A storage shed…

The Heart cries;
Let me be a Heart!
No! says, the secrets of old;
I need you for a storage shed.

Why? Why? Why?
Says, the blood that pumps the Heart?
Easy to know says the sad, sad soul;
I have secrets hidden deep within.

Don’t pump the heart with health,
or you will spill a lot of junk!
My past of Mom and Dad.
And, fraternal family crammed with
Sealed lips and a tongue that lies.

Keep the heart’s door closed
And store the clutter of deceit.
No one will ever know says the voice
From deep down within.

The knock, knock of Revelation;*
Says; open the hearts door.
A healthy, helpful guest is waiting to come in.
“O, No! “Not today” says,
The deep throated voice from deep down within.
I am using this room for a storage bin.
I want to write stories without an end.

My stories are like; “Hey, you” and “Rin Tin Tin.”
Full of feelings that runs like a generator.
Always on limited power.
Plug me in cries the weak O soul.
Even the noise may calm my nerves.

But, but, a sputter-sputter,
That hums generation after generation,
Must guard these secrets within.
Then comes a voice like a
Peter and John;
Enough is enough of the lies that lie deep within.

Peter, the heart knows like a bouncing ball all over the place.
He even makes the seawaters seem lacking for a fisherman’s skill.
Yet a Rock for many generations he became.
When Truth saved an ear.

Beloved John! Why were you sent out to live on an
Isolated island?
The answer comes in deep-seated Revelation.
When the end of secrets come;
A New Beginning Begins!
(c) sm 10/2011

@Revelation 3:19,20 “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

37 thoughts on “THE HEART

  1. Sara it seems as if through this revelatory poem the lock is off the “storage shed” and the light is on the contents. It looks like a sequel to your Sept 16th post poem, “A Crowded Mind”. I think it is a further clear explanation of why we experience a crowded mind. It must start in the heart.

  2. Your poem makes my heart leap! My heart over beat! Hope I can unseal my lips and change the behavior of my tongue.

    Sara, you are truly an amazing writer. I always find healing in your words.

  3. Aha! Sara! You have unlocked it with THE KEY….like what God gave Peter (and all of us who believe)….THE KEY to the KINGDOM.
    The CROWDED MIND STARTS WITH THE CROWDED HEART. Would one think it could be any different?? Bravo!

  4. “So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will win a hundred times in a hundred battles.”
    —Sun Tzu, The Art of War

  5. Love the poem – fantastic piece – penned by a wisdom writer

    Sounds to me the storage shed holds the human scars of life experiences and generational patterns which were not of the MASTER’S original design. The evil subplanted within cries out to be heard like a clanging symbol which brings only death to the person and those around while the LOVE of Jesus if allowed cleanses the shed and shreads the shed to free the house (body) to take on the character of its Master builder – JESUS and the NEW LIFE Eternal!

    Scripture thought of 1 Corinthians 13: 1
    1 Corinthians 13

    1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

    Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

    John 15: 13 New International Version (©1984)
    Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

  6. Rena writes, “…the LOVE of Jesus if allowed cleanses the shed and shreads the shed to free the house (body) to take on the character of its Master builder…”

    When confession is made the enemy, lies and traps lose their power and healing can takes place. James 5:16 NLT, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” Dictionary on confess… admit or state that one has committed a crime or is at fault in some way….Sealed lips and a tongue that lies seems to be the opposite of confess, don’t you think?

    And, our Revelation scripture in the note says. “…So be earnest and repent…” Dictionary for repent; “express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin.” Lips unsealed is HOPE!

  7. Thanks for the kind and encouraging words on the poem. When I write poetry it feels like a flowing river and/or waterfall. To have your work appreciated is so very special. Thanks to all that have felt the work!

  8. Sara says, “when confession is made lies and traps lose their power.” CONFESSION of wrongs to the Lord is a great release. CONVICTION of the Holy Spirit spurs us on to make that confession, to God, first, and to the one(s) wronged in the situation.
    “He even makes the sea waters lacking for a fisherman’s skill” (sm) Is that like the churches today, the kingdom of God that we are supposed to be building…Is IT lacking for the skill of soul-winners? Lacking for intercessors, missionaries, disciples, SOUL-WINNERS? Our “sheds” are crammed and crowded with Bibles, Lexicons, concordances, Bible-on-Tape, Bible-on-cd, Bible-on-video, Bible-kindle; the nooks of our shed have Bible-on-NOOKS. But where is the SKILL of the FISHERS of MEN? Be gone oh crowded minds, closets, refrigerators,

  9. MG, sounds like from your comment you have describe Peter and his love of water well. Got the bounce, the swag and the skill but lacks the catch!

    You use the word; churches. Maybe one should try church? Sometimes we speak so freely about the whole and leave our slice to the mice. Give me a penny for my thoughts?

