An Open Heart

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 NIV “Christianity is not the destruction of desire, rather it’s realignment with God’s desire.” David G. Benner Will power. Self-improvement. Workshops. Retreats. Memorizing scripture. If there’s anything to do to make me more like Jesus, I was up for it.Continue reading An Open Heart

A Generous Heart

“And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offering sforContinue reading A Generous Heart

A Forgiving Heart

“Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,    who, O Lord, could ever survive?But you offer forgiveness,    that we might learn to fear you.”  Psalm 130:3-4 NLT “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Lewis B. Smedes Forgiveness does not mean reconciliation. It may but not always. ForgivenessContinue reading “A Forgiving Heart”

A Fearful Heart

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect inContinue reading A Fearful Heart

A Tender Heart

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 NIV “A tender heart is a wakeful, watchful heart. It watches against sin in the soul, sin in the family, sin in the calling, sin in spiritual duties and performances.” John Bunyan “I’ve never met a strong personContinue reading A Tender Heart

Heart Persuasion

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20 NLT “Love is a divine act that can transform and bring a change of heart.”  Lailah Gifty Akita What I truly love aboutContinue reading Heart Persuasion

A Condemning Heart

“If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.” 1 John 3:20 NIV Observe with compassion rather than judge with condemnation. -Harold W. Becker #UnconditionalLove Am I alone in this? If I really like something I must have more and more of it. Have you seenContinue reading A Condemning Heart

Confused?

“For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints…” 1 Corinthians 14:33 NASB “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal intoContinue reading Confused?

Our Father loves Him/Her More Than You Do

“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 Amplified Bible “Even when I detach, I care. You can be separate from a thing andContinue reading Our Father loves Him/Her More Than You Do

Being Real—Abiding in Him

“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one abiding in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit. For apart from Me you are able to do nothing.” John 15:5 Berean Literal Bible “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, orContinue reading Being Real—Abiding in Him