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FROM MY HEART TO YOURS
by Bonnie Hendrickson

November 2007
 
Revelation 2:17
17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it. NIV
 
God is so amazing. I’m sure you’ve thought about it, but let me remind you. He is infinite. He is a God of unbelievable variety. Just look at you and me. We are very different, yet the same. We are both human—I mean we both have 2 legs, 2 arms, a heart and a brain. But we look different and have different personalities, very different. Some people like to be involved in athletics, some would rather sit and read a good book. Some are night owls, and some like to rise early. Many of us are quiet, some love to TALK! But now, that’s just in the human realm. What about animals like birds, cats, bears; each species is very similar in characteristics. But each species has many varieties of animals. You understand what I mean. There’s a sparrow and an ostrich, an ocelot and a tiger, a grisly bear and a panda. Each type is very different in looks, personality, activity and purpose. I don’t even pretend to know how many millions of different insects there are!  Each animal, each insect has its own name. God knows each by name and He gives each a specific task to perform in his creation.

In heaven God is going to give us a new name. I have often wondered why, as the verse says, that we will be the only one to know the name. The commentaries on this verse all say this same thing. No one else knows the name. I was wondering why this would be so. In earth everyone of our friends and family know our name. We are known by that name. I am known as Bonnie. God knows me, my family and friends all know me by name. Now there are many, many Bonnies, just as there are many Marys, Christinas, Jans. Well, you get the picture. In heaven when God calls my name there could be lots of Bonnies that would answer. But I believe this verse means that we will each have a different name. No two people will be called the same name. We won’t be just a number in heaven. Each of us will be special. We will all be known by a different name. Now think about it: only God could come up with that many different names, right?

God is very amazing, and he wants us all to be known by a different name so that when we call our family member’s name or our friend’s name there will be no confusion as to who we wanted. When He calls, “Bonnie,” (or whatever my new name will be) “come here,” I’ll be the only one to go to him and get the blessing or task he wants me to have.
 
God, thank you that you have a new name for me and that I am that special to you.
 
                                    From my heart to yours, Bonnie

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June 2007
 
Isaiah 1:18
18 "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD.
"Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. NIV
 
What does scarlet and red as crimson mean to you? What kind of sins come to mind? Some of you reading this have had abortions. You may not have been a Christian at the time, or maybe you were. How do you feel about that time in your life? What emotions and feelings do you have? You may be dealing with shame, anger, regret, degradation, sorrow, grief and many other things. I can tell you from experience that you CAN be free of this pain. Time, of course, is a great healer, but if you know the great Healer, then you know that he’s forgiven you. Now when our sins are so great that we can’t seem to forgive ourselves, it helps to know how the Lord feels about us. 
 
When we accept Jesus as Savior we become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17-19) Our sins are gone. (Hebrews 10:17) We are clean before the Lord forevermore. Our sins are no longer scarlet they are “as white as snow.” This may be so, but we do remember our sins and Satan continues to remind us of them.  
 
Psalms 45:11 The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. NIV
 
Read Isaiah 61:1-4 as see if this doesn’t help you see how beautiful you are to Jesus. He wants to bind up your broken heart, give you beauty for ashes, in other words, set you free from the bondage of unforgiveness in your heart. You can forgive yourself and be free. 
 
Consider this: We are the bride of Christ. We now have “fine linen...to wear.” Jesus calls us beautiful.
 
Revelation 19:7-8
7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear."
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) NIV
 
                                                    From my heart to yours, Bonnie

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May 2007

1 Peter 2:17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king. NIV

What does respect mean? The dictionary says it is high admiration or esteem for someone. To esteem someone is to think highly of them. To show respect is to give someone preference or let them go ahead of you. Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” “Consider” is another way of saying what your attitude should be.
Our church leaders deserve respect.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
12 Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.
13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. NIV


When I say we are to show our church leaders respect, no one will question it! It’s easy to show respect when we are face to face with a person. But remember, respect is to THINK highly of them. It is an attitude of the heart. But sometimes we will speak disrespectful of a person when that person is not there with you. One of the best ways to guard against this attitude is to pray for them.

Now let’s think about how we treat family members. This is one of the most difficult areas of our lives to show respect in. We want our children to respect us, but do we respect them?

