thefeminineheart

To Encourage the feminine heart along lifes journey


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TURN THE OTHER CHEEK!

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‘Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find witnesses who would testify against Jesus, so they could put him to death. But their efforts were in vain. Many false witnesses spoke against Him, but they contradicted each other. ‘ Mark 14:55-56 
Q. How do you cope with injustice in your life? What do we learn about injustice from Jesus?
Every single one of us could raise our hand to a ” Yes I have had an injustice done to me.” The degree to which these offences occurred would be many and varied. And sometimes the pursuit of justice is a warranted cause. But however considerable or trivial the issue may be, we usually want the perpetrator to be held accountable. Preferably that very instant. They cannot be allowed to get away with what they have done , it’s not fair. Our emotions can run away with us and we end up spending an awful lot of time mulling over and dwelling upon the incident. Churning our stomach into knots, focussing on negative thoughts and often venturing over into the toxic mindset of revenge. “Just wait till I get my chance, she won’t be getting away with that !”
All the while the person, the object of our obsessive thoughts, is usually oblivious to our distress , carrying on as usual and we are the only ones loosing sleep.
‘ But I say to you, Do not resist the evil man (who injures you); but if any one strikes you on the right jaw or cheek, turn to him the other one too.’ Matthew 5:39 Amp
This is a tough one to swallow, and so against our fleshly instincts. It is hard enough to cope with the wrongdoing let alone saying, ” Here’ s the other cheek , have a go at it while you’re at it !”
These are the times when we have to look wholly and solely to Jesus. Dig in our heals and lean on His understanding. It is a choice we have to make, to follow after His example , forgive and move on allowing God to deal with the situation . It’s a principle that we need to practice, and it’s difficult at first. Giving over control always is, but the more we walk in forgiveness and follow Jesus example, the more we will have a peace in our lives that overflows to others including those who injure us.
” But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven…” 
Matthew 5:44-45
Lxx

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CORNERSTONE

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Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures?
” The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone. This is The Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous to see.” Mark 12:10-11
Q. How does Jesus apply Isaiah’s cornerstone to himself? ( Isaiah 28:16-22) What does it mean for you to make Jesus the Cornerstone of your life?
Jesus knew that He would be rejected, but He also knew that upon Him, the new covenant would be built. That all who came to Him , built their lives upon Him, would have a place with Him in eternity.
A cornerstone is the basic element of something; a foundation. When grand or important buildings and edifices are constructed a ceremony is often held in honour of the laying of the first stone, to mark the commencement of construction.
Often we make decisions in hast, neglecting to pray and seek God’s guidance , we steam ahead building our own future and then wonder why the walls begin to crumble down. We have built on our own dodgy foundation , one that has not been tested and proven.
” Look ! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem ( Zion ) . It is firm, a tested and precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never run away again.” Isaiah 28:16
What a beautiful promise , that we can confidently build our lives upon one who is secure, steadfast and unwavering, who has been proven and cherished, a reliable foundation.
When all else seems to be failing, when it seems as though our world is crashing in around us, our cornerstone stands firm. Jesus will forever be there waiting for us to place the building blocks of our lives securely upon Him.
Lxx


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TURNING THE TABLES

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Walk Towards Easter. 9.
When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants and their customers. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the stalls of those selling doves, and He stopped everyone from bringing in merchandise. Mark 11:15-16
Q. What offended Jesus? How might you offend Jesus?
” My Temple will be called a place of prayer for all nations, but you have turned it into a den of thieves.” Mark 11:17
Why was Jesus so angry? It wasn’t simply the fact that they had turned the Temple into a market place, that was bad enough. He refers to it as a den of thieves. The merchants were profiteering from the people, they were dishonestly trading. In other words, they were ripping their customers off ! This was supposed to be a place where worshipers came to worship, seek God , pray and learn His ways. To fellowship with one another, a place where all should be treated with love and respect.
Could it be that in our own places of worship we offend Jesus? Are we dishonest, do we miss represent Him? Do we really love , do we really forgive, do we serve for His purpose or our own gain? Do we walk our talk?
Jesus wants us to be authentic, the real deal. No showmanship , just raw honesty and a genuine love.
A place of prayer for all………let us be the ones to welcome all who enter into His House with a sincere and earnest representation of Jesus……Love.
Lxx


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NO WAY……CAN’T DO IT !

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Walk Towards Easter. 5
” When we get to Jerusalem ,” he told them, ” the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die and hand him over to the Romans. They will mock him, spit on him, beat him with their whips, and kill him, but after three days he will rise again.” 
Mark 10:33-34
Q. What do you learn about Jesus’ intentions and what surprises you about His plans?
No way…….can’t do it! I’m fairly certain that would be the initial reaction from the majority if asked to undertake a task that would require public humiliation, excruciating pain and imminent death. The fact that your life would be restored at the conclusion of the preceding events becomes lost in the preoccupation of what must be endured. I cannot imagine the inner turmoil and angst one would experience choosing to accept such a task.
But Jesus said ” Yes…..I’ll do it!” He knew exactly how events were to play out. He knew the path He was about to follow, He understood all that was in store, He knew the suffering that was at hand, and still He said yes. We know that He struggled with the knowledge of what He must go through as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Mark 14:33-36 He took Peter, James and John with him, and he began to be filled with horror and deep distress. He told them, ” My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay with me.” He went a little farther and fell face down on the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. ” Abba, Father,” he said, ” everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.”
Three times He went away and pleaded with His Father, three times! 
I’m finding it incredibly difficult to wrap my thoughts around this profoundly moving scene. The enormity of what Jesus endured for me is overwhelming. And still amidst all that torment he said, ” Not my will, but yours .” He saw the bigger picture, the prize at the end…….You and I……. His feet were steadfast as He was secure in the knowledge that His Father would carry Him through.
Is there a challenge in your life, something you have been confronted with and you’ve answered, ” No way, can’t do it . ” Are you afraid to face the pain of the process ? It’s okay to be anxious , Jesus has been there and conquered more than we could ever dream of and He is waiting to give you strength and carry you through.
For I can do EVERYTHING with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need. Philippians 4:13
He is waiting and He won’t let you down.
Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can take new courage, for we can hold onto His promise with confidence. This confidence is like a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls…… Hebrews 6:18-19
Lxx


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START YOUR DAY THE RIGHT WAY

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This is my heart for you today, because He knows when you rise and when you fall and He knows of your comings and goings, he has seen and sees all that is before you.
Let me hear of your unfailing love to me in the morning, 
For I am trusting you
Show me where to walk, for I have come to you in prayer………
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Psalm 143:8,10
What a beautiful way to begin each new dawn of day. To hear of His love for us, stepping out knowing that we are special and valued. Facing all that comes our way, navigating every experience and encounter…..trusting……simply because we have asked that He will guide us in the right direction. That He will help us to choose wisely and confidently. And that no matter what the day may bring our feet are firmly planted on a strong and solid foundation.
Lxx