You are God’s Masterpiece

Painting by the beautiful and talented 
Bianca Buttice

This painting came about as my wonderful niece tested and played with some of my acrylic paints that are older than she is. It took her just a few minutes to create the masterpiece you see but it is more precious to me than everything hanging in the Louvre – together! You know why, I’m sure. The painting is a priceless work of art because of who made it.

The same can be said about you. Every square inch of awesome, beautiful you was handcrafted by God. The creator who hung the stars, forged the Grand Canyon, carved the Rocky Mountains, who made water, wind and sky and every spectacular creature than roams this earth, shaped the one and only you. You are wonderfully designed (inside and out) in His image to reflect His love and live the purpose He breathed into your heart.

Know this: you are special and just right. Right now. Exactly the way you are. Because you are God’s magnificent masterpiece! A work of art framed as a gift to the universe – to appreciate, enjoy, share and celebrate! Hang in there. You have a gorgeous, priceless stake in this world.

You’ll find more HeARTful words poured out at Holley Gerth’s place today. So hop on over for a generous helping of love, encouragement, and inspiration by the cupful as you link up with the Coffee for Your Heart Community.

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No Greater Love

Have you seen the poster of Jesus hanging on the cross with these words written on it?

I asked Jesus “How much do you love me?”  “This much,” He replied. Then He stretched out His arms and died.

No Greater Love

It’s been years since I first read those words and I still got choked up as I wrote them here. That’s what gets me about Good Friday. Even more than what it cost Him. The ridicule. The physical torture. Abandoned by His friends. Falsely accused. Whipped. Stripped. Spat at. Slapped in the face. Flesh torn. Heart ripped apart. By those He came down to save. Crushed under the weight of all the sins from the beginning of time. None of them His. More than all the suffering and sacrifice, what really tears me up is that Jesus went to hell and back for me because…He….loves..me.

I like the way Max Lucado put it in When God Whispers Your Name, “Nails did’t hold God to a cross. Love did.”  Jesus didn’t have to go through with it you know. He had a choice. He knew what was coming next when He prayed in anguish with sweat like drops of blood falling to the ground. And he said “yes” anyway. He chose to lay down His life for me… and for you because of His great big deep and wide love for us. With His last breath He confirmed

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  ~ John 15:13

The good news is the love story didn’t end on Good Friday. Nor did it end with Jesus. That was just the beginning. Here and now, this very day Jesus lives in our hearts so we can walk through life with armloads of grande mugs of Coffee for Your Heart as we love one another with the same extravagant, outrageous love He lavishes on us.

And there’s whole lot more loving going on today at Coffee for Your Heart at Holley’s place. You’ll find a generous helping of love, encouragement, and inspiration by the cupful as you link up with the Coffee for Your Heart Community. Happy Easter!

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Speak Lord, I’m Listening

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“Speak , Lord, your servant is listening.” These words from the prophet Samuel came to me while sitting alone in church with a million question marks crowding my mind and heart. For me and for so many I love. Okay, maybe not quite a million but enough for me to call on God and ask Him what I should do. Then the funniest thing happened. While searching for answers, those question marks got swept aside to open up room for full screen, surround-sound memories of how He had been speaking to me all along. Not just directly to me but also in the precious people He whispered to on my account.

I remembered the Jesus Calling devotional and silver cross bracelet I received as a gift to bring peace and comfort when my beautiful sister lost her battle to cancer. The reunion with friends from elementary school that have blessed me beyond words. New friends born out of loss. The rekindled friendship I thought was gone forever. The perfectly timed text messages, phone calls, emails, and countless blog posts with just the right words. Not to mention getting a bouquet of tulips in the cold, storm-driven winter. Coffee for Your Heart poured out from the heart of God.

His voice travelled through familiar channels and unexpected circumstances to speak truth into my life. In my desire to do the right thing I discovered everything I needed to hear was there right in front of me. Messages spoken with words and audible acts of love echoing from the very heart of God. While I was focused on spotting the oasis, He was taking care of me in the desert.

