Well, then…

She’s a good Samaritan,
and she’s waiting for Him…
at the well.

I think I can speak on her behalf.  In as much as there are things that have changed from the past, there are some things, that still have not.

“… be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”  (2 Peter 3:17)

In a present tense, I believe she was trying to get it all right- love, family, friends, the people and the things within her world of influence that truly matter to her.  But, something or someone always seems to stand in her way.  She just can’t seem to get there on her own, and she wonders  ‘What on Earth am I here for?’   And…

‘Who really notices or cares, if or what “I do”, anyway?’

Although once and awhile, I think she could experience moments of great clarity and possible hope, to acknowledge that maybe one day, others may see her, too.

“Would they?  Could they?”  And if so, what would they see?  Would they see the big picture or only what “lies” beneath it?  Can they, people like me (a Samaritan), see me for who I really am, or rather, only those I never really had in the first place? 

And although they may never have seen more in her (before Him), she was desperately looking for more…

15 The woman *said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” 16 He *said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” 17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus *said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”  (John 4:15-18)

Was she out of her mind?  Who did she think she was, talking to Jesus?  Didn’t she know her place?  Had she no idea of the rules?  How bold of her!  And, what if– everybody else found out?

19 The woman *said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” 21 Jesus *said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman *said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” 26 Jesus *said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”  (John 4:19-26)

How was it possible for her to speak to these things?  Any woman at that time in history, was credited with nothing apart from a man (including education), nor given anything in her own name.

So what changed?

She did, when she met Jesus.  (He’s truly the Best Man.)  A Samaritan woman (“no less”), now a woman with a great testimony and a new reputation.  There she was, turned into here she is- larger than her own life and passionate about proclaiming exactly Who it was that told her all that she needed to know, Who truly quenches her thirst, and how she’s to continue… in spirit and in truth.

Jesus was now- her one and only! 

She’d gone relatively unnoticed for the things that mattered most– until that day.  The day that Jesus had set aside… just for her.

28 So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city and *said to the men, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?” 30 They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.

39 From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 Many more believed because of His word; 42 and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”  (John 4)

I’ve been wondering more and more lately of what she did, where and how far she went, after dropping her waterpot and running to tell everyone she could- (as if to say) ‘the Lord is alive, He told me things no one else knew, He’s here now for you (and me), He is and He has… what we’ve been waiting for.’  And then there’s this, pressing me at the moment- How did she address “the one whom you now have is not your husband”?  How and where did she live?  Who could she tell?  Would they listen to her side of the story, if she did?  Would the others be able to understand, that one could be married, and yet, “not” at the same time?  Were her chains really gone and was she truly set free?

I believe they were.  On that day, this one woman (also a Samaritan – there really were none less) became a notorious evangelist.  She was a woman before her time and for such a time.  This was clearly her best role, with a set- all apart (except for Jesus).   She led a multitude of men to discover Him (“this is not the Christ, is it?”), and as many women, as a result.  From here on out-  It was Jesus all the way.

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“Would they?  Could they?”  And if so, what would they see?  Would they see the big picture or only what “lies” beneath it?  Can they, the people all around me, see the Him in me, instead of only the he (“the one whom you now have”), that I never really had in the first place?

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Today, God’s word in John 4 (along with so many others) is worthy of holding onto, while waiting patiently at the well -with Jesus.

“Just say the word, Lord, and I will be well, free, and telling everyone I see “I know that Messiah!” (He who is called Christ Jesus.)

“Well then!”

 

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Hart Impressions, meet Exodus 31.

I’ve been doing this “sort of business” for a little over a year now.  I must say, I’ve learned and experienced a lot in this short time.  I have been amazed at who and what the Lord has placed and done, right in front of me.  I’ve seen His word, His love, His healing, His provision, His grace, His miracles– I’ve seen Him, working all these things, in my 10 by 10 foot space.  And I am so humble and grateful all at the same time.  It is in seeing these beautiful people’s hearts blessed, healed, and hope-full, that He ‘just so’ blesses mine.

