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Reasons Why My Heart Sings

Never LetHE leads and I follow, that’s the way it must be with GOD!

I feel like I did not accomplish my goal and the enemy got in the way of my heat felt prayer request to GOD.

I asked GOD for greater intimacy with HIM and instead received the most intense and painful trial of my life!!

But closeness to GOD is not one-sided filled with feelings of sweet surrender. There is another side of the cross associated with pain and suffering.

It seems GOD has chosen to share this side of divine soul with me instead of all the warm toasty feelings I had cultivated in my head.

GOD is so much smarter than I and HE sweetly set me up so that both our needs could be met!!!

You see, I long and ache for GOD’s voice period. But instead of speaking to me directly as I thought HE would instead HE speaks to my heart and urges me to HIS word ūüôā

I know you have heard it said that absences makes the heart grow fonder, no where has this been more true in my desire to hear HIS voice.

Did you think that intense desire and longing was just for human to human relationships? Have you given real thought to what intimacy with GOD might be like? What does it mean to HIM and what does that translate into for you and I?

Nearness and a more instant access is what we often envision but I think GOD envisions a situation in which we must search for seek and run hard after HIM. This means that HE will place some things directly within our grasp as it pertains to HIM and other things HE will make us work hard for.

In everyday life do we not work consistently and with great effort on our dearest goals? Can you think back on something that  you really desired and were willing to roll up your sleeves for and commit to for the long haul?

GOD longs for us to desire HIM more than anything else in the world!

My heart sings this week because GOD has accomplished that work  in me because I do desire HIM more than anything else in the world!

 

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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

The Cross Invites and Rebukes

 

 

Any good parent invites their child/children into their hearts unconditionally loving them but there are times that a child’s behavior can cause a parent to have to correct and rebuke an action taken.

God The Father being the best parent ever invites and rebukes with HIS work through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ!

Archbishop Desmond Tutu stated…. ” I can’t for the life of me imagine that God will say. ” I will punish you because you are black, you should have been white. I will punish you because you are a woman, you should have been a man. I will punish you because you are a homosexual, you out to have been heterosexual. I can’t for the life of me believe that is how God sees things.

I agree with two out of three of what this Archbishop stated on the image to your left.

Allow me to explain. The first two examples are not identity issues but facts of God’s creation, coming up against carnal thinking. The third, is a result of an identity crisis. I will acknowledge that identity issue ( such as in the case of homosexual expression) are serious and are often not simply understood. In many cases of a sexual identity crisis such an individual has been sexually or, deeply emotionally abused or having been socially outcast to such a degree that one finds it difficult to fit in comfortably and if another group accepts them freely then a poor substitute for God’s best for them is often the result. The point being is that everywhere I look I see God’s people dealing with issues that seem insurmountable to them and then make decisions as to how to handle the problem according to their own understanding. God tells us in the bible according to…

Proverbs 3:-6

5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
a father’s delight is behind all this.

All of our problems the ones that are sin related can be over come ( placed in subjection) when we give God first place in our hearts and lives! Our sexuality is not the be all end all and should never be allowed to sit in the drivers seat of our lives. We are created in God’s image and likeness and the grey matter up stair under the direction of the Holy Spirit brings true freedom and the ability to enjoy what God has given in the manner that is pleasing to Him.

At the end of our lives it is GOD alone that we will have to answer to not our bed partners or even religious leaders, but GOD almighty alone so it is only HIS ultimate thought on all of life’s concerns that should keep and demand our attention!

 

Catchy Rhymes and Rhythmic Beats-Meditative Monday Devotional

When I began dancing again, I was in such high spirits one afternoon that I was dancing and moving to just about anything with a gospel phrase  and swaying beat!

Practicing, my dance hours each day… after all one must respect their craft by studying to show one self approved, right?
On this specific afternoon I as my husband was driving and I was happily bouncing along in the car, I¬† heard these words spoken to me…. Be careful not to get carried off by the music or the beat!

How is it that feelings can change as suddenly as the direction of the wind?

