"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.


He heals the brokenhearted

"God who is the fullness of Being infiltrated our world of beings in order that we might fully be. Christmas is about incarnation, and incarnation is God's becoming what he is not, in order that we might become what he is." (Richard John Neuhaus - God with us)

Psalm 147:3 says "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."

We are all brokenhearted, not just in the sense of a mournful heart, but in a heart that has been wounded, by our sin, by the sins of others, by living in a broken world. A world that is now not as it should be, as it was created to be. God entered our world to make possible the healing, the restoring, we so need, we so long for.

Augustine said, "Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee"

Advent reading for Saturday: Psalm 147v1-12; Isaiah 30v19-21; Matthew 9v35-10v1,5-8

Father, open our eyes and our hearts to your amazing love, to your amazing grace, that would cause you to go to such great lengths to bring us back to you. May these truths become more real for us this Christmas season. May we take the time to slow our busy pace and let our restless hearts rest in you, the healer, and restorer of our hearts and souls. Amen. Let it be.


LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Hi Mary! Your post made me cry! God is so good to love us so deeply.

I am so glad that I found your blog today. I believe you and I have many similarities! I am 53 (soon to be 54 this month), I started my blog in Aug 2009, as I felt God was asking me to step out this way and uplift and encourage others. I love to create, love celtic music, have 2 small grandchildren, married to my hubby x 33 years etc. Anyway, I want to become a follower so I can come by and recieve more heart inspiration from you.

It is so nice to meet you.

Lee Ann

jgr said...

I love that post! Thank you for the uplifting message, I needed it today.

Pam Warden Art said...

Hello Mary
When your blog opened I said to myself, Wow, that looks just like Mystele's work. Then I saw that it is :) Love you blog and putting you in the Favorites list at Faith Folk.
Pam & Mystele :)
@ http://faithfolk.blogspot.com

The Whispering Creek House said...

beautiful! thank you..

Sue K said...

Hi Mary...just over from Marthas' blog to say hello! Love your blog....very inspirational. I noticed your post and you were getting snow flurries...we are suppose to get a couple of inches tomorrow and then a bigger storm on Tues. I am NOT excited!!! I want my summer back!!!
Have a good one!!

Poetic Artist said...

You so inspire me..I am so glad I found you..You are a blessing.

Debbie said...

Thank you Mary for this post! God bless you!

Dena E's Blog said...

WOW MARY,, again you have some delightful pieces of art and entries you have shared with us...By the way How are you this Sunday? Hope you're well safe in Jesus's arms and warm too. I love to think of being held by Jesus don't you? Of course, why who wouldn't :0)
Been thinkin of you.. Bigs Hugs PS: Thanks for all the times you pop in at my blog..

Just Be Real said...

Mary, great and touching post. Thank you for sharing the truth. Blessings...

sarah said...

ok, that basket of candy canes is the best - full of colors, different but yet all the same - candy canes - like us - all different but yet the same. Great post. Thanks Mary. Sarah

Lisa Marie said...

Found your blog via Sarah's. Thank you for the wonderul post remiding us where to look for healing.

Sandy Poppins said...

Hi Mary, just catching up on your blog. I'm enjoying the advent readings...keeping us mindful of the REAL reason for this season!
x x

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Beautiful POST!

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Say It In Color said...

Oh Mary, what a treasure you are! And your art and your blog are wonderful and a delight to the heart and eyes! I seem to be finally exploring more blogs and this one is a keeper!! Love you! sherry...and thanks for your visits!