Sunday, August 19, 2007

A Heart That Dances

I am doing a study right now that is called "Father I long for a heart the dances" by Catherine Martin . I am really enjoying it! This weeks study was about the heart of God. Here are some quotes from this weeks study that I liked...

The broken heart: "In the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me" (Isaiah 49:2) In the shadow. We must all go there sometimes. The glare of the daylight is too brilliant, our eyes are injured and unable to discern the delicate shades of color, or appreciate neutral tints- the shadow chamber of sickness, the shadowed house of mourning, the shadowed life from which the sunlight has gone. But fear not! It is the shadow of God's hand. He is leading you. There are lessons that can be learned only there. - MRS. CHARLES COWMAN IN STREAMS IN THE DESERT
The winsome heart: God is completely different from man. God's heart is winsome. He desires to woo you and draw you to Himself. God wears His heart on His sleeve. You will see it over and over again in the things He says to His people. God draws His wayward children to Himself with love and grace. Grace does not excuse disobedience. God will deal with that. But He is a God of mercy. And while His wrath is kindled by sin and evil, He knows man's frame. He formed man from the dust of the ground. His primary way of dealing with sin is by paying the penalty for it Himself. - CATHERINE MARTIN
The faithful heart:
There is a faith unmixed with doubt,
A love all free from fear;
A walk with Jesus, where is felt
His presence always near.
There is a rest that God bestows,
Transcending pardons peace,
A lowly, sweet simplicity,
Where inward conflicts cease.
There is a service God-inspired,
A zeal that tireless grows,
Where self is crucified with Christ,
And a joy unceasing flows.
There is a being right with God,
That yields to His commands
Unswerving, true fidelity,
A loyalty that stands.
The discerning heart: A miner lights up the darkness.(Job 28:3) These words are spoken of the miner who is searching for precious stones, which are buried in the dark mine. He goes into these dark places and lights them, and so ends the darkness-and he finds the jewels hidden there. We are here to do that very thing. We have for light the presence and promises of God. There may be someone whom we are trying to help; we are trying to bring out of the dark mine of that personalty precious jewels for our Lord. Perhaps we are terribly tempted to despair, because of continual disappointments and what seems like hopeless weakness of character. But we are not alone. The search, the long effort, is lighted by the presence of our God. He is not baffled by personalty. His promises are light. So let us go on, despairing no man, for the jewel mine is His. He died to purchase it. Behold, all souls are Mine is His word (Ezekiel 18:4).

Believe God's word and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your Rock is Christ, and it is not the Rock which ebbs and flows, but your sea.

If we remain groveling on the low ground of feeling and emotion, we shall find ourselves entangled in a thousand meshes of doubt and despondency, temptation and unbelief.
The passionate heart: How many lives are affected by the decision of one person for Christ! It is like a stone that falls into a lake. The ripples extend for thousands of miles and across generations! - CATHERINE MARTIN

Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, was traveling in Scotland when a storm came up and she took refuge in a little hut of a Highlander. She stayed there for an hour and when she went, the good wife said to her husband, "We'll tie a ribbon on that chair because her majesty has sat on it and no one else will ever sit on it." A friend of mine was there later and was going to sit in the chair when the man cried: "Nae, nae, mon. Dinna sit there. Her majesty spent and hour with us once and she sat on that chair and we tied a ribbon on it and no one else will ever sit on it." They were honored that her majesty had spent the hour with them. It brought unspeakable joy to them. It's great that Jesus Christ will sit on the throne of my heart, not for an hour, but here to sway his power forever and ever. - BILLY SUNDAY

These all spoke to my heart the most. What speaks to your heart the most?

1 comment:

Amanda said...

I love the one that says our Rock is Christ! Our experiences don't lead us--Jesus does! So good!