on your heart link up (a little early)

April 28, 2011

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"We become women with amazing lives when we begin to put Jesus' words into practice."


This week on christian talk radio (which lets be honest, I don't normally listen to but we got called to take Aiden out of the church nursery bc he wouldn't stop crying...long story short we spent Easter Sunday listening to a sermon on the drive home)I heard a pastor say "many many of you believe you are christians and are not". He gave the example that many people "believe eating right and exercising is healthy"....they know everything about it, could have conversations about it, meetings about it....but they choose not to partake in it, it isn't their lifestyle.


He said many of us believe we are christians, believe in God...but do not actually know Him. Knowing about Him and knowing Him are two very different things.


This is scary. 


"The narrow road is obedience. The narrow road is a woman deciding to live her life as a beautiful offering to God. We take the narrow path every time we choose to respond to the Holy Spirit in obedience."


I love Jesus. I want my life to reflect that desperately. I fail constantly. And although I have many many blessings here on earth, my home is not here. I often dream of heaven. And please remember that in "blog world" I get to edit my pictures, I get to choose what I share. There is much you don't see. This year has been my toughest year. Not just because of our job situation....because of other things I have battled privately as well. If I didn't have the hope of Jesus and the hope of heaven I could not survive.


Place your hope in Him. 
"Stop trying to fit Him into your life; instead build your life around Him." 


I need to do this more. I imagine, we all do. 


"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." Matthew 7:13-14


tell me, what is on your heart?

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29 comments:

  1. Exactly what Ive been thinking about lately! Great post! I'm still so sick!! I lost 7 lbs. What?! Love you friend!

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  2. Great article....love how you articulated this truth. Well done :)

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  3. awesome reminder!!!! thanks, friend. :)

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  4. thanks SO much for the reminder! you have such a beautiful way with words :)

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  5. amen sister!!! Thats a hard road to walk...but easier with friends like YOU!!!

    xoxo

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  6. It's a constant, step by step journey.
    I love it and sometime I hate it.
    Sometimes it feels impossible, and in a sense it is because perfection was crucified on a cross.
    But it's the strive, isn't it?
    The WANT to be a living, walking, breathing testimony to Him.
    Pointing, not forcing, others in the direction on truth, peace, hope.
    Thanks for sharing this post and reminding me that i'm not alone on this path.
    But more walking alongside some pretty amazing, gorgeous, strong and courageous women doing the same daily walk as me.
    xx Stacey

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  7. This is so true. We have to KNOW Him, because many do know ABOUT Him...and that's not good enough. This was definitely a good reminder for me...and something I've been talking and thinking about a lot lately.

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  8. boy, i needed to hear every word of this. humbly, thank you casey.

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  9. Yes. Great post. In my quiet time this morning I came across this verse in 1 John. "The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked." 1 John 1: 4-6

    Talk about convicting, huh? Love ya girl!

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  10. I fail and succeed just to fail again. I want more than anything to reflect Jesus' light in all I do. I want people to be at ease and peace when around me, to know that HE is near. This is what I work on daily.

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  11. I love this post Casey and it was very timely for me. Thanks for sharing your heart again!!

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  12. im with you girl. Cant believe how good He is sometimes, but He really is. Love you!!!!

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  13. i wish i could copy this post & paste it on billboards all over the place... you're speakin the truth girl. so important to fall in love with Jesus everyday so His Holy Spirit can align our hearts with His. It's only then that our actions can be an expression of abiding in Him. Thank you for this. <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

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  14. I remember my Pastor teaching once about how so many of us are checking off a church checklist instead of completely submitting to and having a personal relationship with Jesus and that we were just fooling ourselves. I cried and cried and it was a true awakening! I'm all His, I will praise Him in the sun and the rain. You are an inspiration!

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  15. SO true. Actions always speak louder than words. I've been reflection on this a lot especially to how it pertains to me modeling Christ's love through my mothering. I'm coming out of three of the toughest years of my life and I just want to encourage you that God will give you whatever it takes to get through it. One day, you will look back and see it. He's good like that.

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  16. your words are always so beautiful and inspiring!
    that's some truth right there! all the encouragement we receive in this crazy cool blog world is so amazing! i love the verse!
    xxO friend!!!

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  17. I simply love your boldness to share what God is teaching you!

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  18. Man Casey - this resonates with me today. This whole year I've kept coming back to all the verses that tell us to hope in God's unfailing love. We put our hope in so many other things...things that let us down because they're not God. Welcome to humanity, huh?

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  19. What a great post and a great use of your blog to share the gospel with people across the world. You share the stuff real life is made of and show how God can help you endure, shine and emerge victorious on the other side. Keep up the great posts.

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  20. this is so true and something i find myself needing daily reminding of. thanks for sharing.

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  21. Oh Man! THis has been my HARDEST year too. I was thinking today how much easier things were when we werent in such a financial nightmare...but then again..we weren't walking with Jesus either very closely back then. I chose now over then..though it's hard..we have made some incredible friends (incl. you in bloggy world :)) and through our church. It's sooo encouraging and I have to believe that this is intentional to make us grow. Love you Casey!
    xoxo

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  22. please keep following Him and sharing about it with us (: after seeing your blog on faithblogs, my heart has loved getting to know yours through your posts. you are so inspiring!

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  23. Just found your blog and I love it, thank you so much for sharing from your heart what God has laid on it. I will now be spending some time going back to read more of your posts, Take Care!

    Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. John 7:38

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  24. I love this. Exactly what the Lord has been speaking to me about also...RELATIONSHIP.
    Thank you for this! I love this idea of "whats on your heart" I am so happy to find you! You have an absolutely gorgeous family!!

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  25. Oh and I am a new follower for sure!! :) Be blessed!!

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  26. "If I didn't have the hope of Jesus and the hope of heaven I could not survive."

    I am so, so glad I have found your blog. I can't tell you how much this post speaks to me. I guess all I can say is that this little blog is lovely, and THANK YOU for this post. You have no idea how much it's touched me. x x

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