Words from the Heart for Friday April 12th, 2019

This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says concerning the words you heard: Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people—that they would become a curse and be laid waste—and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the Lord.

2 Kings 22:18-19 (NIV)

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A Responsive Heart

Even though people with dementia may not be able to communicate their needs, caretakers need to watch for what is known as responsive behaviours in order to know that the loved one needs some attention. Someone with dementia may experience responsive behaviours as a direct result of the changes in the brain caused by the dementia. Certain behaviours may be the person’s best attempt to communicate and are often the expression of an unmet need. Knowing the person and their life history and identifying possible causes for the person’s actions or reactions can assist caregivers to find ways to help a person who is experiencing responsive behaviours.

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There is nothing so freeing as forgiveness. It is the heart of the message of the Cross of Jesus Christ. Jesus spoke often about forgiving others as we have been forgiven and there is a great blessing in both being forgiven and in forgiving. It begins with the heart of God, who desires to forgive us no matter how far we have fallen into sin. 2 Kings 22:18-19 says, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says concerning the words you heard: Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people—that they would become a curse and be laid waste—and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the Lord.” What a loving God we have who wants to forgive us and set us free from our sin. He calls us to humble ourselves before Him and when we do, He will hear us and will forgive us our sins. Is your heart responsive to the Lord’s call in your life?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley