Fill My Heart

Have you ever heard a line in a movie which instantly touches every fiber of your heart?  For the first time in a long time it happened to me.

We were watching “The Elephant Man” and John Merrick (a.k.a. The Elephant Man) said something that shook every ounce of my being in the kind of loving, convicting way which only the Spirit can do.

He turned to the doctor, his dear friend, and said:

 “My heart is full because I know I am loved.” 

When he spoke this line, tears instantly fell and a painful, spiritual twinge was felt throughout my body. I instantly became aware that my heart was not full and has not been for a while. I could write out all of my speculations as to why, but I don’t think I could give specifics. I only know that it’s been running on fumes – and I am just now aware of it.

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:1-3

I was trying to fill this “emptiness” with some things of this world: Netflix, sports, food . . . way too many iced coffees.  I was trying to pour in gallons of “happiness”, only to burn through it.

It took me until now to learn how fleeting the things of this world really are. Their “liquid“ levels of happiness are not sustainable, only temporary.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  2 Corinthians 4:18

I long to speak with the truth, love and beautiful confidence that John Merrick displayed when he said those words. The fulfillment my heart is craving can only come from the living water – the one who fills me up and lets my cup overflow.

My heart should be full BECAUSE I am loved.

And so begins my journey to fill my heart with the knowledge of who I am in Christ. 

To chase after the same contentment Paul felt as he wrote from within prison.

To daily fill my cup with His presence. 

To discover Biblical joy.

“10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. “ Philippians 4:10-12

Isaiah 40:31 -My Synomatic Version

“but those who hope, trust and wait expectantly in the Lord will renew their strength, regain their strength and find new strength.

I will rise, mount and soar on wings like eagles;

I will run, I will race and not grow weary, tired or winded.

I will walk and not be faint.

I have taken up writing out one verse a day. I like to then look up the verse in various translations, seeing the different words used and then reading the verse with all of them. (It’s almost as if I unintentionally have created a translation.) I have been doing this for a couple weeks now. This morning it was placed on my heart to share these. I pray it speaks loudly to you through the synonyms used in the verse.

I also found myself making these much more personal – more reminders to myself. That is why I have replaced words with “I”, “My” or “Me”. It is my written version of self-preaching. A prayer, if you will.

Please note: The translations taken from vary day to day, so I am not going to list specific ones. Besides that, many of them use the same synonym as another. Just know the words are from different translations and sometimes even a thesaurus.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Lucidity (October 2020)

Lucidity is lost,

fading with memories of better times.

She is a fragment of who she was –

a vibrant girl she used to know,

stolen by unexpected grief.

Simple plans have vanished,

She blinks as nothing comes to mind,

but her uninvited reality of darkness.

©Raelyn Pracht 2020

Psalm 112:8a -My Synomatic Version

My heart is steady, established, upheld, strong, maintained, assured and set firm.

I shall not be afraid.

I shall not fear.

I will not be shaken.

I have taken up writing out one verse a day. I like to then look up the verse in various translations, seeing the different words used and then reading the verse with all of them. (It’s almost as if I unintentionally have created a translation.) I have been doing this for a couple weeks now. This morning it was placed on my heart to share these. I pray it speaks loudly to you through the synonyms used in the verse.

I also found myself making these much more personal – more reminders to myself. That is why I have replaced words with “I”, “My” or “Me”. It is my written version of self-preaching. A prayer, if you will.

Please note: The translations taken from vary day to day, so I am not going to list specific ones. Besides that, many of them use the same synonym as another. Just know the words are from different translations and sometimes even a thesaurus.

First Paragraph – Chapter One

Here is the the first paragraph of Chapter One of the first ever novel I am working on:

She held her favorite coffee mug between her palms embracing its warmth.  The mug, handmade and painted with what she called a mix of goldenrod and Dijon mustard, was her favorite possession. 

©Raelyn Pracht 2021

1000 Likes! Thank You!

Yesterday, WordPress alerted me about reaching the 1000 likes milestone. Thank You!

When I first started writing this blog, I had a goal of at least reaching one.

What a blessing to know God has blessed it 1000 times!

On that note, I haven’t written in a while, at least on here.

I have started an adventure in writing my very first novel. With what little free time I have, it is consuming it.

I don’t know where God will take it, but I do feel a deep desire and push to write it.

I will gladly take your prayers and advice for the process.

Thank you again for all your love and support!

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