A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

"A joyful heart is good medicine." ~ Proverbs 17:22

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Spiritual Sundays

"WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP." ~ Ephesians 2:10
We see it as we walk along the ocean shore, where steep cliffs meet with the rise and fall of the tides. The splashing of sand-and rock-laden waves have cut away at the towering sea cliffs. Day after day, night after night, the continual lapping of the ocean water silently undercuts the stone walls. Then in one sudden blow the entire structure can shift and fall thundering into the sea. On a daily basis, the wear and tear of water on sea cliffs is imperceptible, yet we know that every wave hitting the rock is washing away some of its hard surface.

Every person subjected to the endless wear and tear of life develops faults and cracks in their life. In God's hands, however, those stresses and changes become His tools for shaping our life for His purpose. As our lives are yielded to and shaped by Him, He creates within us the ability to resonate His presence.

The varied and often difficult experiences of life, given to God, are how He transforms each individual into something beautiful. The Holy Spirit can work wonders on the rough edges of our stubborn wills and hard hearts, conforming them to His own will.

Trust Him to take all that happens to you - both good and bad- and make you stronger and wiser, using you in His great plan. (Excerpts taken from "Tea Time with God."}

Thank you for stopping by today. Please visit Charlotte and Ginger at Spiritual Sundays http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/ There you will be refreshed in your spirit and meet some very nice folks. Please remember our sister Charlotte as she undergoes surgery on Monday.

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


Whidbey Woman said...

What beautiful imagery. Thank you!
I live on an island and walk the beaches frequently. Now I will think of this, and how God is shaping my life for His purpose.

Whidbey Woman said...

Just saw your prayer request for your family battling cancer.
My husband has Colon Cancer. So, I know it's tough. Will pray. Visit my other blog, which is about Cancer http://ronsroad2recovery.blogspot.com
God bless.

Debbie said...

This was a great anology. Soo true. Thanks for sharing this. Blessings, Debbie

Charlotte said...

This is beautiful, Sandi. Thank you for sharing these truths with us.

RCUBEs said...

My family and I love taking vacations near the ocean. We loved those cliffs sculpted well by the waves of the sea. So beautiful.

I love the analogy in relation to our life's journey. What a beautiful outcome it will be if we completely surrender to the One Who is the Master Sculptor. May God bless you sister and strengthen you. Have a great weekend.

Lisa said...

Oh this is so lovely! I just love how you can put words on a page and a picture in my head! Thank you for your post!
I will add Charlotte to my prayer list!
Hugs, Lisa

Andrea said...

Love how GOD works miracles in our hearts and lives.
Hugs, andrea

Marydon Ford said...

Never ceases to amaze me how He brings to us ...

Charlotte will be lifted in prayer.

Have a wonderful week.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Lisa said...

I think Ephesians might be my favorite book in the whole Bible and Ephesian 2:10 might be my favorite verse. Thanks for sharing this lovely post.:)

Denise said...

Fantastic post.

Julie said...

What a great little book that TeaTime with God must be. Thanks for sharing part of it with us.

Dayle said...

God can indeed do wonders with the messes we make of our lives, if we just give Him all the pieces.

Rhodema @ MommyLife said...

I never thought of it like this. Thank you for opening my eyes.

Cathy said...

A great post, thank you ~

sarah said...

this is so true...He shapes us with whatever we have to go through....I used to wonder where He was...not anymore....I'm just really glad He pulled me out....and is using me now. blessings.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

The difficult experiences of life always bring me closer to God. Thank-you for this great post today.
God Bless,

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Sandi, such a beautiful post!

Thank you so much for posting my giveaway button. I really appreciate it!

Blessings, Barb ♥

Clif said...

Words of wisdom. Thank you for posting.

SmilingSally said...

Good thoughts, Sandi, thanks.

shopannies said...

what a beautiful post and process that he softly takes us through

Ms.Daisy said...

Yes, it is a long process but I am glad that God is by my side all the way. What a beautiful post!



This is a wonderful devotion and one I needed to hear. thank you so much.
Blessings always!

Marsha said...

Beautifully expressed. Do you know that the word workmanship in the Greek is poiema meaning a work of art. We are His masterpiece, His poem, His creation.

I love stopping by here for tea with you! I've a fondness for all things tea.


Duchess of Tea said...

Sandi darling, I just joined your followers and will certainly include everyone in my prayers.

To good heath. Blessings


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