There is still a pile of uncertainty staring me in the face, broken hearts I wish I could instantly put back together, and sorrows I want to wash away. Don’t like it one bit that I can’t fix everything and make it all better. But I can tell you this, I have found unspeakable peace and joy in the hardest season ever. Somehow, I sense everything will be okay and walk in trust one step at a time. I believe God’s voice will faithfully find its way to me and carry me through one day at a time. Confident His voice will guide to where others will be there for me and lead me back to Him time after time. The same is true for you.

Yes, this servant is listening. With gratitude. For my Lord’s voice that follows me wherever I go.

I hear God’s voice all the time in Holley Gerth’s encouraging words and the inspiring posts from the Coffee for Your Heart Community. Why not hop on over and grab some Coffee for Your Heart at Holley’s place and see what I mean? I think you’ll be glad you did. And come back each week for refills.

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My Baby Just Turned Three….

Happy 3rd Birthday mariazwireWow - my baby just turned three and I’m just as excited to be flying with WordPress as the day this blog was born! With a grateful heart and over-spilling joy I want to thank each and every one of you for being the reason this newbie site has grown up to where we are today. Without your visits, encouragement, and inspiration, mariazwire would have slipped out of sight like water slithering down a drain.

It’s been a wonderful journey filled with fun and sweet surprises. So to celebrate this milestone occasion I am serving up this special anniversary blend of  Coffee for Your Heart infused with a measure of kisses from heaven.  Hope this brew that’s been three years in the making pours encouragement in your cup and puts a smile on your face.

You may also like to refill with some more  mariazwire  fun and uplifting art and grab another cup of encouragement at Coffee for Your Heart at Holley’s Place to hear her message and link-up to more inspirational posts from the Coffee for Your Heart Community.

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Tulips in Winter

It was January of 2014 and the promise of a great new year was beginning to vanish like a vapor.  As my friend put it, we were being slapped with either  “-20 degrees or  20 centimeters (of snow).” A bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. It was cccccccccccold  a lot and storms blew in on a regular basis.  The first month of the year came with 4 funerals, 3 accidents, 2 hospital admits, regular physiotherapy, 1 knee surgery and a slew of family birthdays without my beautiful sister who was called heavenward after a brave, brutal battle with cancer. Things were not pretty.

And then….a friend drops by with this beautiful sympathy bouquet of tulips in February.

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Unexpected. The promise of spring in the dead of winter. Isn’t it just like God to send kisses from heaven to reminds us that spring is right around the corner and things will get better. In time.

It’s now late March and there been more funerals, a near-fatal heart attack, more illness in the family, heartbreaks, disappointments, loss. But somehow, I’m sitting hopeful in peaceful trust. Those flowers, together with all the little miracles of friendship, love and provision along the way, have put a spring in my step and joy in my heart. I’m still believing this will be a great year.

While I was thinking about my tulips in winter, this verse came to mind:

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. ~ Isaiah 58:11

The Lord spoke these words to foretell what awaits those who take care of others. Continual guidance, providence, and refreshment.  The beauty of it is how those exact things get passed on when we are there for others. We light the way, fill the need and refresh a weary soul “like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” We become like the breath of spring in the shivering winter wilderness. Like a warm cup of Coffee for Your Heart to encourage and recharge.

As surely as springtime comes, the winters that are hard as ice dissolve under the outpouring of love and compassion.

This week Coffee for Your Heart invited us to “just share whatever is on your heart that could encourage someone else.”  You can grab another cup of encouragement at  Coffee for Your Heart at Holley’s place  to hear her message and link-up to more inspirational posts from the Coffee for Your Heart Community.

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Welcome to the Coffee for Your Heart Cafe

Welcome to the Coffee for Your Heart Cafe

I’m Italian and “Mangia! Mangia! Eat! Eat!” was something I heard a lot growing up. I have also became familiar with the voice of my creator who invites “feed my sheep.”  No wonder I couldn’t resist playing with the Coffee for Your Heart metaphor and thinking about opening a Coffee for Your Heart Cafe. So won’t you indulge me with a visit to this virtual place for some healthy encouragement and great company? Come as you are and make yourself at home as you take in what’s on today’s menu. I would love this to be a community space so am eager to listen to what you think and any suggestions to add, change, or modify what is served. Bon Appetit!

