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Snow Heart: A Message of Love

" Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."  —Ephesians 6:23

“Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” —Ephesians 6:23

Look what the Father left for me today to share with all of you!

The Key Is Not Perfection, But Direction

“Change is moving in the right direction.  It’s not about speed, distance, or perfection, but direction.”  —David Powlison,

“Change is moving in the right direction. It’s not about speed, distance, or perfection, but direction.” —David Powlison,

The quote by David Powlison, a CCEF Christian counselor, professor and speaker, reminded me of something my good friend, Scott, often says, “God looks at the heart. The key is not the perfection of our obedience, but the direction.”

Happy Valentine’s Day!


"We love because He first loved us."  —1 John 4:19

“We love because He first loved us.” —1 John 4:19


Sewing Love

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The ladies Bible study I attend has craft days occasionally, and we have made felt hearts to give away for Valentine’s Day the past two years.  Since I will be away during Valentine’s Day this year, I am making some to take with me.  A friend often visits shut-ins, people who are home-bound, and we have decided to give the Valentine hearts to them on Valentine’s Day to spread some love.

“…love one another earnestly from a pure heart.”  —1 Peter 1:22b  NET

To see a couple of finished hearts, click here.

Daddy, I Love You

Love Written in Sand

I have a confession to make.  While browsing some songs to add to my music collection yesterday, I came across one by Phil King called Daddy, I Love You.  I had a sense the Daddy it was speaking of was God, our Father.  The word Daddy is so much more intimate than Father, and although I have thought of God as Daddy-God, I couldn’t get myself to buy the song until tonight after hearing a sermon preached by my second son about true peace.  I do love my heavenly Father, but to say, “Daddy, I love You,” so intimately and as innocently and genuinely as a child would say it, just seemed… well, somewhat disingenuous.

I have written often about God’s expressions of love toward me and how grateful I am for His love.  I know His love is perfect, and mine is imperfect.  I know He knows my frame and my weaknesses, and His tender loving kindness is so patient.  But I know my own heart, too.  I don’t love Him as much as I wish I did.  I don’t always do what I know I should.   Sometimes I even do what I know I shouldn’t.  I don’t always put Him first in my life or reach out my hand to grab His.  Sometimes I reach for something or someone else.  While it’s true, as the song says, that no one could ever be who He is to me, I don’t always act like that’s true.  But I want to.  I don’t always give up lesser things to have what is best.  But I want to.  So as the song says, my prayer is:

Share Your heart and make me wise
Shape my thoughts and form my mind
Make me loving, brave and true
Grow me up to be just like You…

A Living Sacrifice

Photo/image credit:  Yoshi Esmé

Photo/image credit: Yoshi Esmée

Heart Stones

I found these two heart-shaped stones while strolling the beach a couple of days ago.  More of God’s little love notes.  (❉◠‿◠)

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Jesus loves me this I know,
For the Bible tells me so,
And little notes He scatters round,
Like heart-shaped stones upon the ground.
I don’t need signs so I’ll believe,
But from His heart I will receive.
His little love notes make me smile
And stop to praise Him for a while.
The heavens reveal His love notes, too.
Like dove-shaped clouds in skies of blue.
Jesus loves both you and me,
Just open your eyes and you will see.

© René Yoshi 2013

Wisdom Wednesday: The Heart Revealed

IMG_8749 sink.faucet.quote_smwHave you ever heard someone say, “We can’t know another person’s heart”?  While I believe that’s true to some degree, the Bible indicates that we actually can get a sense of what is truly in another person’s heart as well as our own.  While our hearts can deceive us at times, Jesus said, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh”.  —Luke 6:45

A Scottish proverb says, “When the heart is full, the tongue will speak.”

“Words really flattering are not those which we prepare, but those which escape us unthinkingly.”  –Ninon De Lenclos, French author

If deeds are wanting, all words appear mere vanity and emptiness.  –Greek Proverb

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”  –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jesus says in Mark 7:15-16, “There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!” Jesus is explaining that we are not necessarily what we eat but what we think. Proverbs 23:7 backs Him up: “For as [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he.”  Even though we are what we think, we are not always what we think we are.  – Clyde Finklea in As a Man Thinks

“A man cannot claim his heart is kind if his words are unkind. He cannot claim his heart embraces heaven’s values if his mouth speaks the values of the world. The heart is a reservoir and the mouth a faucet. When the faucet is turned on, whatever is in the reservoir comes out.”  —Walk Thru the Bible’s QuietWalk Daily Devotional

“He is like a man in the water being moved by the current and thinking he is swimming.”  —K.Scott Bonovich, writer

“Even though we are what we think, we are not always what we think we are.”

Be careful of your thoughts, they may become words at any moment and reveal what is truly in your heart.

You Are Loved!

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This morning I took my daughter’s dog for a walk, and as I walked, I prayed for various people and circumstances, including my neighborhood.  In light of a previous post about neglect being destructive and noticing the cracked asphalt of our road patched with smooth 2-year-old tar to repair the destruction caused by Hurricane Irene, and remembering my own childhood home’s previous beauty wrecked by neglect and violence, and thinking about how discouragement can set in when things seem to be falling apart, I thought I’d add a bit of hope to those who walk this road.

You are loved, too.  Yes, you…

A New Project: Wisdom Wednesday


Ever wish you had more wisdom?  Me, too!  So, beginning this Wednesday, I hope to start an ongoing project of posting a proverb or wise saying from the Bible, along with a comparable proverb or wise saying from a different culture.  The Hebrew word for wisdom is chokmah and is related to a root meaning “skill”.  A person with wisdom has the ability to discern between good and bad, right and wrong, and can rightly apply knowledge.  In practical terms it means “skill at living life”.  So stay tuned for the first installment of Wisdom Wednesday!

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