"Come and listen…and I will tell you what He did for me." Ps.66:16

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And the winners of the two copies of Rivera Douthit’s book, Intimacy are …………………… windows

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Please email your shipping address to dfbostick@yahoo.com and Rivera will get your books dropped in the mail to you!

Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

Rivera and Donna

 

 

Book GiveawayCleanse me of my wickedness with hyssop, and I will be clean.  If You wash me, I will be whiter than snow.   Create in me a clean heart, O God; restore within me a sense of being brand new.  (Psalm 51:7, 10)

“A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. “That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

Her husband looks on, remaining silent. Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry, the young woman makes the same comments.

A month later, the woman is surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and says to her husband: “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly.  I wonder who taught her this?

“The husband replies, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

And so it is with life. What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.”  (Source Unknown)

Pass the squeegee!  And the Windex too!  My heart needs a few swipes of the squeegee with a few sprays of Windex.  You may want to bring a new roll of paper towels while you’re at it for the creases in my heart that need a touch of elbow grease!

As I read the story of the young couple, I couldn’t help but think of the dirty film that often covers my heart – the dirty film that separates me from God.

Sometimes, it’s the film of pride.  Often times, the film of jealousy.  Every now and then, the film of gossip.  A lot of time, the film of selfishness.   Most of the time, the film of doing instead of being.  And, frequently, the film of  (_______).  Go ahead and fill in the blank.  I’m sure I’ve been there and have done that film too!

What dirty film covers your heart?  How do we get rid of the dirty film?  How do we restore intimacy with God?

1 John 1:9 tells us if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Please note, we act first.  We must confess our sins.  We must reveal our dirty films.  Then in His faithfulness, He forgives.  He cleanses us of our wrong doings! He removes the dirty film covering our hearts.

Our squeegee becomes the Word of God.  God becomes our Windex – our hyssop.

Are you ready for your heart to be squeegeed?  Are you ready for a clean heart?  Will you join me in a prayer of forgiveness?

Lord, thank You for your faithfulness.  Create in us clean hearts.  Cause us to seek your forgiveness.  Forgive us of our pride, our jealousy, our selfishness.  Forgive us of anything that comes between our hearts.  Remove our stained and dirty film. Thank you for the gift of forgiveness.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

My dear friend,  Rivera Douthit’s new book “Intimacy” just hit the shelves of book stores and to help Rivera celebrate the work that God has done in and through her and “Intimacy”, I will be giving away two copies of her new book.  Please leave a comment below for your chance to win.

“Intimacy” can be purchased through the retailers listed below by clicking on each link.

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Happy Valentine’s Day!

My friend, Renee Swope’s Confident Heart DEVOTIONAL eBOOK is #FREE TODAY only!

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This is Renee’s newly released Confident Heart DEVOTIONAL.

{NOT the same BOOK that was FREE in January}

Grab this FREE  60-day Devotional eBOOK and let GOD love you today!

Downloads available in the U.S. at the links below: 

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If you don’t have an E-reader, you can also download a Kindle E-reader App on your computer. Find out more about the FREE Reading App in the Kindle store.

The Winner(s) are …….

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So everyone wins!!!

Jill Berean

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Lori Krance

Dawn Whitaker

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Jennifer Ferguson

Sharita Knobloch

Beth Armstrong

Nicole Jones

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Please email your shipping addresses to me at dfbostick@yahoo.com and I’ll get your copies in the mail to you!

Misplaced Jesus

 “After three days they found him {Jesus} in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.  When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”  (Luke 2: 46-49, NIV)

Can you believe it??  Mary and Joseph lost Jesus – their twelve year old son – the Messiah – the Son of God – the Savior of the world!

How does one lose Jesus?  And not for just a couple of hours – but for three days?

Can you imagine the fear of Mary and Joseph as they realized they had misplaced Jesus?   The thoughts that flew through their minds?  The panic felt in their hearts as they searched from one place to another?  The anxiousness as one day became two days and two days became three?

I can!

hide n seekI often saw it on the face of  my Mom as I played “Hide N Seek” when we visited the local department store.   I would hide between the packed out clothing on the sales racks – staying put until I would hear the tension in her voice as she yelled, “Donna Frances” !  What is it with Moms and middle names?  Once that middle name is added to the mix , you know you’re in for quite a discussion as soon as you get home!

As I reflect  on Mary and Joseph misplacing Jesus, I get it!  Unfortunately, I get it all too well!

You see, I too often misplace Jesus.

    • I misplace Jesus when I leave Him between the pages of my Bible.
    • I misplace Jesus when I leave Him in the chair of the sanctuary as I exit the church.
    • I misplace Jesus when I call my friends to share my life before I share with Him.
    • I misplace Jesus when I hear His voice and ignore it.
    • I misplace Jesus as I pray for my wants and not praise Him for His provision.
    • I misplace Jesus when I give others credit for the happenings of my life – both the good and the bad.
    • I misplace Jesus when I get too busy doing instead of being with Him.