  10. Yes shelter in the good sense which reminds me of the scripture
    Psalms 91:4
    New International Version (©1984)
    He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

    refuge – a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble

    The shelter reminds me of the song “On Christ the solid Rock I Stand”, and On Eagles Wings”.

  11. Woe….what a poem, Sara. I must say, God has blessed you with an awesome gift of writing! In reading this blog, I was reminded of a study I did, at a local women’s Bible study. It was a Beth Moore study on the “Beloved Disciple: The Life and Ministry of John.” I’d like to share some information from that study. I may have shared on the lily, before, but this poem seems to lead right to it? Read with me: “Our natural hearts are very deceitful and destructive on their own. We may have a condemning heart without ever facing it. Is that your heart? Is in it shambles? Beyond proper living conditions? Are broken pieces of glass scattered all over it? Has it not only been endangered but become dangerous? As most of us know, hurt people hurt people. My heart used to resemble a condemned property. Oh, I kept a fresh coat of paint over it so that no one would know, but I knew it was a wreck on the inside. I even turned the sign over on the other side and wrote: Fun Person Who Has It All Together…As Long As You Keep Your Distance and Don’t Look Closely. Some of us may think our hearts aren’t unhealthy because we assume they all look alike. Nothing could be further from the truth. Unhealthy hearts come in all shapes and sizes. Some are cold, others indiscriminate. Some have thick walls around them; some, no boundaries at all. Some are forthright and angry. Others are passive and self-disparaging. Some are completely detached. Others are so attached that the object smothers. I am convinced that few people possess a virtually whole heart who have not deliberately pursued it in Christ. We don’t have to be raised in severely dysfunctional homes to develop unhealthy hearts. All we have to do is expose ourselves to life. Life can be heartless and mean. Purely and simply, life hurts. However, we can’t check ourselves out of life. Instead, God hopes that we’ll turn to Him to heal us from the ravages of natural life and make us healthy ambassadors of abundant life in an unhealthy world.” Beth suggests “two sure signs of an ailing heart: (1) You’re convinced that nothing in life is reliable. Code name: Jaded. (2) You keep trying to convince yourself you can rely on something that has proved unreliable over and over again. Code name: N. Denial.

  12. Needles notes from Beth Moore will sure give you indigestion if not heart pain. Good land, ‘Jaded and N. Denial’ sure needs to lessen up on its acid reflux. This part really gives you an attack; ” hurt people hurt people,” Our Healer is waiting as an anti acid to heal. O, that we could just see and believe for a better life for ourselves and others.

  13. Thank you Needles for appreciating the gift God has given me. I am so happy that it jogged your memory to enlighten us with Beth’s heart health manual.

  14. “For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn” (Romans 11:29, NLT) Just think of the gifts of God that may just be hidden deep below the two friends Beth Moore introduced us to, Jaded and N. Denial. Meet them, greet them, and dismiss them.

    I believe the gifts God has given each one is so unique to each person’s personality and persona that when it shows it shows! And WHOA, what a show!

  15. That makes me think about the shed and what’s in it. I may have a useful watering can in there which I can use to water others through my gifts and words of encouragement. But if it stays buried in that shed full of cobwebs and just getting rusty it’s no use to anyone until it’s cleaned up and used for what it was made for.

  16. Or, suppose it is under so much junk that you can’t find it. Or, if you could find it under the junk it would take so long you would be tired before you got around to the watering. ‘Order in the Court’ is the best mode of action! God is the Judge and all things will be judged! “But it is God who judges:…” (Psalm 75:7).

  17. Sara, was just thinking about that phrase you used….’acid reflux and needing an anti-acid’. Well, Jesus is the sweet Honey in the Rock. Jesus tastes just like Honey to soothe the savage BREAST (where the heart resides). We can taste and see that the Lord is good, tastes good and doesn’t give acid indigestion.

  18. “Even the noise may calm my nerves.”
    From my perspective the noise may be the chatter in our heads, the meaningless words that don’t connect to anything relevant that comes from the mouth or the busyness of doing work or things instead of opening the door to an honest discussion.

  19. Debi, from your comment it seems that staying busy with being busy is an excuse for not ‘opening the door to an honest discussion’. How interesting? Would that not be like having a closet full of beautiful cashmere sweaters (one of my favorites 🙂 ) and knowing and watching moths eat holes in them until they become non-useable? If patched they may be worn for warmth but not for beauty.

    It seems so many of us really want to be beautiful and of course have the potential to be according to the little song we like to sing; “Something beautiful, …good, He made …beautiful of my life.”

    Some say we were born beautiful and others say we are made beautiful….

  20. Yes, that is a good analogy. Makes me think we shouldn’t waste any time or opportunity to take care of our spiritual character garments with the Lord.

