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Make my life count for The Kingdom

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By: Carole L. Haines 

The Lord seems to want me to be a little vulnerable by sharing from my personal journal today. Here you go: 

Lord, fill my day with whatever You want it to be filled with. Fill my day with You. I’m sorry that I keep wanting to make my life count. I fully embrace the fact that I cannot make my life count at all. I must lose my life in order to gain it. Lord, I just bow under whatever comes from You. I’m exhausted from trying. Help me to just lift people up and encourage their hearts and souls. I have no idea what You are doing here, but I know I need to lose my life, surrender what is left of it to You. Please make my life count. I realize now that I may never see that in this life. I am so grateful to You for who You are. Please make my life count for the Kingdom of God.”
(CLH Pouring out Journal) 

I have struggled most of my life for significance. Only God knows why. Perhaps because I was a middle child lost between three other children who had much stronger personalities. But I know Jesus has shown me the truth that I must lose my life to truly find it.  

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25) 

People say things like, “Well, that’s just my cross to bear!” But I don’t think Jesus meant that when he said these words. The Cross was the reason Jesus was born, He came to die for you and for me. I think when He tells us to take up the cross, He wants us to die to our own ideas for our lives and take up what He has in mind for our lives. He says we must deny ourselves, take up the cross and follow Him. Denying ourselves is just as big a part as taking up the cross. But God’s Will is not something to be afraid of, It says in Romans 12:2 (NLT)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and pleasing and perfect.

God’s will is good and pleasing and perfect. I am learning to yield, surrender and trust. You’d think at my age I’d have this down, but I don’t. I must live in a constant state of surrender, yielding and losing my own ideas for my life. Only Jesus can give our lives meaning. Only Jesus can make our lives matter. I surrender my all to Him. 

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O Yes, we do have wings

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“I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. 
7 “Behold, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah. 
“I would hasten to my place of refuge from the stormy wind and tempest.” (Psalm 55:6-8) 

As I was reflecting on my own view of myself, I began to spiral down. Does anyone else feel tired from the mental battle for our thoughts. But God, My God interrupted those thoughts and spoke straight to my heart. O Praise be to our loving God. Here is what He said to me.

“Carole, You do have wings, My girl, you do have wings. Wait upon Me, my girl, wait upon Me.”

“ God gives strength to the weary, 
And to him who lacks might He increases power. 
Though youths grow weary and tired, 
And vigorous young men stumble badly, 
Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength. 
They will mount up with wings like eagles, 
They will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. (Isaiah 40:29-31) 

O Dear Believer. We have wings when we wait upon the Lord, We may have tattered wings, tired wings, weakened wings, but as we wait upon Him, He promises new strength; He promises increased power.  My call is to wait, His promise is to strengthen and increase His power in me, in us.

O wait with me upon the Lord, Dearest friends, brothers and sisters. Wait with me upon the Lord. He has not forgotten you or me. We are the apple of His eye. We are in His thoughts. He intercedes for us. He promises that He is with us and will never leave us nor forsake us. All praise be to our Mighty God, who has given us wings as we wait upon Him.

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Come away to a secluded place

By: Carole L. Haines 

 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) 

I’ve been so distracted this week, Dear friends, so spun around. I haven’t had the heart to write at all. There are two phrases running through my head lately. 

“I keep hearing voices in my mind that say I’m not enough…I will never measure up.” (song: You say  by: Lauren Daigle)  

“I’m just a drop of water in an endless Sea,”
 (Dust in the Wind By: Kerry Livgren, KANSAS) 

In this New Adventure God has called me to, I see that there really is an endless sea of others out there. But that’s not what God has called me to. When I first started my blog, HisShadowings, 12 years ago, I was simply writing what God showed me in His Word and putting it out there, trusting that He would get it to whoever needed to hear it for that day. I have allowed the lure of marketing and branding, etc. To pull me away from that simplicity. Jesus speaks to me this verse:

But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)

Well, I sense Jesus calling me back to that simplicity. No more looking at followers, or numbers, or likes. I hear His voice saying to me, “Abide, Carole. Come back and embrace the simplicity of abiding in me.” 
O Jesus, I miss You, I miss that simplicity. With You, Lord, I am enough because You say to me, “Come away from all that, Carole. Come away back to the purity and simplicity of Christ in You, the hope of glory.” 

