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One who knows

“Each heart knows its own bitterness and no one else can share its joy.” Proverbs 14:10

Maybe it’s time to take unrealistic expectations off other people. No matter how well I try to explain what I’m going through to others, they’ll never completely know how I feel. They can’t, and that’s okay, because God knows.

He sees every detail of my life. He knows every twinge and hurt endured along the way. I can come to him with my need for mercy, healing and peace.

He knows the thrill when something good happens. Others may get it to an extent, but there is one who understands completely.

Yes, we share with others. We tell the griefs, share the joys and listen to theirs. We carry each others burdens the best we can. But if I’m looking for another person to fully get it and understand, my search is going to be futile.

Here is my comfort: “But he knows the way that I take … ” Job 23:10

There is One who knows and may He keep you in His tender care.


Unlikely places

Mark 6:20 “…When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.”*

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Go ahead, speak in unlikely places

share as the chance comes along

even if hearts appear calloused—

cold as stone.

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Despite status, title or position

all have the same God-shaped soul

 when a heart is softened and ready—

only God knows.

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poem and photo by Patty Perkins

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Something must have quickened in Herod’s heart as he heard John speak because John’s words puzzled him. The story comes to a tragic end and Herod orders John beheaded (see Mark 6). I can’t help but wonder if Herod had paid attention to his puzzled heart and pursued answers…if the outcome could have been different. He was closer to believing than outward appearance showed.

*The One Year Bible, February 22, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Passed on

I Samuel 3:19 “The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground.” (NIV)*

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God’s word is a gift to be shared

Not dropped to the ground and left there.

Passed on that others know too

His words of I love you.

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photo and poem by Patty Perkins

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I Samuel 4:1 “And Samuel’s word came to all Israel…” (NIV)*

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


Out of Hiding

Mark 5:28 “…If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed.” (NIV)*

Mark 5:30 “At once Jesus realized that power had  gone out from Him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?'” (NIV)*

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pansy (Photo credit: paparutzi)

No one would notice. She could slip quietly into the crowd surrounding Jesus and touch His clothes. Twelve years of bleeding and all her money spent on doctors left one hope. Jesus. He had healed others; He could heal her.

And no one knew, or cared, except Jesus. The moment she touched Him, He felt power leave and He turned to look for her. She was healed, but hidden. All-knowing, it would make sense that He knew exactly who touched Him and where she was standing in the crowd.

Yet, He wanted her to come forward. Did He want the world to know what happened? Was He drawing her out of her shell?

She came out of hiding and fell trembling at His feet, exposed. She told him the whole embarrassing truth. He seemed oblivious to her need for secrecy. It was time to share her story. Tell of His healing power and…oh so publicly.

Have you a story to tell? Did Jesus heal your soul, change your life? Maybe you spent years trying everything else. Then, Jesus passed by. You found the faith to touch His clothing and power flowed. Did you go back into hiding, the safe place you spent years carving out for yourself, letting the story stop there? Have you not shared?

Step forward, even fall at His feet trembling, and share. Tell the whole truth. Your story will encourage others and glorify Him.

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Mark 5:32-34 “But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at His feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.'” (NIV)*

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.