Having A Heart For God

Spiritual Truth for Living:
…I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. ~Psalm 101:2

It’s New Years Eve and I’m ready for a coffee break and some year end reflection in Psalms 101.

This Psalm is only eight verses long, but packed with incredible truth and wisdom for living in a way that is pleasing to God. The psalm is a promise of complete allegiance and faithfulness to the LORD.

Psalm 101:1 says, “I will sing of mercy and justice; To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.” As you look back at the past 12 months in preparation for a New Year to begin, are you singing praise to God for the wonderful things He has done in your life this past year?

I know I have many things to be thankful for and I want to give God all the praise for the great things He has done. When I give God praise, I am showing my allegiance and perfecting my heart towards Him. He showed up for me over and over during the last year, covered me with His love, and kept my feet on the path He laid out for me.

Psalm 101:2 goes on to say, “I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will you come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” One of my primary goals in 2020 is to focus on being the heartbeat of my home. I want to create a home environment that is welcoming, peaceful, nurturing, and restful.

I love going to coffee shops, not just for the coffee, but for the atmosphere and environment as well. There are simple things in the design, and decor, the smells and sounds that create a homely feeling that puts me at ease.

As a mother, I know God has given me the incredible opportunity to mold two young hearts and minds. What better way to start then to make sure my home is a place of rest, and nurturing. In order to set that tone, my goal is to enter my home with a perfect heart each day.

Psalm 101:3-4 says, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness.”

What do you set your sights on each day? Inside your home, or outside on the street, we have to choose each day if we will look upon wickedness or set our sights on things which are pleasing to God. When I turn on the radio, or the tv, when I reach for a book, or look at a sign, do I gravitate towards righteous things? Is my home a safe haven of righteousness or do I allow evil to creep in?

Learning to walk in righteousness, and turning away from evil is another way we show our faithfulness and allegiance to God and His laws.  

As 2019 comes to a close, my prayer is that God will search my heart and teach me how to place Him as my top priority. Having a “perfect” heart does not mean my performance must be perfect. No human could ever accomplish true perfection. God only wants to know that I have a heart that is perfect towards Him. Meaning He is #1 in my life.

If God isn’t holding the #1 spot in your heart today, and you want to walk within your home with a perfect heart towards Him, you can pray with me today.

Praying the Word:
Dear LORD God, please help me to set my life in perfect order. I want to make you #1 in my life so that my heart will be perfect towards You. Teach me how to give you all of my heart, mind, and soul. Teach me to turn my eyes from wicked things and set my sights on things above. In Jesus name I pray.

Learning to Let God Lead

Spiritual Truth for Living:

Oh LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. ~Jeremiah 10:23

Learning To Walk

Each day we take steps. From the second we get out of bed we start walking. We take steps to the kitchen, to make breakfast, more steps to the bathroom, to brush our teeth, steps to the office, steps to the gym. On special days, steps to get ice cream.

The steps we take today, will determine the outcome of our tomorrow. As we are learning to walk with God, He wants us to look to Him to direct our steps. He wants us to take his hand and let Him lead.

Have you ever been to an event that was so crowded you made sure to hold onto the hands of those you were with so you would not get separated or lost? That is how God wants us to hold on to Him. And He doesn’t ever want us to let go.

It is easy to hold on tightly to God when things are not going well, but once the storm is over, the clouds clear, and we are on solid ground again, we let go.

It is God’s desire for us to learn to be more and more dependent on Him. He wants to direct all of our steps and lead us through the rain and in the sunshine. That’s because He wants to take us to new places we have never been and can’t even imagine! He has plans that outshine even our best ice cream sundae days!

No matter where you are right now, you can ask God to direct your steps. If you were heading down the wrong path, God can turn you around. If your life feels like it is at a complete standstill, God can move you forward into something new.

If you reach up and take hold of God’s hand, and ask Him to lead you, to direct your steps, He will take you on the wildest adventure you have ever been on.

Praying the Word:

Lord God,

I come before you today and ask that you would lead me down the path You have prepared for me. From this day on, I want to take Your hand and walk with You. Align my heart and mind with Yours, and give me an understanding that You have a plan for my life, and You will get me where I need to go. In Jesus’ name. Amen

What Does True Joy Feel Like?

Spiritual Truth for Living:
“A joyful heart is good medicine…” ~Proverbs 17:22

What is your morning mantra?

Most mornings, my first thought is, “What type of latte do I want today?” Other mornings, I linger under my covers and try to squeeze in as much sleep as possible. Sometimes, I spend extra time picking out my outfit or trying on different shoes.

Then there are those mornings I don’t get time to think, I hear, “MOM” from the other room and jump into action!

