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The Longings of Our Heart and Mind

The Longings of Our Heart and Mind

Rev. Crystal November 10, 2013 0 comments
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Sometimes the longings of our heart and mind are best heard by our sweet savior Jesus.
There is a quiet place where our dreams, desires, longings, and hopes live. At certain times in our life we become aware of these life puzzle pieces. We might try to share some of our hopes with those who are closest to us, but often there is only One who can hear the longings and hopes of our heart perfectly, and his name is Jesus Christ.
I’m an introvert, a person who thinks and reasons a lot in my mind. I have ideas, hopes, dreams, and a lot of stuff taking up space in my heart and mind. I don’t naturally externalize my thoughts for process, but every now and again I desire feedback from others. At times, I feel a desire to share these dreams and ideas with those who I am closest to. Sometimes I am heard, and at other times it feels like I’m not really heard. It is good to be close with others and share ourselves, but I guess the Lord taught me an important lesson today. There are some places of the heart and mind that only God can completely understand and hear. This is the design. There is a place within us which can only be fulfilled by God.
As a hospital chaplain, I hear many stories each day. I sit with patients and hear about their dreams, hopes, needs, and families. I hear stories filled with joy, pain, hope, suffering, peace, chaos, love, and emptiness. I know part of my ministry is to help provide a space for these longings of the heart to be heard, but at the same time I realize there are places which only God and the person can dwell within. There is a sacred place between humanity and God. It’s a place where the creator meets the creation. It’s a place where the savior meets the lost one. It’s a beautiful place where those who are weak become strong, and those who are lost become found. In this place hope takes on a whole new meaning. We can be going through the most difficult and tragic times in life, yet we can have the strongest peace and security even among the tears and sadness.
As a christian disciple and a leader, I never want to forget this place. I always want to be connected to the source. In prayer in church this morning, I spoke to God and my prayers were heard. My concerns about life were met with presence. I keep hearing the phrase, “May the God of peace be with you.” Peace is a powerful concept, and one I want to learn more about. God, how are you bringing peace into my life?

Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I as say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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