LONGING HEART – POETRY

January 11, 2019

You are my bread, my life, my song

With you alone, does my heart belong

Deep within me calls to deep

Draw me close Lord, Your heart to meet

 

You are the great I AM

Take me Lord into Your hand

Mold me into Your heart of grace

Until I look and can see Your face

 

You are my bread, my life, my song

With you alone, does my heart belong

Deep within me calls to deep

Draw me close Lord, Your heart to meet

 

Breathing deeply, I feel You near

I will sit quietly, Your voice to hear

Waiting until the break of day

When I know what You’re saying, I will obey

 

You are my bread, my life, my song

With you alone, does my heart belong

Deep within me calls to deep

Draw me close Lord, Your heart to meet

 

Into Your image I will be drawn

Though the process painful, the days are long

I know that You have a plan for me

To be like Your Son, my heart set free

 

You are my bread, my life, my song

With you alone, does my heart belong

Deep within me calls to deep

Draw me close Lord, Your heart to meet

copyright 2013  Jean Chamblee

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A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

December 16, 2018

I was reading this morning in the Daily Walk Bible and this analogy about trials really blessed me.  It read:   “If you want to get in shape physically, there are some helpful steps you can take:  eat properly, get adequate sleep, take a multi-vitamin capsule every day.  But in the final analysis, there is no substitute for exercise – working against a resistance.  The same is true in the Christian life.  Proper nourishment from the Word is essential but so is “exercise” –  in God’s strength, facing and conquering trials and difficulties.  God – the perfect Coach- knows exactly what kind of “workout” you need in order to turn an area of weakness into an area of Christlikeness.

So maybe some of our trials are more of a workout – allowed by God – than some kind of negative thing.  It’s worth pondering.  Sometimes I get tired of trials, but I’ve never gone through one (while leaning on God)  that I did not come out either stronger, or with a wisdom and understanding that I lacked before it.  

The Apostle Paul says:   My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials”   (James 1:2)   Joy?  I used to think he was nuts.  Who gets joyful at trials?  Until you really begin to believe and value the rest of his statement.   knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”  (James 1:3,4)    Perfect and complete lacking nothing!!!   I would like that!!   I’ve come to the conclusion that it is wise to embrace the pain so to speak or at least don’t fear it.  One person said it this way,  “Run to the roar.”   Remembering that like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego;  Jesus was with them in the fire.  (see Daniel 3)

Lord, grant us a fresh perspective in these areas.  Help us see that you waste nothing that happens to us.  Even the things that the devil brings to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10)  you can turn around and make it work for our good  (Romans 8:28) when we go through things with you!  Always remember that God is for us and not against us.  (Rom. 8:31)  If we are going through some thing painful – we might as well get something of value from it!  With God all things are possible!  

Shalom!

Transitions.  Usually they are never easy.  Even in childbirth the “transition”  part is the hardest, but when it is over something “new” is born.  Many people I know are in a transition period in life.  Where things can change rapidly.  It can get unnerving or down right scary.  But we can alway trust that God never leaves us nor forsakes His children; though you may not see Him at work right now. He is.  This is where we take a deep breath and trust.

In 1980, the year I really surrendered my life to God, was a HUGE transition.  The whole trajectory of my life changed and I did not have a blueprint!  I was thrilled with a fresh and living relationship with the Lord, but so much was changing.

One day I was standing by the Tar River in the Town Commons park.  I was looking at the water and observing a stick floating along with the current.  As I watched it, I heard the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart.  “One day you will be like that in my hands, flowing, not fighting the current or trying to go your own way, but trusting Me.”   That  sounded awesome.  I certainly wanted that.

Many years later I wrote a song called  “Be Like Water”  to remember the lesson.  It’s a fun little song and I hope you have a minute to listen and let the Holy Spirit speak into your life about what area you need to trust Him and just “let it flow, let it go.”  He is faithful and loves you so much!

May we trust Him in this season without a blueprint.  And know that He is the river that will carry us!    Blessings!   Hope you have a great day!

Calmly walking by the bay

The mist is rising up

It crests the rocks and scatters ‘round

And peace, it fills my cup

 

As I walk and seek You

Silent and alone

My soul it lifts to meet You

My heart lifts to Your throne

 

Standing in your presence

Your warmth shines on my face

Just as real as earth is

I’m home here in this place

 

These moments are so holy

Sweet and set apart

As I see reflections face

Your love it fills my heart

 

Solid our connection

Fruitful are Your words

As they speak into my soul

My place with You assured

 

Don’t let it break away now

As I enter back inside

A place in our society

It seems no place to hide

 

Yet it takes a moment

To close my eyes and see

Our beautiful collection

Of quiet times with Thee

copyright 2016  Jean Chamblee Thomas

HE WHISPERS

March 2, 2018

So today is an especially sweet day. I woke up this morning hearing in my head the phrase “I love you to the moon and back”. I wondered if that thought could have been from God? Would He use a common human phrase to communicate with me? And for Him the moon is not very far or big. Haha

Just waking up I wasn’t thinking with my spirit but was just in my head!! So I dismissed it without much thought. Then later I finally got around to doing something the Lord had asked me to do, and that was to mail my book to an old friend. I had been putting it off because I couldn’t find an envelope, but the Lord patiently waited. I put the dollar stamps on it which were in the shape of a moon and proceeded to the mailbox. I knew God was happy about my obeying Him and following through on this. Then I looked up and on the mailbox was a beautiful bluebird. I thought to myself “bluebird of happiness”,which was a phrase I had heard in a movie. Then it dawned on me that God had put the bluebird there as a sign to me that I was making Him happy by doing what He had asked.

