Welcome to the Be-Attitudes Faith Blog Hop! Every month we choose a theme with which to honor Christ and become closer to Him. We then create a project to reflect that theme and boldly post it on our blogs so that the whole world sees that even our talents belong to Him! This month we have chosen the Beatitudes found on Mathew 5:3:12 and we invite you to hop through our blogs to see the Lord’s Glory manifested through the work of our hands and the stories He has written in our lives. If you arrived from Wendy's blog, you are in the right place. If you just happened to land here, make sure that you hop on over to www.mypapertreehouse.blogspot.com to begin the journey. Know that we have been praying for you and hope that the Lord would bring you just a bit closer to Himself…
In Matthew 5:3-12 we find the well known Beatitudes. This portion of Scripture is very peculiar because every statement begins with “Blessed are those…” and yet the attribute that is mentioned right after is NOT something desirable before the eyes of the world.
Look at the list of attributes along with the blessed reward:
Poor in spirit: Kingdom of Heaven
Meek: inherit the earth
Hunger and thirst for righteousness: will be filled
Merciful: will be shown mercy to
Pure in heart: will see God
Peacemakers: called children of God
Persecuted because of righteousness: kingdom of heaven
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you
If we were to be honest, we would all say that none of us would like to be considered poor in spirit, or be caught in the midst of mourning. Meekness is considered a sign of weakness and in America Hunger and Thirst for righteousness is replaced by hunger and thirst for worldly acceptance. It is very difficult to be merciful and pure in heart for our hearts are always seeking to satisfy our own needs; and we are not willing to make peace if that peace requires that we would submit to someone else’s authority. We do not want to be made fun of, or persecuted, or bad mouthed… Yet all of these things the LORD calls blessed!
The reason why they are Blessed is because only when we have these attitudes can we truly see ourselves for who we are and God for who He is. Only when we see the depravity of our being and the sin that enslaves us, can we be set free by the only ONE that is Pure and Holy! May He grant us the privilege of being called BLESSED by Him because in us are found the Be-Attitudes.
I have chosen to highlight, Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God..
I work with developmentally disabled people and in my opinion they definitely represent the Pure in Heart. They have the greatest attitudes and very kind tender spirits. For Christmas last year I took my clients and Julie to have their pictures taken for us to make gifts for their families for Christmas. I am legal guardian to Julie a 51 year old woman with Down's Syndrome.
Her sister and I have been friends since first grade and we were in the 4th grade when the Ju-Ju was born. Little did I know all those years ago that I would become her guardian and be taking care of her like I am.
Julie has an IQ of a five year old..How much more pure in heart can you get? It is encouraging to me that she will spend eternity in Heaven..We need to be more like these precious people..positive the majority of the time, kind, caring..their way of life is second nature to them but we so called "normal" people need to work at it and pray hard that God will forgive us and help us to stay pure in heart, but the scripture is there so I encourage you to strive to be pure in heart so that you can claim the promise...
There is no greater gift than that of finding Christ, but we would like to bless a group of you with some Grand Prizes
To qualify, like Paper Tree House Studio in Facebook, become a follower of their blog, and leave a comment. Those that choose to participate by creating a project that follows the theme will have a greater chance of winning, so make sure that you create something or share your own story in your blog to then come back and share with us your creation and thoughts.
I have some personal blog candy to offer up..
Here is your line up:
Paper Tree House - http://mypapertreehouse.blogspot.com/
Nana - http://.youniquereflections.blogspot.com
Kari - http://purplefuntastickcreations.wordpress.com/
Diana - http://dianemarra.typepad.com/
Susan – http://susanascorner.blogspot.com
Wendy - http://wendyscrappings.blogspot.com/
Vicki - http://mawmawsthoughts.blogspot.com/
Marolaine – http://twelvestonesscrapbooking.blogspot.com
Tammy - http://www.fromme2upapercrafting.blogspot.com/
Christel – http://onescrappinsista.blogspot.com
Zeni - http://www.scrappyzeni.com/
Hop on over to Marolaine's http://twelvestonesscrapbooking.blogspot.com to continue in this journey… May you be filled with the “Be-Attitudes” this week.