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Exposed

Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God. (1 Corinthians 4:5)

DSCN5157Gene and I are in the process of remodeling our kitchen. He loathes the dirt, clutter, and disorganization. Of course, all that is part of the process. You just cannot avoid the mess. Knowing the inconvenience is part of the package, we’re dealing with it just like everyone else who has gone through the process.

I also knew, when they moved the large appliances, we’d face an “angry,” grime-covered dust bunny or two. But I didn’t expect to find the cobwebs lacing the walls when they removed the cupboards.

The crud gave me pause, at least in the photo shooting. I’ve been taking pictures of the process to share on Facebook (yeah, just like everyone else). However, I thought I’d clean before snapping any shots of the bear wall and the area behind the stove. I didn’t want anyone to see my dirt.DSCN5159

I’m the same way with my flaws … my sins. I don’t want anyone to know, to see how painfully short I fall from God’s glory. I want to keep my spiritual “cupboards” in place. Soul remodeling exposes the angry, grime-covered dust bunnies within me that I don’t want to face. I don’t want anyone else to know about. And I especially want to hide them from God.

But that’s ridiculous. God already knows what’s lurking deep within my heart. He’s the one urging me to allow Him to cleanse and remodel me from the inside out. What is exposed, God covers with Jesus’ righteousness. He promises, everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light (Ephesians 5:13).

Therefore, I have nothing to fear. I only need to cry out to the Lord as did the Psalmist: Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7).

How about you? How has God been remodeling you into the image of Christ?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

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R is for Renewal

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 NIV)

Praise 3A matter of mind over matter, is that all there is to renewing the mind?

I’m a habitual procrastinator. There I said, or rather, and more incriminatingly, I wrote it. I know putting urgent and even not-so-urgent chores off leads to problems. I have made New Year resolutions year after year to correct my nasty habit. And every year, I end with a list of tasks I should have done months before the holidays.

We all have bad habits which compel us to make New Year’s Resolutions year after year. And year after year, we fail to overcome those bad habits. Why?

Beyond Mind over Matter

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Next week’s theme: E is for Endurance. Read Colossians 1:11-12 and pray for perseverance.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Thankful for Trials

Soul Detox

Part 33

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NIV)

 Jesus Will Carry YouSometimes, I just have to vent. During times of great struggle, many well-meaning Christians tell us that God won’t send us more than we can handle. They are wrong and here’s why: Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Thank God for Differences

Soul Detox

Part 32

There are differences…but the same Lord. (1 Corinthians 12:5)

Differences—what a broad topic! There are differences in facial features, hair color and texture, skin tones, body shapes, and voices. There are differences of opinion, creeds, and doctrine.

???????????????????????????????There are variables of trees, grass, flowers, fruits, and vegetables…birds in the sky and fish in the sea and everything in between.

God loves differences. He created a multifaceted universe to hold His diverse specimens of life. And He saw that it was good!

Unfortunately, people don’t seem to share their Creator’s appreciation for differences. Sure, we like variety in nature. We even admire the physical differences of others. But, we try to change those around us to reflect our views and live by our standards. We even attempt to mold God into our likeness. That’ll never happen. Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Finding Contentment in a Broken Economy

Soul Detox Part 31

 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:12 NIV)

???????????????????????????????Last Saturday, my daughters and I got together to celebrate the younger daughter’s birthday. Melinda and I wanted to do something special for Rachel, but because of today’s economy, we’re all pinching pennies. So we decided to have a beauty spa in Rachel’s house. With a wave of a comb and scissors, I turned her kitchen into a hair parlor. I twirled in a circle until I transformed into a stylist. An hour or so later, my daughters felt like princesses with their new layered look.

Next, Melinda converted the living room into a Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Got Help?

Soul Detox

Part 29

Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love. (Psalm 44:26)

Sydney Painting“Need help?” I asked my four-year-old granddaughter as she maneuvered her scissors around the happy face she had just drawn.

“No, thanks. I can do it myself.” She scrunched her face and stuck her tongue out of the corner of her mouth just like her mother used to do.

Aw yes, those assertive years of independence and self-confidence have emerged. Not that independence and self-confidence are bad things to acquire in our youth…unless of course, we develop them into arrogance and pride, which we all have done to some degree. Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Talents: Use them or Hide Them

Soul Detox

Part 28

240001There are ways of hiding our talents and deceiving ourselves into thinking that we are investing them. For example: I think I have a talent for writing. I write stories, devotions, novels, and a couple blogs. Now, if I write and write and write but keep all those manuscripts locked away in a drawer or on my computer, it’s clear I’m hiding my talent. What if I blog or manage to publish an article or book and never tell anyone, isn’t that hiding my talent as well? Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda