January 2018 Archives - Journey for the Heart

Oblivious

“Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”     (Ephesians 1:4) Ungratefulness wears an ugly dress in every culture. When a gift is offered, regardless of the price tag attached, gratitude should always be present. This is especially true when the gift is priceless, defying description in any […]

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Pick Me

“Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” (Ephesians 1:4) With our finite minds, it really doesn’t make much sense at all. To imagine that before one blade of grass appeared in the Garden, or one ray of sunlight sliced through […]

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Favored

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 1:3) In the spring of 1989  I accepted a challenge and made my way to Chicago, Illinois, to attend a writer’s conference. I traveled alone, knew no one attending […]

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As Sons

“In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:4–6) The phone call made me feel as if cartwheels were still possible! We knew our friends […]

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Yours

Your joy for my strength Your Word for my hope Your forgiveness for my freedom Your plans for my good Your paths for my future Your thoughts for my mind Your strength for my weakness Your peace for my problems Your love for my lifetime You for my everything.   Elizabeth A Mitchell Photo Credit: […]

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Stellar

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house the saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him.”  (Matthew 2:10–11) The wise men should make us weep. They come to light in the gospel narrative with their knees bowed, faces to the […]

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Extension

“And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, . . . so that you became an example to all the believers.” (1 Thessalonians 1:6–7) Suppose they could actually speak to us, the characters described throughout the pages of Scripture whom we barely consider as we swiftly scan their stories. What would they say, what lines […]

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