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IS YOUR LIFE LIKE A PUZZLE… PIECES EVERYWHERE?

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Have you ever felt like your life resembles a puzzle? Random pieces scattered everywhere. There are odd shaped pieces with only a tiny snippet of the big picture on the box.

I love to do puzzles! These days I do them mostly on my computer. From Sudoku and word puzzles, to jigsaw puzzles, I love them all.

 As I was doing a jigsaw puzzle on my computer one night, God began speaking to me. He wanted to teach me some lessons about life through my puzzle adventures.

Maker:S,Date:2017-11-23,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-YThe jigsaw puzzle app I have on my computer has a neat feature that I love. When a piece is in the correct position, it clicks into place and you can’t move it. Almost as if to announce, this is the place I was designed to go.  As I am working on the puzzles, I often try to position a piece where I am positive it should go. An example of this is the puzzle picture on the left.  The piece on the outside of the puzzle was the one I was having trouble getting to fit where I thought it should go. I had placed the adjoining pieces to the right, top and bottom of where I was confident it would fit, but it did not click in. However, when I put the other remaining piece to the left of that spot, the final piece clicked right into place and the picture was completed!

Sometimes our lives can feel like a puzzle. For example­, let’s take a vision or dream we may have for our life. We have this picture of what we want it to look like, but all you can see are odd shaped pieces of your dream yet nothing seems to fit together. Just like with a jigsaw puzzle, you need to start looking at the pieces and a way to organize them. If you are like me, you start with the absolutes, like corners and edges to get the outline. Next, you separate the pieces into similar shapes, colors or themes and work from there.

Like a puzzle, God gives each of us pictures through dreams, visions, and desires that are a part of His plan for us…part of our destiny. When we embrace the vision or dream, a strong desire wells up in our heart. We can often try to make pieces of our puzzle fit into a spot that will not click into place.  This can be because either, it was never designed to go where we are trying to put it, or the timing is not just YET! What I’ve learned is that the puzzle pieces of our lives were created with a master plan and order. Often times, something else in His divine plan has to fit into place first before the next piece of our destiny is ready to be set into motion.

Father God knows what He is doing; He has the road mapped out for us and knows what needs to happen next in our lives. If we try to make something happen before it is time, we will force into place something that can easily be moved or shaken out of place. It may even change the picture God originally created for our life.

Sometimes my thought life is often my biggest challenge. Thoughts! I can feel like they are puzzle pieces floating around above my head. I try to reach out to grasp them and make them fit together. I found that scripture has really helped me to align my thoughts. Here are four I would like to share with you from The Passion Translation:

2 Corinthians 10:5 – We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One.

Psalm 51:10Create a new, clean heart within me. Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you.

Psalm 94:19Whenever my busy thoughts were out of control, the soothing comfort of your presence calmed me down and overwhelmed me with delight.

Philippians 4:8 – So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.

My husband and I are walking through this right now as we look to purchase a new home and I take steps to begin a new recording project. My thoughts seem scattered … like puzzle pieces and my impatience to see my dreams fulfilled could cause me to rush into something that won’t be the right fit.  However, when I choose to soak in the presence of God, delight in Him, take prisoner my thoughts, insisting they bow in obedience to the Anointed One … then my anxious thoughts are changed. Now I can listen to hear His thoughts and plans for me.  I can then rest knowing things will fall into place the way God designed them too. I want all the puzzle pieces of my life to fit in the order He designed, so they cannot be moved out of place by anything the devil tries to throw at me.

Maker:S,Date:2017-11-23,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

If something in your life doesn’t seem to be fitting into place, don’t despair. Ask Father
God to show you if the piece you are trying to place in the picture is part of His plan for your life. Perhaps He has something else planned for you right now before this piece is ready for its place. God’s plans are perfect for each of us and will fit together wonderfully to form a beautiful, complete picture … in His time!

 

 

Note: A HUGE thank you to Zoë Monserrate for her amazing editing job on this blog. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who Is This Jesus

Who is This KingRecently I was flipping through the channels on my TV looking for something interesting to watch when I came across someone explaining to someone about Christmas.  She made the comment: “Oh yeah, and we celebrate a baby who was born 2,000 years ago”. She said it with a laugh and in such a way,  you could tell it did not make any sense to her whatsoever.

This got me to thinking about how people look at that baby whose birth we celebrate.  There are many who probably hear the Christmas carols and have no idea what they mean.  To them perhaps it is like singing a song about someone they know simply as a historical figure.  To many, Jesus as the Son of God is not real to them. Continue reading “Who Is This Jesus”

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A Hock’s View From A Camper

  
STEPPING OFF THE CLIFF!

Life is a journey down roads that are familiar and roads you have never traveled before.  Those roads and paths can make you wonder where in the world you are going and where you will end up at.   I feel like I have been on that kind of journey this year.

As you know, we sold our house in April of this year, bought a 30 foot camper with two slide outs, parked it at our daughter and son-in-law’s house and took up residence. What a journey this has been. Going from a large house to a small combined space has been like jumping off a cliff for me.

Not long ago I had a dream that has really stuck with me.  I was on a path, walking along peacefully, enjoying the beauty of nature around me.  All of a sudden I came to a huge cliff.  I could not see anything in front of me but open air and fog. It looked to me like there was no way forward, so I kept looking over my shoulder at where I had come from, trying to decide if I should just go back.

