Whole Heart

I heard this song today…great lyrics!

 

Whole Heart
Well I called your name a long time ago
And you sprung a well from a heart of stone
But I was careful then what I let you see
Only thought you wanted the best of me
The less I trust you, the less I grow
The more you love me, the more I know
I don’t have to be afraid to show all of me, all of me
Where there’s hurting
You show me what healing can do
Where there’s hatred
You show me how kindness can move
Where there’s fear deep inside
I won’t run, I won’t hide
I’ll give you all of me
So that you can see
Every broken piece and open up my
Whole heart, whole heart
And love you with my
Whole heart, whole heart
My whole heart
So I’m ready now, gonna let you in
All the way to the scars beneath my skin
And you don’t look away ’cause you understand
And you
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He Wants It All

This song has been on my heart for several days…

He (God) wants ALL of your heart…

Deuteronomy 6:4-6 NASB 4 “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.

Matthew 22:36-38 NASB 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, ” ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38 “This is the great and foremost commandment.

Mark 12:28-30 NASB 28 One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; 30 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’

Luke 10:25-27 NASB 25 And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” 27 And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

 

Give Me Your Eyes

My husband and are blessed to have the opportunity to paint the inside of a vacant house. The owners requested ceilings, walls & trim in all rooms (3 bedrooms, living, dining, kitchen, bath, entry, and hallway), be painted all the same color – off white. Each room had a unique color (grey, lavender, tan, burgundy) and have required two coats of paint to cover.

While painting we have the radio on tuned to one of the local Christian stations. Today I heard the song “Give Me Your Eyes” and it struck my heart. These are some of the lyrics:

Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see,
Everything that I keep missing,
Give me your love for humanity.
Give me your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach.
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten.
Give me Your eyes so I can see.

We are almost to Yom Teruah (Leviticus 23:23-25; Numbers 29:1) or the Day of Blowing and I have been searching my heart during the month of Elul. The lyrics listed above is my heart desire.

Abba, give me YOUR eyes so I can see EVERYTHING I keep missing. I have missed so much by focusing on self. Give me YOUR love for humanity. I have been judgmental and not extending the same grace I have received. Give me YOUR arms for the broken-hearted. I need to have more compassion. Give me YOUR heart for the ones forgotten. Who have I forgotten?

As I walked through the house from each freshly painted room to the next, I realized the inside of this house has a “new start”. The blemishes have been scraped away, holes filled  in, scuff marks scrubbed off, and everything covered with white. Each room looks clean and without blemish.

Isaiah 1:16-18 16 NASB “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, 17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow. 18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.

Ephesians 5:25-27 NASB 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

Song of Songs 4:7 NASB 7 “You are altogether beautiful, my darling, And there is no blemish in you.

I, too, have a new start! Abba has allowed me to see the roughness and imperfections in my heart so I can repent and be clean! Hallelujah!

 

Give Me Your Eyes
Looked down from a broken sky
Traced out by the city of lights
My world from a mile high
Best seat in the house tonight
Touch down on the cold black-top
Hold on for the sudden stop
Breathe in the familiar shock of confusion and chaos
All those people going somewhere, why have I never cared
Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see,
Everything that I keep missing,
Give me your love for humanity.
Give me your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach.
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten.
Give me Your eyes so I can see.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Step out on the busy street.
See a girl and our eyes meet.
Does her best to smile at me.
To hide what’s underneath.
There’s a man just to her right
Black suit and a bright red tie.
Too ashamed to tell his wife he’s out of work, he’s buyin time.
All those people going somewhere, why have I never cared.
Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see,
Everything that I keep missing,
Give me your love for humanity.
Give me your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach.
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten.
Give me Your eyes so I can see.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I’ve been there a million times
A couple million lives
Just moving past me by, I swear I never thought that I was wrong
But I wanna second glance so give me a second chance
To see the way you’ve seen the people all along
Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
That I keep missing
Give me your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach.
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

An Understanding Heart

While reading the Torah portion Ki Tavo last week a verse jumped out at me:

Nevertheless, to this day YHVH has not given you a heart to understand, eyes to see or ears to hear! Deuteronomy 29:3(4) CJB

Moses is speaking to all Israel reminding them of the great things YHVH did while they were slaves in Egypt, yet the people still didn’t get it!

