Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Thankful for Truth

"Did you add more spice to my cake mix while I was downstairs?" I aksed knowing the answer by the brown speckles in the bowl.

"No, I didn't. I promise Mom, I didn't" he replied with his best honest expression. With pudgy cheeks, bright eyes and cherub-like innocence he had wooed me into believing him in the past. But I've begun to realize that he fears punishment (or disapproval) and so he has become quite adept at twisting the truth.



Why is it that we so often fear the consequences of truth? It's ironic because fear binds us up until we are useless. Truth sets us free. Why are afraid of the truth? Why do we hide from the light?

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will
never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

John
8:12

Light extinguishes darkness, so when we step into the light with all our sins looking like dark spots, His light erases our darkness. The exposure of truth and light is nothing to fear because it is not a harsh light, but a kind light. This light speaks the truth in love. Truth that comes hand in hand with love is nothing to be feared.

My little man knows how much I love him, but he doesn't know the power that truth telling (or lying) can wield in our lives. Perhaps if I knew (comprehended, grasped, experienced...) the love of Christ, I would not try to hide the truth with my feeble lies. I'm so grateful that when we walk in the light, honestly before God, He purifies us from all sin (1 John 1:7).

Truth. It has the power to change our lives. Because Truth is a person.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Other reasons for thanksgiving today:
1. A BIG reason that I can't tell you about yet, but I'm really excited!!!

2. For so many friends reaching out to help me and encourage me.

3. For my Bible study - ladies, I love you!

Thankful Thursday is hosted by Iris at Sting my Heart. Go be blessed by the gratitude!

21 comments:

Denise said...

Great thankful list my dear friend, love you.

Lynn said...

Heather,

Fantastic post...Truth. It has the power to change our lives. Because Truth is a person....

Amen... Amen... Amen. I am thanking Him along with you. Truth is a person.

PS. Have I told you lately you ROCK? Love and hugs, Lynn

Ann said...

I love the analogy to your little man. Congrats on the thankfulness you can't share yet--exciting!

Lelia Chealey said...

Ms.Heather,
This is Lelia's daughter I got the book you sent me! Thank you so much!I'm on chapter 2 and I really love it.
Please keep me & Amiyah in your prayers.
Thank you,
Alyssa

Lelia Chealey said...

Okay, my turn.:)
Heather,
Thank you!! You blessed my daughter so much sending her that book!
I am thankful for you and all of my new blog world friends!
Blessings & hugs~
Lelia

ellenheatbeats said...

What a great post to share your thought! Happy TT

genny said...

thanks for sharing your thankful list. TC

lori said...

What a lesson for all of us...
but you know...even at 8, that little man of mine STILL can get me...
now he is getting it...
but sometimes that TRUTH is tough to get out!!:)

and I'm so excited for number 1...big news!!!
hmmmmmmm....
waiting patiently!!
Happy Thursday!
lori

Gina said...

Great TT post on truth.
Gina R

mamasmurf said...

It takes a long time for children to realise that "truth will out" eventually! We just have to set them the right example in our own lives by always telling them the truth.
Thanks for sharing a really thoughtful post - you've got me wondering about number 1 on your list!!
~Chrissy

Kathleen Marie said...

So many wonderful things to be thankful for! God Bless!

eph2810 said...

Yeah - even those little 'white' lies can hinder us. So, was there added spice in the cake-mix?
You know - the best part of confessing sins (like you said) it sets us free!!!

I am so glad that you are enjoying your Bible study - it is so cool to get together to talk about our Lord and learn.

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us this week.

Blessings to you and your precious family.

Susan said...

This was great Heather!

I just love coming to your blog, daily...

Now, don't keep us hanging, what is that BIG reason you are excited???

Love you~

mama meji said...

"Light extinguishes darkness." There's comfort in the light, I must add.

Kelley at Aroma of Joy said...

Wonderful thoughts and reminders of how to be free in Christ! I have seen being truthful come up a lot this week with teenagers and their parents. I think it all goes back to being faithful (and honest) with the little things so you can be trusted with the big ones. I also enjoyed your thankful list!

~~Kelley

Hind's Feet said...

You know, I pray we all fear the author of truth more than we fear those around us. May we both love and fear God so much that our entire life reveals the beauty of His truth.
Blessings, Kim

Heather said...

Wonderful post, Heather! Truth definitely does set us free. What a blessed freedom that is!

Robyn said...

There is so much comfort in the truth, isn't there? My mom used to tell me if people can't trust your word, what can they trust about you. That has stuck with me and I'm sure I'll tell my boys when they are old enough to start fibbing. Tyler is still brutally honest. Of course Dylan can't talk yet. But there days are coming!!

OK, now I'm totally wondering about your unspoken thankful item. Hmmm...guess I'll have to come back and check in on that one!!

Cheryl said...

You have a wonderful TT post. "Truth" is sometimes so hard to tell and when we do, it feels really good. I enjoyed reading. Happy TT! God Bless~

Laurel Wreath said...

You do know I peek at Christmas so saying a "BIG" reason you can't tell just drives us crazy, hehehe =))

Awesome list. Have a wonderful day.

Mel's World said...

I don't think you are ever too old to learn about TRUTH...do you?

And, you are SO bad for leaving us hanging on a BIG reason that you CAN'T tell us about (yet)...

Wrong, just wrong!

Melissa