"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.


Abiding Monday

"I am your devoted Friend and also your King of kings,
accomplishing My divine transformation in you.  All things
are possible with Me!"

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted...and provide 
for those who grieve in Zion - to bestow on them a crown 
of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of
mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of
despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting
of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
Isaiah 61:1-3

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do 
not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your
hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is
impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Matthew 19:26


Nothing is wasted when it is shared with Me. I can bring beauty out of the ashes of lost dreams; I can glean Joy out of sorrow, Peace out of adversity. This divine alchemy will become a reality in your experience as you learn how to share more and more of your life with Me. You believe I am capable of creating wholeness out of your brokenness and struggles. So I urge you to bring all these things to Me for transformation, trusting in My healing Presence.

I take great delight in transforming My precious children. Give Me your broken dreams! Release them into My care and keeping. I will not only heal the brokenness, I will give you a new dream - one that is in harmony with My plans for you. As you seek to nurture this budding dream, you will find yourself becoming more content and increasingly aware of My beautiful Presence.

Give Me you sadness and your problems as well. Sorrow shared with Me is permeated with brilliant glitters of Joy - like numerous Christmas lights sparkling in the darkness. Accept adversity as My gift to you. You will find golden pockets of Peace hidden in the hardness of your problems. 
(Jesus Lives, by Sarah Young)

I read this on the heals of Thursday's post. I love how God places the pieces of the puzzle that is my life together.

He does that for you too. 


Nancy said...

Mar, this was food for my sad soul this morning....Thank you so much...Isn't it wonderful how He gives just what we need when the time arises.......and yes one day we will see the complete puzzle and wonder why we were concerned.......

How was your workshop Sat....I thought about you and knew you were in your element and that God was using you to encourage other women....

Hugs and blessings my sweet friend

Bev said...

wow...just what i needed today mary.

amybeth said...

Thank you Mary!
the blogsite is my daughter's - thought you would enjoy!

Mary said...

I am so glad you enjoyed the workshop. I tried to access your daughter's blog but it is only open to approved readers.

jgr said...

Hi Mary,
Thank you for this message-it's perfect. Yesterday's sermon in church was on the same topic. I know your workshop must have been great, too!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Hit it out of the ball park again Mary...thanks for this post...I am sending it right now to my daughter...I think it will speak life to her today..thanks so much!

Vicki said...

Mary, you've touched my life again and again with your kindness, sweet smile, and many gifts of the Spirit. Thank you. I so enjoy knowing you and appreciate the time you've made for me when I felt I was falling apart on the inside. You continue to inspire me - through your creativity, warm hospitality, art journaling, and by reminding me of His love again and again. Thanks, too, for this lovely post.

Love you dearly.

Jennifer Richardson said...

bathing in "golden pockets of peace
in the hardness of my problems" now
....this is wonderfully nourishing.
Gosh, I feel as if I'm at Whole Foods
with a platter to fill!
Thank you for this:)

Bevie said...

Again, you've managed to say what I needed to hear my sweet sister...I love you!!!