This is how it all started…

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  (James 1:5)

This was it!  My confirmation.  I had been praying fervently for a long time for direction, but never more so, then that night.  I was at the end of me as I laid in bed very late that evening, praying desperately for my next move.  I could not wrap my head around how something as inessential as jewelry could possibly work within the Lord’s plan.  I needed Him to tell me, without any doubt, which way I should go… abandon the jewelry or take the leap with Him.  I gave it all up that night… everything – including the hope of ministry.  (I never asked or wanted a jewelry business in the first place).   I fell asleep desperate for discernment, clarity, direction, Him!!!

I still remember the next morning like it was yesterday.  Before I was even fully awake, I saw an owl in front of me cast in silver or bronze and immediately I thought “wisdom” and “If anyone lacks wisdom, pray to the Lord and it will be given to you.”

My eyes were now wide open and I was definitely awake.  It had been awhile since I’d had one of ‘those kind’ of dreams.  One where I jump out of bed, like I’m on a mission. But there was no mistaken it, on that day.

I grabbed my children’s iPad that was near me and as quickly as I could, proceeded to Bible Gateway’s “search” in order to read the Scripture in its entirety.  (I always like to take my verse or devotional Scripture of the day and read the full passage.)  I had text the key word “wisdom” into the search box and lo and behold, the Scripture I was looking for was top on the list.  :)

I was so excited that the Lord was out in front of me- guiding and leading me.  (I love it when He does this and I’m so grateful that He does.) 

As I proceeded to press James 1:5 (or at least I thought I had), what I got… was Exodus 31.  “Wait. What?”  Exodus 31 was nearly halfway down the page, with a couple of other Scriptures in between.  I thought- “How did that happen?  I didn’t do that!”  ~~  “I’m here for some reason.  I guess I better find out why.”

 

Exodus 31

The Skilled Craftsmen

31 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of craftsmanship. 6 And behold, I Myself have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all who are skillful I have put skill, that they may make all that I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, and the ark of testimony, and the mercy seat upon it, and all the furniture of the tent, the table also and its utensils, and the pure gold lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering also with all its utensils, and the laver and its stand, 10 the woven garments as well, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, with which to carry on their priesthood; 11 the anointing oil also, and the fragrant incense for the holy place, they are to make them according to all that I have commanded you.”

The Sign of the Sabbath

12 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 13 “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 14 Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15 For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death. 16 So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ 17 It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.”

18 When He had finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God.

 

“Thank You!  Thank You!  Thank You!”  “I love You! I Love You! I love You!”  “You’re the best!!!” – just doesn’t seem to be enough or begin to cover it.  I cannot describe how blessed I felt at that moment.  It also didn’t matter at the time, just how “we” were going to pull this off- but God did, and that’s all that mattered to me.  I just needed to take the leap.

In my excitement, I couldn’t help but to share this with the first person I ran into.  And in the same way, when showing exactly how I got to Exodus 31, I ended up again, down the page.  This time, at Exodus 35.  “WOW! – God delivers!!!”

Exodus 35

The Sabbath Emphasized

35 Then Moses assembled all the congregation of the sons of Israel, and said to them, “These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do:

“For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a sabbath of complete rest to the Lord; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the sabbath day.”

Moses spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which the Lord has commanded, saying, ‘Take from among you a contribution to the Lord; whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as the Lord’s contribution: gold, silver, and bronze, and blue, purple and scarlet material, fine linen, goats’ hair, and rams’ skins dyed red, and porpoise skins, and acacia wood, and oil for lighting, and spices for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense, and onyx stones and setting stones for the ephod and for the breastpiece.

Tabernacle Workmen

10 ‘Let every skillful man among you come, and make all that the Lord has commanded: 11 the tabernacle, its tent and its covering, its hooks and its boards, its bars, its pillars, and its sockets; 12 the ark and its poles, the mercy seat, and the curtain of the screen; 13 the table and its poles, and all its utensils, and the bread of the Presence; 14 the lampstand also for the light and its utensils and its lamps and the oil for the light; 15 and the altar of incense and its poles, and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense, and the screen for the doorway at the entrance of the tabernacle; 16 the altar of burnt offering with its bronze grating, its poles, and all its utensils, the basin and its stand; 17 the hangings of the court, its pillars and its sockets, and the screen for the gate of the court; 18 the pegs of the tabernacle and the pegs of the court and their cords; 19 the woven garments for ministering in the holy place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, to minister as priests.’”

