1. Jillie

    Kathy…This is excellent! I have a copy of ‘My Heart’s Cry’ somewhere around here, but I’m saving your post anyway. I love how you equate it all with the tooth-extraction-and-other-necessary-ripping-breaking-and-uprooting. I ordered two copies of ‘Idols of the Heart’–one for me and one for my girlfriend. We’re talking much lately about this very thing. The book is hard to read, simply because the author nails it, so to speak. It’s been hard for me to see what’s truly going on in my heart–the “me.myself.and I.” god. I need to do some real house-cleaning. Thank God I do not have to go the cleansing road alone–He walks it with me.
    I also must say that you continue to make the good point about what comes out of our mouths and the reflection it reveals of what’s truly in the heart. I’m glad you obeyed and hit that “publish” button.

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Yes and amen! The author lays it out so well. Uprooting, but always encouraging that it is not our work. I liked the tooth-extraction analogy for that reason. I had to yield my tooth. Call, walk to the dentist office (across the street from me), sit in the chair, but I needed the dentist to administer the novocaine, remove the tooth and tell me how to care for it afterward. {and as I sit here this morning with no pain, I am so glad that I did!}

      Thank you for your encouragement. I am excited that you are going through the study! I will be praying for you!

    • Kathy Schwanke

      After your report from the retreat, I felt even more grateful that Arabah Joy pulled us together. I did a little inside-dancing!

      Looking forward to getting to know you more!

  2. And then God confirms and honours your obedience through a friend who links to it from her blog, Facebook and Twitter leaving no doubt that the message He gave you had to be shared. πŸ™‚

    The Lord has us on such a similar learning path. Facilitating “No Other Gods” (Kelly Minter), the Lord is requiring the same response from me. As you listed the circumstances that brought you to this place my heart resonated. Cancer was the first thing God used to arrest my attention to other gods in my life.

    Oh how I long to love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I know I would verbalize I love Him that way, but do my actions and words give witness to that truth? Oh please Lord make any heart adjustment that’s needed. I really do want to love and follow You alone.

    Walking beside you on this journey. Praying for you as you surrender all to follow Him who is our all in all.

    Love, hugs and prayers

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Thank you Joy. Your friendship is a treasure to me!

      Yes, as I have taken steps of obedience the Lord has always given me one or maybe two clear “high-fives” to give me assurance I’m hearing Him correctly. So thank you for being my confirmation…and my sister. Your journey through cancer and your strong faith and endurance spoke volumes to me about a heart trusting God no matter what. Thank you for being public with it.

      Amen to your prayer… It is good to have friends on this rocky road. πŸ™‚

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