"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead..." Romans 1:20

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Listen to Your Heart

the human heart stripped of fat and muscle with angel veins
When I saw the above photo I was truly amazed at the intricacies of the human heart.  In ancient time the heart was considered the seat of the soul by many cultures.  There has been a running debate whether it's the heart or the brain from which life emanates.  I was going to try to find some scientific research to point you to what I'm about to say, but then decided this really isn't about proof.  One can probably make a case for just about anything one believes and find someone on the Internet to back you up.  Instead, I'm going to speak from the heart--my heart.  But I will say this.  One can be considered brain dead and still have life coursing through their body, so keep that in mind.

When I started this blog it was with the intent of showing how all of life is just a metaphor for some spiritual knowledge.  The scripture on the mast head is from Romans 1:20:  "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead."  That is to say, we can come to understand God through His creation...."His invisible attributes are clearly seen."  I began with the metaphor of the moon.  This subject of listening to your heart is about my pulsatile tinnitus.  Tinnitus is a ringing in the ears that most people come to experience as they get older and which I've had for more than a decade.  But pulsatile tinnitus only just appeared late last year and only in one ear.  It is an additional sound of my pulse and is louder that my "regular" tinnitus.  After various tests it was determined that mine is caused by sensorineural hearing loss.  Because of this hearing loss my brain tunes into the noise my body makes and because my artery is so close to my ear, this is what it hears.

At first it was very annoying.  But now, months later, I'm using it as a reminder that I should be listening to my heart, in the metaphorical sense.  I've always been one to follow my head--very practical, always planning ahead for ways to avoid making a mistake, and therefore being cautious to a fault.  Following my heart is foreign to me, so much so that I'm not even sure what I mean when I use that term!  All I know is I feel I'm being led to change the way I view my world and that following my heart will take me there--that my head (brain) is no longer what I should be following--for God resides in the heart, not the head.

When I started on my spiritual journey in earnest in my 30's I remember wishing I had a clock that chimed every 15 minutes so that I could use it to remind me to turn my thoughts to God....otherwise, I'd go off on my own, as usual, with my worries and plans, never giving thought to Him until I hit a hard spot.  Over the years I'd find some other aid to remind me to turn my thoughts to Him during the day, but soon they'd fall by the wayside.  It's no wonder, now, that He's had to find a permanent way to remind me to listen to my Heart--the seat of my soul where He resides.  Now all He has to do is turn up the volume a little and I hear my heart pulsing blood to my brain...and I remember Who is the creator of that blood and that heart and that brain and the life that's attached to it.

Lord, hearing my heart beat has actually become comforting.  It reminds me that without it--without You--I have no life--just an existence.  I praise You and give You the Glory for all that I am meant to be.

Link to scripture:  Psalm 40:8

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Lord is My Shepherd

Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 

3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me 

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

God is My All in All

At the end of this post is the song that came to my mind this morning while I was journaling about how cheerful I felt.  I've written often about our need to rely on God, to turn to Him, to let Him live in us freely, to base our self-worth on Him alone.  I've also written about asking for happiness rather than for specific things since we don't always know what will bring us happiness.  

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Lead Me in the Way Everlasting

Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Building Blocks

Blocks have probably been around since children have been around.  Children, with their wonderful imaginations, build walls and castles and log cabins....

I like what Alan Cohen said in "Wisdom of the Heart" about building blocks:  "A setback is really a setup, and behind every tragedy awaits a gift....When you pray or intend for something to happen don't dictate the form or timing of the results.  Instead, pray for the quality of your experience.... pray for happiness, and the building blocks to that happiness will reveal themselves in the right way and time."

Saturday, May 3, 2014

O, Holy One

This is the first in a series of scriptures that have been put into a song.  At the bottom of the page you can listen to the song by clicking on the album cover.

Psalm 40

1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. 4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. 5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. 6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. 7 Then I said, "Here I am, I have come-- it is written about me in the scroll. 8 I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart." 9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD. 10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulnessand salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly. 11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me. 12 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. 13 Be pleased, O LORD, to save me; O LORD, come quickly to help me. 14 May all who seek to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. 15 May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!" be appalled at their own shame. 16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, "The LORD be exalted!" 17 Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay.