With grateful hearts, we share our thoughts on redemption through Jesus Christ and His saving blood and what it looks like in our daily walk.

We gladly welcome your comments and input.
AND since we hold our conservative values dear, we might have a thing or two to say about politics... and we can almost guarantee it won't be politically correct.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Peace Out

While many of you won’t believe we haven’t already been doing this … not for one second… I maintain the accuracy of the statements. :-)

We are moving to a medium where we can let it all hang out. Free-to-be-me kind of stuff. No checks. No worries. No couching words. No holding back on our faith and personal convictions. It will be personal. It will be intimate. It will be the nitty-gritty of life. And I hear you asking… and what do you call the posts written in Walk Wisely?

Hear me out please. In a public blog where one hopes to minister to any reader who ‘happens’ to find us, we find ourselves reserving some of our strongest convictions (I know, hard to believe) and some of our most personal moments in this ‘open’ setting.

Walk Wisely is moving. We are going private. That means you will have to be invited to read the new blog. Any regular reader is welcome; you will just have to now ask for permission to read. You only have to get permission once then you can read at anytime just like you do now. You will log in but we won't know when/if you do. Please know we aren’t trying to shut out any one in particular from participating. It’s just that in order to have complete freedom of speech and expression without the thought of lurkers from abroad, it is necessary to go private.

We have had our fun here. Some of the authors have come and gone. We have given it our best conservative, faith-based energy considering the little bit of time each author's busy schedule has to spare.

So we say good-bye to all good and loyal readers. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you’ve contributed. Not one of you is taken for granted. We hope you follow us.

If you would like to move with us please don’t hesitate to ask. You can e-mail me at hoe and shovel garden @ gmail dot com. (No spaces of course). We look forward to seeing you at our new home.

AND as we stay true to our Lord… in His words… Peace I leave with you.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Salvation Has A Name

Salvation Has A Name
33miles lyrics
I come to the altar and
I bow before you
You are everything my heart desires
A friend that is closer than any brother could be
I'm so amazed I can call out to you
And you hear me
Salvation has a Name
Mercy has a face
Holiness was crucified, rose to give us grace
Salvation has a Name
Mercy has a face
Jesus, our holiness
Worthy of all praise
Every moment that I come to know you
I find a new dept of love surrounding me
Deeper than oceans higher than any mountain peak
I'm so amazed at the wonder you hold
I can hardly believe
Jesus, Father, the Maker of time
Healer Teacher the maker of light
You are sustainer to every life
God our Saviour
Salvation has a Name
Mercy has a face
Holiness was crucified
And He rose
Jesus, our holiness
Worthy of all praise
Jesus, our holiness
Worthy of all praise
Salvation has a Name

Friday, September 18, 2009

No One Said it Was the Easy Path

No question the path a believer is supposed to walk is a narrow one. The initial entry requires an honest decision of soul surrender to a Lord we cannot see with our physical eye. The subsequent walk on the narrow path is in absolute contrast to the wide path of destruction we were on only seconds before.That wide path offers every distraction (and destruction) imaginable.

Our faithful Lord said it this way while He walked the earth teaching us the words of our Father.
"For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it... the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it."

In looking back on the decision to bow my (very stubborn) heart before God and surrender my soul to Him I'd say now (in the scope of life) it was the easiest part of this 'walk'. If you are a believer and a follower of Jesus Christ you might agree.

Times of surrender that follow are delicious and sweet and pure and clear and glorious! Just like the first time. God ALWAYS honors sincere surrender with holy manifestations of Himself in our hearts.

It is walking and living in the every day of ordinary life that challenges my choices. Sometimes I faint. Sometimes I don't care. Sometimes I lose sight of the prize. Sometimes I allow the conterfeit. Sometimes I wander off and take a peek at that wide path I was on before I believed... with all of its distractions. Sometimes I feel as if something outiside of me is pulling me back onto the wide path.

And with each step I walk off the narrow path of my life with God ... I know it because that's when I look for the thrills. That's when I'm unsatisfied in my soul. That's when I retreat inward. I want my way. I become selfish and self absorbed.

Unhealthy. Unstable. Unspiritual.

One step leads to the other. I make each decision to take another step toward destruction.

There's only ONE path that leads to life. It's a narrow one. Believers are admonished to take heed where our feet tread.

I believe the narrow path was meant to protect us ... not to keep us from enjoying all the so-called fun things while we whisk through this earthly life.

When I imagine Jesus holding my hand as we walk down the path together I have no problem staying on it. He is my biggest cheerleader! I'm gonna hang with Him.

Truth be told ... it is when I am more conscious of Him than myself that life is the easiest.

Are you one of the few that has found it?

Surrender is NOT a one-time thing.