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Where is Your Heart?

Where is Your Heart?

Listening to Pandora the other morning, I recognized an old familiar song and, as I hummed along to the instrumental, the words to the title kept swirling around my mind…

Where is your heart? Where is your heart?

(The song, entitled Where is Your Heart, was originally recorded by Percy Faith’s orchestra, words by William Engvick and music by Georges Aurie, for the movie Moulin Rouge.)

As I listened, I heard God whisper to my heart, “Where is your heart?” Then, these words of the song shot their arrows into my heart…

It’s always like this
I worry and wonder
You’re close to me here
But where is your heart?

Of course, He doesn’t worry or wonder; He knows exactly where my heart is. But, as the Bridegroom to His Bride, He seeks, in tender and intimate appeal, for an answer from me, “Where is your heart? Does it belong to Me alone?

So, I search for the answer…

* Where is my heart?
* Is it seeking my beloved Lord above all else?
* Am I having love affairs with other things?

The disciple John cautions, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him…For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These are not from the Father.” (1 John 2:15 NIV, 1 John 2:16 NLT)

Oh, my! Longing for and loving things of the world displaces my love for the Father. Allowing duplicity to move into my heart, I will have an inward turmoil of two masters, and I will then experience what I call the Rebekah Syndrome.

When Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, found out “two children struggled with each other in her womb,” (Gen. 25:22 NLT), she asked God, “If this is right why am I this way?” (Gen. 25:22 Masoretic Text) The Lord answered her, “Two nations are in your womb.” (Gen. 25:23 NKJV)

Two different fellowships desiring my full attention.

Is my attention diverted by too many things, leaving me no time for my Lord? Is my heart out wandering the streets of the world, searching for its pleasures? Or do I spend precious time leaning upon my Beloved’s breast as the disciple John did, just to be near Him, or sitting at His feet as Mary did, just to serve Him in worship by pouring out my thanks and my tears as fragrant oil upon His body?

~~Lord, where is my heart? Am I truly seeking You? What have I allowed to move into your Living Room, making itself comfy on the throne that belongs to you? Oh, Lord, search my heart, show me what I worship and desire more than You and dispose of them so that I may love, worship, and serve You with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind. Amen~~

Questions: Where is your heart? What causes a Rebekah syndrome in you? Ask the Lord what is in your life, whether harmful or seemingly good, that separates you from a holy relationship and deep, intimate fellowship with your Beloved.

Is there anything you love more than the Lord? Jesus asks you…

“Do you love Me more than these?”
(John 21:15b NKJV)

 

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.

CrossReaders Book Review: Times of Trial by Cliff Ball

CrossReaders Book Review: Times of Trial by Cliff Ball

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Title: Times of Trial

Author: Cliff Ball

Rating: 5 out of 5

About the Book

This novel is a parallel novel to Times of Trouble.

Three Christian families suffer from persecution as the President declares himself dictator, implements something called Order 21, and begins targeting his political and spiritual enemies. Meanwhile, tensions between Israel and Iran intensifies as the End Times approach.

Review

Another thought provoking novel by Cliff Ball! What would happen if Christians were rounded up and sent to “re-education camps”? Some Christians have been getting ready for this day, taking lessons from doomsday preppers- making bunkers, booby-trapping their farms, and stockpiling weapons and food. The militia is sent to battle and roundup these “rebels”. After they are placed in the camps, the Christians show mercy to each other in taking care of the elderly and uplifting each other- ministering by example to their keepers. They are just left there until the collapse of the U.S., when the guards are told to lock the doors and just let them die. Meanwhile, leaders in government are seen manipulating events and each other in the quest to become ruler of the world. Does the evilest man win? Which one is it? I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

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This review was submitted by: Diana

CrossReaders Book Review: Times of Trouble by Cliff Ball

CrossReaders Book Review: Times of Trouble by Cliff Ball

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Title: Times of Trouble

Author: Cliff Ball

Rating: 5 out of 5

About the Book

Brian Atwood our main character works for the FBI in Omaha. His work involves searching for possible terrorist plots. Recruited to become personal bodyguard for the President of the United States after stopping a potential terror plot to a U.S. Air Base. His faith as a Christian is tested daily working with the President, along with having a wife who is dying of cancer, and a son who was taken away by the Health Administration when it’s found out the boy has Down’s Syndrome. We follow the family to the End Times as the U.S. begins to fall apart around them.

Review

I hadn’t even finished the first chapter when I went “WOW!”. After seeing the changes in my insurance, I wondered if that was what “Obamacare” was going to lead us to. This book should be a must read for every American. After the first chapter, this books shows what could happen if we keep allowing government to get bigger and making decisions for us based on “keeping us safe”. A page turner for sure and scary, not in a Stephen King way- but in that this IS happening and what could come of it if the people of this country keep following like sheep and letting the government “take care of us”.