  21. Sara says, Our Healer is waiting as an anti acid to heal. In Beth Moore study tonight of JESUS THE ONE AND ONLY I read that in Exodus 15:26 where God introduced himself by a new title: “I am the Lord, who heals you.” The word raphah (Hebrew for heal) means “to mend (by stitching), repair throughly, make whole” Beth Moore goes on to say “…picture God focusing steadily on the object of repair. One stitch follows another. It takes time. (She) pictures painful pentrations of the healing needle.” She went on to say that she was quite sure if her healing process had been painless, she would have relapsed.

    As one who is going through the process I would quite agree with Beth Moore’s words. Perhaps due to the repair we will be more beautiful of heart.

  22. “picture God focusing steadily on the object of repair. One stitch follows another. It takes time. (She) pictures painful penetrations of the healing needle….Perhaps due to the repair we will be more beautiful of heart.” thanks for your input from Beth, Rena.

  23. I loved the part about “Rin Tin Tin”. It stirred up an emotion and memory.
    When I was a child about 8 – 10 my nickname became “Rin Tin Tin”. I loved
    to run and run I did, so they called me Rin Tin Tin as I was as quick or the kids thought.

    In life I sometimes would rather run from situations rather than face them. God
    has had me slow down and take the steps, however, painful to face them – stitches of life by a loving FATHER.

  24. Rena, you have stopped running from painful situations and facing them and getting the needle. Nice face lift. Time to run again and Win! New Beginnings!

  25. Paul says in Galatians, “You were running the race so well. Who or what hindered you from finishing in truth? ”
    “Therefore, since you are surrounded by such a huge cloud of witnesses to the life of faith,strip off every weight that slows you down, especially the sin that so easily trips you up. And run with endurance the race God has set before you.”(HEB. 12:1)
    Rena, it looks like you have lived Galatians 5:7 and Hebrews 12:1 all within a short span of a lifetime. You are doing well and keeping in step with the Gospel of RUNNING THE RIGHTEOUS RACE. Your crown of righteousness awaits. (2Tim 4:8)

  26. It seems to me that facing and going through this repair process rather than running from is directly related to two verses from the poem:
    “I want to write stories without an end.” and “That hums generation after generation,”

    This may break the harmful pattern from perpetuating itself from one family generation to another by our own example and influence on others of our repentence and subsequent healing. That way, perhaps the story doesn’t keep rewriting itself in every generation’s life if we can give them some teaching tools from our own experience to help them face and clean out their storage shed.

  27. Agreed! It is so wonderful to live in the freedom that God has given us. Spend our time sharing and encouraging others to grow and enjoying life.

    Galatians 5:1 ” It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Great chapter to read and live!

  28. In reading Galatians 5 as Sara suggests it gives some pretty straight forward advice on how to live it from The Message version in verses 16-18.
    “My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?”

    Looks like if we let feelings run our lives we will just continue to feed our compulsions and as the poem says, we will be, “…like a bouncing ball all over the place.”

  29. Say, Sara, This sounds like~~~~
    Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine
    Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine
    Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine
    Let it shine, Let it shine, Let it shine.

  30. Yep! MG, now boost it! (a boost to one’s morale…just the boost I needed: uplift, lift, spur, encouragement, help, inspiration, stimulus, pick-me-up; informal shot in the arm.) Yeah! Boost The LIGHT! Hey, that means carry a brag book or something other than….

  31. I like how when Paul got the light he said in Galatians 1: 15 “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me to grace.” This says to me he was separated from his fleshy life – generational patterns. He then said once he got this grace that Galatians 1: 16 ” …I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood.” He then went on to the apostles and to Peter.” Paul did not take any chances with his new light. He confered with those who he knew carried the light. He must of known confering with the world would not bring any good to what he had just gone through and wanted to hold onto. He wanted to be a light like Abraham who Galatians 2: 6 “Just as Abraham “believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” (FAITH) Unwavering faith, not up one day and down the next. (bounciness) Not in the world one day and out the next. As Pastor Gary of CCI said of Paul, Paul was all in. His light burns on today. The bushel basket or scales of his life were all burned away and nothing but LIGHT (Truth as Sara said) was seen.

  32. “…When Truth saved an ear.”
    This makes me think that Truth saved a ‘physical ear’ by reconnecting one that had been cut off, but Truth can also reconnect our spiritual ears to our heart and that of the Father’s if we will desire the truth, receive the truth and speak the truth.
    “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.” Psalm 51:6 NKJ

  33. Maybe God’s Word or my Bible read and quoted without application is like more clothes and jewelry stored in my closet for the good of buying and not using properly.

    Have you ever read the Bible and then spent days, maybe weeks trying to find the wisdom in the words to apply to a life challenge? Seemly, it always involves others, and how one should deal with me and them. OMG, sometimes I get angry with the time and effort it takes to read, pray, talk and do and still no good result or so I think? Hum, maybe I did the right application but I don’t like the outcome!

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