Gifts Received

20 Then all the congregation of the sons of Israel departed from Moses’ presence. 21 Everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit moved him came and brought the Lord’s contribution for the work of the tent of meeting and for all its service and for the holy garments. 22 Then all whose hearts moved them, both men and women, came and brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and bracelets, all articles of gold; so did every man who presented an offering of gold to the Lord. 23 Every man, who had in his possession blue and purple and scarlet material and fine linen and goats’ hair and rams’ skins dyed red and porpoise skins, brought them. 24 Everyone who could make a contribution of silver and bronze brought the Lord’s contribution; and every man who had in his possession acacia wood for any work of the service brought it. 25 All the skilled women spun with their hands, and brought what they had spun, in blue and purple and scarlet material and in fine linen. 26 All the women whose heart stirred with a skill spun the goats’ hair. 27 The rulers brought the onyx stones and the stones for setting for the ephod and for the breastpiece; 28 and the spice and the oil for the light and for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense. 29 The Israelites, all the men and women, whose heart moved them to bring material for all the work, which the Lord had commanded through Moses to be done, brought a freewill offering to the Lord.

30 Then Moses said to the sons of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 31 And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in all craftsmanship; 32 to make designs for working in gold and in silver and in bronze, 33 and in the cutting of stones for settings and in the carving of wood, so as to perform in every inventive work. 34 He also has put in his heart to teach, both he and Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35 He has filled them with skill to perform every work of an engraver and of a designer and of an embroiderer, in blue and in purple and in scarlet material, and in fine linen, and of a weaver, as performers of every work and makers of designs.

(I could never have imagined, that the answer I’d been seeking would reside in Exodus… until it was.)

Today, I can honestly say that I am still not a jewelry business, and more so “not”, every day.  The more I head in His direction, the better my Hart Impressions are.  My passion is to be in the business of sharing God’s Word and heart to the people He puts in front of me.  Hart Impressions (or “HI” for short) jewelry was, and still is, merely a door ringer (and the door is opened for me).  The jewelry designs are either first inspired by the Holy Scriptures then created or I start them and He finishes.   (It’s almost like they design themselves right into His Word.)  Scripture is always highlighted- from the table and booth displays, business cards, to the jewelry itself.  God’s word is pivotal, and in direct relation, to the success of Hart Impressions.  (And when I say success, I’m not referring to financial profit, although He most certainly can do that if it’s part of the plan.)  I trust Him with all of my heart (and all that goes with it) and have faith in Him- for it all.

I so love Jesus!  And I am completely indebted to Him, incredibly grateful, and amazingly overjoyed… in the way He loves me back.  “Lord, You rock!!!”

Introducing Hart Impressions…

February 2016

Hart Impressions... Banner display
(And it is not by coincidence, that the design and decor of Hart Impressions
is themed in Damask.)  8-)

“for God sees not as man sees: for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord beholds the heart.”

[1 Samuel 16:7]

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This post was written late Saturday night, but delivered for today…

You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you.
Exodus 31:14

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.”
Exodus 20:8-10

“God Bless you!!!”

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Jesus, “Thank God” ~ You’re here!

Jesus our Immanuel
You’re here…

“Thank You!”

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16  (KJV)

 

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

Matthew 2  King James Version (KJV)

(Disclaimer:  I do not own any part of this video, nor do I have any connection or business affiliation with the group that is referenced at the end of the video – http://www.GotQuestions.org)

And upon review of ^their^ statement of faith (before using this video), I had to stop at this… “We believe that the miraculous gifts of the Spirit, while by no means outside of the Spirit’s ability to empower, no longer function to the same degree they did in the early development of the church (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 2:20; 4:7-12).”

Sincerely folks, I myself, as nobody and nothing [if I didn’t have Jesus], have been taken to places, done and said things that were “not me” or not mine to go, do, or say.  I am, without any doubt, not that good.  But it happens.  I find this miraculous! ~ “Thank You Lord!” 

