Each Tuesday this month, I’ll be sharing from the book Whispers and Wildflowers by Sarah Beth Marr.
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (NLT)
We are reminded that when God forgives and restores, He starts a new thing in our lives.
“He wants us to forget the failures of the past, witness Him in our present, and claim His promises for the future” (Wiersbe Study Bible).
God can calm every storm in our lives. There are no hopeless situations in God’s sight. Every storm must obey His command.
“Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile. He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.” (Mark 6:31, NLT)
Jesus called the disciples to come aside to rest a while, and it was to be a deserted place. He wanted them to be renewed in body and soul. Jesus knows we need time alone with God to recover what we lose of ourselves in the busyness of the day.
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
(Proverbs 4:23, NKJV)
The passage in Proverbs reminds us of the preciousness of our hearts. They need tending both in the physical and spiritual realms.
Our hearts are crucial in the battles we face, as they will determine if we will be wise or foolish, godly or sinful.
The question we must ask ourselves is, “What is springing from my heart?”
That which fills our hearts will affect our thinking. If we desire right thinking, we must fill ourselves with the right things – God’s Word results in right thinking.
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8, NLT)
Paul urges us to focus on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and worthy of praise. Our hearts are storehouses and if we are going to make room for right thinking and thoughts, we must empty our hearts of all that is taking up space.
This week as we think about what is crowding our hearts, let’s join Sarah Beth Marr in praying:
“Lord, I give You my heart, and I ask You to reign in it fully. I ask You to ultimately be the keeper of my heart. Amen” (page 54)