A scene from court

A scene from court (true story)

If it had not been for Jesus my king, interceding for me… My dear Lord took my case up when the accuser did what he does best, accuse.

 Christ Is Our Advocate

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; (1 John 2:1 -NASB)

 I would have found guilty, because I was guilty. Guilty of covetous thoughts, of stealing, of grumbling, of jealousy… just to name a few of the charges.

I knew it and the enemy knew it too, yet Jesus still took in my case even if, as I would imagine, His desk was filled with similar cases. I am so grateful that He took on my case.

The accuser was already in court, talking to the Judge saying, “You say that You are righteous and just! You say that Your kingdom is founded on those very pillars yet look at what she has done! Death is the only fit punishment for her, Your law says death!

Then Jesus steps forward, the court is silent as the Judge’s eyes meet Jesus’s eyes, and all I see is LOVE, The language of heaven, a language that no devil can understand.

The Judge knows what is coming, His hand already reaching out for His gavel as Jesus begins to speak. His words pierce my very being!

He looks at me and says:

 But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed. (
Isaiah 53:5 NASB)

 … “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29 NASB)

The Judge turns to me and says, “O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  Because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’ ”

(Micah 6:8, 1 Peter 1:16)

“The price has been paid in full! Case dismissed!”Says the Judge says in a loud voice and  bangs His gavel.

 The weight falls off my shoulders; I have been forgiven and set free! All because of what Jesus did on the cross. “Thank you Jesus for all that you have done for me, You rescued me Jesus. I will live for You Jesus, yes will live for You. ” are the only words that I can say.

 

©2017 Catherine Maina

Matters of the heart

You weigh hearts

Should You weigh mine

May it weigh more than vapor

I pray that in my heart a seed you will sow

As seasons change and You pass by  looking expectantly

May the seed have begun to sprout

When You come looking for fruit

May you find some in me, not as the fig tree that looked promising on the outside

But had nothing to offer on the inside

 

In the deep

Where You call out

From the place of many waters enough to refresh, restore and satisfy our souls

Your heart calling out to mine

Deep calling upon deep

Come let us sit together

Let us eat together

Let us get to know each other

Let us reason together

Know Me my child, as I know you

 

The treasure in the deep

You come into my house- my life

You give me a clean heart

You pour Your very life in me

Your very presence poured out in a mortal being

As was with the with Ark of the Covenant

My body but a tent

Yet I carry a treasure

The presence of the Almighty God

the greatest treasure, for which my Jesus paid

A price so high, His body torn just as the curtains in the temple

So that my heart may be forever joined with Yours

“How beautiful are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel!” Numbers 24:5

Oh that this I may grasp, and give You honor

The impossible made possible

By a God so great and precious

Whose love overrides time and space

That He would want to dwell in me

His love overriding time and space

Selah

©2017 Catherine Maina

 

Psalm 42:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

  Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;
All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.

 

 Psalm 51:6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

  Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dance

  • A dream

I pick my best dress out; a lovely light blue colored chiffon dress. It is fits perfectly. I wear white sandals; I wear perfume as well, a light fresh fragrance. My outfit is just perfect and so is the weather. My heart skips a beat as I think of Him, I hope I don’t miss a step while dancing with Him! I shudder at the very thought. I have been practicing and we are meeting down at the beach to watch the sunset and to dance. I am excited, off I go.

There is a bounce in my step, I am in love. There is warm breeze blowing, then, I see Him, He is walking towards me. He smiles, I smile, our eyes lock everything around me seems to disappear and He is all I see. “Thank you for coming,” I say nervously as we embrace. I am lost in His perfect love and all fear leaves. He smiles looks at me, No need for words. I am safe, we begin to dance. I start laughing because I am having so much fun, He laughs with me and everything is just perfect. He is perfect.

Then tears fill my eyes as I remember how much I longed for this kind of perfect love, how much I had searched for security and love. I miss a step! He holds me, “I love you.” He says. Tears stream down my face, I cannot stop crying. We sit down together and watch the sun set. He holds me. “You are safe, I found you and you are loved now.” He says, “There are others hurting just as you were.” I take a deep breath, “I know, they need you.” With a look of determination on His face He says, “I will get them out tell then I can get them out!”

Amen and Amen!

Jesus needs boots on the ground, not so much to fight but to declare that the battle has been won. He needs us to spread the message that this is the year of the Lord. He has come to set the captives free! His mission still remains His first public statement,

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.”

©2017 Catherine Maina

Mark 2:16-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, “Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?” And hearing this, Jesus *said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

 

Words unsaid, stories untold.

 

 Life is a little bit like taking a train ride. People come in and out of your life, they board and alight, one might say…

Some ride the train with you for a while, some ride along a little bit longer.

Yet at the end of the day all you want is to get to your destination or in my case, home.

Sometimes I get to sit next to a really cool person, sometimes I sit next to a “not so cool person” or they sit next to you…

Sometimes I will sit next to a well-dressed lady or gentleman. Occasionally, a drunkard or a drug addict might take a sit next to me.

It is always a surprise; will the person sitting next to me be well dressed and busy- looking?  Or will they obnoxious and smelly?  Will they be polite and pleasant? Will they be young or old?

