Saturday, June 20, 2009

Open Wide Your Heart

I really do not have time to write on my blog today, but writing is important and so is the blogging community in which I belong. Over the last few month’s I have been slowly going through Henri Nouwen’s book, Home Tonight, this book is a guide to finding our spiritual home in Christ.

In the third chapter, a quote from Oriah’s book, The Invitation, inspired me to write. Her genre or label is under spiritual teachings, which could mean anything that goes (new age), but from a Christian view point her poem touched my heart and has lead me into deep reflection of what I ache for in my life.
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

I have the same convictions in my daily life when I am around people. I long to hear what they are passionate about, what they long for in their life, and what core ache goes unmet. When I am visiting my friends who are retired the topic of what they did for a living rarely enters the conversation. When I talk with people from my own generation usually the first thing that is asked in conversation is what do I do for a living, I cringe every time. What we do for living is not who we are at the core of our being.

My own ache is to know Jesus more intimately, to know the impulses of His love to the core of my soul. I desire to love like He loved, and to follow closely in his ways. Another longing I have is to communicate well God’s love through the written word, and speaking. Out of my ache comes forth what I do for a living.

What are you passionate about? What ache goes unmet in your life? What are you doing right now in your life to fulfilling the ache in your heart? Are you following what the Holy Spirit is saying to Your heart?

In closing, today I was reading from 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, it is worth reading through from the beginning to the end. Paul begins by reminding the Corinthians that now is the time of God’s favor and help, and all the hardships he had endured and blessings he embraced. What stood out is in verses 11-13, concerning how Paul spoke to the Corinthians about their hard and closed hearts towards the gospel message and God's love.

We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.

Are you willing to open wide your heart to what God desires for your life?

I have titled the above picture "Dreamer." The picture was take at the Butchart Gardens, Victora, BC. The bronze horse is named Annabelle, she greets all who will enter the new Children's Pavilion, read more on the Butchart Garden website. This garden was not open when I was there, but Annabelle brings out the child-like dreamer within me.


Andrea said...

Amen...beautiful post!! Thanks for taking the time to share your heart with us in the midst of your crazy day.

Blessings and prayers, andrea

Andrea said...

You are very welcome! It is an honor to be considered a friend.

I tell all my friends that being a grandmother is GOD's reward for living through the teenage years with the kids I raised!

Blessings, andrea

Alleluiabelle said...

My Dear Friend Robin,

Oh my, my, my...I couldn't of said it any more beautifully and right on as you did my friend. It is my desire also to, and I quote you here, "know Jesus more intimately, to know the impulses of His love to the core of my soul. I desire to love like He loved, and to follow closely in his ways. Another longing I have is to communicate well God’s love through the written word, and speaking."

Just reading how you felt, is exactly how I feel, and I treasure your words as they make my heart long and ache for more and more and more of Him. I can't seem to ever get enough. I love Him so much and my ache is to love Him so completely as humanly possible.

I'm glad I stopped by here tonight. I love you dear friend. If you are accepting blog awards, I have one waiting for you at my site. Please stop over and pick it up if you so desire.

Love, Peace, Prayers & Blessings,

Anonymous said...

A better question than "What do you do for a living?" is "WHat are you doing with your life?" But I wouldn't dare ask it of many people!

I ache for initmate communion with brothers and sisters in the body. I ache for people who aren't trying to build their church but "the church".

Thought provoking post...thank you

Robin said...

Girlinglasshouse: I totally understand your ache, I have the same one. Here is a question for you: Whom do you have fridge privileges with? Wouldn't it be amazing if we could have friends whom we were close enough to that when we were in their home we could just help ourselves to their fridge. I noticed tonight my husband has this privilege at his sisters home.

I long to be in intimate communion with my brothers in sisters within my small group...after three years I believe it is starting to happen.

I enjoy the internet because church is taking place and no one is building it, it is happening through God's Spirit. Amen.

Alle, I have missed you! I am glad you posted. I will go over right away. When I read your post I can discern you have the same deep longing within your heart.

Blessings to you.

Prairie Chick said...

Oh my goodness. This is EXACTLY what I was struggling with this week. I'm such a passionate person and I just can't. do. shallowness. Sometimes I think I am going to scream when I walk out of church, it's all been just so routine and predictable. I know we are supposed to be there to worship Jesus, but to tell you the truth I feel like it's easier to worship Him outside those walls than within because contentedness with the status quo is stifling. I needed to read this on Monday or Tuesday... maybe cutting back on my blog reading is not such a good idea after all *grin*.

Robin said...

Hey P.C. Hope you have a good break at the Lake this weekend. Sounds like your life has been full. I was going through Extra Foods praying for you today...funny hey! You have been on my heart. You would enjoy Nouwens book. We should do a swap...some green beans for a copy of his book...and I will have some ice tea. Love to you. robin

Robin said...

I seem to be falling behind not only in my blog reading but everything else I enjoy. It is summer and I need to stop and reflect. robin