When I feel like that single drop of water, Jesus tells me: 

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:38) 

When this crazy writing journey makes me feel like I’m not enough, that I’ll never measure up, Jesus whispers to my heart:  

“Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.”  (Mark 6:31) 

Perhaps the world or life has been whispering to you that you are a mere drop of water. Jesus says, “Believe in me and you will become a river.” Or perhaps your career, job, relationships have been making you feel that you are not enough. But Jesus is whispering, “Come away with me to a secluded place,” and I will help you see Yourself as I see you.  

Come away with Jesus, how inviting. I am starting my journey back to the Simplicity of Abiding today, right now, this morning. Join me on that Journey with Jesus, if you feel led of Him to do so. He is truly all I want and all I need. Be Blessed, Dear Friends. 

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That Confusing Saturday

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by: Carole L. Haines

I can’t imagine how depressed those disciples must have felt when they awoke to the reality of Saturday morning. The day after having lived the most horrific day in history.  Good Friday is what we call it, but from their perspective  it was anything but good. For three years they had followed Him. Three Years of transformation, expectation, reformation. Three years of physically being with Jesus every day. Waking up every day to a new adventure. Who would he heal today? What would He say? Where would He take us? Wonderful questions to wake up to. Everyday filled with anticipation.

I can’t imagine the confusion of Saturday, with the glaring reality of His crucifixion still throbbing in their memories. The way a fresh cut throbs, and we wince every time we accidentally bump it. That stab of pain shooting through us reminding us that we are wounded. Heads pounding from dehydration as they cried out all their tears ‘til none were left to cry. Eyes swollen from the constant stream of salty moisture. That broken-hearted realization of knowing there would be no adventure today. No one healed, no new word from Him, no place to go, no one to lead them.  Saturday is barely even mentioned in the narrative of the Gospels. The Gospel of Matthew reveals what happened.

The Closely Guarded Tomb

62 The next day, which followed the preparation day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember that while this deceiver was still alive He said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 Therefore give orders that the tomb be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, His disciples may come, steal Him, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead.’ Then the last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 “You have a guard of soldiers,” Pilate told them. “Go and make it as secure as you know how.” 66 Then they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting the guard.

Just ponder those words for a minute.  Jesus is referred to as a deceiver. Th last deception would be worst than the first, they say.  Isn’t it just like satan, the great deceiver of the world, to point the finger at Jesus, claiming he is the one who deceived?

Jesus had told them he would rise again on the third day, but grief and confusion had caused them to all but forget that promise.  They wrapped him up with 75 pounds of spices. They did not anticipate Jesus rising. Do we wrap Him up too? Do we forget his promises on our own Despairing Saturdays?  Let’s sit in wonder of that day of hiding in fear the disciples went through, that day of grief beyond their ability to express. We know the end of the story they forgot that day. Meditate on its dark wonder today.

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Reflections on the Sufferings of Christ, 5

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By: Carole L. Haines 

“But He was pierced for our offenses,  
He was crushed for our wrongdoings. 
The punishment for our well-being was laid upon Him, 
And by His wounds we are healed. 
All of us, like sheep, have gone astray, 
Each of us has turned to his own way; 
But the Lord has caused the wrongdoing of us all 
To fall on Him. (Isaiah 53:5-6) 

I just finished watching Ben Hur, the Charlton Heston version. I am amazed at the powerful story of redemption this is still today. One of the most powerful journeys to Calvary ever portrayed. As I was watching this movie, I began to weep, contemplating that  

“The punishment for our well-being was laid upon Him  

and by His Wounds we are Healed.” 

We have discovered much of the original meaning of this powerful verse in Scripture. We have learned that there were four distinct wounds of Christ that remedied four maladies of mankind. 

  1. Pierced- for our offenses 
  1. Crushed- for our wrongdoings 
  1. Punished- for our wellbeing 
  1. Wounded- for our healing. 
  2. Today we will meditate on the fact that Jesus was “Punished for our wellbeing and wounded for our healing.” The Word punished means “discipline, correction, chastening.” The Word well-being means “completeness, soundness, welfare, peace, quiet, tranquility, contentment.”  
    Jesus was punished for our peace. He was corrected for our completeness. Jesus was disciplined for our soundness. He was chastened for our quiet and our tranquility. Do we reflect upon the violence he suffered so that we would not have to suffer it? My joy is that He only had to suffer one time, He is now our Victor over sin and death. Let’s pause and thank Him for His love for us, giving His all. 

