"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.


Prepare the way

Repentance - that turn of heart and mind.

Turning from what?

Turning toward what or better yet, who?

Turning from our way of doing life, of striving, of trying to get our needs and desires met.
Of expecting others to fill the void in our hearts.
Of expecting others to meet our needs and desires.
Every other thing, every other person we turn to other than God will eventually let us down.

Turning from "my way" is better than "your way Lord"
I know what is best for me.
The truth really is we don't know what is best for us.
We may think we are choosing wisely, be we don't have the big picture.

If you believed there was a person who loved you unconditionally, as you are now, not expecting you to be other that what you are at this moment.
If you believed there was a person who saw the big picture of life, and knew your place in the big scheme of things.
If he knew where you fit, your purpose for being alive.
If you believed he was good, and only wanted your best, always.

Would you choose to turn to this person???

If you do not believe, would you like to believe it to be true??

Are you willing to be open to the possibility of it being true?

He is not holding out on us - He is willing to show us if we just ask.
He does not come where He is not welcome.

What better time to ask these questions, than the time we celebrate his birth.

Advent reading for Saturday: Psalm 80:1-18; Matthew 17: 9-13

O Holy One Who Comes, we turn again to you, and we open our hearts, we open our minds, we open our entire beings to your approach. We ask for strength and wisdom that we may now prepare the way. We ask that all may receive you in joy. Now and forever. Amen )

(Prayer, Scott Cairns, God with Us)


Anonymous said...

Hi Mary,
Thanks for stopping by and joining my blog. I really like your post and the prayer at the end is just beautiful. It really touched me. It is right where I am. I know He is the only one who can love me....all the rest is icing on the cake. :)
Thanks for sharing.


icandy... said...

What a wonderful post! Have a blessed day!

Diane said...

Hi Mary, I love reading all your daily posts! And thank you so much for visiting Nick's blog. He'll like that :)

The Whispering Creek House said...

Wonderful Mary! so true and well said! I love those little silver candle holders where did u get them? thanks for sharing today!

sarah said...

great post. thank you Mary and have a great Sunday. Sarah

Poetic Artist said...

Thank you Mary for the post. You are a true blessing my friend.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Mary, I'm so glad you came by my blog and joined as a follower. Did you get a chance to come over to the Bible Study Blog on my sidebar? I'd love to have you stop by.

Just Be Real said...

Mary, thank you for being real and sharing your heart. Appreciate your encouraging words on my blog. Blessings....

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

I love this post Mary! thank you so much!