Surprisingly the Bible does not tell wives to love their husbands. God wants wives to respect their husbands. Remember it’s the attitude of our hearts. Take a moment to think about how you talk to your husband and how you talk about them to other people.

Esther 1:20 Then when the king's edict is proclaimed throughout all his vast realm, all the women will respect their husbands, from the least to the greatest." NIV

Ephesians 5:33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. NIV

1 Peter 3:5  For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, NIV


                                                     From my heart to yours, Bonnie

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January 2003
Luke 19:37-38
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" NIV
    
Are we full of joy and ready to worship God when we go to church? Sunday morning can be anything BUT full of joy!! It seems that if we are going to have struggles getting ready, waking up late, snapping and biting (and I don’t mean eating breakfast), it will be Sunday morning. We are many times not in the right frame of mind and attitude when are getting ready.   

In the Old Testament the word translated “praise” meant to do it loudly, with abandon, almost making a fool of yourself, to celebrate, to rave, and get crazy. When we come to church on Sunday we come to worship. But do we come to praise? The word worship in the Old Testament meant bow down, prostrate oneself in reverence before God. But in the new Testament Jesus was worshipped with praise, joyfully. In Luke 24:52-53, when Jesus had just ascended to Heaven, everyone was filled with joy and worshipped him. They were continually in the temple praising God. They should have been upset, because their leader was gone. But they now finally understood who Jesus was and what that meant to them personally in their lives. They were about to begin a time of intense persecution and trials, but they were filled with happiness. They WANTED to be joyful. 

Maybe, if we want to, we can have the same joy and excitement when we come to church (and even in our daily lives). Because we understand who Jesus is and what it means to us personally. We’re forgiven, at peace with God, and know that he is in control of all that’s happening in our lives. WOW, that’s good, that’s great, let’s get crazy and tell people about how we feel. God is SO wonderful. We can tell our children, our husbands, our parents, our friends, and even strangers, that Jesus is AWESOME. 
    
Luke 24:52-5352 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.  NIV

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Be joyful always;
17 pray continually;
18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. NIV

                                             From my heart to yours,  Bonnie
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December 2002
 
Ephesians 5:24, 33
24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. NIV
 

Paul had a lot to say to women. Some think Paul didn’t like women, but in those days women were not given any respect or place in society. Paul, though, thought women needed love. Many of the men of the early church must not have loved or respected their wives. Three times in the 5th chapter of Ephesians and once in Colossians 3:19 he tells the husbands to love their wives. Peter must have seen the same thing, because he also tells the husbands to respect their wives. (See 1 Peter 3:7) If the husbands didn’t give their wives love and respect, I think many of the wives didn’t respect their husbands either. It’s difficult to respect and submit to someone who is acting in a disrespectful way towards you. The women of that day must have not been very submissive either. Why else would Paul and Peter both scold the women to be submissive? 
 
There was a time in my marriage that I was not giving my husband respect, and I was not a very supportive wife. I know there were times that I was scornful and condescending. No one, especially our husbands, deserves to be shown disrespect. They work hard and try with all their might to be good providers. Jesus told us to give and it would be given to us. We tend to think of that only in the monetary sense, but it works many ways. It can work in a negative and positive way, also. If we give sharpness and impatience, we’ll receive the same. If we esteem and submit to our husbands, what do you suppose we’ll get then? I’m sure we’ll receive love and respect in great measure, because I’ve seen it from personal experience. 
 
When I seek my own will and way in our relationship, I may get it, but I also get struggles and strife. When I do all I can to see to it that my husband gets what he wants, THEN I GET MY WAY, too. But with peace and fulfillment.   WOW, what a DEAL!! We give and get all at the same time. What contentment and love! Submission is not all that bad when we get blessed in the process.      
 
When we act disrespectful, even telling our friends how awful our husbands are, we’ll reap the fruit of our behavior. I understood this “law of God” a while back and have been reaping the benefits ever since. God’s laws work every time.   We are encouraged in the Word of God to submit and respect our husbands. When we do we receive their love and respect, and they will even submit to us sometimes. I have such great love flowing to me from my husband, and he’s easy to love because he loves me.

Luke 6:38
38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." NIV
 
                                                From my heart to yours,  Bonnie
 

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