Monday, June 25, 2012

Open Eyes, Open Heart

This week…

 “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.”
Ephesians 1:18-19 NASB

May He open your eyes to His goodness—in a word, in a moment, in creation, in other people.
May your heart be open to receive, with joy, these gifts.

May He open your eyes to new truths in His Word.
May your heart be open to receive them.  May they sink down into your heart that they might be lived.

May He open your eyes anew to the hope that is yours in Christ.
May your heart be set upon Him, the Resurrected One, who lives in grace and truth.

May He open your eyes to the people and the opportunities around you.
May your heart be open to meeting these real needs with your time and tenderness.

And as your eyes are open to Him, and your heart receptive to Him…

May you discover the fruit of the Spirit, that strangely beautiful fruit that is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, is being birthed in you.

Grace and peace be ours in abundance as we embrace Him this week and all that He has for us.

Jessica :)

P.S.  There are several really interesting translations of this passage that stirred in me a little something different upon reading them.  I decided to stick with the version that inspired the post. However, if you have time to sit with them and enjoy they are worth a read.  The Voice The Message.

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