Then quickly in my minds eye or spirits eye to be more accurate; I saw a visual of the Father picking me up and joyfully swinging me around in His arms like a little girl. Wow. I was really having a divine encounter all morning and it was so subtle I could have missed it, but thankful I didn’t. I knew God was communicating. Then I walked back in the house and picked up the stamps. The stamps were a picture of the moon! To the moon and back!! Right in my face. I love you to the moon and back! Then again, I looked out the kitchen window and the bluebird was sitting on the wire in the 20 plus wind gusts we’re having today and holding on as if to wait for me to see it, then it jumped off.

Wow again. I could have missed this all. It started with a subtle “I love you to the moon and back” thought as I woke up. How amazing is God!!! He truly does communicate with us . Are we listening? Do we miss the thoughts He sends our way? Are we awake enough to recognize Him. We certainly can be and He will help us if we ask! He has so much joy in us. We make Him happy! You make Him happy! He made you and has a dream for your life. I hope this inspires you to actively “listen” with your spiritual eyes and ears as well as the other. He whispers, but He is full of love for you. Receive it! Hope you have an awesome day!

Blessings, Jean

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

John 3:3-8 “ Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Notice Jesus words…what is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of Spirit is spirit. You have already been born of flesh. It is your spirit that needs to be born again.

Ezekiel 36:26-27
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ…”

The Bible tells us that we need to be born again. Then He explains why…

Romans 3:23 “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 6:23 “ For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We are all born in the image of God. (Genesis) But when Adam and Eve fell and succumbed to satan’s temptation, they yielded their authority to him and spiritual death took place. The perfect garden and life God planned got messed up. But immediately God had a solution to undo the damage that was done, but it was costly to Him. The price was to send His Son as a perfect sacrifice to bring us back into a “born again” state if we would believe and accept what Jesus did for us on the cross.

Romans 10:9-10 “…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Romans 10:13 “ For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

What God has done is a free gift and cannot be earned.

Ephesians 2:8-9 “ For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

So we see that:

1. We must be born again.
2. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
3. Salvation is a free gift purchased by the work of Jesus Christ
4. Invite Jesus to be your Lord and Savior and repent of your sins

Prayer is simply talking to God. He is listening. All the time. And He eagerly awaits for you to call on Him. When you do and ask Him to be your Lord and Savior and to forgive you for your sins –  you enter into a relationship with Him and you are born again. You may not feel it immediately because it happens in your spirit. The core of your being. But as you continue to seek Him. Read His Words.  Pray/ talk to Him and listen. You will begin to grow.

We are a spirit. With a soul (which is our mind, will, and emotions), and we live in a body. You have now begun an exciting journey to know the Lord and to discover what your purpose in life is. What did He have in mind when He made you? There is nothing more fulfilling than to know God and to know your destiny.

You are now a child of God if you accepted Him and prayed that prayer.  Your name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life!  (Revelation 21:27) You are a part of His eternal family forever.  So press in to know Him.  All you do here will echo into eternity.  You are here for a reason and a purpose.

Read your Bible daily.  It is the Bread of Life and has answers about the kingdom of God. Seek it like treasure. Life following after Christ is far from boring as you will find in all of my free videos.  ( Youtube Channel – Passing The Torch – with Jean Chamblee )   They are there to help you learn and grow in spiritual things.

Matthew 7:7
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Hebrews 13:5   “For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all on your side!  Romans 8:31  “If God is for us, who can be against us?”   He is right there with you.

God bless you on your journey!  Life in Christ is awesome!  You were born on purpose. You have a destiny!  You are precious to God and worth the price that He paid. He decided a long time ago that you were worth it!  You are valued in His sight more than you know.

Blessings on your journey,     Jean

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He Thought You Were Worth It

November 29, 2017

Slowly, with purpose
He walked through the streets
Each step He was taking
Your life He could see

Breathing in pain
Sores on His back
He suffered the shame
But His heart was intact

He knew that His mission
It must be fulfilled
There was no other way
Except Calvary’s hill

Looking at faces
His mind must have swirled
He kept the joy before Him
Of saving the world

Strong and determined
As His life blood poured out
He knew it was worth it
He ignored hell’s loud shout

As He hung on the cross
He gave out a cry
As He paid for our sins
Tears streamed from His eyes

Love kept Him there
We’ll never know
How bad was His suffering
The three days He was gone

Paying our penalty
As He hung on the cross
He knew what it took
To redeem all the lost

So now it’s our choice
To believe and receive
The beautiful gift
For which He did bleed

copyright 2013 Jean Chamblee

So sorry for the days
When I would run away
I need You, I need You

Forget about my past
And make me free at last
I need You, I need You

And I need to jump into the wind
I need to trust the arms I’m in

Never so confused
I feel I’m being used
Lord, keep me,
Lord, keep me

I know I cannot see
The plans you have for me
Lord, lead me
Lord, lead me

There was a time when I thought
That life was so secure
There was a time that I thought
That I was clean and pure

I need A Savior now I know
No matter how far and wide I grow
I need to stay at Jesus feet
I need to confess to all I need

Time to take a risk
My purpose not to miss
Please guide me
Lord guide me

The time is drawing near
For You to reappear
Make me ready
Make me ready

I need to jump into the wind
I need to trust the arms I’m in
I need a Savior now I know
No matter how far and wide I grow

copyright 2006 Jean Chamblee