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And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

— Philippians 1

I’ve been pondering love as John and I were preparing to celebrated our anniversary. As I was attempting to fathom God’s lavished love, and how He freely offers this love, I found myself thanking Him! During this same time, I happened to come across an old journal entry I made a few years back. I recall writing this entry after hearing Ephesians 3:17-19 “…being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Soon after, I began to sing a worship song on the same verse. As I was singing “how deep/how wide” is the love of God, I had a gentle and sudden unction from the Holy Spirit, as if to nudge me saying, “so, are you asking Me?” Immediately I knew He wanted to answer the very question I was singing, and I certainly didn’t want to miss it. I rushed to find pen & paper in order to capture His reply. We know the heart-care of God that when he speaks to one sheep, He often times will speak the same encouraging words to another. When you see my name below you can [insert your name].

Lord, how deep is your love?
My love has gone willingly to the depths of the earth, swallowed up by earth, a place you do not know or have known, a place in which I would not send, require or hope for you to ever know. I went before you so you wouldn’t have to – Yes, I paid the debt, [Debbie] I love you, I love you, I love you – more then you could ever comprehend this side of eternity – – – I am for you, I am with you, now and forever more! Take my yoke and follow after Me, as you serve, lead and love in My Name.

How high is your love, Lord?
It’s the Highest Love it reaches to the Highest Heaven. Its the most wonder-full, glorious, radiant love that could ever be experienced. When you come to Me, you are able to reach this place with Me. Then you carry it on your face, heart, and hands as I lead your steps to bring an expression of the most Holy Love to earth and to those who yet long to reach the highest heaven.

You know of this place! You know, [Debbie], full well how to reach and touch my heart. You fill me when you come to me, even in your desperation and deepest need – you honor My Name, when you cast your cares upon me – – –

I love my time with you, I enjoy how you hide away with me. You hide My word, My ways, your plans, and longings – even your plans of when you will come and you bring all things before Me.

I am watchful over you – My eye, My heart, My ways to protect and preserve you – you are mine, you are mine, you are mine.

You have learned of Me – you truly love Me!
I delight in the process in which you seek to please Me and are un-moveable in your devotion to Me.


By: Deborah Somjak ~ 4 Unfolded Hearts

Day of Prayer and Fasting ~ Nov. 4th

Behold, he prayeth.
—Acts 9:11
Prayers are instantly noticed in heaven. The moment Saul began to pray the Lord heard him. Here is comfort for the distressed but praying soul. Oftentimes a poor broken-hearted one bends his knee, but can only utter his wailing in the language of sighs and tears; yet that groan has made all the harps of heaven thrill with music; that tear has been caught by God and treasured in the lachrymatory of heaven. “Thou puttest my tears into thy bottle,” implies that they are caught as they flow. The suppliant, whose fears prevent his words, will be well understood by the Most High. He may only look up with misty eye; but “prayer is the falling of a tear.” Tears are the diamonds of heaven; sighs are a part of the music of Jehovah’s court, and are numbered with “the sublimest strains that reach the majesty on high.” Think not that your prayer, however weak or trembling, will be unregarded. Jacob’s ladder is lofty, but our prayers shall lean upon the Angel of the covenant and so climb its starry rounds. Our God not only hears prayer but also loves to hear it. “He forgetteth not the cry of the humble.” True, He regards not high looks and lofty words; He cares not for the pomp and pageantry of kings; He listens not to the swell of martial music; He regards not the triumph and pride of man; but wherever there is a heart big with sorrow, or a lip quivering with agony, or a deep groan, or a penitential sigh, the heart of Jehovah is open; He marks it down in the registry of His memory; He puts our prayers, like rose leaves, between the pages of His book of remembrance, and when the volume is opened at last, there shall be a precious fragrance springing up therefrom.

“Faith asks no signal from the skies,
To show that prayers accepted rise,
Our Priest is in His holy place,
And answers from the throne of grace.”

Charles Spurgeon

The VOICE of Parenting

Parenting is not for the faint of heart; join us, on Unfolded Hearts -Talk (listen at link below) for an encouraging word on parenting as we use VOICE as an acronym to help highlight our role as parent(s) along with some personal illustrations – not becuase we think we have it all together but know WITH GOD we have it all.

Ron Luce from Teen Mania: “Our job as parents is not just ot fight the culture but also to teach our kids to see through its shallowness and motives of those who shape it”

“But the lovingkindess of the Lord is from everlasitng to everlasting on those who [reverently] fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to those who honor and keep His coverant, and remember to do His commandments [imprinting His word on their hearts] Psalm 103:17-18

Book Suggestions:

Gary Smalley – The Key to Your Child’s Heart

Gary Chapman – The 5 Love Languages of Children

James Dobson – The Strong-Willed Child

Unfolded Hearts -Talk



My thoughts on the “New” in the Year 2014

My thoughts on the “New” in the Year 2014.
As I searched the Word for the word ‘new’ in scripture I find it appears 173x throughout the Old & New Testaments. Staying with the theme of the ‘new’ year    I choose the N.T. Greek word;  kaivoc (kainos) which occurs 44x.

Reading over the verses I see the word “new” being issued over such things as “New” creature, moon, song, wine, wineskin, thing, spirit, covenant, commandment, tongues, man, heaven and earth, Jerusalem.

The very definition in the Strong’s dictionary refers to both New as in form and substance meaning = recently made, fresh, unused, of a new kind, unprecedented, and unheard of.

May I ask, “What are you hoping for in the New?” May you see as you look with the eyes of faith that the hand and heart of God is for you! I declare & proclaim over 2014 that in God’s creative nature He gives both form and substance to the very thing(s) in which you’re asking. May this Year be a New – kind of unprecedented, unheard of, uncommon place in which you reside with Him.