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A Hawk’s (Hock’s) View

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A bird such as an eagle or a hawk has such a different view than we as humans have. This Hock has had a pretty amazing physical view for the past 10 years but that view is about to change.

Sometimes we get so used to, so comfortable, I would even say so amazed with the view around us that we can’t see beyond that view. I have realized something pretty important concerning my own view.

After 10 years at this house that we have made a home, here on Hoot Owl Road, with the most amazing views – God is moving us on and in ways I would NEVER have imagined. Just a side note here; isn’t the name of our road pretty cool, kind of goes along with our name, the Hocks (pronounced like Hawk) who live on Hoot Owl Road. I have loved people’s reaction to that. But God is wanting these Hocks to have a different view and even embrace a different name as our residence.

We have been impressed to make some changes to get out of debt which will in turn allow my husband to make some changes with his job. We also felt that to move on into the things we know God has for our future, that getting out of debt was something that was going to be very important. For some time now Maynard and I have talked about selling our house but I just could not let go of this house, for a number of reasons which perhaps I will share about in the future. God’s work in us and our lives is amazing and so is His timing! Some things have been happening in the past months that have brought us closer to this time of changing views. Continue reading “A Hawk’s (Hock’s) View”

Making a choice

Breaking out of my prison called shame.

BREAKING OUT OF MY PRISON CALLED SHAME!
https://i2.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/9/3/1/b/1206578721112928526johnny_automatic_vacant_prison_cell.svg.med.pngFor many years I lived in a prison called shame. Because of the abuse of my childhood, shame was a place I learned to live and grow used to. The bars of this place held me captive and kept me bound. I ate, slept, and became isolated in my prison cell of shame. It was a garment I wore well. I learned how to survive, but not how to live. Staying in my little cell of distrust, fear and wearing my “everything’s okay” mask, not letting anyone get too close, made me feel a bit safer. Shame is a prison that keeps you locked away from the person God created you to be and from fulfilling the destiny He has for you. God wants to blast open those prison doors and set you free! He has done that in my life and here is the key I found that released me from that prison of shame I lived in.

 

HIS LOVE!!

That’s right folks. While I had heard, from the time I was a little girl, that God loved me, I never really believed it. You see, the key to my prison door had already been used to unlock that door and set me free from my prison, but I didn’t know it. I did not know I could walk out of my prison of shame. God had already given me His unconditional love, but I didn’t believe it. I may have known it with a head knowledge, but that was as deep as it went. I did not have a real revelation of it, one that would make me truly believe it. I couldn’t see His unconditional love for me past the shame and so was unable to open the door and get out of my prison.
About 15 years ago, I started hearing more teaching on God’s love for me. I started to realize that there was something about really understanding God’s love for me — that if I could see it and know it – His love could really change my life. I began to ask God to help me see myself as He did, to show me how much He loved me. I began looking up every scripture I could find on how God the Father sees me and what He says about me. WOW! What a change started to happen. The more I began to understand that God did not base how much He loved me — by how good I was, how much I did to try to make myself better, on anything I could do to seem more acceptable — the more free I became. When I began seeing, that when He looked at me, He did not see the mess of my past, but instead He saw the beauty of who I was; I was able to take off that garment of shame I had been wearing. As I began, not only to have just a head knowledge of His great love for me, but to know and see with my heart, my whole being, from deep inside of me that God truly did love All of me, just the way I was, unconditionally, that allowed me to see that the door to my prison cell called shame was unlocked. I could open it and walk out of that prison and I did. I am free to be all God created me to be. I still have to remind myself of this from time to time when I am hit with a reminder of something that happened in my past, but now I know what to do. I take those feelings of shame, regret, pain, hurt, whatever they may be and lay them in God’s lap and He overtakes them with His love and I can see them disintegrate and be dissolved into nothing. God wants to do this for you. He wants you to break out of your prison of shame, defeat, fear, whatever your prison may be. Open yourself to His great love for you. Ask Him to reveal to
you the depth of His love for you, to give you a new picture of how He sees you, of how great is His love for you. Believe it, receive it fully and accept it. It will change your life. I know this to be true!!

Check out this link of things I say over myself taken from scripture that tells how God sees me.  It has been a great help to me and will be to you also.  Click here.
Sharon Hock

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The Hope of the World

HOTW pic                                The hope of the world, where is it?                                  What do we hope for and hope in?

Today, more than ever we must find the source of where our hope comes from.  Our world is filled with many things that can bring us down if we don’t have hope and know where who our hope is in.  It can even cause us to become physically ill.

Proverbs 13:12 says :Hope deferred makes the heart sick,  but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

So, where does our hope come from?

Our hope comes through the promises our Father God gave us and Jesus and what He would do and bring for us was the greatest promise of all.  It’s not in the things that we have around us, nor riches, not in who our friends or family are, but in ALL that God has promised to us through His Word.  I really love how the Message bible describes why we can hope in this.

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Preparing Yourself So You Can Move

This morning I led worship at Zion Covenant in Chambersburg, PA.  I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to lead there the first Sunday of the month on a pretty regular basis for some time now.  The people there are like family.  I love their freedom to worship and the freedom I have been given there to go where the Spirit of God leads in our times of worship. Continue reading “Preparing Yourself So You Can Move”