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Colossians 3:12-14 NKJV

“Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

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And Jesus Gave to Us | All Remains Praise

December 12, 2017 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, ‘Take, eat: this is My body.’
And He took the cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
And He said unto them, ‘This is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.'” Mark 14:22-24 KJV

I cut my hair
my heart
one day.
Bled tears of joy
more tears of pain.

What sorrow, Lord,
is this I taste?

“Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance.” Psalm 90:8 KJV

Lord, cut the
bindings from my head.
Lord, bleed away
my dreams misled.

What spaces, Lord,
have You so graced?

“Return, O Lord! How long?…O, satisfy us early with Thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:13a, 14 NKJV

I cut into
much doubt
much rage.
Bled tears of youth
and tears of age.

What sweetness, Lord,
makes way, makes haste?

“Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us…” Psalm 90:17a, b KJV

Lord, cut the
shackles from my hands.
Lord, bleed away
my misplaced plans.

What sickness, Lord,
bides far from waste?

“Make us glad according to the days wherein Thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil…So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:15, 12 KJV

There will be nothing left, save
for myself now saved…
yet out of all the remains,
for this to remain…

Most Holy God,
my God,
is a gift. A gift I will
strive and race and run to lift
to You in praise
for the rest of my days in
forever as I
–Lord have mercy–
as I pray to proclaim:

Blessed be the name of the LORD
from this time forth,
and even forever more.

“O King of kings and Lord of lords,
how great is Thy goodness!
To the praise of the glory of His grace,
wherein He has made us accepted in the beloved,
blessed be the name of the LORD
from this time forth and even forever more.”
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, one God, Amen.

1 Timothy 6:15, Psalm 31:19, Ephesians 1:6, Psalm 113:2 KJV

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Faith in Our Future | Hope in God’s Plans

December 23, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6 KJV

We all face trials or disquieted spirits at some point in our lives.
Maybe you know what you want but can’t figure out how to get it, or are discouraged in realizing it.
Maybe you are frustrated because you don’t know what you want.
Or stuck in some combination of the aforementioned.

Right now, I want to run fast again. Play music again. Not hurt every time I blink, or smile, or breathe. I want to feel strong and capable again.

But it’s not about what I want.
It’s about God’s will for me. About what He knows I need.
So there is only one thing deserving of ever being wanted.

It should be yearned for, craved, sought after.

And that is God’s will.
That is powerful to want.

It means nothing is in vain. When you walk with God, you are never left alone to figure out the path for your life.
There is no aimlessness, there is no mistake.
There is a purpose.
There is a plan, and you will reach your dreams. Dreams He has placed in your heart, or will once He has prepared you (that is for another post — update 9/1/15: see Praying for a Dream | God’s Purpose for Your Life).

“But always be zealous for the fear of the Lord. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 23:17b-18 NIV

Time and time again we see how surely that hope is not cut off.

From the paralyzed man whose friends lowered him through a roof to bring him to the Healer:

When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, ‘Son, thy sins be forgiven thee’…But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (He saith to the sick of the palsy), ‘I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.’

And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all…” Mark 2: 5, 10-11 KJV

The man and his friends followed through with a risky idea, which could have failed in many ways, in pursuit of the hope for healing Christ brought.

The paralyzed man was completely immobile.

And he walked.

From the girl who was proclaimed dead:

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Be not afraid, only believe’…And He took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, ‘Talitha cumi’; which is, being interpreted, ‘Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.’

And straightway the damsel arose, and walked.” Mark 5:36, 41-42 KJV

Her parents spent the last living moments of their daughter’s life in pursuit of the hope for healing that Christ brought.

The girl had died.

And she walked again.

“Be not afraid, only believe.”

Be not afraid about where you are. Be sure of your future. To believe in God’s perfect will, to have faith in His evident mercies and plans for us, is powerful to want.

It means I want my Shepherd to wrap me in His arms as He walks me from my pain to the fulfilling of my calling.

It means I want my Comforter to whisper to me constant reminders of His love for me as He encourages me to step forward in faith.

It means I want my King to call me His daughter to join the inheritance of a whole and joy-filled life starting today.

Lord, may the only ‘I want’ in my life be a passionate desire for Your will, to know and trust you more and more!

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:10-14 NIV

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Cradled in Christ’s Arms | When the world is overwhelming

February 16, 2014 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

To close my eyes, never enough in the blinding light;
but shielded by God’s comforting arms.

To hear noise all around me;
but God’s voice is the only sound.

To take a deep breath in the stench;
and smell God’s sweet, sweet air.

To taste a taste so satisfying,
that I’m never hungry again.

To hit my hip against a corner;
and instead of a curse, comes praise.

To stretch out my arms, stiff and cracking;
and still grasp on what God has arranged.

The pain, it doesn’t hurt any less;
but God protects my soul.

From the maliciousness of these attacks;
from the overwhelming, caustic senses.

By His grace my spirit is not defeated,
I know that one day I’ll be healed.

For I am a child of the Almighty King.
For I am a sheep of the Good Shepherd.
For I am an infant in the arms of the Comforter.
For I am always His.

“Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.” Psalm 91:3-7 KJV

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Love

March 19, 2013 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

There is a basic concept that God has allowed me to explore to help keep my spirits up. It reminds me of a difference between Judas and Peter.

