Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My Whole Heart

"We pour out our misery, God just hears a melody . . . "
Better Than a Hallelujah ~ Amy Grant.

This is me.

I give You
what I have to give.

My whole heart.

My searching.

My anger.

My desperation.

My complaints.

My crying.

My distress.

My shame.

My unforgiveness.

My anxieties.

My cares.

My worries.

My grief.

My doubt.

My brokenness.

My trust.

My joy.

My hope.

My boldness.

My timidity.

My faith.

My belief.

My love. 

My praise.

My song.

My victory.

My triumph.

My milestone.

My celebration.

My confidence.

My courage.

My worship.

My authentic heart.

Right now.

All of it.

Here it is.

This is me.


I am getting ready to start
Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent
by Beth Moore
with a group of ladies.
I picked up my book today.
You know I couldn't resist reading the first day!
To close the day's lesson,
Beth suggested that we could worship
in our emotions instead of pushing them aside to worship.
Then she suggested thumbing through the Psalms
and writing down some of the expressive words.
As I thumbed through,
the most common words I seemed to see were
"cry out".
It reminded me of Amy Grant's song quoted above and here:
"God loves a lullaby in a mother's tears in the dead of night
better than hallelujah sometimes . . .
God loves a drunkard's cry, a soldier's plea not to let him die
 . . . beautiful, the mess we are, the honest cries
of breaking hearts
are better than a hallelujah."

Which inspired me to write "my whole heart".
He wants our whole heart . . . all of it.
Not just the good image stuff.
All of it.
Living sacrifice.

Sharing some of my latest art.
A little hand-sized commissioned piece
with the theme verse from the women's retreat.
A surprise piece that I will unveil soon . . .
I just keep getting new ideas for it.
And the shadow box that I finished a month ago
for my sweet friend
to remember God's miracles.

Copyright 2011 ~ Jodene (Jodi) Shaw.


  1. Beautiful work Jodi! And that song... I just love that song. I can listen to it over and over.

  2. A beautiful post (and artwork). It made me think of the song by Third Day, "Cry out to Jesus," (one of my favorites). Thanks for sharing. God bless.

  3. I love your work. Amazing. And Beth Moore is amazing...

  4. that's it ... a living Living sacrifice ... so I'll go where he wants me to go and I'll do what he wants me to do ... at HIS almighty prompting! HIS WILL not my will

  5. Jodene~ Just into the first few images made me tear up. This is brilliant. I love Beth, of course, and that song goes to such a deep place. I love your collection of *who you are* right now in this place. It is beautiful.


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