Thursday, August 4, 2011

What's Going On?

Just a word to let readers know that I am very busy right and now have no idea when I will have time to get back to blogging. For all who have visited and to all the wonderful friends I have made through GrowUpDeep - thank you so much! I miss you and hope to return again one day here or with something brand new. If you currently have me on your blog roll you many remove me without it hurting my feelings... mmmwhaaa!

God bless you all ♥ Lorrie


Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Special Thanks

The Lord has truly blessed me with wonderful friends. Some times they bless me so much I don't quite know what to say.

Marja Meijers at Fresh Insights On Ancient Truths interviewed me for her blog. It was so much fun... and very humbling; kind of strange to answer questions about myself. Even after she posted it, I kept wanting to edit it! I guess there is no way to perfectly put into words all that the Lord has done for me. I'm very grateful. God is good.

And then... my friend Vee at Living Journey followed behind Marja and posted about the interview on her blog! Your love is a cherished gift. I'm so grateful for your friendship.

Thank you both so much, you give me a happy heart ♥


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Guarding Our Hearts


Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart...
Proverbs 3:3

If we know anything about God's holy and living word, then we know there are profound meanings and layers of precept that are never exhausted. This proverb is urging us to not to forsake mercy and truth - that they should be evident in our Christian life. Even further it is admonishing us to keep the wisdom, doctrines and ordinances of Christ.

What of this tablet of the heart though? What an unusual expression!

According to Gill it means to... "not forget them [Gods commands], keep them in memory, and always retain a hearty affection for them; it is the Spirit's work to write them in the heart; and when they are there written, it is the work of saints, under a divine influence, to copy them over in life, and to show by their conduct and behavior that they are written there."

My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands... Proverbs 3:1

Many scoff at the idea of the heart being anything more than an internal organ. Some will concede to the notion of the heart being an expression of love but look what science has discovered...

"Research shows that the heart considers and "thinks" about information received from the brain. This implies the heart has opinions of its own. It acts as a still, small voice checking our thoughts for accuracy, integrity and wisdom. The "mini-brain" of the heart literally functions like a conscience." *

I love it when science confirms God's word. Is it any wonder that God tells us to store up his word in our hearts? We are most certainly fearfully and wonderfully made. If we would only trust and believe that what He tells us is for our own good. Let's make sure our hearts are not hardened to the voice of God's word.

They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the Lord of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 7:12

Let our hearts be good ground to receive the word of God.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

We have much to be thankful for. I want to fill my heart with God's word on a daily basis, don't you?!

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:16-17

*Dr. Caroline Leaf - Who switched off my brain? pg. 120.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

My Heart


When You said, "Seek My face,"
My heart said to You,
"Your face, LORD, I will seek."
Psalm 27:8

Photo: google re-use with no name. I ♥ it. Click the picture to listen to the entire Psalm.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Must Read - Grace of Giving

For quite some time now I have visited Marja Meijers' blog and she has blessed me often with visits and encouraging words here at my own. Marja also writes books and one day I thought... "All this time and I have yet to read one of Marja's books - what's up with that?!" So I ordered her most recent title, Grace of Giving. This is her fourth book in a series about the Ten Commandments and gives us a look at the shortest command - Do not steal!

When I got the book and my first quiet-time opportunity, I made a little "reading nest" on the couch. Me in my "slummies", a glass of ginger ale, sunflower seeds to nibble on, my notebook and Grace of Giving.

I was immediately captivated by Marja's unique approach and perspective. She says in her introduction:

"I was inspired by the wonderful scripture of John 10:10 and began using it as a foundation for my writing because it so unmistakably speaks of stealing and giving, negative versus positive, warning versus promise."

One description of Marja's writing is that "she presents ancient biblical truths in a fresh and down-to-earth style, relevant to our time and culture." I would certainly agree with that. As I was reading this book I found myself settling deeper into my nest and remarking more than once to my husband... "This is really good!"

Grace of Giving opened my eyes to the difference between being obedient to the law and fulfilling the law. I learned how the way of the thief is so much more than just not stealing.

"Only through His grace and our faith in Jesus Christ can we be at peace with God! Good deeds or strict obedience will never ever bring us into relationship with God. So, because of Jesus, the emphasis on obeying the law has moved to fulfilling the law."

There is a section on rebirth and salvation that made my heart pound with expectation. I have come away enlightened, inspired, challenged and positive that this little book is anointed with timely truths. The flowers on the cover are perfect because all the way through this book I felt little spiritual and soul awakenings blossom within me. I have purposed not to set it aside without application. This too is something valuable I learned from reading Grace of Giving.

"We store up so much insight, so many teachings, so much knowledge, so many revelations and whatever we can get in our notebooks while running from church to conference to bible study to retreat sessions that we forget what we have in storage. When we need something, we don't go looking through our stuff (too much work); we just go out and buy something new. We keep accumulating without really using what we have, without tapping into the resources we already possess. That mentality is the way of the thief: more, more, more."

That mentality reminds me of spoiled children at Christmas time. They barely have one gift unwrapped and they are grabbing for the next one! Hello?

I have tons more that I could say about Grace of Giving but I don't think it would be nice to quote someone's entire book on my blog! I also think it would be thievery to diminish the absolute pleasure you will find in reading it for yourself. I highly recommend this book. It is a gem to the Christian body and I'm confident it will be a blessing to everyone who reads it. Its pages are just over 100; they are succinct, powerful and reach into many, if not all, aspects of daily life.

Finally, just a little about Marja Meijers herself. She is a neat person! She was born and raised in Holland but now divides her time, with her husband Jan between Holland and California. She was saved in 2001. She is a volunteer on the advisory board of Teen Challenge. She and her husband travel all over the world and have just started a new non-profit organization called Traveling Light. She speaks five (yes 5) languages... how cool is that!

Marja is an encourager and a blessing. Get to know her. She blogs here with Fresh Insights on Ancient Truths and here - The Life of Sorek, a Journey into Origin and Purpose of Spirit, Soul and Body. Her books are found everywhere but I am happy to link you to Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Tate Publishing, where you can explore many of her other books too.

Just a couple things more to note. The Ventura County Star recently highlighted Grace of Giving in this article. And lastly, to those who buy Grace of Giving... you will find a neat little pass-code in the back of the book allowing you to download the audio version. You can listen to Marja in her own beautiful Holland-born accent read to you. I can't imagine what you are waiting for!!

Thanks Marja for writing Grace of Giving, it has sincerely blessed me ♥