Intersecting Life and Faith

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Heart Holes

We all do it don’t we?

Try to hide what’s really going on in our lives just like we try to hide the gaping holes in our socks.

A visiting friend sat down in one of our recliners, sat back, put up the foot rest only to put it down immediately because of the holes in her socks. I had seen the holes and didn’t care. Hey, I wear socks with holes in them. (Don’t tell my mom)!! We know the holes are there, but still try to pretend they don’t exist. Just like the missed dust on our shelves or dust bunnies hiding in corners. All of our homes have missed cobwebs, hardwood floors that show every speck of dust when the sun shines on them or dirty windows that can’t be washed because of unending winters,  piles of laundry and unopened mail. There are dishes in the sink, beds unmade and messy closets. Holes we think define us when seen.

Even worse than household chores that go undone are the heart holes that can easily be hidden. Heart holes of bad marriages, rebellious children, siblings who live a lifestyle we don’t agree with, depression or a past we try to hide. We think we can put on a smile, put our best foot forward and no one will ever know the holes in our hearts that tear at us everyday, letting the bad define us.

I’m not suggesting we tell the whole world what is breaking our hearts, or the past needs to be re-lived. I’m not saying your home needs to look like Martha Stewart’s. We all do it, home holes or heart holes we believe define us. But they don’t.

Do you know you are accepted(John 15:15; Ephesians 1:6) when your house is messy, or your heart is breaking over bad decisions made as a young adult?  Do you know you are immersed in Jesus Christ(Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4)? Do you realize you don’t have to live in darkness, but God wants to take you out of that domain of darkness? (Colossians 1:13,14)There is freedom in not hiding the holes of our hearts. Jesus Christ has redeemed your heart holes.

He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. Titus 2

 

Peering Over Menus

Walking into a restaurant during the holidays, I spotted a couple that seemed so happy. It isn’t often you see a couple sitting next to one another on the same side of the booth. We were led to our own table and gazing into one another’s eyes gazed at the menu and placed our order. It was hard to not look at this couple who acted as if they were the only 2 people in the place. I wanted to not look as they leaned into each other, shared holiday photos from their phones and put their arms around one another. I looked away many times. I wanted to stand up and shout ‘stop it’ when they stole a kiss when they thought no one was looking. All the while, we enjoyed our lunch, Rob assuming he had my undivided attention. But my eyes and thoughts were elsewhere as I struggled… because the couple were

…two women

My struggles that day and today are how to engage my culture, my Jerusalem, with the gospel, especially those who struggle with same sex attraction. I certainly had no business prancing over to their booth and telling them how offended I was.

the next struggle..I found myself desensitized…using the excuse that it’s their business and not mine.

I’ve written here about a high school friend who is gay. I had two opportunities to love her and I have failed. If I find the post I will link to it.

I don’t want to be the Christian who sits in the pew every week listening to how God’s Word and the gospel changes lives, primarily mine, and then judge and point fingers Monday-Saturday. We’re all sinners. The same grace and mercy extended to me 39 years ago is no different for those who find themselves in a gay relationship or struggle with same sex attraction or addicted to porn, or gossiping, not loving my husband and children, or anger or _________________________________(1 Corinthians 6:11)

Thirty nine years ago I was a sinner who was separated from God, I needed a Savior, I needed to be rescued from the domain of darkness. 

The same Jesus who died and rose again making a way for me to be made right with God is the same Jesus who died for all sins. 

Let us not peer over menus in a restaurant or point fingers in our hearts but love as Christ loved.

The Gospel for A Gay Friend

 

Contentment

It was the summer of 2010 when I put my summer reading aside and began an in-depth study of Psalm 119. I studied to know God…love God more. 

Out of that study came twenty or so devotions I wrote. 

Psalm 119:17-24

Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious, frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition. Jeremiah Burroughs

Contentment can be defined as satisfaction, adequately happy, pleased, delighted, glad, cheerful, being at home, peaceful of mind, serene, at rest…you get the picture.

This definition of contentment is not mine but does paint a great picture of what my heart should look like.

Years past my goal had been to find contentment in where I lived, good friends and family living close, close meaning within a day’s drive. I wanted kids that didn’t fight or spill the milk at dinner. I wanted them to be perfect as I played the Holy Spirit in their lives often making them miserable along with their discontented mother. I wanted to find contentment in my marriage, my circumstances or friends who were always there for me. I was not living as a pilgrim as the psalmist says in verse 19

I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.

I was not delighting in the law of the Lord, making His decrees my counselors. Psalm 119:24

Discontented because I was focusing on the temporal things of this earth rather than first delighting in the Word of God, trusting Him first…I was not at rest.

Over many years God has been faithful to draw me to Himself on a daily basis as I wanted to be at peace and be a woman after God’s own heart and content, whatever the circumstances. (Philippians 4:11-12)

Contentment can not be found in the circumstances but found in the Lord who is in the circumstances with you.

Content in the Lord even if the milk does get dumped all over the floor during dinner.

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