Misplaced Desire

My heart is for you, I am not against you. My desire is towards you, I want you completely. 

~

When we fell, when we fall

We sense the weight of disconnection 

‘Tween ourselves, and the One

Who lives in light, who is perfection 

Washed in fear and in shame

We felt ourselves the curse of hiding

For our hearts, they long for more

And our desire is unrelenting

So we turned and we sought

Some satisfaction in the darkness

But the more that we seek

The more exposed becomes our weakness

Walking blind, we don’t see

All creation sings the story

Of a God, of a love

Cry I am for you, I am for you

Like Water

I am

Bathing

In the warmth of Your love

Surging

With the rise of the tide

Flowing

To the deep lowly place

Breaking

Through the cracks in the walls

You are

Walking

On the waves of my heart

Speaking 

To the storms in my mind

Changing

All my water to wine

Breathing

‘Cross the flaws in my life

Things Above

As I was travelling to uni this morning I was reading Colossians 3:

If you then were raised with Christ, desire those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on earth. For you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3

It’s a profound verse. And I got wondering…

What are the things above?

I mean, I’ve read this verse hundreds of times, but I’ve never actually made a concrete list of what those things above might be referring to. And it’s all very well having this verse in my head but if I have no idea of what it’s talking about then it serves me very little indeed. 

#diddlysquat

Now God is very kind. Just a little further down He gives us some clues to help us along the way:

So embrace, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, a spirit of mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, and longsuffering. Colossians 3:12

Wow, Heaven is beautiful. 

But my lesson didn’t end there. 

No, God is more than just the words on the page and by the time I reached the end of my day He had brought to light some of my ‘mis-focus’ that was in need of His heavenly affection. 

I had come to realise throughout the day just how much I was worrying about what people think of me… and worry is definitely not one of those things above focuses. I mean, who wants to set their affection on worry? That would be ridiculous right?!

Now I’ve heard before, ‘You shouldn’t worry about what people think’. And sometimes I don’t. And sometimes I have hurt people because I don’t. But that’s because there’s more to it than that. 

I shouldn’t spend my time worrying about what people think because a. I died with Christ and b. I have far too much to invest in being concerned about setting my desire to showing kindness, mercy, love, patience, generosity, humility, gentleness, grace…

Those things above. 

Right. 

Re-focus, back on track. 

The Betrayal

I grew up believing, “Be led by my mind”

But my mind drove me so hard I cracked. 

So I thought to myself, I will follow my heart

But my heart, it turned out, was just weak. 

So I resolved that instead I’d be led by my soul

But my soul was destructive and tricked me to hell. 

Then I broke down in tears and said,

“God where do I go?”

And He whispered so softly,

“Where rivers do flow.”

See we weren’t made to live by our heart or our head

But for all that we are to be poured out in love. 

And the Spirit will lead us so beautifully…

We are free. 


“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37

What I’ve Learned From Failure

I stumbled across this beautiful blog today and read Rhi’s post on failure:

http://www.heygorg.com/2014/11/pep-talk-tuesday-failure-option.html

As much as I wanted to drink it in, every word she was saying, in my heart I felt myself saying, “But you don’t know what I’ve done, you don’t know the ways I’ve failed. My failure doesn’t even qualify as failure, it’s been so bad.”

Yea I’ve been on a tough ride this last little while. 

And then I thought, 

You know what. There is something I’ve learned from my failure. It has not been completely unproductive and devastating.

I’ve learned about mercy.

Mercy that is always undeserved, because that’s it’s very nature. 

Mercy that brings you to your knees with unrelenting tears of thankfulness. 

Mercy that holds you, and strengthens you, and compels you to love. 

Mercy that triumphs over judgment. 

Mercy from the throne. 

Honest Expression

God really loves our honest expression. The truths in our hearts and the way we choose to live these out. 

So often when we open up our hearts and are really real, something comes along to try and shut us down. Accusations, someone pointing out our flaws, mockery, disdain, rejection…

We have a choice about how we will respond. And it’s so natural to close up! To get hurt and so respond by putting up walls, building pride or judgment and holding pain, resentment, unforgiveness. But God so gently beckons us to come to Him and be real with Him because He promises not to judge us. 

The wicked watch the righteous, and seek to kill them. The Lord will not forsake them to their hand, nor condemn them when they are judged. Psalm 37:32-33

We just need to let Him in, be real with Him, release our hold on those self-defences and let Him restore us again. 

Continue in our honest and heartfelt expression.