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It doesn’t make sense to me. July 25, 2013

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It doesn’t make sense to me

By Joanna White

November 14, 2012

 

Waiting children need a family.

Why don’t the Christians see

These are the least of these.

Oh, it’s such a tragedy.

 

Lord, open eyes to see

Our own responsibility.

Give us an urgency.

This IS about eternity.

 

We have rooms that sit empty

Or house our extra T.V.

Oh the frivolity.

That’s where a child could be.

 

Jesus died upon a tree

Out of love for humanity.

Who will love to that degree?

Who will be His hands and feet?

 

Yes we can give them money

But it won’t give them identity.

They need their own family

Who will love them dearly.

 

What about you and me?

Will we remain in apathy

Caught in selfish hypocricy

Or will we love sacrificially?

 

Waiting children need a family.

Why don’t the Christians see

These are the least of these.

Oh, it’s such a tragedy…

 

It doesn’t make sense to me.

No, it doesn’t make sense to me.

 

Jesus died upon a tree

Out of love for humanity.

Who will love to that degree?

Who will be His hands and feet?

 

copyright Joanna R. White 2012

 

It doesn’t make sense to me November 14, 2012

Filed under: caring for the orphans,Songs & Poems I've written — oldfashionedatheart @ 10:52 am
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It doesn’t make sense to me
By Joanna White
November 14, 2012

Waiting children need a family.
Why don’t the Christians see
These are the least of these.
Oh, it’s such a tragedy.

Lord, open eyes to see
Our own responsibility.
Give us an urgency.
This IS about eternity.

We have rooms that sit empty
Or house our extra T.V.
Oh the frivolity.
That’s where a child could be.

Jesus died upon a tree
Out of love for humanity.
Who will love to that degree?
Who will be His hands and feet?

Yes we can give them money
But it won’t give them identity.
They need their own family
Who will love them dearly.

What about you and me?
Will we remain in apathy
Caught in selfish hypocricy
Or will we love sacrificially?

Waiting children need a family.
Why don’t the Christians see
These are the least of these.
Oh, it’s such a tragedy…

It doesn’t make sense to me.
No, it doesn’t make sense to me.

Jesus died upon a tree
Out of love for humanity.
Who will love to that degree?
Who will be His hands and feet?

Copyright Joanna White 2012

 

Though the clouds block my viewing March 19, 2012

Filed under: My Journey with Jesus — oldfashionedatheart @ 8:02 pm

I am sad. I am discouraged. I am disheartened. I am weary. I am overwhelmed. I feel powerless.

Yet, these are all feelings. I know though I am weak I am not powerless because of who my Lord is. I know though sad I am not without hope because of who my Savior is. I know though I see know outward sign of progress and it grieves me painfully, that my God is still in control and HE will not forsake me. Though the clouds block my viewing my God is still moving.

 

When did caring for orphans become an option? February 13, 2012

Filed under: caring for the orphans,My Journey with Jesus — oldfashionedatheart @ 7:33 pm

When did caring for orphans become an option? When did our hearts get so hardened? Where is Christ-like compassion?

My heart is grieved today. Grieved by Christians who claim the name of Jesus but do not feel a responsibility to do what HE said in regards to the poor & orphaned. I have heard people who claim the name of Christ give this reason for not doing something to help orphans: “I just don’t feel burdened about it.” or “That’s not something Jesus has put on my heart to do.”
Wait a minute… if I said as a follower of Christ: “I don’t feel burdened to love my neighbor, I don’t feel burdened to forgive.” Would that fly? NO! Why not? Because everyone knows it goes against the commands of Jesus. But somehow “Christian” people have come to put the ministry of caring for the poor & orphaned in a category as something that is an option NOT a command. Loving the poor, the widowed, the orphaned isn’t about feelings – it’s about obeying. HE commands it in scripture.

It is not a debate of whether HE wants us to do something. The question is simply WHAT does HE want us to do about it! We must act. We must obey. As you are acting in obedience ask HIS forgiveness that you don’t have a heart for what HE does. Ask Him to change your heart. Do not wait to obey until feelings come.

There are others on the other hand who say “Oh, I have a burden for them too.” Yet, they sit by and do nothing! If we don’t really care for those who are hurting enough to move then there is something deeply wrong with our Christianity.

James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.”

Exodus 22:22, “You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.”

Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”

Isaiah 1:23, “Your rulers are rebellious, and companions of thieves; everyone loves bribes, and follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless.”

Matthew 18:5, “Whoever receives a child in My name, receives Me.”

Luke 6:38, “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Proverbs 28:27, “Whoever gives to the poor will not want,
but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.”

Matthew 24, “I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.
I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”

Deuteronomy 15:10, “Give liberally and be ungrudging when you do so, for on this account the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.”

