Tag Archive | Heart

After God’s Own Heart

  I’m heartbroken as I read this morning on Facebook that yet another
Christian friend is going to vote for the female candidate.  

If we are reading God’s Word, we have the answers to EVERYTHING in how we should live: from dating, marriage, raising our children, dealing with sin, etc.

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King Saul chose to do things his own way.  Through the prophet Samuel, God told Saul that due to his disobedience he would be replaced by a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14).  When we fast forward to 1 Samuel 28, we find Saul consulting a medium and is told why the LORD had turned away from him and the consequences he would face “because you did not obey the voice of the Lord” (1 Samuel 28:18).

Americans love our country, but do we love it more than God?  If we truly love God, why are so willing to choose leaders who believe it’s okay to kill the unborn?

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 Heavenly Father, I praise You as the One True God!!  You alone appoint kings and leaders.  Father, I lift the United States to You.  Please bring us to our knees to seek Your face and Your wisdom in choosing the leaders You desire for this country and in our local elections.  Please show me how to lovingly respond to Christian friends and family who don’t follow Your Word.  Please correct us and forgive us as You corrected and forgave King David in his sin.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen. 

Being a Good Mother-in-Law


I married my husband at 21 and became a Christian at age 33.  I
never had a Christian mentor and could have used the help of an older Christian sister when my mother passed away when I was 42.   As I revisited the story of Ruth, I realized I want to be a better Christian mentor to my own daughter, daughter-in-law and to other Christian young women.

  If you’re unfamiliar with Ruth and Naomi’s story in the book of Ruth, Naomi had been a widow for 10 years when both of her married sons passed away.  Naomi decides to return to Bethlehem and since both of Naomi’s daughter-in-laws were Moabites,  Ruth instructs the childless younger women to return to the homes of their own people.  Orpah does, but Ruth insists on staying with Naomi:

 And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”  But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.  Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”  And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.
Ruth 1:15-18 (ESV)

Each time I read Ruth, I wonder what made Ruth decide to stay with her mother-in-law.   Was it her kindness?  Was she just feeling sorry for her?   Had Naomi been such a good mother-in-law that Ruth desired to go with her instead of going back to her Moabite people?

  I would only want to go with a woman who was kind and upright. As a child/teenager there was so much turmoil in my own family, so I didn’t have good examples.  I married into a Christian family, but I’ve only seen favoritism and badmouthing of ex-daughter-laws which made me bitter.  Rereading Ruth has shown me the kind of mother-in-law I would like to be and how God has directed me to be.

Titus 2:3-5 shows the responsibilities of females in the church body:

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Here’s my list of rules for mother-in-laws.  Please feel free to share any advice/rules that have helped you in your mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship.

1. Pray for your daughter-in-law.
2. Always call ahead before visiting.
3. Do not be intrusive.
Don’t call too much, visit too much or do things without asking.
4. Don’t be critical of your daughter-in-law.
How she raises her children, keeps her house, her cooking, etc. is her business.
5. NEVER criticize your daughter-in-law to your son or other family members.
6. Do not gossip about your daughter-in-law.
7. Don’t show favoritism – this includes your own children, grandchildren, and other daughter-in-laws.
8. NEVER tell your grandchildren that their mom or dad is wrong.
9. Love and praise your daughter-in-law.
10. Do kind things for your daughter-in-law.
11. Always include your daughter-in-law.  Schedule special times with her, other daughter-in-law(s) and your daughter(s). Going out to eat or getting coffee together, a simple day of baking, getting manicures, etc. It doesn’t have to be fancy.
12. If your son divorces, be kind to your daughter-in-law, especially if there are children. She will ALWAYS be the mother of your son’s children. NEVER talk badly about an ex-daughter-in-law, especially in front of your grandchildren.

 

Guarding Your Valuables


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We only guard things that are valuable to us.
Every believer knows that our hearts and our minds are our most precious assets.

The heart is where all our dreams, all our desires and all our passions live.  It’s who we truly are — and all our actions, our words and our thoughts overflow from our hearts.  

The mind is where ideas are inspired, where our memories are stored,
and our thoughts are processed.  The human mind is so very complex —
a wonderful work of engineering by our Magnificent Creator.

The heart and mind are also where our enemy will attack us first.  

In John 8:44, Jesus said that Satan is “a liar, and the father of all lies”.  He has many weapons in his arsenal to attack us with, but his greatest weapon is deception: 

Rehashing mistakes we have made;
Revisiting sinful events from our past;

Reliving painful memories from our past;
Thinking of ourselves first and not serving others;
Thinking more importantly of ourselves than we ought;
Over-indulging in pleasures because we think we “deserve it”.

  For these reasons, we NEED to stay in God’s Word.  In the book of James,
the author wrote about when  we face trials and temptations:

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.”
For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
but each person is tempted when they are dragged
away by their own evil desire and enticed.
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
James 1:13-15 (NIV)

Did you notice how James said “when” we will be tempted and not “if”?
We need to constantly be on guard because our enemy DOES seek to
devour us (1 Peter 5:8).  Be strong against the attacks of your mind by staying
in His Word so you can protect  your valuables from his schemes.

With All My

heart and soul

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As I’ve reflected on verse mapping deu 6-5Deuteronomy 6:5
this week, the photo on left was the
beginning of my
verse mapping.

What is it that Pat loves?
I love God, my husband, my children,
my precious grandson, my dogs,
helping others, God’s creation,
coffee, snow, the beach, etc.


As I contemplated the meaning of the word “love”, the word “adore” first came
to my mind. I started researching the difference between our “hearts” and our “souls”,
and then the Holy Spirit impressed upon me to look up this Scripture:

But I have this [one charge to make] against you:
that you have left (abandoned)
the love that you had at first
[you have deserted Me, your first love].
Revelation 2:4 (Amplified Bible)

Here Jesus is talking to church of Ephesus, a church that had worked hard,
had endured trials and hadn’t grown tired…but…they left their first love!

I have forgotten the height from which I’ve fallen (verse 5):
the woman I used to be before I met Christ…
and sadly, the woman I became right after I met Christ.

As I repented of this sin, I looked deeper into the definition of the word
“soul”.  My soul is my deepest inner being — the REAL me, the TOTAL me!

I desire to be the woman who 19 years ago was on FIRE for the LORD:
getting up before dawn to meet Jesus,
loving the LORD with ALL my heart, soul and strength,
praying earnestly for my children
and the souls of lost family and friends,
being obedient to Him each day by loving
others and doing the things that He has called me to do.

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   “YES, GOD, YES!”