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Reasons Why My Heart Sings 28

Nativity scene at Sacred Heart Catholic Church...

Nativity scene at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in the historic Barelas neighborhood, Albuquerque, NM, Jan 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Greeting in the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!!

It is a wonderous, worshipfulled Wednesday!

It is now officially one day after Christmas and most are coming down from that mountain top high experience!

Christmas Day is a corporate experience and activity that we can join in and enjoy with others, but what I learned this Christmas that I can take with me and build upon for the rest of this year and into 2013 is this…..

God gives to us each and everyday like it is Christmas. And the deeper blessing is in us seeing these blessings. GOD gives so much that we are all a little short-sighted and unintentionally take many things for granted. But our joy would be so much fuller and vastly richer if we could really experience on purpose each moment of GOD wonderous treasures!

Since we weere created in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ we can on purpose show His generous nature each and every day of our lives. Now, I finally understand that we are more blessed when we give than when we receive.

To  give shows and demonstrates a place and space of bounty! One must have been given something before it can be poured upon others!

My heart sings because I no longer have to wait for the experience of Christmas to roll around once a year, I can now live in this sacred space 365 days each year when I choose to master my focus and place it on Jesus Christ, and when I am intentional in asking HIM to unsettle me so that I can awaken to seeing the sacred in everyday life and when I by giving to others I help to create an atmosphere where love is given the oxygen it needs to thrive in!

In HIS Great Love,

Jennifer Boddie

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Christ Glorified In The Mist of Trials

Yesterday I sent out a duplicate from last weeks post. Please forgive that little oversight and accept this post as it’s replacement!

 

Galatians 5:22 (NLT) But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

I have a heritage in our Lord Jesus Christ that is undefiled, immaculate and incorruptible and so do you if you believe upon Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior!

Christ is rich treasure-house of all that is necessary for the abundant life mind, body and spirit.

We often want to wait on our outward circumstances to change before we taste of HIS richness but the truth is the sweetness of Christ can be sampled no matter what state you’re in.

His Spirit liberates and sets free and there is not circumstance that can block this flow from heaven but we must choose to connect to it.

Are you one that loves your freedom?

If so, I understand because so do I.

But there are times in our lives when our ability to come and go just as we might please may be a bit dampened but that does not mean we have lost our liberty in Christ Jesus.

It is always nice to have a measure of both freedom and liberty but sometimes we are called upon in our lives to glorify Jesus even when we are in the flames of affliction.

Job demonstrates a penetrating example of that.

1-3 Job was a man who lived in Uz. He was honest inside and out, a man of his word, who was totally devoted to God and hated evil with a passion. He had seven sons and three daughters. He was also very wealthy—seven thousand head of sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred teams of oxen, five hundred donkeys, and a huge staff of servants—the most influential man in all the East!

Even though Job has his moments of loosing his personal poise he never looses his the Gospel and he is able to praise and up lift GOD in a very unique way in while in the pangs of deep affliction.

Confusion about the how and why of GOD and HIS divine movement in our lives is not the same as turning our hearts away from GOD and the enemy cannot no matter how much he boast take anything away from you that God has given but we can walk away from and give up what GOD has given us to birth by walking away from it and ceasing to nurture and feed it the proper food.

Our identity is Jesus Christ is not rooted within our ability to not sin but instead it flows from the one whom became the appropriation of our sins.

Life changing water into wine, Christ ( The Anointed One) has the ability to transform our broken sin sick  state into one of wholeness and righteousness.

I given up on identifying with Jennifer because this represents the flesh and all the needed Jesus Christ to become her Lord and Savior.

The more I identify with Jennifer ( especially during times of trial )  the less liberty I have and the more I long for or seek fleshy freedom ( the ability to please myself) through my daily activities.

I would rather the Holy Spirit be please than I because then I know that what I have spent my time and energy on will reap dividends beyond the cares of this world.

I understand that all of this is a process for each believer and I am not stating that you are anyone else is sinning if this is not your current residence in your walk with Jesus Christ.

But it is only through the Holy Spirit can we walk in “The Fruits of The Spirit“.

We can begin to awaken these fruits even within a more personal context but they will not fully blossom until they are fully given over unto your new identity in Christ Jesus.

Until then we experience being in and out of    love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness within and with our fellow man.

GOD is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness but for HIM to be those things HE has to take a strong stance against that which is not these things.

That is why is the Cross is necessary to restore people to GOD so that we are able to glorify the sacred ( Jesus Christ ) and celebrate HIM in our daily lives once again.

Proverbs 15:6

The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aside

Reasons Why My Heart Sings-25

I am thankful this week because I was able to drive myself to bible study even in the face of deception, threats and some near sleep episodes while driving.

You see, I have been under heavy fire by the enemy since promising GOD all but I am still standing for our Lord and Savior!