Just yesterday, as I took the train home from work, I watched as people get in and off the train.

I watched as a young pretty lady got in the train and after a while, took off her phone and started checking out her make-up on selfie mode.

A hurried middle aged lady walked in and stumbled as she took the sit across mine. She was holding some sort of health drink, for some reason I get the feeling that she was stressed out about something… (I could be wrong).

Things change, next stop.

An old man got on to the train and sat opposite the pretty young lady. I instantly saw the displeasure on her face. Even more so when the old man, pulled out a sandwich from a paper bag and started eating it. She stared at him, and then looked away (irritated).

Things change, next stop.

The pretty lady, the old man and the middle aged lady all alights and a new set of passengers get on to the train. A group of four handy men (I could tell because they still had their work clothes on) filled the sits around mine. They started talking each other loudly in a foreign language loudly and this changes the whole atmosphere, somehow.

Things change, next stop.

The men alighted and a middle aged man took a sit across me, he was holding a beer and seemed drunk, he instantly closed his eyes…

Oh life.

I take this same train twice a day, to and from work. All these souls are precious. Each has a name, each, a story to tell. Words unsaid, and stories untold.

Jesus came for each one of them, Jesus came for each one of them.

 

John 3:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

The King, her King, my King

A lovely lady

Stunning beauty

Her eyes turned only to Him

She gazes at Him

Her eyes full of love

She adores Him

She would do anything for Him

She is not ashamed to show everyone that she loves Him

She owes Him everything

She would give up anything just to be with Him

She is adorned with the most beautiful gown

An exquisite gown, at a closer look, her gown shimmers with many different colors

She is a sight to behold

She calls Him Lord

He is her King, the King

He is her Lord, the Lord

 

The King

He is stunning

He is all her dreams fulfilled

He gave up everything for her

He paid a high price for her

A life for a life

He gave His life for her

He loves her, He cherishes her

He shows everyone that He loves her

His eyes like a blazing fire

A passionate fire for righteousness and justice

A passionate fire to make things right

He fills any room He walks into

With grace and strength

All recognize and acknowledge Him

 

The King

His name is known,

In both kingdoms, for there are really only two kingdoms

He won the ultimate battle at the gates

His kingdom is forever

He King forever,

Crowned King of kings, Lord of lords

I bow my knees

I pay homage to the King

My heart is His

The King, her King, my King

©2017 Catherine Maina

Psalm 45:11-17 (King James Version)

So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.

And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.

The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.

She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.

 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace.

Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.

I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

Past the cherubim and the flaming sword

(posted 3 months ago)

Past the cherubim and the flaming sword

Lead to the slaughter like a sheep

My savior died

Taking my hand and leading me back to Eden

Back to the garden

Past the cherubim and the flaming sword

Beyond the veil we walk

And sitting there on the mercy seat

Is One from whom all life flows

My source

Abba Father

I see the most brilliant light

And colors so beautiful

I want to stay here in His presence forever

Thank you Jesus for bringing me back to Eden

Back to life

Back to the beginning

Back to my Source and Father

Past the cherubim and the flaming sword

© Catherine Maina 2017

Why are we here?

 

Yesterday a 13 year old girl asked me, “Why are we here? What is the purpose of our being here on earth?”

Well, I thought, “Isn’t that what we are all trying to figure out?”

So I came up with a vague answer and described my calling, vision and purpose for being “here” as far as I knew and as best as I could to her( because we only know in part, meaning we don’t know everything).

She gave me a skeptical look and then asked again, “Yes I get that, but what is the reason?”  “I just explained it,” I thought…

Then I heard myself say, “We are here to be loved and to love.” Quite satisfied with my answer, the young lady nodded and continued doing what she was doing before.

Still very surprised by my answer I repeated it under my breath, “We are here to be loved and to love…”

So true.

Mark 12:28-33 (New American Standard Bible)

 One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the ]foremost of all?”  Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord;  and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”  The scribe said to Him, “Right, Teacher; You have truly stated that He is One, and there is no one else besides Him;  and to love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as himself, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.

 

Lay down those weights

The Holy Spirit convicting us

To get rid of all the stuff that is not from God

 

But Lord! I can’t seem to let go

I find comfort in hanging on to some of this stuff

 

You say

Lay it all down, surrender it

 

But Lord!

I will be too lonely, too bored, without these friends

Lord please understand!

I need to fit in

I don’t have the strength to fight anymore

Can’t we all just be “friends?”

 

No! What does evil have to do with good

Or light with darkness?

Does oil mix with water?

Lay it all down! Get rid of all that sinful stuff

 

But Lord! I am addicted

I will fall apart if I let go

I have been doing this for years!

How do I surrender this stuff?

What will I do instead?

 

My child chose life, choose me

Lay down those weights

I will help you. Trust me.

©2017 Catherine Maina

 

Judges 1:32-33 (New American Standard Bible)

So the Asherites lived among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land; for they did not drive them out.

Naphtali did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh, or the inhabitants of Beth-anath, but lived among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land; and the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh and Beth-anath became forced labor for them.

 

Judges 2:2-3 (New American Standard Bible)

Now the angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, ‘I will never break My covenant with you,  and as for you, you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you have done?  Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; but they will become as thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.