I not only misplace Jesus –  I also play “Hide N Seek” with Him!  My games usually last for more than three days – sometimes they linger from Sunday to Sunday.   Most of the time, I hide rather than seek.

As I misplace Jesus and engage in my games of “Hide N Seek”, I am thankful that Jesus plays by a different set of rules – His set of rules!  A written set of rules found in Jeremiah 29: 12- 14a, Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.  

Rules including action from us and action from Jesus.  Rules causing us to call out the name of Jesus  (no middle name warranted or needed).  Rules calling us to go to Jesus.  Rules involving us talking to Jesus. Rules requiring Jesus to listen.  Rules initiating a search to find Him. Rules allowing Jesus to be found.

Jesus, thank You for being the writer of the rules – rules that never change.  Thank  You for not only hearing us but for also listening .  Thank You that no middle name  is required.   Thank You for letting us  find You.  Forgive us when we misplace You and hide from You.  In your name, Amen.

I am currently in a season of seeking Jesus in between the pages of  my Bible and the pages of Renee Swope’sA Confident Heart Devotional“.  Share how you seek Jesus in the comment section for a chance to receive a free copy of Renee’s devotional.

Tippy Toes …..

I strained on my tip toes to peek through the curtains.  Fear and panic gripped me as I watched the car go round tip toesand round.  Spinning through one ditch then raging across the street, throwing dust and rocks into the air and barely missing a row of mail boxes. And finally, coming to a complete sudden stop as smoke billowed from the engine.

What started as a simple late night chore the night before ended in the chaos of Dad jumping in the front seat of Mom’s car the next afternoon and literally driving it to its’ death.

The night before mom had taken a late night trip to the laundry mat in my dad’s car. On our return trip home, my dad’s car overheated.  Mom had no way of getting in touch with him so she kept driving – it was late and she was alone with her three little girls.

He was furious about the damage to his car, so the next day He sought revenge by ‘doing donuts’ in the ditches alongside our country home until Mom’s car died.

This was one of many explosions. But it was the one that sent my mom over the edge and led her to pack up and leave. A few days later, after Mom had sold all our furniture, we loaded onto a gigantic gray bus that took us to my uncle’s house. A few weeks later we moved in with my Granny.

The next forty plus years, my Dad walked in and out of my life just as he drove the car in and out of the ditches that afternoon so many years ago.  Broken promises.  Broken hearts.  Broken dreams. Broken girls. Broken family.  And yes, still a broken car.

Recently, my Dad was kicked out of his nursing home for the third time for his temper and was admitted to a mental hospital. I sent an email to my friend Stephanie asking her to pray. Her reply, “…have you forgiven your dad…just wondering…wanted to make sure you were set free from that before things may get even worse with him.”

As I processed her question, I was flooded with emotions and memories of the car spinning uncontrollably in the ditches so many years ago, but God also instantly flooded my heart with His words from Matthew 18: 21-22, “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”  Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven.

I was able to respond with a “YES”!  I had processed past hurts several months ago with Dad and intentionally went to see him after 15 years of absence.  As God walked me through the visit, He made it perfectly clear that I could not change Dad, I could not change my past BUT I did not have to let my past define me.

In her book, A Confident Heart, Renee shares her powerful journey of forgiveness and says this: Confidence came as I followed God’s command to seek and offer forgiveness.” Her story has helped me see that it’s possible to forgive and worth the redemption God promises when we do. As I have sought to follow God’s command to seek and offer forgiveness, He has filled me with His confidence to make hard choices – the choice to accept Dad – the choice to pray `the seventy times seven – to continue the circle God started so that He will complete it: “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in {me} will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6).

My Dad passed away this past May.  I am so thankful and blessed that I sought to forgive and to move forward in obedience to Him.  

Lord, thank You for Your gift of forgiveness.  Please help me to forgive those who have hurt me – just as you have forgiven me – especially when the memories of the past come flooding in.   Help me keep no record of wrongs.  Thank You for filling me with Your confidence.  Thank you for freeing me from my past and my pain and not allowing them to define me.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen. 

Won’t you join me in living a life of freedom – freedom from your past – freedom from your hurts – freedom from your fears?

Living in the Light

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

light_1015Praising God and sharing how HE moved me from living in the dark to LIVING IN HIS LIGHT today with Renee Swope.  Thanking God for how He used Renee’s story of grace, love and forgiveness in A Confident Heart  to transform my heart along with lots of prayers.  Renee and I would love for you to share your story on Renee’s blog today.

Thank you Renee for sharing my story with your readers and Online Bible Study Group.  But most of all thank you for sharing your story and for allowing God to use you to transform my hard heart to a heart filled with His confidence and forgiveness.

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