Now enjoy the short devotional below!

“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.” Romans 12:12 MSG Bible.

To all my fellow warriors and saints remember the battle is not yours but it belongs to the Lord!

Preparing oneself for ministry. Well actually I should say in God’s preparation to send us into ministry is it’s time to put cute and fluffy things aside.

I have not been hindered because I realize that the timing for all things belong to the LORD!

I have a question are you ready to live for our LORD?

Or is you motivation to help people along the way.

There is nothing innately bad about loving your fellow man but it is not the same as living for our Lord.

Here are some of the pro’s and con’s to both sides.

Most live life solely for themselves so they would benefit by having thoughts for the needs and concerns for others.

Actually we all benefit when we learn to live a life directed by the Holy Spirit.

This is not an either or place to be drafted from.

But the question is motive.

What is your and mine motive for the things we do? Are we seeking admiration? Friends or perhaps meaning in our lives?

Man needs many things, not doubt but a relationship with God is top on the list. If you seek any of these other things first then a call to ministry could be misused.

Glorifying God is not in how many times we post a blog or in how many people that like a Facebook positing.

To glorify God means to give of oneself for the purposes of having HIM (God know) that HE is your most treasured gift no matter what.

Can you remember how good God is when pressure is mounting on all sides?

I am thankful I can and I am praying the same for all of you:-)

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Do you remember that song from our childhood that we sang in Sunday School?

It starts off… Deep and wide, deep and wide there is a fountain flowing deep and wide!

Have you missed out on this deep and wide fountain lately?

Has life felt long, dry, hard, twisted and winding lately?

Both love and joy are rich in nutrients unto the human soul!

Without them in adequate amounts in our lives we experience dehydration and undernourishment.

A long narrow winding canal, is what a river bed appears like when naked and stripped of its vital nourishment.

Can we still even call it a river bed, if its function has been forgotten?

Can existing ( the number of breaths taken) be called living?

Maybe, the riverbed has been dried up for so long that it is now being used for other functions.

Even creative functions may have emerged during this time of dormancy but a river-bed remains dry until it can perform its original intended function!

Many of us in the body of Christ are  experiencing dry and cracking places in our lives where hardly anything grows anymore!

Even when regenerated  spiritually by our confession of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we can remain vastly untapped and walk out our lives in an  UN regenerated state in our souls, minds and bodies!

The rich flowing waters of “THE GOSPEL” or Good News is fully capable of interweaving itself through each of us holistically.

And that’s my prophetic point today that I am bubbling over with thankfulness for….

Wholeness in Christ!

You see, when we go through the daily life motions  and we don’t experience GOD’s joy  we are not walking out the fullness of HIS greatness! In this case our steps feel disintegrated and we miss out on sharing the beautiful dance with HIM through this life, while dropping bread crumbs for others to follow so they too can met the Master!

His signature those things which makes my Master so irresistible universally and the best thing since sliced bread are  HIS boundless  love and joy!

Jesus speaks love and joy in an effortless fashion through HIS unspoken body language. Have you allowed these attributes to embody you? I promise it will make witnessing super painless and ultra effective!!! You’ll see, the next time there is an opportunity to witness to others about Jesus ( show them these two pieces of polished fruit of HIS Spirit) operating in your lives and watch them salivate for more of HIM!!!

I’ve danced and dinned in the presence of the Divine today!

Have you?

Reasons Why My Heart Sings-23

Each evening I read my sons’ a bible story.

Honestly, I think I enjoy them more than the kids!!!

God never fails to minister to that little girl in me as I read the stories for my sons’ spiritual growth:-)

 

Spending time with our children is precious indeed!

Living love ( Jesus Christ ) in a way to imprints itself upon the heart as treasured memories to be counted as more valuable than gold!

As a child I remember a neighbor that was a dear woman of GOD and she after working a long day at her place of employment would come home and take the time to sit down at her kitchen table and present snacks. But the icing on that cake is that this woman would take the time to share the bible-study with my best friend and I!

What impressed me so about this is the fact that this woman hardly knew me personally but opened up her heart and home to my friend and I!

I did not have the bible taught to me in my own home as a child! Which makes this act of kindness mean even more to me.

GOD always has a ram in the bush:-)

Bible study teachers are specially chosen by GOD!!

Mrs. Bolton I know that most likely you’re long gone from this side of life now and are directly in heaven worshiping GOD.

 

But that seed the God used you to plant into the soil of my life and heart is now very much bearing fruit:-)

I love you!!!

Isn’t HIS Throne beautiful, Mrs. Bolton?

Befitting such a magnificent KING of KINGS as our God!!!

 

Heavenly Father I want you to know that You fill me and fulfill me like nothing else can!

My gratitude list is going to be short but profoundly sweet this week.