I love the video below. Katie gets it. She gets the heart of Jesus. “As someone who calls themselves a Christian… it’s very apparent that you are to love the Lord your God will all your heart and then you are to love your neighbor as yourself. Myself does not want to be starving. So, I don’t want other people in the world to be starving. Jesus does not ask that we care for the less fortunate. HE demands it.” Katie Davis – founder of Amazima Ministries

 

that wicked little angel song February 11, 2012

Filed under: My Journey with Jesus,Songs & Poems I've written — oldfashionedatheart @ 5:04 am

This is a song I had a ball writing back in August. The Lord showed me how mighty HE was and how small & inferior satan was. I will not cower – the LORD is on my side!

(Please do not copy or distribute without my permission. Thank you!)

wicked little angel song
©Joanna White 2011

he’s an arrogant little angel who fell from the sky.
he wanted all the glory,
his heart was full of pride.

Now that wicked little angel on this earth he resides.
he’s on a mission to rule
in the very hearts of you and I!

he slinks around in darkness with his ugly little crew.
he thinks he’s gonna win
but, it’s simply not true!

*Chorus
I praise the One who made the universe.
Who sent HIs own Son to break satan’s curse.
I will not cower before the evil one.
I am God’s child and the victory is won!!

he’s a selfish little angel… never satisfied.
If you give him an inch
he’ll try and take your life!

But, with Jesus on my side satan cannot win.
Though he may tempt me,
he cannot make me sin.

For, I claim the power of the Holy One.
When I speak HIS Word
it makes the demons run!

*Chorus
I praise the One who made the universe.
Who sent HIs own Son to break satan’s curse.
I will not cower before the evil one.
I am God’s child and the victory is won!!

Bridge (spoken)
he’s an inferior little being still out to get the glory.
It seems he hasn’t read
the end of the story!
For Jesus shall return to this earth someday.
He’ll bind up satan – that big ol’ liar!
He’ll throw him into the Lake of Fire!

I praise the One who made the universe.
Who sent His own Son to break satan’s curse.
I will not cower before the evil one.
I am God’s child and the victory is won!!

 

My prayer – praising the Lord for awakening my heart… February 2, 2012

Filed under: My Journey with Jesus,My Prayers — oldfashionedatheart @ 8:02 pm

“You have filled my heart with greater joy.” Psalm 4:7

Thank you Lord that you have indeed filled my heart with greater joy!

Thank you for quickening my heart – for awakening me from my lukewarm Christian state. Thank you for igniting the flame in my heart. May this Your fire grow in me daily as I bask in Your presence. Keep refining me in you holy fire, Lord!

Forgive me for my materialism, my pride, my temporal earthly thinking. Forgive me for losing sight of, never before fully embracing the call to be a proclaimer of Your Gospel.

You are indeed my joy and my strength. You are indeed the hope of the nations!
I desire Lord to shout Your name to the world. I desire to proclaim Your marvelous plan of redemption to the lost that surround me! Direct my steps. Surround me with people that need you – that are desperate for what only You can give! You will give the words. You will plant the seed.

I step out in faith & complete abandon asking that I be a vessel that brings You glory! I am made to worship You. I desire to worship You. I do not desire things – they are of no value. I don’t desire comfort – stretch me, grow me, change me. I desire to be your disciple. I desire to trust in You alone – To find my joy, my completeness in You.

In You alone there is victory. In You alone there is hope. Nothing compares to You.

You my God are greater still. No sky contains – no doubt restrains all You are. The greatness of my God.

I commit to spending the rest of my life to knowing You more!

~Joanna

 

Crazy Love for Jesus January 20, 2012

Filed under: My Journey with Jesus — oldfashionedatheart @ 6:59 pm

Our Small group is going to begin doing the book “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan very soon. I had told a good friend that was what we are doing next and she said “It will change your life if you let it”. She was not kidding! Despite that the study hasn’t started the books came in and I was anxious to read. I want to be sold out for Jesus. I don’t want to live a half hearted – lukewarm Christian life. I knew the book had to do with this subject and so I wanted to get started. Well, reading Chapters 8 & 9 blew me away! Those are the ones I started with. All I can say is I am holding on for the major changes God has in store in my life, the life of my family, and our small group. The Lord has already showed me through this author how much my life has not been being lived for the eternal – just how much of life I am not seeing through the eyes of Jesus! He has shown me how much I have lacked in love, how self serving I have been, how materialistic, and how much I am missing out on!
I am anticipating drastic life change. That’s how the Christian life should be – drastically different! We are not of the world yet so often we call ourselves Christians and still think and live like those who have not been bought with the precious blood of Jesus! Why would the people of the world want to be a Christian? Why wouldn’t they call us hypocrites?

Will people think I’m crazy if I truly live my life completely sold out to Jesus Christ? Yes, they will. Let the ride begin!

I am ready to fall crazy in love with Jesus.

 

 
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