“By His Scourging we are healed,” This is the phrasing found in the NASB, my favorite version. The scourging is descriptive of the lashes Jesus received. 
“Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.” 
(Matthew 27:26) 

To mend by stitching, this is one meaning for the word healed in Isaiah 53. Other definitions in Strong’s are- to cure, to cause to heal, to make whole. Our Precious Jesus is the One who spoke us into existence, knitting us together in our mother’s womb. (Psalm 139) This Jesus knew that we would cost Him this agonizing death before He even created us. (see Ephesians 1: 3-5) Imagine Jesus sewing us up as the great Physician. Imagine Him knitting us together in our mother’s womb and when we fell into sin, sacrificing Himself so we could become whole in Him. 

Jesus, as with each day this week, so today as well; there are no words that could ever express our gratitude and grateful joy in all you’ve done for us. We lay our lives at Your feet a fragrant offering, which is our spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1-2). Use our lives, our words, our hands, feet and love to reach those still lost in anger, sin, fear, anxiety, unforgiveness and the like. We need You Jesus, now and always. Grow our love for You and for others. Amen! 

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Reflections on The Sufferings of Christ, 4

by: Carole L. Haines 

Jesus Himself told us He must suffer, be handed over, and die: 

“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed and be raised on the third day… And they were all amazed at the greatness of God. But while everyone was astonished at all that He was doing, He said to His disciples, “As for you, let these words sink into your ears: for the Son of Man is going to be handed over to men.” But they did not understand this statement, and it was concealed from them so that they would not comprehend it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this statement.” 
(Luke 9:22,43-45). 

I am amazed at how selective my hearing can be. It seems the disciples may have had the same issue, because what a shock to have Jesus ripped from them as He was. How would we have responded? I can only venture a guess, but I imagine, I may have denied him, lied and fled too, in the fear and shock of the moment. My heart needs to grow up so much more in Christ. It seems the more I am transformed, the more transformation I see needs to take place in me. 

But Christ suffered specific wounds for specific areas of human redemption. Let’s look closely at Isaiah 53:5 
“But He was pierced for our offenses, 
He was crushed for our wrongdoings; 
The punishment for our well-being was laid upon Him, 
And by His wounds we are healed.” 

There are four different sufferings, for four different maladies of mankind. 

  1. Pierced- for our offenses 
  1. Crushed- for our wrongdoings 
  1. Punished- for our wellbeing 
  1. Wounded- for our healing. 

We will begin to look at each of these wounds and how they bring healing to our lives through the power of Christ’s sacrifice for us. 

  1. Pierced: First of all, Christ was pierced in both His hands, both His feet, and in His side by a sword in the crucifixion. One hand at a time, both feet at once, and the side after He had already died. The Word pierced means-  
    to wound (fatally), bore through, pierce, bore.  
    It also means “polluted, dishonored.” 

Our Mighty Savior, Jesus, allowed this to be done to Him for our sake. He was polluted with all of our sins, dishonored, though He was God Himself. He was pierced four times in the crucifixion and suffered many piercings as they pounded the crown of Thorns on His Head. This suffering is declared to be for our “offenses.” Other translations use words like, rebellion and transgressions. Christ suffered this violence to His own body for us, the children He created. We know He is our creator because The Gospel of John tells us that He is the Word and that, “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being.” (John 1, vs.3) 

Our Holy Creator suffered for us, His creation. For our rebellion, our sin, our transgressions against His Holiness. I would like to look at one more suffering of Christ,
2. “He was Crushed for our wrongdoings.”  
Crushed, bruised, destroyed, broken in pieces. This is what the word means. Jesus was torn apart with the lashes. He was beaten and bruised for our wrongdoings. Other translations use the word wrongdoing as iniquities. The Strong’s concordance defines it as, “perversity, depravity, iniquity, or guilt.” Iniquity has been explained to me as our habitual sins, the ones we fall prey to often. Jesus suffered the violence of being crushed under the blows that were due to us. Isaiah says:
By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off from the land of the living
For the wrongdoing of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

(Isaiah 53:8)

We put Jesus on that Cross. We are the ones to whom that stroke was due. Precious Jesus, Savior, King and Lord. As we reflect this week on the sufferings you bore for the sins of the world, the wounds you bore in Your own body for our sins, our hearts grow heavy with the injustice of it all. You took on what we could not, suffered, so You could offer us redemption, a free gift of Your grace. Again, Jesus, there are just no words deep enough to give you our thanks. Please take our lives to use for Your glory, we offer them freely back to You for all You have done for us. Increase our love for You this Easter Season Lord. Increase our love for You. Amen 

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Reflections on the Sufferings of Christ, 3

By: Carole L. Haines 

However, it was our sicknesses that He Himself bore, and our pains that He carried; Yet we ourselves assumed that He had been afflicted, struck down by God, and humiliated. 
1) But He was pierced for our offenses, 
2) He was crushed for our wrongdoings; 
3) The punishment for our well-being was laid upon Him, 
4) And by His wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5) 

We have observed the Sufferings of Christ as Rejected and despised, misunderstood and misrepresented. We have also seen that He knew what it was like to be unattractive, not one of the beautiful people, an outcast, considered an oddball or weirdo. These all hurt deeply, Jesus Christ suffered these maladies of mankind more than anyone else. He sympathizes with our weaknesses and has compassion and mercy when we are mistreated. He really does get it! 