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Now serving…

Good Morning Chai Chai Chai 

Sip into your morning with de-light attitude and you’ll dance through the day with joy!

In the morning, O lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. ~Psalm 5:3

Burnt Charcoal  Java Lava

Extra-black, full bodied coffee roasted over an open fire to give a you a kick that lasts and strong flavour that sticks it to your obstacles all day long. Your strength gets stirred as your cup runs over with the outpouring of God’s power from his hand to your heart.

 It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect ~Psalm 18:32

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.~ 2 Chronicles 16:9

Refills: Philippians 4:13   Psalm 46:1  Psalm 28:7   Habakukk 3:19

Ephesian Artistian Signature Expresso Espresso

An eclectic blend of  rare and priceless beans from the four corners of the earth expertly crafted with the coffee master’s touch to make this exquisite brew that’s truly a work of art – like you!

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.~Ephesians 2:10

 Fully Loaded Everything and the Kitchen Sink Alphabet Soup

Every spoonful spells out the truth that you’ve got what it takes and have everything you need.

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.~Philippians 4:19

For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. ~ Psalm 84:11

Second Helpings: Philippians 1:6   Romans 8:37

To Aroma with Love 

a lovely selection of homemade desserts scent from above

Our lives are a love story written long ago by the hand of God and we all get to play the hero when we love one another as He loves us. Love. Sweet  love that never fails. That’s what life is about.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him ~ Psalm 103:11

No one has seen God; but if we love one another. God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. ~ 1 John 4:12

 I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever. ~ Psalm 52:8

Second Helpings: Ephesians 5:1-2   John 15:13  1 Corinthians 16:14

Be Mine Valentine Hot Chocolate 

I have called you by name; you are mine. ~ Isaiah 43:1

What more can we say? 

Slow as Molasses Pumpernickel Bread Starter Dough 

You’ll have to wait till you get home to enjoy this bread.  And then wait some more. Feed the dough two spoonfuls of sugar and a pinch of flour every day for 3 weeks. Then pop it in the oven for a hearty loaf of delicious indulgence! You’ll see.  Like all good things, the wait will be worth it.  Mmmmmmmmmmmm!

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. ~ Habakkuk 2:3

Melt in your mouth Forgotten Cookies

Now you see them. Now you don’t. Mistakes. Angry words. Unkind deeds. Every ounce of unforgiveness. Gone. Forgotten. How sweet it tastes as they go down, never to return. Just as our heavenly Father forgives us. 

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” ~ Isaiah 43:25

Bear with one another and forgive one another .  If any of you has a grievance against someone forgive as the Lord forgave you. ~ Colossians 31:3

The same can be said of the past – But one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind and reaching forward to those which are ahead. ~ Philippians 3:13

Second helping: Psalm 103;12  

Treasure Island Truffles 

 Specially selected for you because you are a  treasure and precious in God’s sight.

Because you are precious in my eyes, and honoured, and I love you. ~ Isaiah 43:4

Mount of Olives Salad

Served in honour of the “thy will be done” that changed the world forever. When life tosses you about, tough circumstances bites you hard in the crunch and good things slip away like oil there’s peace in the salad bowl of Gethsemane surrender. As we remember the agony in the garden and the “yes” that saved our lives we whisper our own “thy will be done” and carry on to make our difference in this world.

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done ~ Luke 22:42

I want to live as your servant, doing your will from my heart. ~ Ephesians 6:6

Power Up 

Triple thick high energy shake. Especially tasty and refreshing when you grow weary, tired or discouraged:

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ~ Isaiah 40:31

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. ~ Jeremiah 31:25

God gives power to the weak and to those who have no might He increases strength. ~ Isaiah 40:29

Double Rise Pizza Pies 

Because with God on our side we can rise up to and rise above anything!

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. ~ Isaiah 60:1

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!~ Isaiah 30:18

Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. ~ Micah 7:8

Nighty Night  Star Light, Star Bright 
Sleepy Time Tea Tonight 

Drink deeply of the Lord’s presence and providence.