Isaiah 6:9-10 CJB He said, go and tell this people: ‘Yes, you hear, but you don’t understand. You certainly see, but you don’t get the point!’ “Make the heart of this people [sluggish with] fat, stop up their ears, and shut their eyes. Otherwise, seeing with their eyes, and hearing with their ears, then understanding with their hearts, they might repent and be healed!”

Yeshua said to the disciples in Matthew 13:13 CJB, “Here is why I speak to them in parables: they look without seeing and listen without hearing or understanding.”

And in Luke 8:9-10 CJB His talmidim asked him what this parable might mean, and he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the Kingdom of God; but the rest are taught in parables, so that they may look but not see, and listen but not understand.’

I know my heart is still hard in some areas. I judge people and situations too quickly. As I read the verse quoted in Isaiah above, YHVH help me to really see with my eyes, hear with my ears THEN understand with my heart so I might repent and be healed.

Give me an understanding heart. FATHER, Show me where to start. To bring peace where there is confusion, and Joy To the disillusioned, AND love from the CHRIST that lives inside of me.

Give me an understanding heart.

Show me how to do my part To set the captives free. This is my prayer to THEE Loving FATHER, please give me and understanding heart AND Father and show me I need you to show me where you want me to start.

I want to bring peace where there is confusion and YOUR joy to the disillusioned AND love from the CHRIST that lives deep deep down inside of me

Father won’t you please please please give me an understanding heart I want you to show me Just show me show me How I can do my part. I want to help you to set these captives free FATHER this is my prayer to THEE won’t you please please please give me an understanding heart.

Won’t you help me to love my brother not just Judge and condemn will you help me to always look for the CHRIST that is living inside of him Won’t you help me to control my urge to always reprimand.

And FATHER Give me Wisdom I need the Wisdom to understand.

Oh FATHER give me an understanding heart. Father I need you to Show me show me YOU show me where you want me to start I want to help bring peace where there is confusion I want to spread your joy to the disillusioned Father please please Won’t you give me an understanding heart

Its my prayer to THEE

Please please please give it to me I need an understanding heart Please please please give me Like Soloman I want you to give it to me give it to me an understanding heart

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The Heart

A beautiful song by Yoni & Nina Toyaker, also known as Yonina. The song is in Hebrew with English subtitles. Enjoy!

Lyrics:

The heart is open
The heart is listening
The heart understands it all
Simple
Shining
True
The heart speaks truth
The heart is pure
And it greets everything with simplicity
And it is full of light
The walls, the walls
Are like a maze
But the voices move through them
Somehow all the fractured masks
Are one complete whole
And the heart knows how to be and feel
Without being told a thing
An honest encounter
Doors open
I enter them
And like the wind everything penetrates and reveals a hidden world
I drink from the well within
Deep below are layers upon layers
And beneath them a diamond that is never burned
Simple like the dew of love
The heart is open
The heart is listening
And it greets everything with simplicity
And it is full of light

Abundance of the Heart

I was in a video conversation with some very good friends when one of them made a comment regarding a subject we were discussing. Instead of really listening to what was being said, I made a face that prompted the person making the comment to ask what my thoughts were. I was cautious and said I wanted to be careful how I phrased my words. I was encouraged to speak what was on my heart, so in grand fashion I let my thoughts spill out all over the table.

At first I didn’t realize what I had said. Several others in the conversation jumped in and shared their points of view. It wasn’t until one of them spoke about how “our” conversation made him feel that I realized what I had done.

  “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45 NKJV

Before the video call ended, this part of the verse pierced my heart, For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” 

When I looked up the verse my heart sank…

I realized that I was “an evil man” who had “evil treasure” in my heart because I “brought forth evil from my heart”. The comments I made were “right in my own eyes” but I did not have the entire picture.

 “Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.” Proverbs 21:2 NASB

The Hebrew word for weighs in the above verse is takan  תכן  and means: to regulate, measure, estimate, ponder, balance, make even, level, weigh, be equal, be weighed out, test, prove

 “All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.” Proverbs 16:2 NASB

Tonight my heart was tested and I failed.