I awoke one morning in March with great joy in my heart, so much so I felt as if I would bust!

So, I jumped up and danced to “Like Never Before” by Shekinah Glory, while tears streamed down my face.

And …. With joy like that I thought all my days of experiencing sorrow were surely behind me:-)

A sneak attack by the enemy out of no where it seems. Confusion set in. Once again, left me wondering….

If other outlets might do the trick?

I searched, but I found them to be shallow and hollow, nothing compares to having the Spirit of God dwell deep inside our hearts( so much so that we are busting at the seams)!

The dance….

The Jackson’s old 70’s tune states….¬† don’t blame it on the sunshine, don’t blame it on the moonlight, don’t blame it on the good-time… blame it on the boogie!

Not even the boogie, the catchy rhymes or rhythmic beats could stir me this time,  while GOD was making a point;  HE demanded my undivided attention!

And here is what HE whispered into my heart…..

No earthly pleasure can compare to my real joy!

For HIS (Jesus Christ) goodness and HIS glory, for the joy inside HIS story is the reason I worship, my own pleasure is secondary and a by-product of true worship!

Now, I’ve learned to build my hope and happiness on nothing less than Jesus,HIS righteousness, hope and healing that HIS Word brings!

Without God’s Word ( that has HIS very Spirit infused in it) what would I even have to dance, sing or write about?

Heaven and earth will disappear, but (GOD) tells us HIS words will remain forever!!!!

Check out my husband Rev. William Boddie sermon on Sunday June 24th! Then enjoy the song Like Never Before

Meditative Monday -Weekly Scripture Verse

1 John 3:2-3

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as HE is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

 

Outside influences are not all that are marketed as being able to offer.

Carefully consider what you long for because as you mature you’ll realize that true richness is found in your relationship with Jesus Christ!!

Waking Up Scripture

Do you long to be really spiritually alive?

Then don’t just read this verse this week but commit to placing it in your heart¬† through meditation.

What do I mean by mediation?

It’s simple…….

Just take each word in this scripture verse and ponder its meaning by placing intensive focus on each word. Example …¬† Beloved ( ponder this word) even look it up in a dictionary if necessary to bring a deeper and richer awareness then commit to do the same with each of the following words. I promise ( if you will do this) the process begin wake up a dormant bible verses and help you to bring life to flat words resting in your mind and hearts.

 

 

Prayer……..

Lord Jesus, our hope is in You because we are your children.  We want to become all the You have made us to be so continue to work Your perfect process of sanctification in our lives. Let the beauty, purity and hope that is You (Christ) rise up within each of us each day this week and for the rest of our lives so that no matter what the fact of our circumstances are that we will rise up to see ourselves through the eyes of the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things yet to be seen ( faith). We look to You Lord in your infinite wisdom to provide all that we need for our journey at this time.

In the name above all other names Jesus Christ we pray… Amen!!

 

 

 

Thought For Today -What’s Happened To The Me I Once Knew?

What’s Happened To Me I Once Knew?

The diet ( or lifestyle) that I followed in my twenties and even thirties somewhere along the lines stopped working for me.

When , where and how did that all happen?

My needs  changed/ mutated as I have matured and aged.

I have always been a flexible person.

And I define being flexible as…

Having the ability to realize and accept once something or someone in my life begins speaking the prophetic message… ‘move on’ it’s time to redefine yourself.

I confess,  that I have spent so much of my life starting over from the way I think to the way that I eat.

So much of my life has been spent in transformation that I feel as if¬† I have majored in ”¬† How To Rise From The Ashes“!

But, this frustrating and sometimes painful reality of never-ending change and renewal  has produced one decisive strength and advantage.

My faith in the one who never changes  Jesus Christ!

HE’s the secret weapon that you never what to be without in the mist of a battle Especially the most important battle of all the one fought for your very soul identity!

Jesus being my anchor is the one and only fact that qualifies me to speak and model truth!

HE has been my anchor in an ever-changing inner terrain and in an outer world that has known very little order!

When I look at my life today, the landscape looks nothing like it did 10 or even 5 years ago.