 

Here’s a small sample…

Hart Impressions... Jesus, THANK GOD You're here group pic  Compliments of Hart Impressions…

Hart Impressions... Jesus, THANK GOD You're here group pic close up  Lost Wax Cast ~ Sterling Silver

Handcrafted Jewelry. Hart Impressions... Jesus, THANK GOD You're here ... Star of David with Nativity Scene and Jesus necklace

The Star, the [Nativity] Scene… with “Jesus”, pendants on toggle necklace.

“Jesus”… the only way, He’s the “Truth”, “Believe” in Him for everlasting life, bangle bracelet.

“Faith” tag, add-a-charm (may I suggest “Hope” & “Love”) bangle bracelet.

Star of David and The Cross, necklace.

[More from Hart Impressions, launching in 2016… http://www.hartimpressions.com  ]

 

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WOULD YOU?

“If I told you my story
You would hear Hope that wouldn’t let go…
And if I told you my story
You would hear Love that never gave up…
And if I told you my story
You would hear Life, but it wasn’t mine…

[…WOULD YOU?]

If I told you my story
You would hear victory over the enemy…
And if I told you my story
You would hear freedom that was won for me…
And if I told you my story
You would hear Life overcome the grave…

[…WOULD YOU?]

Because…

This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long

If I should speak then let it be…
Of the grace that is greater than all my sin
Of when justice was served and where mercy wins
Of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in

Oh to tell you my story is to tell of Him.

Now…

“WOULD YOU?”

What’s your story?  I’d love to hear it! 

“But they overcame him [the enemy] by that blood of that Lamb, and by that word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.” {Revelation 12:11 GNV}

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The Good Wine

The Good Wine… was best served last. 💓

The Good Wine... in His Words Lost Wax Cast Sterling Silver charm &
jump rings on a sterling silver bangle bracelet.
Compliments of “Hart Impressions”.

“Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each.  Jesus *said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim.  And He *said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him.

When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from but the servants who had drawn the water knew, the headwaiter *called the bridegroom, and *said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine;

but you have kept the good wine until now.”

This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.” (John 2:6-11)

If you’ve been around a long while, like myself, don’t give up!

If you love the Lord with all of your heart, and are laying down your life for Him (in the process of killing off this old “self”)… you are more than you know to Him!

Resist the lie that “your best is behind you” (that’s just your past), or that your purpose here has escaped you (it’s just another lie from the pit of hell to enslave you).

The enemy, and he’s pure evil, speaks this to you because he knows that if you and the out-of-this-world wisdom the Holy Spirit gives you reaches others, it will be the death of him. 👍

YOU are His Good Wine! Pour Him out!!!

Our best, with Jesus, is ahead of us!  So thankful!!! 

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The “Peace and Quiet”

In walking from one room to another this morning, I noticed a drastic change. I was ‘so moved’ to a place where I could just stand still and hear… nothing!  No trucks, tractors, or cars; No people, animals, or things… No sound or movement of any kind, not even the trees were moving, or the wind blowing. Everything stood still for me, or at the very least, all things were at a stand-still.   It was beautiful!  It was amazing!  And I knew it’s what God intended for me… and you.  

I had finally arrived ‘at Peace’.  Then, without warning, I heard a room fan (that’s purpose is to propel the warm air from the kitchen wood stove –that was cranking out heat just days before– to the living room), become louder and louder.

What an offense it was to my ears… and every other part of me. I’d finally found ‘peace and quiet’ and then it was gone.  I went over and shut off the fan.  And for a moment I was at peace and quiet again.  “Ah!”  But sadly within a short time, another rose up in its place, and I could hear the sound of the refrigerator… get louder and louder and louder.

What a great experience and wonderful message this was for me, but I am going to leave the rest up to your interpretation of it… with God.  8-)

And I will leave you, on His note….

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

“GOD BLESS YOU!”

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I Love a Good Fire!

Holy Fire

There was just something in the wood stove fire today, that I couldn’t take my eyes off of.  And I so love, a good fire!  So I grabbed my phone and proceeded to click away.

I couldn’t see at first, until I really searched. (I just knew that something special was there.)  And at just the right time… there He was. 

“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”  [Hebrews 12:28-29]

Set a Fire

Holy Spirit

Fire Fall Down

Consuming Fire

It only takes a spark to get a fire going. And soon all those around will warm up in its (His) glowing…

“Pass it on!!!” 

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