Reflections

I tried to quell the yearning for a greater something, a purpose bigger than the here and now and myself.

 …we remain conscious of a desire which no natural desire will satisfy.  -C. S Lewis, The Weight of Glory

I chased all manner of both good and evil earthly pursuits, but nothing fulfilled. Not even religion. It was all vain distraction.

Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun. Ecclesiastes 2:11 (NKJV)

But then, He found me.

I met mercy and forgiveness on the road to grace.

Mercy withheld judgment.

Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! Micah 7:19 (NLT)

Forgiveness wiped away my transgression.

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)

Grace translated me from servant to friend, from slave to daughter, abandoned to adored.

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:15 (KJV)

Do you want this? God created you for Himself, for Heaven. That is why everything else misses the mark, just as we do.

 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23 (NKJV)

Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, often referred to as Palm Sunday, is an accurate reflection of  mankind. Not just the back then mankind, but the right now mankind. It’s like an indictment to you and me how easily our hearts are turned away from the right road, the Savior. It’s frightening how a heart can go from crown Him to crucify Him in three days.

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV)

How often I miss the splendor of God’s glory passing by, what He is doing and calling me to, because it isn’t wrapped in the earthly trappings I expect or want. Of the people who did recognize Jesus as Messiah and greeted Him with palms and called Him King of Kings, I wonder how many had the revelation that the road led to the cross? Death before resurrection. I wonder how many walked away from Jesus then, and even now, because they didn’t look past the cost and up to see the crown, the glory, that follows obedient sacrifice and service.  Tattoo_It_On_Your_Heart_Rachael_M_Colby_I_Am_The_Guilty_Man_

Hey heart… Do you turn aside when the road goes uphill, or against your will to the place of self death and sacrifice?  Do you hold out when you are called to be poured out and lift others up to Christ?

I fall short, but Jesus is the difference maker. Yes, my Creator is my crutch.  I like to lean on Him. He is my healer, redeemer, restorer. He is the Way maker. He wants to be yours too. Not just for a day, but for every day, in the day to day. He cares about the details.

Come as you are and let Jesus make you into what you were made to be.

LINK TO SONG: Chris Tomlin – At The Cross (Love Ran Red) (Lyrics & Chords)

A Sobering Thought:

All day long we are, in some degree,  helping each other to one or other of these destinations. (Heaven or Hell)  – C. S.  Lewis Mere Christianity

C. S. Lewis and the Bible speak of our lifestyle and of sharing the Gospel, of encouraging and strengthening our Christian brothers and sisters. We must spend time in His Light, His Word, His presence, if we are to reflect Him.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature Mark 16:15 (NKJV)

Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. Luke 14:23 (NKJV)

What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Matthew 10:27 (NIV)

Here is a highway. This is my rooftop. Hello, world! Can you hear me? Do you know my Jesus?

Because He is risen

I have hope

I know Him

I can come boldly before His throne

This world is not my home

It’s just the road to where I’m going

And I do not walk alone

I do not fear death

Because He is risen

I have been translated

From dead in my sin

To alive in Christ

From slave

To set free and daughter of the King

From bound for Hell

To Heaven is my home

He is risen indeed

But Jesus isn’t just my fire escape; He is my passion, my reward.

The proper rewards are not so much tacked on to the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in consummation.  -C. S.  Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Consummation- the act of consummating; completion. The circle is a symbol of never-ending continuity, eternity. The rainbow around God’s throne in Heaven is a circle. Heaven is coming full circle into the eternal destiny and reward we were made for, the fulfillment of the vow, the promise Christ made to His Church, His bride.

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38 (NKJV)

I am a  riverbed whose banks cannot contain the rushing water. He rains on me, He reigns in me. I overflow. He compels me.

LINK TO SONG: Rooftops – Jesus Culture (lyric video)

I’m preparing for departure. Are you ready?

But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” I Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV)

The Perfect Vacation

TICKETS ARE FREE- but they will cost you your life. You may pick them up at the Altar of Repentance.

DRESS CODE- Come as you are; clean white robes will be provided. You will be changed in the twinkling of an eye!

DIRECTIONS- Way beyond the blue, through the pearly gates, up the streets of gold, to a place prepared for you- a mansion built by The Cornerstone. Enter into the secret place of the Most High where you will bathe in the Light of the Bright and Morning Star. Be not anxious and rest in peace, sweet peace, as you lean on the Everlasting Arms.

ACTIVITIES- You will go horseback riding on a white horse. Your Guide will never leave you or forsake you. He will stick closer than a brother, for He is Faithful and True. His name is Jesus Christ. He will lead you beside the still waters of the River of Life and you will bask in the Son Shine. You will discover a table has been prepared for you and you are invited by the Master to come and dine.

THE MENU- Bread of Life

                           Living Water

You will also partake of the presence and fullness of the Lamb of God.

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING- You will find The Lily of the Valley everywhere!

He will renew your strength and you will run and not grow weary. As you approach Mount Zion, you will mount up with wings like eagles.

