Advent …looking on hearts

People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

1 Sam 16:7

We do not see how He sees

we think we know what we are looking at

but without His truth we see the cracks only

we see what we think is best

He sees the beauty in things we pass by

we need a washing of eyes …

I need this washing of eyes

we are not to live by what we see but rather to walk in faith

in Faith we see the Love…the joy…the good ….HIM everywhere

and that takes HIS EYES

Advent – Seeing the way He sees …the coming One revealed

Joy is a function of gratitude, and gratitude is a function of perspective. You only begin to change your life when you begin to change the way you see. -Ann Voskamp

From Hollywood to Pinterest, the media of this world aggressively schools your soul to see the exact opposite of the way God sees …our seeing must cut through surfaces and down to souls. Is my life about the heart of things? …or is my life a shallow absorption with surface? Its strange how if affects us – from housekeeping to soul-keeping: if its mostly the surface that absorbs us, then we’re mostly superficial.  – Ann Voskamp

Ann asks and will you join in answering

When you look at other people today, how can you concentrate on seeing hearts, not appearances?

What do you want to see with fresh eyes this Christmas?

Ask God to help your life be about the heart of things.

poem

Judging the appearance

only hearing what people say and not understanding why they say it

reacting to the tone or the expectation in the words

rather than the heart of what is said

that is not easy to do

I don’t score high on mercy

I have to work at empathy and compassion

I have to make a real effort to slow the calculations and analyzation’s

my ear bends – weighing the words and the tone and punctuation of words

to curb that natural path to hear the heart under the words is a times a chore

I want to know the hearts of those around me

I want to understand them and care for them

I want fresh eyes and ears to hear and see like Christ this Christmas

I want my life to be about the deeper things

not living by the fear of what another thinks or what it looks like

but by what it is ….GOD in YOU

God at work in you

Love in action

 

Starla

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