Monday, September 20, 2010

Makeover of the Heart ~ Week 2


I'm continuing the study "Makeover of the Heart" and we're into week two.  You can join in with Tracy over At the Well.  She's got videos and a printable guide for you to complete.  The topic for this week is:

A heart that delights in the Lord


Delight myself in the Lord.  What does that look like?  If I delight in the Lord, I will desire to spend time with Him each day.  I want to give Him the first fruits of my day; a priority.  Sitting at His feet.  Spending time with Him.

As I spend time with the Lord, yielding my heart to Him, He begins to transform me from the inside out.  I've been consistent with this time for many years and I can tell you from experience that it makes a difference in my day.  Even my  husband Greg notices the fruit of the Spirit in my life.  And that's a good thing!

Since I was a little girl, I've had the tendency to be a people pleaser.  As I've matured, I realize I'm not going to please everyone.  And frankly, it can be kind of exhausting attempting to do so.  So I guess I can call myself a ...reformed people pleaser?

Sometimes the desires of my heart can impact other people.  I think of a dog who comes out of the water.  What is the first thing he does?  You guessed it!  He shakes the water off and often someone gets wet.
(Photo Credit: LA Times Blog)
I'm so glad I don't have to figure it out myself.  As a child of God, He knows my heart better than me.  After all, He created me.  He gave me gifts to be used in the body of Christ.  And if I abide in Him, He will reveal them to me.
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I desire His will.  And I know that His desires for me may not be what the world would expect.  As I've been going through some very challenging times lately, He has opened my eyes to simple blessings.  He is teaching me to love more, to be more patient with others and to trust Him.

Because of past trust issues, I've had the tendency to attempt to protect my heart by not having expectations.  I remember my brother and me saying if we don't count on it, we won't be disappointed. 

I'm learning that people may disappoint but ...God never does.

He is trustworthy.

So, I want to give Him my entire heart.  I am going to pray for His will in my life and that His desires for me would become my desires too.

Blessings and love,

4 comments:

  1. Oh how I love that photo of Jesus with the child deeply embraced against Him. I sometimes try to visualize it is me! What a wonderful place to be!!!

    Love you and keep believing in Him more and more each day!
    Jill

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  2. Oh Debbie . . . I too have placed my faith in people in the past ... I have also learned as you and your brother learned that people can let us down . . . but Jesus is always there for us. I will be praying for you.
    Little simple things are the best. God has a way of opening our eyes ever so gently.
    Blessings,
    Bren

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  3. Precious, that photo of the representation of Jesus and the child is PRICELESS!! I feel His arms around me like that all the time and I'm so humbled.

    Thanks for always sharing your heart with us Debbie. I can surely relate to some of what you shared. I'm guarded too with my heart for different reasons.

    Trusting GOD fully is so vital for all of us.

    You have my love and prayers.

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  4. Praying for you, and loving you.

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