MUSIC- The hosts of Heaven ensemble will be assembled. The Holy Ghost choir and wind and string orchestra will be praising the Most High God.

YOU- The Redeemed of the Lord, are invited to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. As the presence of the glory of the King of Kings reigns, everlasting joy shall be upon your head. The beauty of the Lord shall be upon you and you shall be like Him. The zeal of The Lord shall
perform this.

LENGTH OF STAY- Forevermore!

Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (NLT)

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 (NKJV)

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22-1:21

© 2017  Rachael M Colby     Tattoo It On Your Heart

Am I Enough?

“Am I enough?” He said.

“Yes, Lord. Of course, You are enough.”

“Then stop making excuses. Whatever you lack, whatever your nTattoo_it_on_Your_Heart_Rachael_M_Colby_Jesus_Wants_Your_Worsteed, I am enough. Come to Me.”

“I am ashamed Lord. I’ve done wrong. I’ve been hiding my sin, my self.”

“I see all. Come to Me, just as you are. Let Me cover you, clothe you in My righteousness.”

“But Lord, I failed You. I failed myself, I failed others.”

“I know, but I want you”.

“I want You, Jesus. But I’m broken.”

“That’s what I’m for. Give Me yourself. Let Me make you.”

“Lord, make me whole. Make me holy and wholly Yours. You are enough, Lord. You are intoxicating.”

“Yes.” He said. “I Am. “

You don’t have to be a victim of your failures, shortcomings, or circumstances. Every obstacle, every failure, every defect, every unmet need is a chance for Jesus to move on your behalf, to prove Himself in your life, and bring Him glory. Your defeat is Jesus’ opportunity to bring victory if you give yourself to Him. He is the God of the turn around, the God of a new beginning.

Sometimes it’s like digging deep and climbing and failing and falling and finding I have landed at Jesus’ feet. But then, He reaches down, and pulls me to Himself.

God is easy to please, but hard to satisfy. 

But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense… You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage; but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself. – George MacDonald

God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man.

The more we get what we call “ourselves”  out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become.

Nothing of you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead.     – C S Lewis, Mere Christianity

Rachael_M-Colby_Tattoo_It_On_Your_Heart_OfferingMy best is a gift from Him. My worst is an opportunity for God to do miracles and testify of His grace. I bring a lot to the table for Jesus to work with. I  just keep laying all my raw material, my broken pieces, on The Workman’s  table, putting my whole self, my life, in the Master Builder’s hands.

Jesus is my pleasure, my joy,

But I am not satisfied. I want more of Him, and Him to have all of me.

I never tire of Him.

He occupies my mind.

He’s the winner, the captor, and ruler of my heart, tattoo_it_on_your_heart_rachael_m_colby_do-_you-remember_when

Rescuer and lover of my soul.

I am His.

© 2017     Rachael M Colby                 Tattoo It On Your Heart

Romancing The Rock

 

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Jesus, Friend of Sinners-

There is a big difference between placing an order with God and taking the time to get to know Him. Jesus calls us friends.

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:15 NKJV

Friends don’t only talk about themselves- they sow to invest in the other person. The Creator of the universe calls us friends and wants to let us in on His plans for our lives. Every day. But I don’t always stay still long enough to hear what He has for me.

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: Matthew 7:24 NKJV

He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. Luke 6:48 NKJV

Sometimes I am offended by how others treat me, their ungratefulness, insensitivity or lack of willingness to listen, or just slow down and spend some time together. Then I realize that’s how I have been treating God. Their treatment of me is sometimes God’s object lesson to me. “Hey,” Jesus says. “You do that to me.”

Praying amiss is not only praying for wrong things but it’s also praying for right things but with a wrong motive.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. ‭‭James‬ ‭4:3‬ ‭NASB‬‬

I prayed for someone to change and God asked me, “Are you praying for them to change because it will make your life easier, or because you really care for their soul and want me to touch their lives? Are you praying for yourself, or for them?”

Jesus calls me to love others in their imperfection. That’s how He loves us.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; Psalms 139:23 NKJV

Dr. Jesus-

Sometimes I’m broken and need fixing. Jesus offers me the prescription but I don’t always pick it up, or I only take some of it. Sometimes the prescription is delivered in prayer and sometimes it’s found in the Word of God.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

Sometimes I try to go on my own strength, ignore the warning signs and wait until the pain is intense before I remember to ask for help. When the Great Physician tells me I need heart surgery, I say okay, but I run off before He can do His work. “Later.” I say.

Do you know what “I’m busy right now, God,” means? It’s saying “There is something more important right now than receiving what you have to say to me, God.” And there isn’t. Ever. We need to stay on the operating table long enough for Jesus to do the work.

I am altered when I place my heart on the altar of repentance and receive His forgiveness. Jesus is the remedy. 

