Reflections . . .

Renee Ann Smith —  November 30, 2011 — 30 Comments

“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”
~Proverbs 27:10~

What’s in my heart? Too often I find impatience and bitter feelings that scald the ones I love . . .

“If a sudden jar can cause me to speak an impatient, unloving word, then I know nothing of Calvary love. For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, however suddenly jolted.”
~Amy Carmichael~

“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
~Jeremiah 2:13~

That’s why God must empty me—so that He can fill me again with that sweet, life-giving water. He helps me let all the ugliness go. And replaces it with Himself.

Selah! Pause and think of that!

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

30 responses to Reflections . . .

    • What a gorgeous image to remind me this morning of a truth I needed to hear! I love the amy charmichael quote too…that’s going to get copied and plastered on the fridge! 😉

      peace,
      lori

  1. Love, love, love this picture!!! And the verse that goes with it!

  2. Thanks for taking the time to comment, ladies! It’s always encouraging to check in during my school day and see your uplifting words here 🙂

  3. Amen! Love that verse! Found you through FPTFY. It brings a smile to my face when i find another Jesus lover in the blogging world! Following along and excited to hear your reflections 🙂

  4. So true! I pray that my life reflects a heart touched by Christ…

    Blessings, Joan

  5. Wow, I love that quote by Amy Carmichael! It’s so true — if we can lose it so easily, then we’re walking according to the flesh. God cleanse our hearts. Help us to submit our emotions to You, and remember Your grace.

  6. Amen to that. And I pray that I’m not letting myself be filled with bitter water,but that I can reflect Christ in me.

  7. Beautiful thoughts. The quote by Amy Carmichael is so convicting.

  8. So glad you ladies came by today! Many blessings!

  9. I loved reading your thoughts today. We can receive living water to lift our souls especially on those hard days.
    Blessings to you and enjoy the moments!

  10. Amen! I love the quote you chose…powerful and thought provoking post.

  11. Hi. Glad I found your blog through WFW. I host a link up called Brag on God Friday. I hope you can join us. 🙂

  12. Again, thanks for stopping by and leaving comments, ladies. And I’ll definitely plan to link up on your site, Laura! Blessings, all 🙂

  13. Dear Renee, Beautiful post! One of my daily prayers is to be emptied out of self and filled up with the Holy Spirit so that His living water will flow through me. Your inspirational post says it so much better, and I love the photo and Amy Carmichael quote. Sweet and bitter waters cannot flow forth from the same fountain!
    Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on Saved by Grace.
    Your blog is a blessing and I am now following it, and I invite you to follow Saved by Grace also.
    Love in Him,
    Laurie Collett
    http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/

  14. Hi, I’m from Edge of Escape . I’m just hopping around from blog to blog and I was quite interested by yours. Very cool. Please stop by my blog, I have quite a few posts on the Bible. We have a bit in common. I’m a former high school teacher, now author.

  15. A huge yes to this!!!!

  16. What a beautiful reminder.. That’s what I always tell myself. It is really true… Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks..

  17. Hi Renee – I love this post. Love the quotation about the spilt water. What a challenge to be like that. Something awesome to reach for. I wanted to thank you for linking up with me on winsome wednesday but i am staying over to follow! Look forward to seeing you again this week.
    God bless
    Tracy

  18. I totally agree- I am definitely fighting bitterness right now in some recent events. It is really hard to let go of some things, or people, without fighting to hold on to them- not just the people, but the angry feelings that convince us that we are right and justified in our anger. I love your quote from Amy Carmichael- very convicting.

  19. Love the photo! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us over at NOBH!

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