This morning was much different from other mornings though. As my mind gradually shifted from dreamland to reality, I heard a chorus in my head, singing the lyrics to a worship song I heard last Sunday morning at church. It was almost as if the song was actually coming from my speakers it was so clear. I didn’t ask Alexa to play any music this morning?!

The song continued in my head over and over for close to an hour before another worship song took its place.

True Joy Cannot Be Silenced By Our Daily Routines

The lyrics, “nothing is impossible” and “the victory is yours” from a heavenly choir rang loudly in my mind. I finally decided, this must be the full manifestation of true Joy! As I went through the morning motions, nothing could drown out the music in my head and in my heart.

There are many verses in the Bible about Joy. Psalm 16:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with Joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

For some reason on this day, the sun shone brighter then ever before and everything seemed to sparkle all around me.

Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

God is in our midst everyday. He is watching as I dream about Chestnut Praline Lattes, as I choose my outfit, and curl my hair. He sees me making breakfast, and packing lunches, and he is rejoicing over me with a heavenly chorus. How cool is that?!?

This Thanksgiving season as we prepare to spend time with family and friends, I am very thankful for a Heavenly Father who smiles on me each day, and sends great joy into my life with songs of hope and happiness!

A Time and Season for Everything

Spiritual Truth for Living:

“Oh, how abundant is Your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear You and worked for those who take refuge in You, in the sight of the children of mankind.” ~Psalm 31:19

During the month of November, I’ve been taking a few minutes each day to jot down something in my life I am greatful for.

I’m saving my notes in a jar, and plan to share with my kids on Thanksgiving Day. I’m calling it the Thanksgiving Challenge.

Today, I am especially greatful for Seasons. Winter, Summer, Spring, and Fall each season is beautiful and I LOVE them all!

In life, we experience different seasons and appointed times for everything.

Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 gives us an extensive list of such appointed times, “a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

There are many times and seasons throughout our lives. Seasons of growth, seasons of change, seasons of joy, seasons of loss, and seasons of waiting.

Waiting…

The seasons of waiting sometimes feel the hardest. There are so many things we have to wait for. We may wait for a dream to come to pass, wait to meet the right person, wait to finish school, wait for a job promotion, wait for problem to turn around.

Even though there are many promises in the Word that encourage us as Christians to wait on God and His timing, when things just aren’t happening as fast as we would like, it can be easy to get frustrated.

How do you cope with frustration? The answer is Prayer. Talk to God through prayer, each and every minute during whatever season you are in.

God Will Listen & Answer

The very moment we pray about our concerns, God hears us. And He even establishes a set time to bring about His promises, and the answers to our prayers!

Ecclesiastes 3:1 tell us, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…”

The time and season for the answers to my prayers has already been set! God’s timing is always perfect, down to the exact day, and hour. Once we trust God, it takes all the pressure off.

We don’t have to worry. We don’t have to walk around wondering if this thing or that thing is ever going to happen? We don’t have to work so hard. We can relax and enjoy life knowing God’s promise has already been scheduled, it will come in due season.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

Rules Of The Game

Spiritual Truth:
I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.
~Psalm 40:8

I am daily counting all my blessings for the Thanksgiving Challenge!!! Today, I’m thankful for God’s Instructions. His Rules for the Game of Life.

Over the weekend, I went out to cheer on our local hockey team, the St. Louis Blues. The whole city was a buzz this year when our very own StL Blues won the coveted Stanley Cup Championship after an amazing season of play.

Let’s Go Blues!

During the game, I was thinking about how important it is for the players to know the rules of the game. The instructions for playing a game are useful for direction, focus, and clarity. Three elements that are crucial for success.

The goal of Hockey is to score more goals then the opposing team. Each goal is worth one point and the team with the most points at the end of the game wins. A goal is scored when any player gets the puck across the goal line and inside the opposing team’s net.

When the two teams face off on the ice, it is extremely important to know which direction to skate in order to move the puck closer to the opponent’s goal. It would be a huge setback for any skater to move in the wrong direction and score for the opposing team.

In life, God give us instructions through His Word. Psalm 119:97 says, “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me.” God’s instructions, are our rules for success in the game of life.

God gives us instructions in His Word and through Prayer to help us understand which direction to skate. His instructions help us to stay focused on the goal when the enemy of our souls seeks to distract us. His instructions give us clarity when disagreements surface.

Who’s Winning This Fight?

There are 31 teams in the National Hockey League. Those teams will compete over an 82 game season for one Championship Trophy, the Stanley Cup.

I’m confident that God wants us to win the Stanley Cup in the game of life. 1st Corinthians 9:24 tells us, “…those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.”

Instructions are more then just rules. After a player has learned the basic rules of the game, he or she can increase in skill by listening to instructions from a coach. God gives us His rule book, the Bible, and He gives us gentle instructions and coaching through prayer and quiet times with Him.

I’m thankful today, for His goodness in giving me guidance and instructions for success.

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