Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rend your heart.

I went to bed with a heavy heart. Heavy for two families. Both friends of mine...both adoptive families. I didn't want to read. I got in bed. And I could hear as clear as day "I have something to say to you...but you won't let me". Yeah...that's what "I don't want to read" is really saying...I got out of bed and opened my Bible.

I was finished my reading and prayed asking for where to go next. I again felt compelled to look at the minor prophets. I went to Joel.

Joel 2. verse 12.

Even now, declares the Lord,
return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.

Rend your heart,
and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God for He is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.

Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing-grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God.

verse 21

Be not afraid, O Land;
be glad and rejoice.
Surely the Lord has done great things.

Be not afraid, O wild animals;
for the open pastures are becoming green.
The trees are bearing their fruit;
the fig tree and vine yield their riches.

Be glad, o people of Zion,
rejoice in the Lord your God,
for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness.
He sends you abundant showers,
both autumn and spring rains as before.

The threshing floors will be filled with grain;
the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten;
the great locust and the young locust and the other locusts and the locust swarm...
my great army that I sent among you.

You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,
and you will praise the name of the Lord your God who has worked wonders for you;
never again will my people be shamed.

Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the Lord your God,
and there is no other;
never again will my people be shamed.


I love how when I'm tired and 'didn't want to read' and I do...and I end up reading it 2-3 times b/c it was so amazing. Rend your hearts...not your garments....

I am the Lord your God...there is no other.

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