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Because of my namesake, I'm a bit partial to Holly bushes- even if some of them are prickly!
The walk that I try to take every day leads me to a Holly Tree farm! We discovered it last December.
It was a precious gift from my Lord and I thought it was pretty sweet of Him!
He loves me!
I've really been FEELING Him love me lately.
I feel very cherished and precious to Him.
Ya know what? He loves you, too!
He does! Whether you FEEL it or not-
whether I FEEL it or not-
IT IS TRUE!
Well, I wanted to remind everybody that I am updating the blog more frequently now so be sure and pop in over the holidays!
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This month will begin a series of installments about my journey in this life. In reading it I hope you will see the wonder of the love -who God is.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
This month will begin a series of installments about my life journey. I hope to add to it monthly or more often as the Lord leads.
A clean slate?
When people ask if I was raised in a Christian home, I tell them, "no." To put it bluntly, I was raised a heathen- a heathen hippy child. I really was. I've often been told that having been raised a heathen really isn't so bad because then I didn't have to un- learn anything and that I had a "clean slate". But ya know what? I really didn't have a clean slate because I did have many influences and impressions that affected my heart and my thinking.
My family didn't claim to be Christian- not at all. Well... I take that back. After filling out forms at grade school one year, I came home and asked my mom, “What does it mean when it says- what religion are you? What am I supposed to put there?” “Well!” My mom replied in a horrified voice, “you put down Christian!!” "Oh...." (Holly shrugs her shoulders and rolls her eyes) I had no clue what she meant. My Mother obviously had received more "religious instruction" than I had... How was little Holly supposed to know?
There were several religious movies that I saw while growing up that gave me some impressions; movies like Ben Hur and The Ten Commandments and another one that I'll mention later but in my opinion, Hollywood's view of the Life of Christ is extremely limited, if not distorted.
For some reason my mom would play religious Christmas music every year. I attended public school in the days that a religious Christmas was observed so I did hear something about angels and a cute little baby Jesus. I knew that Jesus was born and had a little halo- whatever that was. (Holly scratches head) But I had no clue how it all related to me. In the darkened grade school cafeteria, I remember feeling goose bumps running up and down my spine while singing the Christmas carol, Silent Night. I remember liking it but somehow I got the feeling that ghosts were involved! Ha! At any rate, Silent Night became my favorite Christmas carol. I had no idea what "holy" meant, I just liked those goose bumps. Can you blame her?
A Charlie Brown Christmas also taught me a portion of the good news. Again, goose bumps came when I watched that cartoon and especially at the end when all the children sang, Angels We Have Heard On High. In case any of you readers are not familiar with Charlie Brown's Christmas, a little boy named Linus quotes the nativity passage from Luke in this cartoon. At the time, I don't think I realized he was quoting from the scriptures. To my knowledge, I had never even seen a Bible before and I certainly wouldn't have known what was written in one. Well, Charlie Brown's Christmas became the heathen hippy child's favorite Christmas time cartoon. It won over Frosty The Snowman and even Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer! I think even way back then I felt the Lord calling me, drawing and wooing me. I just didn't know what it was!
To be continued...
God has His ways.
He knows just how to lead us.
Shaping and moulding are His specialties.
Creating is a part of Him.
He likes to reverse things too.
Death to life
Confusion to clarity
Hate to love
Let Him have His way with you today.
Let Him reverse you.
Does it really matter if you have the last word?
What difference does it make if you are right?
Are you devouring your brother in the name of right doctrine?
Whose name is that?
If we do all that we do in the name of the Lord Jesus
we will be right even if the whole world says we are wrong.
His name is the name above all names.
Let love reign.
If you've ever wondered just what Holly believes about the church these days, here is a link to an online book that explains it quite well.
My husband and I were so excited to find this book! It puts into words what we have tried to explain to others. The book is written in a fictional and conversational style and it was a short and easy read.
Come all ye who are weary and heavy laden
and I will give you rest.
That's a promise!!
He will give you rest!
There is a place of rest and calm that comes through being one with the Father.
There is a place of peace that passes understanding.
There is a trust that comes on a breath of the wind.
Ask Him for this if you haven't known it.
It will come.
'Thank you for this trial, Lord."
Can you say it?
Your heart may feel like a 100 pound weight-
but, "Thank you for this trial, Lord."
There's freedom in saying it and victory in believing it!
The storms of life around you are beating but from within the ship you can safely say, "Thank you for this trial, Lord.'
Let the billows roar! Ride the wave! Oh victory in Jesus!
Hang on and count it all joy!
You have been called worthy to suffer for His name.
Give it all to Him.
As I then went on my walk and I prayed under His frosty pink sunrise, I couldn't help but worship...
lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. ~
I did so by not stopping to hear what the Lord thought about a certain decision I made.
I had many excuses for doing so, but none of them kept my heart soft. Within hours I became cold, distant and indifferent toward my Lord. My gracious Lord then chastised me.
He didn't let me go my own way! I'm so glad.
Suddenly I was able to hear His voice correct me and instruct me to obey. I obeyed and then joy came.
I felt light again!
There was no heavy burden but an easy and light one.
What a joy to serve a risen Saviour!
He doesn't ask us to do anything that He won't enable us to do by His power. Harden not your heart.