11 August 2011

Open hearts open homes

For so many years my heart was sharp, flinty rock.  I didn't let anyone or anything in.
If I did not receive love, I did not need to love in return.
This stone, this cave, this dangerous place that felt like safety.
Haughty, thinking I was brave, I lived, terrified to live.
I was always the observer, never the participant.
Don't touch, don't hurt, reaching out to no one, I never offered warmth or shelter.

Too many days lived dark.  Too many nights lived cold.
Then the heart that beat and bled for mine reached through.
Sprinkled His love, supernatural ice melt, left me puddled in tears.
With the hard shell cracked, light and love and joy poured in.
The more He gives to me the more I give away,
He opened my heart, I open my home.
People remark that they find this place enveloped in peace.
May love flow with the tears.

God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes. Psalm 18:24 The Message

Jamming with Bonnie about hospitality

Joining the others, imperfect, but loved, at Emily's


Dawn said...

Wow, that post is beautifully written...and a wonderful testimony to a God that redeems!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Cor. 5:17

Blessings to you!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, thank you for that verse refreshingly put by The Message!

Lisa notes... said...

I love how you ended with that verse from the Message too. It's good for me to see even familiar passages reworded occasionally.

Breaking open our caves to let others in...always a good thing.

Sandra Heska King said...

We can't spill without being cracked. Beautiful post, Karin. And the kitties--sweet!

Sarah Dawneé said...

“Sprinkled His love, supernatural ice melt, left me puddled in tears.”

- Such a beautiful line! Mmmhmmm.

Thank you for sharing your imperfect prose today. =)


P.S. I want to reach into the computer-screen and gently scoop up one of those little kittens for some snuggle time.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

"I lived, terrified to live"

I know this. I know about being afraid of everything. I loved this post...really. it's nice to know I'm not alone in my mess...or my redemption.

A Joyful Noise said...

We open the door of our heart and Jesus comes in and we sup with him! Enjoyed your post so very much!

emily wierenga said...

this reminds me of how far he's brought me, too, sister. thank you. a humble, holy post.

Bonnie Gray said...

I agree with Emily. This post did remind of me, too! Karin, I'm allergic to cats, so usually I run away from any sign of furry felines.. but, here at your blog with your beautiful words, I said, "Awww.." and thought they were just adorable and cute! LOL.

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