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Not self-reliant but all sufficiency from Christ

For quite some time now, I’ve entered a place where confidence, identity and self-worth were measured by what I could offer on my own accord. Talents, appearance, job standing, stability, and the list goes on. I confess this to be my personal habitual sin, however this time around I dug myself deeper into the slimy pit He once rescued me from. I found it to be dark, yet comforting, YES I said it COMFORTING. Darkness can bring forth comfort because it blinds you from looking at your own sin.  I believed the lies, you know the ones that shake you to the core, the ones that make you stumble and fall, the ones that leave you broken, wounded and scarred because they bind you until you cannot move, speak, or breathe. I had forgotten about the healer of all, the one that moves mountains, and caused breath into life. 
The Lord used a wonderful dear friend today.  I admire her love towards those around her as she shared with me what it truly looks like to be self-reliant on the LORD alone. Ho…
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To Love is to be vulnerable...

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, and irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable." -C.S. Lewis

The word vulnerable what does that even mean? By definition to be vulnerable is to be exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally:
Synonym words for vulnerability: accessible, defenseless, exposed, NAKED, sensitive, sucker, susceptible, tender, thin-skinned, UNGUARDED, UNPROTECTED, UNSAFE, WEAK, wide open.
Antonyms: closed, guarded, protected, safe, secure
I don’t know about you but to me the antonyms for vulne…

The Instrument of My Dreams

Let Your Glory Be over All the Earth57 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings  I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.
2 I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
3 He will send from heaven and save me;
he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness! 4 My soul is in the midst of lions;
I lie down amid fiery beasts—
the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are sharp swords. 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth! 6 They set a net for my steps;
my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my way,
but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah

Idol Hearts

Ezekiel 14:3 

Idolaters Condemned
14 Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me.2 Then the word of the Lord came to me:3 “Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all?4 Therefore speak to them and tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When any of the Israelites set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet, I the Lord will answer them myself in keeping with their great idolatry.5 I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.’ 6 “Therefore say to the people of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!

Ezekiel tells us that we all are "idols of the heart". 

Jeremiah tells us that "The heart is DECEITFUL above all things, and DESPERATELY sick, w…

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