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalms 51:10 NKJV

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV

Prayer is the altar. A repentant heart, thanksgiving and praise are my offerings. He is Holy.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalms 100:4 NLT

In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy. 1 Timothy 2:8 NLT

Romancing The Rock-

I am insatiable. Nothing this world has to offer totally satisfies. Even the good things eventually run out, get old, or let us down. When the going is rough, He is the only true solace for my soul. Jesus is enough. I am complete in Him.

He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. Psalms 62:6 NKJV

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV

rachael_m_colby_tattoo_it_on_your_heart_lord_i_am_thirstyImagine a date where you showed up, tossed a list of what you wanted from your date at them, and then left without even partaking of the meal.

“Look,” He says, “I’ve prepared a table for you.”

He invites me to drink in His presence, to feast at His banquet table. He invites me to commune with Him, to enjoy His company. The menu: Lamb of God, Bread of Life and Living Water

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35 NKJV

Jesus calls the Church His bride. This is a divine romance. It’s The Prince and the pauper. I have nothing to offer, but He wants me anyway. So here I am, Lord.

In my destitution, He has clothed me in His righteousness. I am my beloved’s and He is mine. His banner over me is love.

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You are Holy

I am unworthy

Show me Your glory, Lord

 

Come what may,

This dust shall praise Your name, oh Lord.

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Wash me in Your blood

Wrap me in Your grace

Clothe me in Your righteousness

Jesus, You are my refuge,

My Rock

The river from whom I draw strength.

           You are my joy.                                                                                                                          I love this Light meets dark,                            meets Holiness                                            and all consuming Power.

Yes, I’m in love with the great I Am.

Yes, I’m in love with the great I Am.

Yes, I’m in love with the great I Am.

Divine Romance- Phil Wickhan

© 2016 Rachael M Colby

Are We Actually Praying?

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I am guilty of referring  to prayer as working or not working; as if I’m turning the key in a car or flipping a light switch. Prayer is the privilege of communing with the all powerful, holy, benevolent God. He responds according to His will and time. The trouble is, I don’t always know what my needs are are or what is priority in God’s eyes. He is the Good Father, who loves me, knows my needs and always meets them. My vision is limited; He sees all.  

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19 NASB                                                                                                                            

 Yes, God wants us to bring all our requests to Him. He is our provider, but He created  us to enjoy a personal relationship with Him.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6 -7 NASB

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Notice, the scripture says to approach with thanksgiving, not demanding our way, and the promise to us is His peace. The priceless gift of His peace is not dependent on circumstances. It is the result of trusting God enough to leave our lives, our will, in His hands. Shouldn’t prayer be more about developing our relationship with Jesus than getting something from Him? What would happen if  our prayers  were a little less about gimmie God and more of, give me God. What if sometimes we just sought Him for Himself?          

 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalms 16:11 NASB

                                 © 2016 Rachael M Colby

Reasons Aren’t Excuses

DSC_0895-001Reasons aren’t excuses. God is fully aware of all my circumstances, but He doesn’t believe in situational ethics. He wants me to keep my attitude and responses in alignment with His Word, regardless of who is right or wrong.

I hear Jesus say, “Do you want Me to defend you, or do you want to defend yourself?” He lets me choose. Why do I  struggle with this? Why do I rush in and react, instead of waiting on God?

I know The Lord  is my defender,  and if I keep my heart right and stay out of the way, He will fight for me. In His time, He will right the wrong and truth shall prevail.

“But Lord,” I say, “this is hard, I just can’t seem to do this. I keep tripping over myself.”

Life is hard. It is bigger than I. I can’t bear it on my own. I’m nothing on my own, but His Word says,

My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.     2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV

Jesus knows me, with all my failings, and loves me anyway. He expects me to fall. That’s how I’ll learn to walk. When I call, He hears my cry. He picks me up and says, “Lean on me. Try again.”

Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.     ‭Psalms 141:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.‭‭     Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭NKJV

© 2016 Rachael M Colby | Tattoo It On Your Heart

For the Prodigal’s Mom

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(Excerpts from an unfinished piece.)

Mama,
Don’t you know Jesus loves your children
Even more than you?

Pound the gates of Heaven, Mama
Pray without ceasing

Know the God of Heaven, inclines to your cry
He shares your passion for restoration of the prodigal child

So go ahead and cry Mama
But, make every tear a prayer
An offering of hope and heart

because your prayers are the rain
On the soil of your prodigal’s heart

Your prayers are the rain
On the soil of your prodigal’s heart

Your prayers are the rain
On the soil of your prodigal’s heart…

© 2016 Rachael M Colby                 Tattoo It On Your Heart

 

One Day in October

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I built an altar in the field that day and put myself on it. I don’t know if I understood how pivotal that moment would be when I turned aside from everything screaming for my attention. Jesus did though, and He was waiting for me. I didn’t ask Him for anything that day, except to keep me. I gave myself to Him. Again.

You can be new again.

I choose You Jesus when the way is clear… I choose You when the storm rages on… keep my mind stayed on You… I choose You… when the blessings flow…. when the obstacles loom and I’m not sure which way to go… when everyone walks away… Because at the end of the day, it’s all about You, Jesus.

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