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God heals the brokenhearted

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But you, God, see the trouble of the

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afflicted; you consider their grief

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and take it in hand. The victims

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commit themselves to you …

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Psalm 10:14

 

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The Lord builds up Jerusalem (and those who are grieving)

He gathers the exiles …

He heals the brokenhearted

and binds up their wounds.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted

and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous

and His ears are attentive to their cry.

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Cry out to God Most High …

He sends from heaven and saves you, …

God sends His love and His faithfulness.

He does not ignore the cry of the afflicted.

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Whoever who dwells in the shelter of the Most

High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

He will cover you with his feathers,

and under His wings you will find refuge

His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Psalm 147:2-3; Psalm 34:18,15; Psalm 57:2-3* slight change

Psalm 9:12; Psalm 91:1,4

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Dedicated to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School

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What counts is whether we have been
transformed into a new creation.
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Galatians 6:15
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My sons enjoy playing with “Transformers”, so I like to tell them that God is the Master Transformer.  I explain that God doesn’t change, but He transforms us by changing the way we think (Romans 12:2).  This transformation is a radical process!
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God wants to transform each of us into people who:
These things are only possible through God’s creative power.
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On Ash Wednesday, I shared a YouTube video about butterflies to a group of children.  We talked about how butterflies can be a symbol for Easter and how Lent is like being in a chrysalis (a time that God can change us) and how Easter is a time for celebrating God’s life-changing power.  I think the butterfly is the most incredible example of God’s ability to transform.  The caterpillar has to be broken down and reconstructed before the beautiful butterfly can be created.
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Please take a moment to watch this video clip about butterflies. My hope is that by watching this video, you will be awed at God’s power to bring about change and reminded that an astonishing metamorphosis can also take place in your life.
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Let God transform you into a new person
 by changing the way you think.  Romans 12:2
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Dedicated to Lea and Melanie, my book club friends, who inspired this post and shared this video at the Word Made Flesh Advent 2011 Retreat
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Comfort Overflows

For just as the sufferings of Christ
flow over into our lives, so also through
Christ our comfort overflows.
 
2 Corinthians 1:5
 
 
Suffering does have a purpose
Though it hurts beyond words
He endured the pain
All the rejection and shame
Physical – Emotional
His heart was like wax
that melted away
He then died for me
 
I fall on my knees
His story touches my soul
Takes me to the heart of God
Embraces my pain
Gives me power to love
 
I seek the silence
When I am quiet I hear
The whisper
Of a love larger than me
Surrounding my soul with joy
 
Do you hear the invitation
To come and rest in His peace
To drink the living water
Receive Divine Love
 
Terry S. Smith
my precious daddy
 
My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me ….  But you, O Lord, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.  Psalm 22:13-14,19
 

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Ashes

So I turned to the Lord God
and pleaded with him
in prayer and petition,
 in fasting, … and in ashes. 
 
Daniel 9:3
 
 
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  Observing Lent has not been a part of my Christian heritage but a practice that I have embraced for the past few years. This ancient tradition has enriched my relationship with God.  This year I have decided to help my children understand Lent so we can participate as a family.  I tried to explain it to them like this:
 
Lent is the forty days before Easter.  It is the time of the year that we especially remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us to save us from our sins and his resurrection. 
The word “Lent” is not actually in the Bible.  It is a word that means “spring”, which brings to mind new life.  We do have examples in the Bible from Moses, Elijah, and Jesus, who all had a time of prayer and fasting for forty days.  In the book of 1 John, we are told that “we must walk as Jesus did”, so observing Lent is a way that we can honor that directive. 
 
Lent is a good time for us to add something to our lives that will draw us closer to God and to subtract something from our lives that is drawing us away from God.  Another good thing is to give up something that costs money and give the money we save to help someone in need.  We then went on to talk about praying about what God wants us to do during Lent. 
 
For this Lenten season, I am going to add writing in my journal and subtract social media.  As a family, we are going to decrease time the kids play on the Wii and add a consistent Bible story time.  You are invited to join us as we celebrate Lent and we would love to hear about your Lenten journey.  Feel free to share your stories by writing to spacious4@aol.com, or leave a comment here. (If you are reading this after Lent has started it is not to late to participate. Just start today!)
 
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day … 
1 Corinthians 15:3
 
 

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Find out what pleases the Lord.
 
Ephesians 5:10
 
 Dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.  It is God’s will that we should be sanctified.  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light (for the fruit of light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.  May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.” — Paul
“For them I sanctify myself, that they
 too may be truly sanctified.” — Jesus
 
This post is dedicated to Angie, my Bible study leader. She inspires me each week and makes sanctification easy to understand by saying things like, “God keeps working and working on us until one day we are in glory with Jesus!” She also reminds us, “God loves us just as we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way.” 
 
2 Corinthians 7:1, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Ephesians 5:8-10,
 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, John 17:19

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Your Valentine from God

I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you
on the palms of my hands ….
Isaiah 49:15-16
 
 
You are precious and honored in my sight. 
I love you.  For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  I will strengthen you.  I have called you by name and you are mine.  I will not forget you!  See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.  Never will I leave you.  Never will I forsake you. — God
 
 
“May they know that You have loved them even as You have loved me.” — Jesus
 
 
Isaiah 43:6, 41:13, 41:10, 43:1, 49:15-16; Hebrews 13:5; John 17:23

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God’s Eyes

 
For the eyes of the Lord range
 throughout the earth to strengthen those
whose hearts are fully committed to Him.
2 Chronicles 16:9
 
 
When we are fully committed, the gaze of God finds us and strengthens us.  When we are not fully committed, we miss the extra strength that could be ours.  One way I believe this strengthening occurs is by God sending his words to us. 
So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” God
Our part is making ourselves available to receive God’s words by listening and by purifying ourselves.  Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God (2 Corinthians 7:1).  May He strengthen our hearts so that we will be blameless and holy in the presence of God our Father (1 Thessalonians 3:13).
 
I love you, O Lord, my strength.
Strengthen me according to your word.
Psalm 18:1 and 119:28
 

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