thefeminineheart

To Encourage the feminine heart along lifes journey


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SWITCH OFF YOUR LIST!

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SWITCH OFF YOUR LIST!
‘I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him…..Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.’ Psalm 62:1,5 NLT
‘All that I am wait quietly “………. Life is so incredibly noisy. Tuning out the constant din of demands, requests, lists, expectations, and catering to our perceived needs can appear to be an impossible task. The art of listening, truly listening, attention undivided has been replaced with the multi-tasking listener. We have become way too accustomed to focussing on multiples, driven by the bottom line of productivity.
Our children speak, our spouse speaks, a friend or colleague speaks………Yes, we are listening, but how much do we really hear? In the background our mind wanders to the scrolling list, as we attempt to keep one step, one thought ahead.
How much are we missing in the moment, the then and there?
God speaks!
Imagine if we gave all of ourselves, every bit mind, body and soul over to our time with Him. How much more would we hear? How much deeper would we go?
‘We receive only when we are recollected; only in silence is heard the beating heart of God.’- Father Bernardo Olivera.
Let us purpose ourselves to hearing, to giving Him our undivided attention and realise what we may only once have imagined.
Lxx


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DOES YOUR FAITH HAVE FEET……And what shoes are you wearing ?

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Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says…
“Faith, by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead.”
James 1:22-25, 2:17
Does your faith have feet and what kind of shoes are you wearing ?
Shoes……….. I love shoes. To be honest they are one of my weaknesses. I find it hard to pass up a good shoe bargain, because every girl knows you can’t have too many pairs of shoes , right ! Subsequently there are shoes for all occasions, style , colour, and practicality are taken into consideration when making a purchase and every so often comfort is forfeited simply for appearance.
Shoes are made to be worn. They don’t sit on a shelf as decor, they are not the topic of conversation only to be hidden away in their box in the closet, never seeing the light of day. They have a purpose and a specific function. What’s the point of having shoes if we don’t actually wear them ?
In reality we can be excessive, but we can never have too many pairs of shoes to put on our feet of faith.
God is very clear……Don’t just listen……Do !
Work Boots for the tough and gritty, runners for the long hauls, gumboots for mud and storms, hikers for arduous terrain, slippers to walk softly and gently, thongs when things get hot, sandals in times of comfort and heels to carry beauty.
We have been chosen …..” God’s instruments to do His work and speak out for Him… ” 1 Peter 2:9-10 ( MSG )
I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want to be deceived or living a dead faith ! We need to be prepared every day to slip into whatever type of shoe is needed to DO His work. 
Raid your closet and drag out those shoes you have tucked away. WEAR them, wear them until you cannot wear them anymore! There is no shortage of size or availability in Gods shoe store, and they are free, because He will always give us what we need to do His work. 
” How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring the good news of peace and salvation…..” Isaiah 52:7
Putting feet on our faith is not an option. God does not give us shoes just in case we may need them or feel like wearing them. He intends for us wear them out. Don’t be concerned if the fit doesn’t feel quite right, or is a little uncomfortable at first, they have to be worn in. God does not fit shoes incorrectly. He knows exactly what size we need, and what style is required.
It’s time to have beautiful feet !
Lxx


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AROUND THE TABLE

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“…………….Pursue the practice of hospitality”. Romans 12:13 Amplified
Today we were privileged to share a meal around a table with friends we hadn’t met. That may sound a little silly, but let me explain.
In the last few months my husband and I have been regularly attending a church after a very long break. It’s actually a miracle that we are there at all as our past experiences haven’t been all that wonderful. 
So, what has been the difference this time ? 
From the moment we began attending we were welcomed, loved and accepted. No questions asked. We were quite broken and carrying a sizeable amount of ” Church Baggage “, skeptical and happy to be uninvolved . Not a week has gone by where someone hasn’t talked to us and made us feel a part of the family. There is no “Special Team ” of people designated to make new comers feel welcomed. Everyone just does, it’s genuine and heartfelt. You can tell the difference you know !
A couple of weeks ago we were given an invitation to ” Come Home For Christmas “. Host families invite others to attend lunch in their homes, everyone gets an invite and visitors on the day are also extended a welcome to a gathering.
We arrived to enjoy a meal with people we didn’t really know, and left having made new friends.
So many times in Jesus life He shared meals with people, He took the time to form relationship in the atmosphere of hospitality, He performed miracles multiplying food in the atmosphere of hospitality, He ate in people’s homes and ministered in the atmosphere of hospitality, The Last Supper, gathered with the disciples He administered the first Communion in an atmosphere of hospitality.
In an age where the simple act of sitting down to a family meal is becoming increasingly difficult the importance of fellowship in an atmosphere of hospitality cannot be underestimated.
When we gather around a table to share a meal we are welcoming those who partake ” into our home”. When people walk through the door of our church, without exception their experience should be ” WELCOME HOME ”

” Love one another with brotherly affection ( as members of one family), giving precedence and showing honour to one another. Rom 10:12 Amplified

A family is made up of different personalities, some family members are more colourful than others, some do things that disappoint us, but they are still accepted, still part of the family. Jesus broke bread with tax collectors, prostitutes and those that many would have considered undesirable, but He sought them out, He supped and fellowshipped with them. 
He is our example, let us as a people and our Church as a family be those who say ” WELCOME HOME ”

Practice hospitality to one another ( those of the household of faith).
( Be hospitable , be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ’s body.) And ( in each instance) do it ungrudgingly ( cordially and graciously , without complaining but as representing Him).
1Peter 4:9 Amplified bible
Lxximage
Thank you to our new Church Family for Welcoming us Home. Northlakes Salvos. http://www.northlakessalvos.com.au