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This review was submitted by: Diana

Healed or Not?

Healed or Not?

“Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my body is in agony. I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until You restore me? Return, O Lord, and rescue me. Save me because of Your unfailing love.” (Ps 6:2-4a NLT)

Have you ever cried out to God like David did? A relentless condition that displays itself spiritually may besiege us and sometimes be healed more quickly than one that is physical in nature. We realize that, in time, God always heals our spirits, if we allow Him.

However, we all wonder why God physically heals some people and, seemingly, not others. This question of life does not automatically receive an adequate answer, for God does not always pull back heaven’s curtain to permit us a peek backstage into the scripted plot of His plan of action.

Recently, I read a passage of scripture that had previously escaped my notice and, in a strange way, has helped me in wrestling with this question. Concealed in a story in John 5, it relates the healing of the lame man at the pool of Bethesda.

Arriving for one of the Jewish feasts, Jesus entered Jerusalem, possibly through the Sheep Gate, for it was from here that He strolled to the pool of Bethesda. I imagine this is what He saw…

A gathering of people, amassed around the fringe of Bethesda’s pool. The blind stood with the deaf. The withered sat with the weak and feeble. The diseased leaned against the porch pillars. The crippled lay on mats.

All anticipated the disturbance of the waters of healing, waiting to be the first to jump in like one in a flock of seagulls, hovering over a fishing dock, ready to swoop down for the catch of the day.

Jesus saw only one person. His eyes locked onto a man paralyzed for 38 years and laying on a mat. As He approached the man, He leaned over and asked him, “Would you like to be well?”

The man looked up into the most extraordinary eyes he had ever seen. “Sir,” he said, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water stirs, so someone always jumps in ahead of me.”

With a voice of power that could easily stir the waters on its own, Jesus said, “Stand up! Pick up your mat and start walking!”

As the man jumped up, the prickly sensation of healing surged through his limbs.

Nothing is said of any other healings that day. I wonder why not. Did those there just stare at Jesus in bewilderment? Did they focus only on the water, awaiting their turn? Did they desire not to be healed? Were they afraid?

Maybe God desired no further healings because they would have endangered Jesus’ life even more, for the Jews sought to kill Him for healing just this one man on the Sabbath. What might they have done if He had healed everyone? For whatever reason, it was God’s purpose not to heal any others at that moment.

In my relentless physical condition, I no longer feel adrift on a sea of doubt, wondering why I am not healed. Whether I am or not, I remain part of God’s purpose and praise Him for it.

He has whispered to my spirit that He will heal me and I trust Him to keep His promise. I hold His hand as a child holds its father’s hand in trust to cross a dangerous intersection. I know that healing is still in my future, whether it comes while I am here on earth or in heaven.

For various reasons, some are healed and some are not. God knows them all.

What about you? Are you shaking your fist at the Creator for not healing you or someone you love? Pray for God’s will in your life or another’s. Do not allow bitterness to set in if the answer is delayed. Praise the Lord for what He wants to do in your life and live your life in thanks and glory to Him.

May your soul be healed as well as your body.

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.

CrossReaders Book Review: Times of Turmoil by Cliff Ball

CrossReaders Book Review: Times of Turmoil by Cliff Ball

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Title: Times of Turmoil

Author: Cliff Ball

Rating: five stars

About the Book

In this prequel to Times of Trouble and Times of Trial, we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States. We see important events that the Evans family gets themselves involved in: such as the return of the Israelites to Israel, the assassination of President Kennedy, the terrorism of 9/11, and eventually events that lead to government tyranny in the United States with the sole purpose of destroying Christianity and its influence in the United States.

The novel also follows the Atwood family, starting with the Great-Grandfather of Brian, Charles, as he fights in World War Two and ends up helping liberate Buchenwald shortly near the end of the war. Charles returns to the States and gets married to the love of his life, Betty. Eventually, the family ends up in Delaney, Nebraska, where we watch Aaron, the father of Brian, join the Army to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan after 9/11. Later on, we get to see how Brian and Lynda finally get together and get married.

Review

This was a very good story filled with historical events that were manipulated by one man. It was so believable that it made me wonder if it could really have happened that way. Is it truth or fiction? How could anyone be that cold hearted? At first it was like reading a history book but it kept drawing me in and wondering what was going to happen next. It kept getting better and better. I couldn’t stop reading it. This was a really great read and I hated to see it end.

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This review was submitted by: Jan H