I want to be the “good man” who has “good treasure” in my heart and “brings forth good”.

How does this happen? By allowing YHVH to test my heart to show me what is really in there. Most of the time it is in the words that come out of my mouth because I have chosen to be the judge and jury.

I am thankful for my friends who lovingly showed me what was in my heart by speaking the truth in love.

“…but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16 NASB

This conversation made me realize I have a lot of “growing up” to do in order to help the body grow by building it up with love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glad Heart

My daughter introduced me to essential oils by gifting me a starter kit last year for my birthday. I excitedly opened the package to reveal several different bottles with names I was familiar with and others I was not. As I took each bottle and broke the seal, a powerful scent wafted into the atmosphere. Some of these were very pleasant and others were not. I realized as I opened the bottles that some of them should be applied to your skin and some ingested to receive maximum benefit.

Today I came across this Scripture:  Proverbs 27:9 NASB “Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend.”

I also found a commentary on the same verse:

Proverbs 27:9. Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart, &c. — “As balsam and fragrant perfumes marvellously refresh and comfort the natural spirits, when they droop and are tired; so doth the very presence of a true-hearted friend, and much more his faithful counsel, rejoice a man’s soul; especially when he is at such a loss, that he knows not how to advise himself.” — Bishop Patrick.

I began to see how scents can appeal or repulse when inhaled or ingested.

Think about that for a moment…

The Proverb listed above states that oil and perfume make the heart glad, so a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend.

Is my counsel sweet to my friends, or is it repulsive to them? Do I give advice without being asked or wait for the right opportunity to advise? Do I speak the truth to be heard or do I speak the truth in love?

Ephesians 4:15 CJB “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in every respect grow up into him who is the head, the Messiah.”

What kind of fragrance are you?

 

 

 

You have tested my heart…

“You have tested my heart; You have visited [me] in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.” Psalm 17:3 NKJV

I came across this video while researching “Spiritual Heart Disease”; a subject YHVH has been speaking to me about for several months. I do not personally know this man, but what he is teaching resonated with my spirit. The video was posted two years ago but is a NOW word for today.

 

I’m also including a video of his testimony:

TRUST

Proverbs 3:5-8 NASB

Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones.

  • Trust in the LORD with all your heart
    • Not some, not part, but ALL!
  • Do not lean on our own understanding
    • YHVH sees the whole picture…we do not! We can’t place our own right to understand above His right to direct our lives the way He sees fit.
      •  Isaiah 55:8-9 NASB “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.
  • In all your ways acknowledge Him
    • Acknowledge: to recognize the rights, authority, or status of
    • We MUST acknowledge that YHVH is the Creator and knows what is best for His creation. He gave us a manual to follow called the Word of YHVH.
  • And He will make your paths straight (direct your path)
    •  When we read His Word we acknowledge His supreme authority by following what it says.
      • Psalm 119:105 NASB “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”
  • Do not be wise in your own eyes
    • Being wise in our own eyes is relies on self rather than YHVH.
      • Proverbs 1:5 NASB A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
      • Proverbs 9:9 NASB Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.
      • Proverbs 12:15 NASB  The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
      • Proverbs 26:12 NASB Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
      • Romans 12:16 NASB] Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.
  • Fear the LORD and turn away from evil
    • Psalm 111:10 NASB The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.
    • Proverbs 1:7 NASB The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
    • Pro 9:10 NASB The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
    • Proverbs 15:33 NASB The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.
  • It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones
    • Proverbs 4:20-22 NASB My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body.
    • Proverbs 16:24 NASB Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Trusting is NOT easy, but it is required if we acknowledge YHVH as our Father & Master. What areas of your life do you need to learn to trust HIM with?

 

 

 

 

Enemy

Enemy: A person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.

Enemy

 “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;  Or the LORD will see it and be displeased, And turn His anger away from him.” Proverbs 24:17-18 NASB

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’  “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:43-45 NASB

 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Luke 6:27-28 NASB

 “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For you will heap burning coals on his head, And the LORD will reward you.” Proverbs 25:21-22 NASB

“BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:20-21 NASB

 “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.” Galatians 6:1 NASB