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Everything that happens to us isn’t from God. When I am hurt by others’ sin, or bombarded by trials, I can choose to blame God, or navigate the storm with Him. When I stumble and reap the consequences, I can either make excuses, or take responsibility for my sin, repent, and let Jesus help me. I choose; bitter or better.

We live in a sin filled, fallen world. I have been through some deep waters. Everything is not as it ought to be, or as I wish in my life. Much of my circumstances are out of my control, but I can take comfort knowing nothing can happen that God doesn’t allow. God isn’t in Heaven saying, “Oh my God! I can’t believe this! Now what?” Life can blindside us, but nothing takes Him by surprise. He has a plan.

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” ‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Notice, Jesus says, “…in Me you may have peace.” He is our refuge, our comfort. His peace is not contingent on circumstances; it is there for us when we hide our hearts in Him.

 

We use manure to enrich the soil. It nourishes plants so they flourish and bear fruit. God also uses the “manure” in our lives, the trials, in the same way, when we yield to Him. God works everything for our good and His glory in the end, when we get our hearts right and wait on Him.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”   Romans 8:28 NKJV

Lord,

When life is more valley than mountaintop

More potholes than open highway

More stormy sea than smooth sailing

I will

Cling to your promises

Cleave to your word.

I crave Your presence,

Lord.

“For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.”         ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭36:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I have found, it’s by way of the place called broken that I am mended. I am made whole as I place my battle weary, sin scarred heart in the hands of my Maker.

To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified. ‭ Isaiah‬ ‭61:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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This world is not my home. It’s just the road to where I’m going. Death is just the door to eternal life. Heaven is my home. I’m His ambassador on Earth, but a citizen of Heaven. 

 

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:38-39‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

© 2016 Rachael M Colby     Tattoo It On Your Heart

***This post was written in response to a message someone sent me on Twitter. My hope is this post will help bring them, and those facing trials and heartbreak to The One who can comfort, restore and redirect their lives.

Below are links to my friend Robin Farnsworth’s site, spencersmom.com. Robin is a fellow writer, sister in Christ and one of my heroes. She is currently in the process of writing her memoir.The posts contain her stories of and resources for dealing with:                                                            Loss of a child                                                                                                                             Battling cancer                                                                                                                                                   If someone you love has dementia or Alzheimer’s.                                                                               The Greatest Hope of All

Just Stop

 

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Busyness

  1. the quality or condition of being busy
  2. lively but meaningless activity

-dictionary.com

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.  ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭30:21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  ‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.  ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Joy

Joy

is deeper

and

higher

than happiness.

It is harder to uproot or lose.

It is a deep satisfaction of the heart and soul.

Something or someone may bring us joy, but joy is not as easily dismissed by invading circumstances as happiness is. Happiness is by enlarge dependent on current conditions, but it is possible to have joy in the midst of calamity.

You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. Psalms 4:7 NLT

Happiness is

a momentary giddiness with the circumstances at hand-

Like a sugar high.

Splashes

of

 Happiness-

Fountains

of

Joy.

Happiness is like Fourth of July sparklers.

Joy is a slow burning fire

That warms you through the night.

Joy is linked to faith and hope in God and right things. There is joy, peace and security when we rest in, and are dependent on Him.

…Don’t be dejected and sad for the joy of the Lord is your strength.  Nehemiah 8:10  NLT

Sin- living a life of duplicity will steal our joy. Ungratefulness, distraction, neglecting to spend time in God’s presence will deplete our joy. Having a wrong perspective or focus, lack of hope and vision will steal our joy.

We access joy when we allow God to bring correction to our lives.

My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.   Proverbs ‭3:11-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.   Proverbs ‭10:17‬ ‭NLT

Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!   Psalm 32:2 NLT

We find joy

When we love what God loves

When our hearts are right with Him

When we are in His will.

There is joy in His presence

The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commandments of the lord are clear, giving insight for living.  Psalm 19:8 NLT

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.                       Psalm 16:11 NLT

True and eternal joy begins with salvation.

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.”   ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭1:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record is cleared of sin. Romans 4:7-8 NLT

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                                      I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding or a bride with her jewels.     Isaiah 61:10 NLT  

 God, I love Your Word. Jesus, I’m so in love with you.                              

                               Got Joy?

Happy Birthday America!

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Happy birthday America!

My, how you’ve grown, and how I love you. But it seems like you are leaning away from The life giving Light.

“Let us, then, search the Scriptures … The Bible contains the revelation of the will of God.” – John Quincy Adams

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!  Isaiah ‭5:20-21 NKJV‬‬

By letting go of the Godly principles upon which we were founded, we trample underfoot the names and the precious blood of those who laid down their lives to secure our great country’s freedom.                                                                                                                                                                               If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” – Ronald Reagan

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”  – Theodore Roosevelt

Education is useless without the Bible. The Bible was America’s basic textbook in all fields. God’s Word, contained in the Bible, has furnished all necessary rules to direct our conduct.  – Noah Webster

In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed … No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.                                                                              – Noah Webster, Preface Noah Webster Dictionary, 1828

Dear Church,

We are called to be Light bearers. It is easy to say what a mess our church, country, or world is, but the responsibility of moving God’s heart on our behalf rests squarely on the shoulders of the Christian. Before we can effectively pray for our church and nation we must first get ourselves right with God. We can’t give to others what we don’t have.

Judgement, repentance, and revival begin in the Church. He is a holy, jealous, passionate God. He will not share affection with any other gods or idols in our life. He wants to be our first passion, our go-to. He is calling us to return to our first love and do the first works.

