When one of the scribes approached Jesus and asked Him which commandment was the most important, Jesus quickly told him that it was to love God with all of your heart. Although most people may think this is the easiest commandment to follow, I am certain it is the hardest. To love God with all of your heart means you need to intentionally die to yourself, your needs, and your wants every single day. You have to truly put God above:
Your bank account
This is a hard feat when we are not truly living in a God-centered world. We want to claim God’s existence in our lives, yet we don’t carry out the daily sacrifices that make us true disciples of His kingdom. It’s hard, but that’s what we are called to do. Love Him above anything else.
If we can focus on daily making this commandment a reality, then all of the other commandments will follow suit.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” – Mark 12:30
Grace is described as unmerited divine assistance. Unmerited. Although we are so undeserving, God knows how desperately we need His help.
So, God intervenes.
He whispers to us.
He reaches down and grabs ahold of us.
He shuts doors.
He wakes us up.
He stirs up our soul.
He remembers us.
Whatever you need assistance with today – let God help. Run to Him today. Call out to Him; fall into His arms. His grace is all we need.
“Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.”
Your children do not define you.
Your spouse does not define you.
Your father and mother – they don’t define you.
Sins of the past- that’s not who you are.
The only thing that can define YOU is your daily walk with God. Side by side. Every single day.
Don’t let go of His hand.
“I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” – Galatians 5:16
When Maverick turned 13 he was allowed to get an Instagram account. When he got his account in February he started posting a Bible verse a day. This was his idea, and I could not be more proud of him for that.
However, I used to teach English. That means I judge grammar. I’m sorry. It’s a good/bad habit. He has been posting for five months, and I have not said anything to him about the “mistakes” in his verses until yesterday.
He was talking about how he couldn’t spell something, and I told him he should just copy and paste his verses. I mentioned that then he wouldn’t have to worry about misspelled words etc. He looked at me and said, “But then I wouldn’t be able to memorize the verse, Mom.”
Dang. That got me right in the heart. God doesn’t care if his spelling is incorrect. He doesn’t care if his punctuation mark is in the wrong spot. He just cares that He is spreading his message. I felt about two inches tall.
This morning I noticed a perfect verse with perfect punctuation. I asked Maverick if he copied and pasted it, which he did. I made sure to tell him that his way was so much better than what I mentioned the day before. God doesn’t want perfection. God wants your heart, and He certainly has Maverick’s.
I’m thankful for God sending me these reminders. I’m thankful for God taking me down a notch when I need to be, which is daily. I’m proud of my baby boy’s heart, and I don’t want to hinder his growth with God. #ShameOnMe #ForReal
“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” -1 Timothy 4:12
In a world full of watered down Christianity, how do we truly know what is right? In a world full of technology constantly shoving images and articles in our face, how do we know what is true?
The only way, our only hope, is by saturating ourselves in God’s word. I don’t mean just reading a Bible verse and then closing the book. We need to study. We need to memorize. We need to cross check verses and look up meanings of words – even the words we think we already know. We need to dig deep. Our mind is essentially our heart, and we need to fill both with God’s authentic principles.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8
Are we Christians because of what God can do for us – or because of what we can do for God? After all, that is the description of true love that God so beautifully illustrates throughout the entire Bible. Putting someone else first – putting self last.
Often times we call out, “God, help me!” We expect instant assistance in whatever area we are seeking help in forgetting that God is not a microwave.
It’s important for me to remember that every single day God is calling out, “Daisy, help me!” Do I run to help him as quickly as I expect him to run to me?
Our Kids’ Best Friend.
This man loves Jesus more than anyone I know. My favorite thing about my dad is that when he says he is going to pray for you – then he really is going to pray for you. He is going to cry out on your behalf. It’s not just something he says in passing. My dad’s prayer life is something to strive for.
His faith is unshakable.
His guidance – incomparable.
His love for his family – unstoppable.
“I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.” – Proverbs 4:11-13