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We can not deny what God puts in our hearts.
My heart literally hurts for a hidden treasure...
Hope deferred (Delayed Hope) makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
My heart has been touched and utterly captured by a little girl, a hidden treasure who is looked at by our Father with a love that is deeper than comprehension (than any other) pure love that sees her as the beauty she is. Jesus looks at her with great worth and value not hidden at all.
As of now hope for this hidden treasure, hope for her to have a family that loves her and supports her and sees her as the apple of their eye.
This hope for her has not come yet.
Is there hope for her?
There is absolutely hope for her, I believe with all my heart there is hope for her, hope that beauty will be made from ashes, hope that she will be cherished and her life will touch and impact whoever she comes in contact with. Hope for restitution and redemption. Hope that she will bring joy and a fresh outlook on simple accomplishments and bring meaning to life.
For I know the plans I have for you. declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
— Jeremiah 29:11
LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
This hope is delayed, it has not come yet, but it will, I know it will because Jesus loves her, oh how He loves her so.
It is breaking my heart as I wait for the desire to be fulfilled. My heart is sick and everyday I cry out on her behalf because Jesus loves her so much more. He has captured and broken my heart for her. The reason I am so broken for her is because she is close to Christ's heart. Her beautiful life is being wasted each day she unknowingly waits for someone to come, someone to show her she is wanted, loved, and treasured. Waiting to know what belonging is like, waiting to see beyond the crib she lays in everyday, waiting for relief from fighting daily to survive and hold on, waiting to shine and bring life to a family who willingly says yes to Gods calling on our lives as Christians.
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
We are the ones missing out, we are the ones at loss. As healthy Americans who have more resources, money, and freedom than any other country in the world, we are the ones who miss out, we miss out on allowing our lives to be used and then in returned touched and impacted.
“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.” -Mother Teresa
Does God need us to accomplish His will? Absolutely not. We are privileged to be used by Him and play a small part in all the big things He is doing. Like I have said It is not about us, what we have done or what we will accomplish. It is about what He has done, what He will do, and what He will accomplish through us for His kingdom. We are His vessels.
2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
I know without a shadow of a doubt I was not born into this world to make my name Known and to use my life as I see fit. I was born to love God and love people, to be emptied of all of my selfish desires so Christ can shine and use my life to glorify the King. Do I die to myself everyday? Do I choose to love as I should all the time? No I mess up everyday but through Gods amazing grace He has shown me that My life is not my own. I do not deserve anything but God lovingly chooses to use the weak things of this world to accomplish His will. How blessed we are.
2 Corinthians 12:9
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Isaiah 40: 29
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
1 Corinthians 1:27
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
Why out of all the children in the whole world He very specifically chose her to burden my heart? That I do not know. Why He first broke my heart for her country and her circumstances, I do not know.
I do not need to know, God has not called me to weep and pray for her knowing why, knowing how my prayers for her will be answered. He has asked me to weep and pray for her because He knows why.
He knows this precious treasure, He loves her and He sees her in His image just as He sees you and I. Prayer brings us closer to the things that are close to Gods heart.
The orphan is close to His heart.
A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
God sets the solitary in families;
He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the Lord will take care of me.
God does not call the equipped He equips the called and He gives us the faith to say yes, the faith to take a leap into the unknown, knowing He will accomplish His good work.
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
“Faith expects from God what is beyond all expectation.” ~ Andrew Murray
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior.
Will what He has called us to do be easy, NO. Will it be worth it? Will we find joy in it? Absolutely, because He has promised us.
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
We love because He first loved us.
We say yes in obedience to the call He has placed on our lives
"We don’t say yes because we are good or because we are good enough or because we know what to do next. We say yes because somehow in our meager, inadequate offering, Jesus is glorified."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter" -Martin Luther King, Jr.
I believe this with all my heart and I will not be silent about the things that are close to Gods heart.
I will not sit back and act like children do not suffer and are not treated like trash. Like they don't matter, I won't do it. Christ looks at His precious children with great compassion, worth, great value, high esteem, and love. I won't see what I've seen (children in Eastern Europe hidden away, and treated like they don't exist) and keep silent. I won't keep silent about wrong, horrible things. It is wrong to hide someone away and pretend they are non existant, like their lives have no worth or value because of a choice someone else made. It is wrong to lay someone in a crib all day and ignore them. It is wrong to withhold love when it is in your power to show Christs love.
Proverbs 3:27, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it”,
Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.
"Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat."
Gods will is put in our hearts, it is not something we have to conjure up. He gives us the desires of Our hearts.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
When we are close to His heart our desires will be of things that matter to Him and our desires will be His desires.
for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
This precious gem is close to His heart...
Margarita- means "Pearl" a beautiful high valued treasure of God hidden but not hidden from Him. Waiting to be valued and loved.
Isn't she lovely
Isn't she wonderful
Isn't she precious
Isn't she worth it all
Is it worth it for just one?
Without a shadow of a doubt-
The starfish story
While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.
He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realise that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.
“What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. I do not agree with the big way of doing things.”
Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks yours
Everything I am for Your kingdom's cause
As I walk from earth into eternity
The things God burdens our hearts for can seem overwhelming until we choose to take one step at a time and say yes to the things He puts directly in front of us, until we realize being faithful in the little things, being faithful to the things that bring life and healing to one person at a time are worth it all. They may seem small, or like they are not world changing but God does not see it like that. He sees it as doing it unto Him. He sees it as loving what He puts in front of us.
“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” -Mother Teresa
He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
He has not asked us to change the world all at once He has asked us to change one life at a time by reflecting His beauty and shinning His light and love and then in turn that touched life will touch another and another until the world is impacted and changed. Until we find beauty in this simplicity we are blind.
“We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa
“Jesus said love one another. He didn't say love the whole world." -Mother Teresa
When God calls do not question, second guess, overthink, over talk, or worry about what people think. Do everything unto Him.
Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people. Colossians 3:23
"Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do"
H. Jackson Brown Jr
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
This is where true joy and worship is found. This is where your life will be used as an example and reflection of Christ. This is where life begins. Life begins when we see each life the way Christ does with wholehearted worth and value. When we serve those He puts in our path with whole hearted love and devotion.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone
Life truly begins when we take leaps of faith to do what most will not do. When we simply say "yes" to God.
"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."
When this desire is fulfilled, (it will be fulfilled in His timing) when hope comes, when God answers my prayers for Margarita, it will be a tree of life.... God is faithful to His promises.
‘I will go before you
And make the crooked places straight;
I will break in pieces the gates of bronze
And cut the bars of iron.
I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden riches of secret places,
That you may know that I, the Lord,
Who call you by your name,
Am the God of Israel.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
So go ahead
And love like Your not scared
Give when it's not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix your eyes on Him.
Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
Margaritas life matters, it is of great worth and value. If you feel lead and called to make a difference in her life take that leap of faith. Say "yes" to Gods stirring in your heart.
Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
“Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them." -Mother Teresa
The road less traveled by,
has made all the difference....