He bore our sorrows and sicknesses, both of mind and body. He carried our pains, bodily, emotionally and those of the mind. We discovered that these pains include disorders like anxiety (see yesterday’s reflection.) Today we will focus on what people considered His suffering to be.  
“Yet we ourselves assumed that He had been afflicted, 
Struck down by God, and humiliated.” (Isaiah 53:4b) 

This suffering of Christ really hits home for me. Have you ever been gossiped about, lied about, slandered? Jesus has, and I have often. It really hurts, and we are helpless to defend ourselves. It seems the more we try to prove it’s not true, the more people spread the lies. This was done to Jesus countless times. It says in the above verse that we ASSUMED He had been afflicted and struck down by God. We ourselves assumed God was humiliating Jesus, but Jesus laid down His life willingly (John 10:18).  Have you ever been slandered like that? I have been, in print, during a review of my writing, behind my back, in person; to my face. OUCH!  

Jesus has taught me the importance of having to die to the approval of others. He Himself did not entrust Himself to any man. 

“But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, because He knew all people, and because He did not need anyone to testify about mankind, for He Himself knew what was in mankind.” (John 2:24-25) 

This is one of the core lessons of growing in Christ. We must not heed the opinions of man. I can’t tell you how many years were wasted in trying to gain man’s approval, the approval of Christian Leaders. Overcoming this stronghold, known as the Fear of Man, is crucial in our walks with Christ. Jesus is our example on how to overcome this stronghold. Let’s meditate and learn from what He taught us: 

“While being abusively insulted, He did not insult in return; while suffering, He did not threaten, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.” 2 Peter 2:23) 

Jesus, we have misunderstood Your work in our lives so often. It hurts to be pruned and polished, cut down, and rebuilt. It hurts to be lied about and misunderstood. But Jesus, You are faithful to Your Father, and we must learn to shake off the opinions of man and not desire the approval of others. We must look to The Father, to You, and to the Holy Spirit for our guidance and leave all else behind. Please draw near to us as we draw near to You in this Holy Week. Make us more like You and thank You for showing us the way in which we should walk. Amen! 

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Reflections on the Sufferings of Christ

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by: Carole L. Haines 

As we reflect on our Precious Savior this Holy week. I want us to reflect on Christ’s actual triumphs in us through all He chose to suffer. We know He chose this path because we learned yesterday that He laid His life down by choice ((John 10:11,14-15,17-18). Today we will begin to look at the actual sufferings of Christ and the significance of those. Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension bought us a myriad of treasure in this life, not just a ticket out of hell in the next. 

Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we would look at Him, nor an appearance that we would take pleasure in Him. 
He was despised and abandoned by men, a man of great pain and familiar with sickness; and like one from whom people hide their faces, He was despised, and we had no regard for Him. (Isaiah 53:1-3) 

As we look more deeply into these three verses, we can see several of the sufferings of our Lord. Let’s keep in mind the truth that Christ has suffered in all points as we have, yet He never sinned in that suffering. (Hebrews 4:15) 

  1. “He has no stately form or majesty that we would look at Him. Nor appearance that we would take pleasure in Him.” Jesus was not one of the Beautiful people. He was not handsome or attractive on the outside. Our society places so much emphasis on outward appearances, Jesus was not stately or majestic in His bodily appearance. He understands this suffering. His word tells us: “for God does not see as man sees, since man looks at the outward appearance, but The Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b) 
  1. “He was despised and abandoned by men… and one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we had no regard for Him.” Jesus was rejected by men, he was despised and hated by some Religious Leaders who were jealous of His popularity with the people. Jesus knew what it was like to be horribly misrepresented and misunderstood. But He never indulged in self-pity. His Word tells us, “while being abusively insulted, He did not insult in return; while suffering, He did not threaten, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself brought our sins in His body up on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness; by His wounds you were healed.” (2 Peter 2:23-24).  
    Jesus trusted God, His Father to be the only one who knew the truth. He stuck close to Him and let all else go. So must we. 
  1. “A man of Sorrow and acquainted with grief.” That word, sorrows, means physical and mental pain in the original Hebrew. Jesus understands illness of body and mind. He is our refuge mentally and physically. I have Anxiety disorder and can really relate to this need for His care of the mind. 
    The word for “griefs” means “affliction, sadness, or anxiety.” Jesus truly knows the anguish of mental suffering, as well as sickness of the body. We can rest in His Holy care and healing in our spirit, soul, mind and body (2 Thessalonians 5:23). 

