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The Bible talks about tasting the Word of God and compares language to the vivid experience of a strong flavor (Psalm 119:103, Hebrews 6:5). I will never forget when an elder lady from a neighboring church hugged me and whispered an encouragement in my ear. I would have been embarrassed had anyone else heard her, but she was perfectly discreet and outlandishly kind. Her words brought healing to my soul. She made me feel valued and loved just as I am. That memory still makes me feel good because her words had a strong flavor, sweet and soothing.

As that sweet lady showed me, words can bring comfort, hope, and love. They can refresh us, strengthen us, and nourish our spirit when we are emotionally weary. They can help us draw together in unity and peacefulness. Words can be comfort food. Words can also bring bitterness and resentment. Words can spread anger and division between us, breaking relationships apart. They can burn, sting, and crush us apart inside, destroying our peace. Words can be poison.

Psalm 19:14 is a prayer that centers on our language, and reminds us that the words of our mouth begin with the meditations of our heart. The words we let in, and the thoughts we entertain, will be the fodder for the words that come out (Matthew 12:34). If we meditate on God’s word, then the words of our mouth will be naturally sweetened by God’s goodness and kindness.

Make Psalm 19:14 (ESV) your prayer today:

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Devotion by Kristi Moore

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17, New King James Version).

Some people enjoy taking an old item, sometimes someone else’s castoff, and repurposing it into a lovely item with a new use. Although I’m not the most skilled in doing such things, at times I enjoy the challenge of making an old piece into something more attractive. And so began my project to update an old, scarred buffet. The finish was worn, and there were numerous scratches and dings. Some of the veneer had even pealed off at the bottom. It had definitely seen better days.

Over a long weekend, I sanded, patched, and painted. I invested a lot of hours into making the old piece look almost new. But really, the only thing new was the fancy drawer pulls I purchased. I felt a bit of pride in my efforts when done. The buffet looked so much better than the tired, battered thing it once was. But deep inside–I knew. I knew where every ding had been. I knew the places I’d filled and patched. I knew what was really underneath that new paint. When all was said and done, I still had an old piece of furniture just fancied up a bit.

Working on that buffet made me think about my life and God’s power. His Word tells us when we come to Him and are filled with His Spirit, we aren’t just refurbished. We become a new creation. The dings and scars of our old life are not just hidden; they are completely gone. God has given us a new heart and a new mind. We have new desires and new ambitions. We are headed in a new direction. “All things have become new.”

Satan would like to remind us of those old sins and the scars they left. He enjoys telling us we really aren’t worth much and underneath is still the “old me.” Not true. We can look him in the eye and declare, “I am totally brand new. I am a new creation in Christ and you no longer have control of my life!”

We are not reconditioned. We are brand new!

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for making me a new creation. My sinful life is gone, and my new life in You has begun. I no longer need to feel ashamed of the old habits, the old sins, the old desires. You have taken them away. You have made all things new in my life, and I am Yours.

Devotion by Mary Loudermilk

“O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes take delight in following my ways.”

Proverbs 23:26

Sometimes we over-complicate things. Okay, most of the time we over-complicate things. We as women tend to overthink things, and our imaginations can sometimes get the best of us. I always struggled with “what does God want from me?” I was always searching for this deep, profound answer. Boy, was I off base.

I always thought He wanted me at my best,  slaying giants and conquering mountains. In reality, I was setting myself up for failure because I have experienced the valley much more than the mountain top. When I take a step back and read this scripture, I am told that He simply desires my heart.

There is absolutely nothing complicated about that. He wants my dreams, and my plans. He wants me to be surrendered to His will for my life, and always to be obedient to His voice and His word.

God, I am thankful for the simple things today. You want the broken pieces and all my strengths. You want me at my best, and love me just as much when I’m at my worst. You desire me, You love me and You want the best for me and for that I am truly grateful.