Monday, April 25, 2016

THERE THEY DWELT WITH THE KING ~ GUEST LYNN MOSHER

Guest ~ Lynn Mosher, @lynnmosher 
With Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

I'm so honored to have Lynn Mosher speak to us this week. I have admired her work for quite some time and feel so incredibly humbled that she would accept an invitation at the last minute to be my guest this week. So with much gratitude and joy...

WELCOME TO HEART THOUGHTS LYNN! 


“These were the potters and those who dwell 
at Netaim and Gederah;
there they dwelt with the king for his work.” 
1 Chronicles 4:23

There They Dwelt with the King

Have you ever come across a Bible verse that jumps off the page at you? I don’t mean a verse you’ve read a bazillion times or can quote in an instant. I mean some obscure verse.



I came across one. Well, actually, I’ve come across others, but the more I think about this one, repeat it, or dig into it, the more I love it. So, here it is…



Hidden at the end of the list of begats in 1 Chronicles 4, where Jabez and his prayer reside, is this verse:

“These were the potters and 
those who dwell at Netaim and Gederah;

there they dwelt with the king for his work.” 
(1 Chron. 4:23 NKJV)

Not such a great verse, you say? Well, if you read it in the King James or the Masoretic Text (though each is worded slightly different), it says this, “These were the potters, and those who lived among plants and hedges. They lived there with the king for his work.” (Mas)



Better? Not yet? Let me show you what I see in it.



First, the definitions. The Hebrew word for…


*potters is a technical potter’s term, used in connection with the potter at work, and means to form, fashion, to produce, create, craftsmanship, handiwork, etc.

*dwell/dwelt/lived means remain, abide, inhabit, etc.

*Netaim means a place in Palestine, among plants

*Gederah means a place in Palestine, wall, hedges

*work also means business, employment, deputyship, workmanship, service, use, and ministry.



Dwelling with the king meant in his kingdom.



So, where are you dwelling right now? Where in His kingdom has the King placed you to carry out His work?



You may, at the moment, feel hemmed in, surrounded by walls of
hedges. Maybe even thorny ones. Maybe you see them as a hindrance. And maybe they are. Or maybe they are there to protect you. Maybe to discipline you. Maybe for you to learn a lesson. Or maybe to separate you from something until you gather up strength. 




But wherever He has placed you, He is there…dwelling with you.



Whatever the reason for the hedges in your life, or mine, they are of the King’s permissive will, sifted through His mighty fingers. Fit for you…and fit for me. Otherwise, He would remove them.



And the pottery? That is the King’s work that He has willed for us to do. The labor of your hands…and my hands. In His kingdom.



Through his letter to the Colossians, Paul tells us, “Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Col. 3:23 NLT)



Within the hedges of whatever situation you are dwelling right now, that is the divine place of the King’s work for you. That is your service, your ministry.



Remember, it is a privilege to serve Him. So, “Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, you must do all for the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31 NLT)

What pottery-work has the Lord placed in your hands to accomplish for Him?


Where is your there? Is it behind the hedges, 
dwelling with the King?


There you dwell with the King for His work.


There. With the King.

 

But wherever He has placed you, He is there…dwelling with you.





Lynn Mosher loves to dig into God’s Word and treasure hunts for golden nuggets along the road Home. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied now of three kidlets and embracing three giggly grand-chicklets. Her greatest passion is to share those nuggets in her devotionals and inspirational stories, fulfilling God’s call on her life to encourage others and glorify the Lord. Lynn writes monthly for several sites and bi-weekly at her online residence, Heading Home. You can find Lynn's website at http://lynnmosher.com/

 


  

Monday, April 18, 2016

REDEMPTION COMES ~ BY GUEST NAN JONES

Guest Blogger ~ Nan Jones, @NanJonesAuthor
With Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

I've been sitting here for the past 10 minutes in my little corner of the house, head cupped within my hands, trying to decide how to introduce my guest this week. Not because I have no words to express it, but rather, I have so many we'd never get to the words God has planted on HER heart to share with you. My eyes are filling with tears as I think of how she has seen me through thick and thin (especially the last few months) and her generosity in praying with me and loving me. It is truly a gift to welcome back Nan Jones to Heart Thoughts this week. 

WELCOME TO HEART THOUGHTS NAN! 


"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy … For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness."
 ~ Psalm 107:1,2,9  



Redemption Comes
by Nan Jones


I came to You in pieces,
            Shattered. Broken. In despair.
I gazed upon Your lovely face
            And found Redemption there.

Redemption from my broken heart,
            Redemption from love lost.
The broken places slowly heal,
            But I've found there is a cost.

A sacrificial cost it seems—
            At least it is to me;
I must let go of dreams and plans,
            And learn to simply be.

Be in the moment. Be still. At rest.
            Don't rush ahead in fear.
My days are in Your wondrous hands,
            My path You're making clear.

But the cost is there nevertheless,
            The cost of daily dying.
Dying to self, my focus on You,
            Doing it. Not merely trying.

What is this journey, this quest I'm on—
            This longing I have in my heart?
A yearning so strong, it cannot be squelched,
            To be sanctified, set apart.

Set apart for You, my Lord,
            Transforming my will to Yours.
Your dreams. Your plans. Your purpose in me,
             Letting go, my spirit soars.

Though I came to You in pieces,
            Shattered. Broken. In despair.
I gazed upon Your lovely face,
            And found Redemption there.

SELAH
©April 2016

All Rights Reserved.


The ending of my thirty-one year marriage almost destroyed me. I was consumed by grief, and swallowed up with depression. From the terrifying depths of the darkened abyss I extended my hand towards the light. The Lord was there—He had been there all along. Waiting. Watching. Protecting me from myself until I was ready to revive.


Have you ever felt this way? Have you suffered such emotional pain that you felt you couldn't go on—that you could not survive? I have. Chances are you have too. Life is hard, but God is good. Life can be treacherous in its downward spirals, but God is constant. Sure. Faithful and True.


Know this, dear one: you are loved with an everlasting love. God is long-suffering with us as we climb out of the darkness only to slip and fall again. He weeps when we weep. He rejoices when He hears our laughter through the pain. And He is faithful to redeem our circumstances as we learn to rest in Him—to be still and remember that He is God.


From Our Hearts to Yours,
Nan and Marcie 

TWEET, TWEET!






Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire where she is a monthly contributor. Nan has also had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com. Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at nan@jubilantlight.com.

The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and LPC Bookstore