Our Savior chose to be made flesh and dwell among us (John 1:14). He has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15) Have you ever been rejected or despised by others? Jesus can heal that pain. Have you never been one of the beautiful, in-crowd people? Have you found yourself often treated as an outsider or weirdo? Jesus can heal that Pain. Come to Him, Dear Believers and pour out your hearts to the One who gave His all for us. Be a Blessing today, in Jesus. 

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The After Party

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By: Carole L. Haines 

“Now the crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!”  
(Matthew 21:9) 

The scene must have been remarkable to behold. Crowds before him and behind, palms waving as far as the eye could see. Jesus, seated on a donkey. Perhaps the disciples were leading the animal, and some following behind, like His own personal entourage of body guards. But all would soon change, and Jesus knew it. Jesus put no stock in the favor of the crowds because he knew the fickle hearts of humankind. (John 2:24) 

“They took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, indeed, the King of Israel!” 
(John 12:13) 

The religious leaders were so jealous, so indignant at the sight of all these people proclaiming Jesus with shouts of Hosanna! (Matthew 21:15) They would eventually stir this same crowd up into a murderous mob crying out for Jesus to be crucified and Barabbas to be set free. The power of a mob mentality has been witnessed in our political atmosphere in the not-so-distant past, it is a highly dangerous thing. Certainly not something any of us want to be caught up in. But here was our Dearest King Jesus, seemingly carried away in a mob slaying.  But nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus declared all this, before any of this took place. 

“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep… I am the good shepherd, and I know My own, and My own know Me, just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep... 17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it back. 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it back. This commandment I received from My Father.” (John 10:11,14-15,17-18) 

The week following The Triumphal Entry (or Palm Sunday), was certainly one heck of an after party. I am signed up to follow along with a “Walk with Jesus,” event during this week. Every time there is an event that happened during Jesus final days, I get a text declaring it, so I can follow in the footsteps of my Savior this Holy week. It is a wonderful meditation tool. He has entered Jerusalem triumphantly, cursed a fig tree, cleared the temple of money changers, etc.  
Jesus never gave a thought to what humankind thought of Him, and we must not either. I was a slave to the approval others for more than half my life. Having my mind retrained, transformed and set free from this malady has been one of God’s greatest victories
and I am so grateful.

Whew!!! Jesus had quite the earthly After Party, ending in His torture, death, burial, and resurrection.  O, what a Savior! Thank You Dearest King Jesus, we praise You and rejoice that the real After Party still awaits, The Wedding Feast of the Lamb as described in the Book of Revelation. We Await Your Return, mighty King. 

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Innermost being: Rivers of Living waters

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by: Carole L. Haines

“The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:38) 

Have you ever gotten a lesson in yourself? Yeah! I have been getting a big dose of myself lately. It’s hard when God’s peels back the veneer and we begin to see glimpses of ourselves from outside ourselves, as others see us. Ouch, the process of transformation is not easy, and it is certainly not pretty. I definitely believe in Jesus and want Rivers of Living Water flowing from my innermost being. But woah, this is going to take some serious work. I have come so far but still have just as far to go. 
Yet Jesus is worthy of the journey, His love is worth the blood sweat and tears. He certainly thought we were worth the journey He took to the Cross. As an introvert, it has taken me awhile to realize just how much my change will be good for everyone who happens to encounter me. I used to seek change for the glory of the Lord, and then I was seeking it for my own sanity. But now, I see it is a wholly rounded transformation that affects every part of my life, and the lives of those I love, work with, and encounter daily.  

My call is to believe Jesus, to receive Him and yield to the work of the Holy Spirit in every area of my life, nothing held back. God’s Word prays it best: 

“Search me, God, and know my heart; 
Put me to the test and know my anxious thoughts; 
And see if there is any hurtful way in me, 
And lead me in the everlasting way.” (Psalm 139:23-24) 

Lord, I desperately need Your power for change. First I need the holy desire to change and then the power to come through to the end. Your Word tells me that it is You who are working in me both TO WILL and TO DO according to Your good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13). So have Your way with me, Dear God. May Mighty Rivers of Living Water pour in and through me, all for Your Glory. Amen! 

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