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Resolute Obedience

[Resolution::a formal expression of opinion or intention made; the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method or procedure.  synonyms -> resolve, determination, perseverance, tenacity, strength or fortitude.]

Shortly before the beginning of 2015, God simply posed two questions.  It is from these two questions that I will live in the year 2015.

The first question was, “what are you passionate about?”  What do you have a longing for?  What is in your heart to do and experience?  Once I have the answers to this, I know that I am to live out of that.  Intentionally and resolutely obedient to that which He placed in my heart.

When the question was first posed, I immediately thought of the cultures of the world.  Since I was 16, I have had a fiery passion and interest in the nations of the world.  Once this was quickened to me, He unfolded some simple steps to live in that passion.  The first being: read the books that I have collected regarding other cultures!  So simple.  He sees that passion lying dormant in me and knows that taking steps toward it in 2015 will empower and encourage me.

The second question was, “what do you love to do, but don’t do enough?”  Now, this seems another simple question.  And, as sad as this seems, the answer that came to mind was “laugh!”  I see that in the past few years, a seriousness and stress has entered my life where joy and laughter used to reside.  God was simply saying to me::be aware of this so that you can take the steps each day that release joy/laughter instead of stress.  He is so loving that He wants me to resolve to live out of joy!

Now, these are just the questions that were posed to me and two of the answers that came.  There are many more.  I know that He is calling me to examine my heart [along with the Holy Spirit] so that there will be more answers to these questions and a more empowered way of living in 2015.

Be Blessed,

Crystal

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Heart of a Pharisee or a sinner?

While reading and re-reading Luke chapter 7 the past weeks, I am overwhelmed by so many facets of Christ that merely 50 verses bring to my mind and heart.  I have been particularly drawn to the experience in the house of one of the Pharisees.

Scripture says that “one of the Pharisees desired Him that He would eat with Him.” Christ went to the house of the Pharisee and shortly after, a woman in the city – which was a sinner – brought an alabaster box and stood at His feet.  This may be a very familiar exchange, but it never ceases to flood my heart upon reading it.  I close my eyes and I envision this woman, a known sinner, who comes before the King of kings with her meager offering.  She breaks the alabaster box, perhaps reflecting that her heart was broken, and poured it out upon Him.  She wept and washed His feet with those tears, more of her brokenness overflowing upon Him.  He received her brokenness.

Let that sink in. He received her brokenness.  He didn’t send her away.  He didn’t say she wasn’t refined or perfect enough yet.  He received her. Now, let that sink in and wash over you.  He receives you.  He receives you.

However, the Pharisee spoke within himself, “this man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that touches him: for she is a sinner.” This Pharisee could not imagine a man of God that would receive such a broken vessel.

Matthew Henry’s commentary on this happening is as follows:

None can truly perceive how precious Christ is, and the glory of the gospel, except the broken-hearted. But while they feel they cannot enough express self-abhorrence on account of sin, and admiration of his mercy, the self-sufficient will be disgusted, because the gospel encourages such repenting sinners. The Pharisee, instead of rejoicing in the tokens of the woman’s repentance, confined his thoughts to her former bad character. But without free forgiveness none of us can escape the wrath to come; this our gracious Saviour has purchased with his blood, that he may freely bestow it on every one that believes in him…Let us keep far from the proud spirit of the Pharisee, simply depending upon and rejoicing in Christ alone, and so be prepared to obey him more zealously, and more strongly to recommend him unto all around us. The more we express our sorrow for sin, and our love to Christ, the clearer evidence we have of the forgiveness of our sins. What a wonderful change does grace make upon a sinner’s heart and life, as well as upon his state before God, by the full remission of all his sins through faith in the Lord Jesus!”

A deep question has permeated me::do you have a heart like this Pharisee or a heart like this “sinful woman”?  Do you have a heart that is too proud to acknowledge your origin and your need for Christ?  Or, do you have a heart that will pour out all to Him, beckoning the only One that can receive your brokenness and your whole?

Let Him say of me, “her sins, which were many, are forgiven; for she loved much.”

Be blessed,

Crystal

Reach out…eagerly

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

 

I have been muted for awhile.  And then I stumble upon a quote such as this.  It enriches me.  It inspires me.  It moves me.

The summer has descended upon us and I believe there is no better time than summer to embrace such a warcry for your life.  Embrace LIVING life to the fullest, embrace new and rich experiences.  Each morning, wake up and believe that this day you will not overlook or pass by any opportunity presented.  Such an opportunity can be to smell a beautiful flower, to play on the playground equipment with your children or to take the lead on a new account at work.  All of these are rich experiences in life and will instill valuable character, demeanor and perspective within you that will last a lifetime.

Now is the time. No longer muted, but invigorated by the life that is at your doorstep.

I surrender all

Today, I am attempting to accomplish something that I have always struggled with.  As women, I feel that many times we like to be in control of everything and possibly everyone.  It helps us to feel stable and secure to know that we can orchestrate all things.  However, the truth of the matter is that we cannot.  Only God can have complete control.  So, today Lord I give over all my worries and cares to You.  I give You my strength and weakness, my success and failure, my burdens and joys.  Take all and do all as You will.

I place my heart and life in Your most capable hands,

Crystal