I will lie down and sleep in peace for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. ~Psalm 4:8

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you. ~ Isaiah 26:3

Everyone leaves with a basket filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit to nourish others with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. ~Galatians 5:22-23

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,

 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

~ Psalm 107:8-9

This week Coffee for Your Heart invited us to “just share whatever is on your heart that could encourage someone else.”  You can grab another cup of encouragement at  Coffee for Your Heart at Holley’s place to hear her message and link-up to more inspirational posts from the Coffee for Your Heart Community.

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There is always HOPE

Have you ever wondered what goes through a caterpillar’s mind while it’s encased in a the chrysalis stage before becoming a butterfly? Can you just hear it now, ” Hey, who turned off the lights?…ooooh I can’t move…lemme outta here – I’m getting claustrophobic!…and what’s with this ugly sardine can I can’t break out of?”  I know, sounds silly.  Not so silly when we feel that way ourselves. Wrapped in darkness. Stuck. Can’t see a way out. Hanging by a limb. We wonder if we’ll ever get set free from whatever it is that’s getting in our way or hurting us. Will we ever see a butterfly ending to the spinning and struggling that’s been holding us hostage? Will we see the light of day again?

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Beautiful artwork by Jennifer Ueckert of StudioJRU

It happens to all of us. We find ourselves in broken relationships that seem impossible to mend. Tough breaks that just won’t bend. We stand in unemployment lines for way too long. Our health gets stolen, our hearts get ripped apart. For reasons that just don’t make sense. We mess up royally, again and again. And the list goes on. Whatever it is, as I learned from VeggieTales, “God is bigger than the boogey-man.” He is even bigger the most giant-est problem or heartache. He made us and will see us through. That’s a promise. No matter what, nothing can separate us from His love or the purpose He has planned for our life. Everything will work out…in His time. As long as we draw breath on this earth, there is always hope

Hope is my One Word for 2014.  Hope for a better tomorrow, living in joyful expectation for God’s best. Hope invites trust and gets us through the waiting, waiting, waiting for things to happen or improve. It is the heartline that attaches us to the will of God as we reach out for His hand in every situation. He will be there, you know. We do our best and let God take care of the rest. Before we know it, we’ll have climbed out of the valley and all the way up to a mountain summit. Though there will be things we’ll never understand this side of heaven, we can look below and catch a glimpse of everything we’ve been through and see how God used it to transform us into someone more like Him. We also see all the pieces that were puzzling us fall into place to reveal a clear picture of what He was up to all along. Every season had a reason. Things worked out for our good. Often with results more awesome than we ever imagined! 

No matter what, there is always hope. Everlasting, powerful, beautiful hope is what I’m pouring out in this week’s Coffee for Your Heart. I’m filling your cup with this pocket encouragement brimming with Hope-full words from above. Keep it handy wherever you go and watch His peace and joy follow suit as you hope in Him.

Pocket Reminder that’s full of HOPE

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  - Jeremiah 29:11

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.  - Hebrews 10:23

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13

Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed. – Isaiah 49:23

You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our saviour. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas. -Psalm 65:5

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. – Psalm 33:20

When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. -Psalm 94:19

You will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed. – Proverbs 23:18

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. – 1 Corinthians 13:7

And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. – Romans 5:5

I pray also that the eye of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incredibly great power for us who believe. – Ephesians 1:18

Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my savior, my hope is in You all day long. – Psalm 25:4-5

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my saviour; my God will hear me. – Micah 7:7

This week Coffee for Your Heart invited us to “just share whatever is on your heart that could encourage someone else.”  You can grab another cup of encouragement at  Coffee for Your Heart at Holley’s place to hear her message and link-up to more inspirational posts from the Coffee for Your Heart Community.

Don’t you just love the beautiful “there is always hope” artwork in this post by the very talented artist Jennifer  Ueckert ? There’s more whimsical, gorgeous, and inspirational works of heART where that came from at StudioJRU  – and they are for sale! Hope they touch your heart and delight your eyes as much as they do mine.

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