I am so thankful being  that little girl sitting at Your feet just waiting for your next Word, smile, encouragement or even waiting for You to challenge me to reach for even more of You and Your wonders!

Thank you for knowing and reading my heart as if it were words dancing around on a piece of paper. You know me better than I know myself I look to You for all the answers.

I also want to share this poem that reminded me of some important things about GOD’s Promises!

 

What God Hath Promised -by Annie Johnson Flint

God hath not promised

Skies always blue,

Flower-strewn pathways

All our lives through.

God hath not promised

Sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow

Peace without pain.

But God hath promised

Strength for the day,

Rest for the labor,

Light for the way,

Grace for the trials,

Help from above,

Unfailing sympathy,

Undying Love.

 

 

 

Reasons Why My Heart Sings-22

2 Corinthians 5:13-14 (NLT) 13 If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. 14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.

Jesus Christ ( the anointed one) I envision in my heart that Whitney is singing the bridge to the song “I’ll Always Love You” in YOUR name; and for that beautiful vision I am thankful!!

JESUS, we’ll always love YOU!

May your daughter Whitney Elizabeth Houston now bask in the fullness of Your LOVE and JOY for an eternity!

LORD, I am eternally grateful and thankful that YOU love me and that your love is oh so real and concrete (in the person of Jesus Christ) to my body, mind, soul and spirit! Oh LORD, how we all need YOU ( not extreme wealth and fame but endow me (us) with the talent to obey YOU cheerfully)! And, shower us in YOUR LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY! 

Pray with me, will you?

May my ( mind., body soul or spirit  never- ever be smitten/ enamored by or eclipsed by any idolatrous drives or mask from within or without but may the true image and likeness of Jesus Christ thrive vibrantly lighting-up both my inner and outer world!  In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen!

Beloved sister Whitney…thanks for the beautiful legacy of music you have left for our pleasure:-)

It is by HIS amazing grace (through the gifting of Jesus Christ) that any  enter into the Kingdom of Heaven!

Nothing else makes us good enough!!!!

We as your body of believers want to honor thy unfathomable  sacrifice Jesus, to redeem us!!!

Just to try to sum it all up, my heart is singing oh, Holy One at this very moment for thy complete faithfulness!!!!!

I can count on YOU and who You are even when nothing else makes sense in life because JESUS YOU are TRUTH:-)

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From a human perspective love feels right/ means being comforted and being understood emotionally.

God’s version of love requires us to put on the Whole Armor so that we can stand!

God takes into consideration our need to be comforted, understood, to have real and lasting stability, for unconditional love and opportunities to grow!

God does not waste one single moment of our life experiences. They all can be turned into divine teaching sessions!

God does not want you and I to bow to  fear AKA ( false evidence appearing real) .

In prayer we often ask God to divert our fears or we ask HIM to direct us around our fears.

Danger and fears are not always perceived as the same, by GOD.

What God  often does instead is to walk with us through our fears in very creative ways and HE provides us with the tools to over come them and place the enemy under our feet!

Good earthly fathers have many of these same qualities of helping their children do things that they did not think they were capable of achieving!

God’s way of nurturing is also to give us a deep sense of our real identity and sense of worth.

When we know our value and worth to HIM, then we can love ourselves although we are perfectly imperfect!

 

 

My heart sings HIS praises at this moment because…

 

205. I do not have to be perfect God’s strength is made perfect in my weaknesses! Through my cracks and breaks HIS glory can be seen by others that much more:-)

206.  I am so thankful for the fact that I continue to bear fruit in HIM.

207.  I don’t even mind and am thankful for the pruning that must take place constantly in my life so that I can continue to bear fruit into my old age!

208.  I am thankful being delivered from being B.U.S.Y (being under Satan yoke). God desires instead for me to BE more in HIM  not do more in an already impossible schedule.

209.  I am thankful for the God opening the eyes of my heart to see how perfectly HE has molded and made me to fulfill the unique calling that HE has placed on my life.

210. Thank you GOD for making me totally unique and irreplaceable no-one else can ‘snatch my value”  or take my place in your heart nor walk the path and reach souls exactly as You have crafted me to show YOU to this dying world.

211. Thank you, Heavenly Father for rescuing me from no-mans-land of self-service!

212. Thank you for the special gift promised to each of us that reads the book of revelation. Each time I have read it ( twice now) I have consciously been aware of being blessed but at this time I want to really focus in and thank you for the blessings that I have given that I have yet to perceive!

213.  Thank you, beloved Father for being the sweetener in my life that otherwise would be quite sour!

214. Lord, you’re so good and I am so thankful for YOUR heart, virtues and aspects of your character in each person, or situation you have ever provided to bless me  in this life! You’re not invisible to my heart, soul and spirit! You are everywhere! Thank you for for giving me the means ( method) to see and be with YOU in this life ( and beyond).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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