It’s the Church that has made herself right with God that will move God’s hand to bring healing and revival to our families, churches, country and world. What if we each became broken before God and repented of our sin? What if we fell on our faces and sought Him for Himself, for that personal relationship and because He is worthy- not just for what He can do for us? I believe, then, we would see what we were looking for.

Awake! Cast off sin, distraction and trivial pursuit. Let us lay our hearts, our lives before our King; re-enlist in the army of the ultimate freedom fighter, Jesus Christ, who laid down His life to free the souls of mankind from the bondage of sin.

“[The Bible] is the rock on which our Republic rests.”  – Andrew Jackson

If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.    II Chronicles 7:14

 

Jesus is Not a Ball & Chain

Rachael_M_Colby_Tattoo_it_on_Your_Heart_Get_HappyDear Jay,    

Once upon a time, a long time ago, in a land far away, (really), I felt like you speak of in your brave and honest prize winning essay, “Jump.” I achieved what I set out to do, and the dreams I hadn’t yet attained were within reach. I eloped at eighteen years old. Most people skip town; I skipped the country. I had a houseful of new furniture, a 1965 Mustang, a modeling career underway and my eyes set on Europe. But I awoke many nights feeling weighted down, and like the wind could blow straight through me. Frustration and confusion badgered me, for in spite of all the things I filled my life with, I felt hollow. I wondered,  what is missing, why is happy so elusive?

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

Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was distressing to me, for all is vanity and grasping for the wind.   ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭2:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Then I lost everything.

Then Everything I was looking for found me, and I wasn’t empty anymore.

This is what I discovered:

Everything the world has to offer – Jesus = 0

He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; Nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity.   ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?”   Luke‬ ‭9:25‬ ‭NKJV

Nothing + a relationship with Jesus = Everything I need.  

I am not perfect. Life is often fraught with trials. But Jesus is my firm foundation, a rock to stand on. He is my reference in the stormy seas of life, a safe harbor, my anchor.

Jesus is Not a Ball and Chain

Jesus is not a religious obligation to me; although I am obliged to Him. Knowing and spending time with Him is not a chore or another thing on my to do list. Serving Him, serving others is a privilege. His Word, His standards, are not cumbersome or chafing. I don’t view them as a bunch of rules of do’s and don’ts. Jesus is not a Kill Joy; but knowing Him will bring you joy. Certainly, God requires us to adhere to the standards set forth in His Word, or we will bear the natural consequences. But I know that what He has set in place is out of love and for our benefit. He is our creator and knows how we run best, and it’s in that light in which He has established His Word for us to live by. Jesus is not a ball and chain. He is my shelter.

You see, the burden is light when you are in love with Christ.

When we are lost

He is The Way

When we are broken

He is the restorer

For the sick in mind, body or soul

He is the healer

He is the light in the darkness

He is joy in the midst of sorrow

A clear sounding voice in the midst of confusion and turmoil

He is peace in the storm

He makes a way when there is none            Rachael_M_Colby_Tattoo_it_on_Your_Heart_Pursuing_Satisfaction

When we are empty

He is our true fulfillment

We are complete in Him.

If we miss God, we miss our purpose. Life without purpose is unfulfilling.  God gifts us with different talents and abilities, and has a plan for each of us. But he created us for the purpose of having a personal relationship with Him. I want all of Jesus and I want Him to have all of me. I want His plan for my life.

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”   ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:13-16‬ ‭NLT‬

But we can’t say “I’ll have just a little Jesus on the side and I will run the rest of the show.” Life doesn’t work very well like that, and Jesus doesn’t work like that. It’s all or nothing. He will play second fiddle to no one, or anything in our lives. He wants to be our first love. Jesus calls you to Himself, just as you are.Yes, Jesus wants your worst.But He loves you too much to leave you that way.

Jesus said, “… I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  ‭‭John‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭NKJV

“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”   ‭‭John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ 

You can know Him.  You can cast your cares, your sin, yourself, on Him. 

“For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”   ‭‭John‬ ‭10:9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Limbo

Limbo~ an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution

Rachael_M_Colby_Tattoo_it_on_Your_Heart_LimboOxford: an uncertain situation that you cannot control and in which there is no progress or improvement

Webster: an intermediate or transitional place or state

Lord, I am all tangled up in the loose ends of my life. Where do I  start?

“Pray”

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.   ‭‭I Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I am suspended-

Like a clock pendulum.

Just waiting.

Wait-ing.

Wait-ing.

Wait-ing…

…While the Must Know Nows nip at my heels. 

“The Waiting Place…waiting for the mail to come, or the rain to go, or the phone to ring…waiting for a yes or no…for the fish to bite… for wind to fly a kite…or a better break…just waiting.”  -Dr Seuss, Oh The Places You’ll Go!

What do I do Lord?

Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!   ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I will wait on You Lord.

But I grow weary from holding on.

I’m

    afraid  

               I

                   will

                          slip.

But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak.”  -Dr Seuss, Oh The Places You’ll Go!

“For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.”   ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The silence is so loud.

SO – loud.

SO – loud.

SO – loud.

Speak to me, Lord! Not my will; not my version of Your will either. I want your will, God.

“You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. but mostly they’re darked.” -Dr Seuss, Oh The Places You’ll Go!  

I will trust in You, Lord.

Give me eyes to see, ears to hear, a heart to obey, Jesus.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.   ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.   Psalm 119:105 NKJV

“I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.”  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭40:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Jesus,

You are Jehovah Shalom. God of peace.

I will hide myself in You.

You are my refuge.

“But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”   ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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Selah.