Welcome to Saturday Share!
The purpose of this weekly feature is to provide a space for regular people to share their real-life encounters with Jesus. It’s about living in the middle – on the way to the finish line. Our stories are not finished and that’s the main point!
I believe we sharpen one another and delight God’s heart when we testify of His great work in our lives. Be encouraged to put one foot in front of the other.
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT
I am honored to introduce to you, my feature Saturday Share writer:
Sanctuary ~ The Home in my Heart
By Mary Geisen
Home is my safe place.
A retreat from the weary world.
My sanctuary, my quiet place, where I seek restoration.
I desire for my heart to feel the same way. The home in my heart becomes my sanctuary when I allow God to reside there with me.
Heart work leaves me weary. Allowing God to dig and prune pierces my hurts and leaves me panting from lack of deep breaths. As I suck in the air, the work God has already done in me feels the push of breath against my prickliness. I seek respite from the redirection and reframing of my perspective. But learn my only hope is in the breath of the Spirit who renews my soul as I crave sanctuary in Him.
Our hearts cry out in unison with Jeremiah in Lamentations:
But Lord, you remain the same forever!
Your throne continues from generation to generation.
Why do you continue to forget us?
Why have you abandoned us for so long?
Restore us, O Lord, and bring us back to you again!
Give us back the joys we once had!
Or have you utterly rejected us?
Are you angry with us still? Lamentations 5:19-22 NLT
As God continues the pruning, I cry out at the pain and hard work of it all. But I forget that each snip, pinch, and pulling away of what is dead creates new life. If I invite the Spirit into the process, I find the home in my heart. The place of sanctuary becomes the space where the Spirit provides renewal and restoration. My heart, even though broken, begins to heal. The broken pieces of who I am that I find scattered on the floor around me start binding together. Wholeness is but a deep pruning away.
God desires to do a deep heart work in me. He gently pulls me toward Him and asks that I release all that is holding me back. God wants to create a healing space that allows me to find sanctuary in Him. My heart holds the key that God extends to me with all the love He has for me.
I stumble when allowing home in my heart. All the hard work needed comes to mind and I turn back to find the comfortable. God does not give up and reminds me through His word.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
I forget to lay down my burdens and receive the restoration that God promises. The solace of the sanctuary is near. I only need to reach out and grab the offering of grace God extends to me.
God leads the way to draw closer to Him in these words from James 4:
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. vs. 7-8
God outlines the steps needed.
- Submit to Him
- Resist the devil
- Come near to God
- Wash your hands and purify your hearts
My soul senses the comfort God is providing. I hear the words, “come near” and am drawn into the circle of Jesus’ arms. My burdens begin to melt away as I realize God wants to hear the invitation to join me in the home in my heart. The safe place becomes secure with God and the sanctuary grows in my heart.
As my heart makes space for God to reside, I lean into becoming whole in Christ. My brokenness weaves together by God’s grace and the home in my heart is the place where I hear from God.
Let these words wash over you as a prayer and a promise from God.
Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him,
for he shields him all day long,
and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders. Deuteronomy 33:12
May we rest secure in knowing the home in our hearts is one invitation away. Sanctuary is always found in the loving arms of Jesus.
Mary Geisen is a lover of coffee and deep, soul-filled conversations. She is the mom of two married sons, a retired teacher, writer, author and seeker of grace in the ordinary. Several years ago, God called her to bravely step out by sharing her journey in written form. The power of God’s words has inspired her journey of healing and drawing closer to God through the power of grace. She continues to walk toward brave faith in her everyday life and encourages others to do the same.
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