Rev 21:5 reads; then He who sat on the Throne said, “Behold, I make all things new, and He said to me, “write, for these words are True and Faithful”.

Whatever it is you hear the Lord saying, write, write it down, even now.

By: Deborah Somjak ~ 4 Unfolded Hearts

True Love

The love of the Lord

—Hosea 3:1

Believer, look back through all thine experience, and think of the way whereby the Lord thy God has led thee in the wilderness, and how He hath fed and clothed thee every day—how He hath borne with thine ill manners—how He hath put up with all thy murmurings, and all thy longings after the flesh‐pots of Egypt—how He has opened the rock to supply thee, and fed thee with manna that came down from heaven.

Think of how His grace has been sufficient for thee in all thy troubles—how His blood has been a pardon to thee in all thy sins—how His rod and His staff have comforted thee. When thou hast thus looked back upon the love of the Lord, then let faith survey His love in the future, for remember that Christ’s covenant and blood have something more in them than the past.

He who has loved thee and pardoned thee, shall never cease to love and pardon.

He is Alpha, and He shall be Omega also: He is first, and He shall be last. Therefore, bethink thee, when thou shalt pass through the valley of the shadow of death, thou needest fear no evil, for He is with thee. When thou shalt stand in the cold floods of Jordan, thou needest not fear, for death cannot separate thee from His love; and when thou shalt come into the mysteries of eternity thou needest not tremble, “For I am persuaded, that neither death; nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Now, soul, is not thy love refreshed? Does not this make thee love Jesus? Doth not a flight through illimitable plains of the ether of love inflame thy heart and compel thee to delight thyself in the Lord thy God?

Surely as we meditate on “the love of the Lord,” our hearts burn within us, and we long to love Him more.

by Charles Spurgeon

 This my friend is the truest  love ~ Debbie

4 Big Keys to Christian Maturity

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for (1) teaching, for (2) reproof, for (3) correction, and for (4) training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV
Though this passage is often used to highlight and elevate God’s Word as inspired, which is right and good, I want to highlight the elements of change that Paul says the Word of God can do for us.
The four elements of change mentioned in this passage are: teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. Here are some helpful questions to help you and others diagnose how you’re doing at each point:
Teaching – bringing the Word of God to bear on your life
Are you teachable? Are you easy to teach?

1.Is it easy for people to care for you because of your hunger to be taught?
2.Do you seek to be taught by those who are competent enough to teach you?
3. Are you a question asker?
4. guardedness about reputation hinder others from speaking into your life?
5. Are you over-sensitive? Does insecurity hinder others from speaking into your life?

Rebuking – the Word knocks us down before it can help us
Can you be rebuked? Can you receive the corrective observations of others?

1. When you are reproved, how do you initially respond?
2. When reproved, are you more focused on the person who said it and how they said it or how you can humbly respond?
3. Do you pursue the reproving care of your friends?
4. Are you tempted to sulk or go into self-pity mode when you are reproved?
5. Do you express gratitude to those who love you enough to reprove you?

Correction – we are ready to stand back up, to head in the right direction

1. Are you more likely to focus on the reproof or the corrective change?
2. Are you ready and willing to be fixed or are you apt to argue with the one who brought the reproof?
3. Do you enlist the help of your friends so you can change?
4. Do you believe you need others to help you walk through immaturity issues?
5. Do you believe others need you so you can help them walk through their immaturity issues?
6. Would you say your commitment to change is greater than your commitment to your reputation?

Training in Righteousness – we’re on the path to Christian maturity

1. want to be taught God’s Word.
2. When I learn from God’s Word I am reproved.
3. To be temporarily reproved allows me to be corrected.
4. Once corrected, I am now on the training track where I can run my race more effectively.
Once you make it through steps one, two, and three, you are now ready to run your race. Invite others into your growth process. Appeal to them to come alongside you so you can receive their Gospel-shaped care.
Lead by example. Press the issue. Ask your friends to love you effectively. This will not only allow you to run your race more effectively, but your example may open the door for you to care for them. You can read this entire 2000 word article by Counseling Solutions, Rick

Father! Oh, what a precious word is that.

Your heavenly Father.

God’s people are doubly His children, they are His offspring by creation, and they are His sons by adoption in Christ. Hence they are privileged to call Him, “Our Father which art in heaven.” Father! Oh, what precious word is that. Here is authority: “If I be a Father, where is mine honour?” If ye be sons, where is your obedience? Here is affection mingled with authority; an authority which does not provoke rebellion; an obedience demanded which is most cheerfully rendered—which would not be withheld even if it might.

The obedience which God’s children yield to Him must be loving obedience.

Do not go about the service of God as slaves to their taskmaster’s toil, but run in the way of His commands because it is your Father’s way.

Yield your bodies as instruments of righteousness, because righteousness is your Father’s will, and His will should be the will of His child.

Father!—Here is a kingly attribute so sweetly veiled in love, that the King’s crown is forgotten in the King’s face, and His sceptre becomes, not a rod of iron, but a silver sceptre of mercy—the sceptre indeed seems to be forgotten in the tender hand of Him who wields it.

Father!—Here is honour and love. How great is a Father’s love to His children!

That which friendship cannot do, and mere benevolence will not attempt, a Father’s heart and hand must do for His sons. They are His offspring, He must bless them; they are His children, He must show Himself strong in their defence. If an earthly father watches over his children with unceasing love and care, how much more does our heavenly Father? Abba, Father! He who can say this, hath uttered better music than cherubim or seraphim can reach. There is heaven in the depth of that word—Father! There is all I can ask; all my necessities can demand; all my wishes can desire.

I have all in all to all eternity when I can say, “Father.”

                              Written By: Charles Spurgeon                                 


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