Art for the Heart // Lamentations 3:23

This is "Art for the Heart". Each Sunday we create + share a new lock screen for your smart phone or tablet (or both), and/or desktop screen saver, featuring a thought for the week. We access our devices constantly - so that means this is a great way to constantly see God's inspiration & love. 

We encourage you to share it with your family & friends on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest too!

 

Don't forget to use #HOMWF when sharing Heart of Mary with others :)

Lamentations // Day 10 The Nation that Cannot Save

We are not too different from God’s people in the Old Testament. They believed in Him and His providence, but they always struggled with breaking their covenants. They agreed to make God their only god, but they would forget or get angry and seek out idols. They suffered immensely and were often at the mercy of other nations.

Lamentations // Day 9 Humble of Heart

Humility.

Quite possibly the hardest and most important virtue for all of humanity. In fact, St. Augustine said: “Humility is the foundation of all the virtues; therefore, in a soul where it does not exist there can be no true virtue, but the mere appearance only. In like manner, it is the most proper disposition for all celestial gifts.

Lamentations // Day 8 Lord Save,Me!

I remember experiencing a series of pretty awful events several years ago. You know how it is ­ drama transpires that just isn’t really necessary. If it hasn’t happened to you, I’m sure you’ve seen other people go through it, and you probably think to yourself, “And THAT’S why I prefer to live drama­free!”

Lamentations // Day 7 Enduring Hope

I’m originally from southern California, and after being gone for eight years, I’m so blessed and grateful to be back. The state is going through an awful drought, which apparently started in my absence (aren’t we always in a drought?), and being here has reminded me of two things: 

1. We don’t realize how good our water tastes until we have been drinking not­so­good water for a very long time. Yes, I do mean our tap water.

2. There is nothing like huge sip of cold water after being in the sun and heat.

Art for the Heart // Lamentations 3:24

 

This is "Art for the Heart". Each Sunday we create + share a new lock screen for your smart phone or tablet (or both), and/or desktop screen saver, featuring a thought for the week. We access our devices constantly - so that means this is a great way to constantly see God's inspiration & love. 

We encourage you to share it with your family & friends on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest too!

 

Don't forget to use #HOMWF when sharing Heart of Mary with others :)

Lamentations // Day 6 False Expectation

Before I begin:

As we read the Bible, it is a good exercise to relate certain words or phrase to other language that is used in Scripture. For example, “water” is often related to the Holy Spirit or new life, and “law” often means the word of God. When we read a passage several times in this way, always trying to go deeper with the meaning of the words, we become more open to what the Holy Spirit may want to show us, and we begin making connections and viewing Scripture as a whole, integrated text.

Lamentations // Day 5 Pour Out Your Heart

Tears can be healing. As women especially, I think that many of us know this. There are also women who can’t seem to cry, won’t let themselves, or see it as a sign of weakness. But as humans, we are mind, body, and soul. We have intellect, emotion, and will. Living a fully integrated, human existence requires us to acknowledge our emotions, whether good or bad. 

Lamentations // Day 4 The Wages of Sin

So I know a lot of people working in education, customer service, retail, restaurants, public service, etc., and I hear some of the worst horror stories. Kids acting out in class, customers making outrageous accusations, people who pretend to be good Christians by offering prayers instead of leaving tips.

Lamentations // Day 3 Authentic Surrender

You may have heard the story of the “footprints in the sand.” In a dream, a woman walked along the beach with the Lord, and scenes from her life flashed by. There were two sets of footprints, hers and the Lord’s, throughout most of her life. Yet she became distressed because she noticed that during some of the lowest, most trying times of her life there was only one set of footprints. When she asked the Lord why He would abandon her during times of great trial, He responded with, “Those are the time that I carried you.”

Lamentations // Day 2 Behold my Affliction

  Admitting when we're wrong, weak, or defeated is hard. Really hard. It's what makes relationships complex and difficult. It's why we fall into bitterness and resentment and act out of fear. We take the reasons for our failings and turn them into excuses because we have such a hard time admitting that we are just not sufficient on our own. 

Lamentations // Day 1 Intro

I don't know about you, but I wasn't too sure about what I'd find while reading a book called "Lamentations." The name itself sounds fairly depressing, and most of the verses sound quite the opposite of some of the joyful praises we find in the Psalms. At first I wondered why a book like this would even be in the Bible, and I'll be honest ­ I hadn't read it before.