Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dine-n-Dash (revisited)

Here is something worth re-reading and tucking away into the folds of your hearts and minds. And as usual, I ask several questions...

Do you believe these statements I gleaned from my Bible the other morning?

But this Man,
after He had offered one sacrifice
for sins forever,
sat down at the right hand of God.

For by one offering
He has perfected forever
those who are being sanctified.
(Hebrews 10:12 & 14)

Do you live like you believe those Words are true?

And what about the following words?

But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us;
for after He had said before,

“This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, says the LORD:
I will put My laws into their hearts,
and in their minds I will write them,”
then He adds,

Their sins and their lawless deeds
I will remember no more.”

Now where there is remission of these,
there is no longer an offering for sin."
(Hebrews 10:15-18)

Even though you know God tells only the Truth and your head believes these Biblical utterances, does your heart readily follow suite too?

Do you really believe that once you lay your sins at the foot of the cross, they are no longer yours to carry?

Chances are high that you have heard of the poor man's restaurant trick referred to as the Dine-n-Dash. Come with me, let's try it together.

I, the poor woman, and you the other poor folks, let's eat a feast (of forgiveness), then we will dash. We will run right out the door, dragging one another by tightly held hands, as we race to our car in the parking lot.

Wait a minute! Something is different here at the Divine Diner.

When we leave this particular eatery, we don't have to look over our shoulder in fearful expectation of the manager running after us, hollering, and demanding payment. No, quite to the contrary.

Guess what? We don't even have to beat feet or make haste in our departure.

Actually, The Boss would prefer we stay, meal after meal.


Because His Son already paid the bill. He even tipped the waitress.

Friends, His Words are true. And they are ever-so-filling. Ya know, like the stick-to-your-ribs wholesome food that your mamma used to make to fill your always-starving teenage stomach? Yeah, like that. God wants to fill you up just like that.

Go back and re-read the scripture above.

Now, do you believe those Words with your head and heart?

You should.

God does not hold onto bills. He doesn't keep I.O.U.s in a neat little stack. Once you come to His Divine Diner, you actually hand Him the receipt of your lifelong sin list before you sup of His meal of forgiveness. Once you eat, you are free. But God knows that these sins like to noodle their way back into your head and even your heart. So, look up. See that neon flickering sign? Yeah, His diner is open 24-hours.

See you there.

I will be the one licking my plate clean.

Let us humbly pray:
Father God, thank You for your platefuls of mercy and forgiveness. Thank You that we can dish up helping after helping. Lord, please be with each one reading this today. If they are still dragging a sin-bag, give them the strength and peace to finally hand it all over to You. And to fully accept that You paid the price already. In Jesus' Name, amen.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Despite the apparent flaws of broken people, amazingly God uses those fissures and cracks and breaks to shine His Light. In fact, it is those things of greatest repair that cast the most shimmering rays of hope into the darkness.

Some of the broken have fissures that dig deep through the skin and fleshy layers and cut to the heart. Others have shallow, surface cracks that cascade like webs, covering their whole facade. And a few are unrecognizable because only bits and shards of their former self remain.

Rather than brokenness being an act of ruin,
if we let our brokenness
be the shattering
of our own self-will,

then, and only then, will we depend solely upon God to make us whole.

Did you get that? We need to
let our brokenness
be the shattering
of our own self-will.

Simply put, we cannot reassemble our own vessels. We cannot tell God or a preacher or a friend how we want to look when we are healed and restored. If we think we must have that sort of say-so, we are not really ready for a complete restoration in Him.

Healing hearts and renewing minds is not about smoothing wrinkles, lifting saggy places, or plumping lips, it is about:

humble hearts

contrite spirits

and complete surrender...

to the One and only God who can make us whole. The restoration comes only after the breaking.

in the breaking-
Gideon's men shined
His saving light

in the breaking-
a widow poured
His blessing oil

in the breaking-
Mary's alabaster spilled
His righteous perfume

in the breaking-
a boy shared
His humble bread

in the breaking-
Esther's faith rescued
His chosen people

in the breaking-
our God revealed
His precious Son

in the breaking-
in the breaking-

Throughout the Bible God used broken things, like bread and lanterns and alabaster flasks, but more than that, He used broken people. And He continues in this manner today, using the broken to shine His greatest light of glory & love & redemption & healing & salvation.

Are you ready?

Are you willing?

Have you set your own self aside?

Have you endured the sharp places long enough?

Come. Come to Christ with a humble and contrite heart. Whether is is barely cracked or it is completely shattered into dusty hunks and sharp shards, bring it. Bring all of your broken parts.

Now, give it up. Every single little piece. God wants to meet you there, in the breaking. In the already broken. He has been waiting for this time with you, dear one.

Have you noticed that candlelight not only illuminates a dark room, but when it shines forth from a cracked glass jar, it bounces and shimmers and dances? Have you seen this? It is this sort of flickering light, shining through fissures and even cascading web-like cracks, that brightens rooms with unique beauty.

You there. Yes, you. You, be that that beauty. I am here to listen. And pray. Please leave a note in the comment box or just go on your silent way. Just know that I have covered you in prayer this day.

Let us humbly pray:
Father God, oh how I come to You with a heart that wants others to feel and know and breathe Your healing and restoration. Whatever caused their brokenness, set that aside and continually whisper Your Truth into their ears. Fill them with Your beauty. Your love. Your freedom. Shine Your light into all their nooks and crannies. Use the willing and the ready to shine Your light into and onto others who desperately need and seek Your healing. Lord, lead the broken to Your feet just as You did with me. Let Your love shine through all of our broken places. In Jesus' name, amen.


The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.
~ Psalm 51:17

For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

“I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
~ Isaiah 57:15

Humble yourselves
in the sight of the Lord,
and He will lift you up.
~ James 4:10

For all those things My hand has made,
And all those things exist,”
Says the LORD.

“But on this one will I look:
On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
And who trembles at My word.
~ Isaiah 66:2

* brokenness quote in bold credit: Brokenness, Surrender, Holiness by Nancy Leigh DeMoss p. 44

* all scripture taken from NKJV

* Darlene's "in the breaking" poem inspired by "Streams in the Desert" by L.B. Cowman;
Oct. 15 reading

* image: taken by me (aka A Simple Country Girl)

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