Judas could not get past the fact that he was responsible for another’s death. He stewed in that horrible situation, and it drove him to a miserable permanent end.

The aforementioned example of Judas illustrates a problem–that staying stuck in that which is not good, in that which is not right, leads to scary ends (Matthew 27:1-5).

Happy thoughts are too simple, too shallow a solution. Great, the thoughts are in my head, but how do I get them to my heart, to the rest of me? This is where the point of this entry come in.

God is love. It is this love that warms our hearts, our emotions, to Him. Christ made clear that love is an action (John 3:16). Thus, the action of love is what inspires our deepest motivations (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Most likely, you’ve heard the advice to help others when life isn’t quite agreeing with us, that it will make us feel better. While I certainly do not dismiss charity, it can be extremely discouraging when you are, for whatever reason unable to follow through.

You are not a failure.

This, however, can put us in an interesting predicament–we need action, but action seems insurmountable.

Here, God shows us His grace. Peter, who denied Christ three times, repented (Mark 14:66-72). The very nature of repenting means to acknowledge the wrong and then do something about it–often implementing a new strategy to prevent a repeat. Peter did not have to go out and do a thousand good deeds. He did, but he did not have to in order to be a part of God’s peace. All he needed to do was repent.

And that leads to a burning desire to sincerely follow where God led him (John 21:15-19). God will not give to us that which we cannot handle.

Which brings me to another question: what are we capable of handling? But that is for another post. (UPDATE: read about it here at Capability from 6/30/13)

In the meantime, do not stop praying and “asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9 NIV).

He does hear your prayers. He does answer.

Look for all the positive, wholesome moments in your life — they are answers, or at least, clues. Go from there, see where your prayers take your mind wanderings. Above all, love God, and love one another (Luke 10:27). It needs not be huge and grandiose. A small gesture can mean the world to someone.

Remember, God has granted us quite a capacity to love.

God bless you all

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that loves not knows not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” 1 John 4:7-11 KJV

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Life doesn’t turn like the pages of a book…

February 19, 2013 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

Not the kind of book we imagine.
It is a work of art the Father brilliantly creates.
It is a stunning blueprint, a gorgeous picture, an awesome performance.

So let us pray that our will is God’s will, and bring forth beautiful light in the darkness of this world.

Yes, darkness will come. But in His mercy, He blesses us through that. Each moment is either bright, or it is not, in which case the light seems brighter.

When we fall, rising makes us closer to the Shepherd, as He gently lifts us and holds us nearer. Not only so…

He takes every arrow evil throws at us and turns it around a hundred times.

Evil may be a near infinite power, but God is infinite, and He, with His flock, prevails in His masterpiece plan.

But even with His kindness, I sometimes still feel so very broken, not at all marvelous. Then, He lovingly reminds me that…

Courage, true courage, is the courage to say, “I am weak.” That
Bravery, true bravery is to ask for help.
Wisdom, to accept that help. And
Knowledge, to know that it is not by my power.

Isn’t that a relief?

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7 NIV

Courage, Bravery, Wisdom, Knowledge

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When in the dark I pray,

January 21, 2013 - Author: Bernadette Saddik

An endless horizon of the surf meets the sky. As I look up, I see the stars proclaim God’s majesty.
…..I see an enduring Fortress.
…..I see His infinite love for me.
In His creation He shows me His breath-taking splendor. In His mercy, the Father reveals that what I comprehend now is only a sliver of His grandeur.
…..It is more magnificent than my heart can fathom.
By His grace, the Spirit stirs within me, granting me a taste of His satiating tranquility.

My eyes glaze over the silhouette of the tamed tide.
In the caressing ocean breeze, His hand brushes away the hot streams on my cheeks. In the swirling winds He hugs me close.
…..He tells me of His love, that He will never let go.

How can the sheep drown when the Shepherd carries her?

I dig my face in His open shoulders, screaming in rage and frustration, my mind lost in the chaos.
He comforts me with the assurance of a time with neither grief nor guilt, neither embarrassment nor agony.
…..There will be no knives, shots, shocks, throbs.
I will jump in dance without crackling lightning.  I will, with untiring voice, sing loud songs of praise without crumpling in piercing pain.

But for now, He reminds me that every time I fall, no matter how hard, it is always on His hand from which He gently lifts me.
He does not want His children to hurt. Yet, this is the course of life here, the consequence of sin, the battle against evil.
…..Out of it, He promises to teach me closeness to Him that I may approach nearer His full measure; to guide me in helping others that they may suffer less; to strengthen my spirit that my body will not defeat me.

This undertaking, He guarantees, is not nor will ever be in vain.

On the cross, Christ gladly bore the pressing weight of all my tears.
With His victory over death, He inspires faith, hope, joy that each drop brings me one step closer to eternal bliss.
…..In the meantime, every stab needs not be hauled by me. In fact, I am weak and capable of nothing without God–only by His power is this burden overcome.

God urges me to open my heart to Him.
…..He resonates with the sensibilities of my soul as He declares that He is the Voice which rebukes the sea, and it fearfully obeys. He clothes the withering grass and feeds the fleeting sparrow.

My child, He pleads, follow Me and know how much more I will use My power to love, to grow, and to protect you.

I breathe deeply as His whisper immerses me in peace.

I listen to my Lord’s sweet song from the lumbering waves lulling my soul to everlasting serenity.

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God.” Psalm 42:11 NIV

 

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