What did you wake up thinking about this morning? What will be your last thoughts before you drift off to sleep tonight? What kept popping into your head all day today? Today we continue looking at how to love the Lord our God with ALL of our heart. What is on our mind is a HUGE indicator of what is on our heart. Do you think about God throughout the day?
Let’s be realistic. We all have lives that take us away from what we might want to be doing. Perhaps you would love to be sitting on the beach with your toes in the sand. But, real life requires that you get up and start cooking breakfast, planning homeschool, cleaning house, and so on. Throughout the day, if the beach is what you long for most, your mind WILL trail back. You will think about the warm sun, the cool water, and perhaps a frozen drink or two.
If you love God, your heart should lead you back to him. As you talk to your children, is there a still small voice, leading you to know what to say?
After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 1 Kings 19:12 NIV
When you sit down to eat, do you pray, not only because it’s habit, but because you actually want to give thanks to the One who gave you every good gift?
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV
Do you long for a moment to sit still and know that He is God?
Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 NIV
You don’t have to think about God every second of every day to love Him with all your heart. Loving God is a journey. Some days you might think about God constantly, longing for His return. Other days, you may find yourself so busy you can’t hardly think at all. The key is constantly returning to Him, loving Him, offering your heart to Him. Choosing to think about Him and follow is a daily decision. We must constantly recommit ourselves to God, and He will lead us.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 NIV
Put It Into Practice
Take a moment with your family to practice being still. You can sit in silence or put on some soft praise music. It is hard for many of us to sit still in God’s presence, but wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing to learn as a child? As you sit, encourage your family to examine their hearts and give God the praise and glory He deserves.
What has been occupying your thoughts today?
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