Familiar folks. Strangers. Yourself.

All have something in common.

Everyone; absolutely everyone, wants to have a place to be.

A place where everybody knows your name.

There is a longing to belong; somewhere.

What is this desire?

Where does it come from?

You may have your own ideas on this, but here, in this space; I’ll share what I believe to be true.

First here is a scripture I love;

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV)

Note; God has put eternity in the hearts of men – Eternity fits in there? What will you do with yours?

And one more;

Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. They pass through the Valley of Baka, (Valley of Weeping/Sadness) they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. Psalm 84:4-6 (NIV)

Note; Hearts set on pilgrimage. (A journey to a place with special significance.) The people spoken of here have walked through some hard times; Times of tears and sadness, and it is possible to come out on the other side with joy!

For I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. 1 Corinthians 16:7 (ESV)

Notes;

They just want to go home; A place where we would like to spend some time.

For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone. Ephesians 2:18-20 (ESV)

Note;

If we know Jesus, we are no longer strangers, but people with a home to live in.

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:20-21 (ESV)

Note;

Knowing Christ, our citizenship is in Heaven.

Come to me, (Home) all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (ESV)

We have a heavenly home, where we are not only known, but He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 (ESV)

Back to the eternity idea;

Ever wonder what the hole in your heart was?

You can’t describe it.

You know it’s there, but it’s identity remains a mystery.

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.

― Blaise Pascal

Why not try filling that space by going to the God who created it and knows the most about it?

It will feel like going home.

See you next time.