"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Sunday, March 11, 2018

With arms wide open...

This past week I've been drawn to Matthew chapter 6 every day, reading and re-reading the life giving, life changing, words of Jesus...drawing them in deep within my soul, praying over them, studying the concordance for the deeper meanings behind those perfect words in red. 

I'm a Gospels girl, from the very beginning of my walk with Jesus in 1991 the words in red held my attention more than any other, captured my heart and slowly, gently, eased me further and further from the old me, drawing me closer to becoming the woman He knows I can be, the Jennifer He created me to be. I've read them more times than I can remember and always come away enriched and changed for the better. 

These past few months I've been reading through the Gospels again, retracing His steps and retracing my own, looking for what I've missed before because I know the treasures within His Word are many, so many I shall never uncover them all.

His treasures are not hard to find but they do require time with Him to uncover them. They are always close to the surface and once brought to light it's not until you truly study them you realise there is a wealth of life and truth and love within each treasure, freely offered to an open and receptive heart.

So what is it about those words in red that draws me in so often?
Honesty, integrity, forgiveness, compassion, grace, kindness, care, provision, love, peace, direction, healing, acceptance and hope. 

Christ gives me all I need, no matter what the day holds, regardless of my lot in life or how I'm feeling, no matter if someone has hurt or offended me, or whether I'm sick, hungry, confused or exhausted. 

Strolling slowly through each Gospel I imagine myself among the crowd, watching His gentle hands heal the sick and the tormented, drawing close little children to bless them. I listen to His voice as He ministers to every need, corrects and breaks the bondage of false teaching and offers God's truth to bring life, acceptance, forgiveness and love to the forsaken, downtrodden and unlovable. 

I'm savouring Jesus' example, sometimes pondering and praying over just a few verses for many days because the lesson He teaches is one I have not fully taken on previously, or perhaps not wanted to. 

But I'm not worried about my lack, I'm not concerned about the lessons missed in the past and no longer beat up on myself for not 'getting it right' the first (or fifth) time. 

Instead, I'm filled with peace, overflowing with gratitude that Jesus has me on this journey with Him, and just as our dear Blossom will day by day teach little Cully and Rafaella to be respectful, kind, obedient and loving, He will day by day refine the woman in me to grow more and more into His likeness until I meet Him face to face.

We are valuable to Jesus, YOU are valuable to Jesus. 
If your worries are clouding life and robbing your joy open the Gospels today, sink into the arms of Jesus and let the words in red fill you with hope, with love, with life. 

We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19

Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

"Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus never puts distance between us and Him...it is we who distance ourselves from Him.
What do you need today?
Christ fills every need.

Turn around, walk towards Him...no, run to Him. 
Jesus' arms are wide open and waiting for you, beloved.

Be blessed,

Note: for those who are wondering what the 'words in red' are - in many Bibles the actual words Jesus spoke are displayed in red. 


Sandy said...

Such beautiful words Jenny...thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.You are blessing sooo many with your words of encouragement and contentment!

Kathy C said...

Beautifully written, Jenny! You are always such an encouragement to me!! Thank you for loving Jesus. He shines through you!! This song reminds me of your title... Arms Wide Open...(Matt Redman's Gracefully Broken) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0646vaI45dA

Allie-oops Designs said...

I too love the gospels - well, I love all of it, lol, every day my favorite changes depending on what I'm reading - I can never get tired of reading because every time, God opens my eyes to something new. The sheer depth of His word astonishes and delights me!

Anonymous said...

Dearest Jenny. You are an inspiration to all that follow your blog. You always find a way to fill a heart that is wounded with your written words. Love is always pouring through them. Thank you dear sweet Jenny you help to always turn on a light when all I sometimes feel is the darkness. Blessing to you,your family and all those that stop by to read your posts.Ingrid (Australia)

Little Penpen said...

Beautiful Jenny; I always have loved the song about "I love you... written in red." Do you know it?

Tena said...

As always, wonderful and encouraging words spoken! Thank you for speaking truth.

desertskyquilts said...

Amen. The lessons are designed for the weakest among us to learn, line upon line, here a little and there a little. I don't even know if one can learn all the lessons in one lifetime, and it only took three years for him to teach them all. Even those with him didn't understand all that he said, though, not even as they recorded it. I love Matthew 6. If I could only have one chapter of the Bible to treasure forever, that would be my one.

Anonymous said...

This is lovely, Jenny!
Thanks for sharing.

Gail Dixon said...

I so love this and it is just what I needed right here, right now...thank you. Every blessing, Gailx