I no longer recognize myself¬† by my familiar thoughts, habits, friends, physical form or even by the possessions under my stewardship but I do recognize my true identity… the image and likeness of Christ!

 

Translucent Tuesday’s- An Open Door An Open Heart

1 Thessalonians 3:12 NKJV

May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you.

Most mornings as I am hustling around our home getting my boys ready to get on the school bus my disposition screams it’s in need of an overhaul.

As I’m feverishly working trying to connect all the dots within a certain time frame.

Our mornings begin super early and are tightly scheduled.

The sheer number of things that need to be accomplished within a short time frame is… how do I say it?

Maddening!

Nothing puts me a a  funky space as fast as being rushed and pinched for time!

How about trying to cook two meals, packing said meals, then bathing two boys, and dressing them all within a two hour time period!

Are you feeling me?

My disposition unravels because as I look at what needs to be done and how I want it done my actual timing and performance too many times does not measure up to what I’m demanding of myself internally.

My demandingness ( not sure if that’s an actual word)¬† in this matter is a clear cut indicator ( hind-sight)¬† that I and not Christ is sitting in the drivers seat:-0

Wouldn’t we all “girls” like to be the perfect¬† archetype of the P 31 Woman even when under duress?

Below is a bit of  scripture on the P31 Woman( just so you can get a good feel for what I am speaking of) when I say becoming the perfect archetype of this woman at all times!

Prov 31:10-17 (NLT)

10  Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.11 Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She finds wool and flax and busily spins it.14 She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar.15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard.17 She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.

You’re getting the picture, right?

What woman of GOD in her right mind would reject these list of virtues?

My early morning experiences Monday-Friday seem to magnify my weakness and pull  out my character flaws (especially) the ones that move in contrast to ideal P31 woman!

And as a result I feel anything but at peace within my own heart.

But upon sitting down and really thinking about this daily situation ( after I’ve gotten the boys out of the house and off to school) I’m realizing that the issues I am experiencing are not issues with my performance or skills but instead they are issues of the heart.

Love, patience and a spirit of hospitality must begin and are cultivated within our own hearts towards ourselves!

A few questions I came up with are.

What doors am I opening up during these episodes?

Whom or what am I inviting into my heart?

Am I fellow-shipping with the Holy Spirit during those times?

Or am I running myself down with my negative mind-talk and perfectionist attitude?

All of this then reminds me that I need to keep the door to my heart open to allow Jesus into my dark and messy moments!

With an open door and open heart towards Jesus it then positions me to experience HIS wonderful grace!

We all need grace to get through life cause it aint easy!

No matter what were doing our internal posture should be one of sitting at Jesus’ feet listening up a storm ( like Mary) and taking in every ounce of love and wisdom HE wants to share with in that moment!

I like to call this inner poise!

There is not one activity, or deadline that we are involved in or have to perform in this life that is more important than our internal attitude and disposition. We always win and the enemy is under our feet when we face the Cross, the light and meditate on God and all of HIS goodness!

I may not be able to change the overstressed places and conditions without, but I can make Jesus the King and the most valuable possession of my heart ( at all times)!

Let’s end in prayer….

Avi, (Father)

Your love and wisdom are our daily manna! When we try to deal with stress in our own power or go too long without connecting to YOU we feel the pangs of  our old nature attempting to creep in and steal  our first love and joy!

Help us to recognize the signs of spiritual hunger pangs before we fall into stinking thinking, and dial into the soap-opera of our BC ( before Christ) days !

Help us to close all of our hidden and back doors so that the enemy of our soul’s will be denied access to our heart and fill our minds with Your powerful Word so that we can live inside the mind of Jesus Christ!

Most of all deliver us from striving  for perfection and trying to impress. Perfectionism is not the same as being matured in the faith.Teach us that hospitality towards the Holy Spirit entails us loving truth( GOD and HIS Word) welcoming HIM with warmth, allowing HIM full ( not just limited  access) to our entire inner house ( fellow-shipping) with HIM.

In The Name of Jesus We Pray, Amen!

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