Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Committed Heart


I continue the Bible study "Makeover of the Heart" with Tracy Berta over At the Well.  This is our fourth week.  The focus for this week is on a  Committed Heart. 

This study has been so timely for me.  Check out the subheading for this series:

Unlocking the potential of a heart transformed

 
That's definitely a desire of my heart; to be transformed by the Spirit of the Living God.  I want my heart to be fully devoted to Christ.

Tracy shared her testimony with us.  I don't know about you but sometimes when I see a woman who is beautiful and talented and godly, I assume they have it all together.  But the truth is we're all a work in progress.  And Tracy has been transformed by the love of God and the work of the Holy Spirit.  I appreciate her honesty.

God doesn't expect perfection. But what He desires is a heart committed and sold out to Him. 

It can be very easy to get caught up in commitments. 

Commitments to:
  • Family
  • Church
  • Friends
  • School
  • Home
  • Volunteer
Those commitments can be good things.  But it's easy to become busy with commitments and no time to spend time alone with the Lord. 

In order to fully commit, I need to trust God.  Hmm ...why does it always seem to keep coming back to trust and obey?  My theme for 2010 ...

I'm sure you've heard the saying that you become like the people you spend time with.  Maybe you've warned your children about this.

My heart's desire is to grow to become more like Jesus; to reflect His love to those around me.  What I have to do though is to spend time with Him.

So, I make the heart choice to begin my day in quiet time with the Lord.  I read my Bible, pray, journal and listen to Him.  The more time I spend with Him, the more evident is the fruit of the Spirit in my life.  My husband can always tell when I've missed my quiet time now.  He can see the difference as I'm less patient and kind and loving. 

I don't have to make a huge effort to do things for God.  When I spend time with Him, offering my life to Him  ...He begins to work in me and through me.  He does the work but I need to cooperate.

Photo Credit: Mr and Mrs Smith travel
My friend Jill of Forever N Ever N Always posted several videos the other day that totally blessed me.  You can click here to view them.  It's well worth your time, especially if you are always feeling overworked and over committed.  Entering the rest of God is a labor of love.  

Whenever I get serious about being totally sold out to God, I find that the enemy hates that.  Distractions, doubts and even people seem to get in the way.  But it's one step at a time.  Today I choose to commit my heart to Him.  It becomes a daily heart choice.

Blessings and love,


13 comments:

  1. This study is really amazing!! I find too when I make my mind up to be committed to God distractions and doubt come my way. Our music minister was talking about how he has his eyes on Jesus one minute and distractions come and he longs to keep his eyes on Jesus. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Have you looked into my heart, my sweet friend? I agree with you that when the time is short with Him, or we over-commit ourselves with good things, something is missing. You know that I pray every night for the Lord to get me up in time to spend time with Him. Seriously, if I forget to pray that it has happened that I overslept and had to rush my morning - not a good way to start the day, that's for sure.

    Thank you so much for sharing from your heart my friend.

    Love & peace,
    <>< Iris

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  3. Beautiful post Debbie!

    Learning to trust God with every area of our lives is such a blessed walk of faith!

    I love walking this journey with you!

    Love you,
    Jil

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  4. Thank you for sharing this with us tonight. I appreciate the link to the videos; I'm on my way now to visit. Have a blessed evening.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this Debby. This is something I need to work at more. Well, maybe not work at, but just be with God. Make a point of spending time with Him. Thank you.

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  6. Did you write this just for me?? lol I find when I don't spend enough time with the Lord, condemnation sets in, making it harder and harder to get back into the 'secret' place with Him.

    I needed to read this post today, thank you dear friend...

    love and hugs to you...

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  7. I may have written this before, but I will repeat it, since the words came to me while reading your post.
    My Dad wrote these words from the Preacher in my poetry book,when I was 6. When my daughter came with her poetry book and asked her granddad for some words, he without hesitation wrote the same verse to her.
    Preacher 4:23 "Above all that thou guardest keep thy heart; for out of it are the issues of life."

    Those are words to grow on. I still find new pearls in that particular verse. The older I get, the more I admire my father's wisdom and the depths of the Preacher.
    "I found thy words and I ate them," the Psalmist says.

    God, let me keep this healthy hunger.

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  8. What a fabulous collection of thought for one whose moniker is "Heart Choices"!

    It's an Extreme Heart Makeover in the richest sense. We choose. We commit. Yet with all my heart I believe He not only gives us the desire to choose, but the grace to commit, and keep on committing.

    I see His hand on you, girl. His resemblance there is noticeable, and so very, very precious.

    Hugs,
    Kathleen

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  9. This is wonderful, Debbie. I love
    your heart for Jesus. I begin and
    end my day in quiet prayer time,
    Bible study and journaling. It
    has totally changed my life. I
    love what dear Felisol said, too.
    Love & Prayers,
    Sandy

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  10. "In order to fully commit, I need to trust God,"--boy, that is a mouthful and a heartful--I have been thinking a lot about trust lately--was considering writing a post on trust alone--what a topic--yes, when we can learn to trust Him, our hearts will be transformed. Oh to be more like Jesus.

    Thank you, Debbie. This was really good.

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  11. In my communication with Tracy, she encouraged me to come and read your posts about the study.

    I just started last week. Even though I wanted to start when Tracy first opened it up, it wasn't the time...yet.

    Your posts are blessing me as I come along.

    I'm right here with you Debbie!

    God bless

    Kela

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