Saturday, April 14, 2007

Time to think...

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I love Melissa. she is to me a huge source of inspiration and blessing!! Thanks girl. I love you! She posted on her blog the most amazing story. (From Melissa's blog: This was a fascinating social experiment. They asked renowned violinist Joshua Bell to stand in a subway station in Washington D.C. and play a 1710 Stratavarius violin, valued at $3.5 million dollars. More than 1,000 people walked by him, virtually assaulted by the music he produced in that subway entrance, without noticing that they had the opportunity to witness greatness, beauty and singular talent and genius. Our business, our agenda, our schedule, our mission of the moment blinds us to the beauty all around us. Think about this. Look for beauty. Stop and enjoy it.) I read it and watched all the video clips and wanted to cry. It reminded me so much of Jesus. He is there in our lives, making the most beautiful music and we ignore Him, and live our lives as if He is not there. Then I am reminded of this prayer that's taped to my computer screen: Psalm 27:4 (Msg) I'm asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with Him in His house my whole life long. I'll contemplate His beauty; I'll study at His feet.

Lately, I have been meditating on Action vs intention. This is such a powerful concept. We judge others by their actions, but we judge ourselves by our intentions. This is wrong. We should be judging ourselves by our actions. To give you an example. I bought some groceries at Safeway the other day and when I got to my car, I saw the bottles water under the cart that I forgot to pay for. As I was in a hurry, I said to myself, next time when I go to Safeway, I will pay for it. My intentions was good. The thing is, I went to Safeway 3 times and did not pay for the water. I still felt good about it all, because I still intended to pay for it. I was so convicted, when God showed me that it's NOT ok, becuase my actions is not backing up my good intentions. So, I asked Jaku to remind me! And he did and I paid for the water. Now, all this taught me a valuable lesson. God has been showing me in the past few weeks, how much I deceive myself by thinking I am OK if my intentions is good. Yet, He wants us to bear good fruit and not good intentions. Heb 4: 12 says that He is...exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. This should be our prayer. I have come to a place in my life where I desire ONLY the truth. I want to know my heart. I ask God to reveal to me the purposes of my heart. I would much rather deal with it now than one day before the judgement throne. Seriously. John 8: 32 And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. This is the only true freedom on earth. This is the only time we will be experiencing true freedom. When we know the truth. Let our prayer be to know the Truth that can set us free.

Peace to you on this weekend
Love
Wilna
x

ps... if you have not done the treasure hunt, it's NOT too late! I will pick the winner Monday!





16 comments :

forestsister said...

great entry, wilna. what is that old proverb?? "the road to hell is paved with good intentions..." funny that you would pick this topic as i've also been trying to follow through with ideas, good turns, and all those other 'intentions' that spring to mind and never get acted on. feels amazing to MOVE on these things...

Lisa G said...

Wish I was here to enjoy all the fun. Looks like I miss out all the time due to unfortunate circumstances :(

Hope you guys have fun! Will be back real soon!

caro said...

Hi Wilna,

Thankyou, just that

LOL

Liz Ness said...

Beautiful insight and post, Wilna.

Kelly said...

I love your posts always Wilna but todays was especially inspirational. I love how you share your faith on your blog and share what God has been teaching you. What a blessing you are!
See you at the Srping Fling at JSI!
KK

Joyous said...

Wow, that is a really powerful analogy. Thanks, Wilna!

Sharon said...

Love you Saturday Blog. Our pastor has been talking about the same things. Basically living and walking in love, show Jesus to others by our actions. Not our words. Also our small group is reading and studying The Pilgrims Progress, and the pilgrim (Christian) deals with these very things.
Blessings, Sharon

Kimber-Leigh said...

I needed to hear this Wilna...thank you for sharing your heart, as always!

serendscrappity said...

Thanks for sharing, makes you wonder how all these "coincidences" (like the water) happen and how great it is that you get your message when you are willing to listen.

Love Natasha

Andrea said...

Thank you so much for sharing Wilna!
Have an amazing day filled with love :)

Joy said...

I nearly laughed out loud when I saw your post , because I posted on nearly the exact same thought today (just in a different train)...this has definitely been a prayer of mine lately. To know the Truth. To speak Truth. To act according to the Truth. It's such a daunting thing, to try to act and become "more like Christ"...but it is a worthy task, don't you think?

longnecklady said...

I love the action vs. intention. That is so true. I also love what you said about only desiring truth in your life. Tha can be a scary thing b/c the truth about our hearts isn't always what we want it to be. But again it's what's best. Like you said, work it out here on earth!

xoxo~

Sue :)

Julie said...

Amen - thanks for the reminder Wilna...it is for freedom that Christ has set us free...may our joy in this knowledge help us to bear good fruit for His glory every day.

Jill said...

Very powerful and inspiring post, thanks for sharing what the Lord is showing you in your life. It really spoke to me in my life. I love the message you have taped to you computer, something I need to remember to do, slow down and really revel in His presence.

Blessings,
Jill

Kimberly White said...

Thanks for this post Wilna, and for your honesty. Hope you have a wonderful day! Kim

Aaron, Kate & Will said...

Oh Amen sister...I cannot WAIT to meet you at the Spring Fling at JSI. It is actually surprising me how many inspirational scrapbookers are also inspirational Christians. Love your blog! ~Kate