Iâ€™m writing today as a contributor to the Christian Writers Blog Chain. Our theme for this month is “Gifts Of The Heart” Christianwriters.com is an excellent place to network if youâ€™re a Christian writer or author.
Processing our thoughts through our heart.
Is this possible?
I wrote about Â The Link Between The Heart, Mind And Soul a few months ago. If I want to always process my thoughts in the context of Our Greatest Commandments, I need to think about processing my thoughts through my heart.Â With the gift of God’s amazing love in my heart, I am provided the ability to do this.
When the abundance of God’s fruit fills our hearts and overflows it is like the energy stored within waters held behind a dam: the water has reached a more significant potential than it ever could have on its own, without the dam. The dam helps the water build up and store its energy in the same way God can fill our hearts to become overflowing rivers of love and joy that touch the lives of all who cross our paths.
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3: 22-23
When I wake up every morning the tone is set for my whole day. I am generally at peace and eager to serve the Lord.Â God’s faithfulness to me gives me the strength and passion to eagerly seek pleasing Him throughout the day… every day. His unwavering love warms my heart. It sends a clear and consistent message to me… there isn’t a bunch of interference or ambiguity. I can readily identify its context. That warmth transforms into a desire to please Him even more, and draws me in even closer. It is His faithfulness to me that I can count on… not the other way around… He is the constant, the known.
This draw calls me to just be me. Though His faithfulness to me, I know that He knows me… and accepts me. God accepts me, and you too. God accepts us for just who we are. I’m certain He would like for me to transform by growing in my relationship with Jesus, but at the same time he readily accepts me just as I am.
Turn the Holy Spirit loose in your life and He will turn your heart into a beautiful and lovely organ. You will know the wonders of His great love…
Finding His love starts with identifying with His faithfulness…
and through the desire to please Him… and know Him.
I really want to know Him.
Do you hear all of heaven and nature singing?
LOVE this post, Chris. Love the comparison of a dam and how God’s involvement makes our gifts more powerful for His purpose. I agree that letting the Holy Spirit reign in your life is the way to unleash God’s power and be used by Him in the most powerful way.
Thank you Carol, I’m writing a separate series of posts called “The Wave” – also relating to water and along the same sort of thoughts…
I enjoyed reading that. I couldn’t help but think of the beautiful hymn “Just As I Am.” Just as I am without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me and that thou bidst me come to thee O Lamb of God I come, I come. Beautiful post. 🙂
Thanks Suzette, that’s sweet!
Whether or not I can hear heaven and nature singing depends on the state of my life. When I am flowing with God, I can hear it clearly. When I am struggling and fighting with God, it gets dampened.
Right now, I feel I am in a period where I can hear the singing. It is a beautiful place to be.
Also, congrats on being in the chain this month. I was thinking of joining it. Let me know how it works for you.
I’ve been in the blog chain for about 6 months now and love it Joe, it has really helped me develop my writing skills. An excellent group of peers helping each other along the way!
Awesome to hear Chris. I think I’ll try to hop onto the next available chain.
Love the new layout at your blog Joe, Standard Theme rules!
Yes and i like the way you describe it too
Big Hugs and Smiles right back at ya JB !!
Got to say Chris that you sound way too chipper/happy to me. My days don’t always start out that happy and joyous. Those are the days I say “Lord, help me just make it through another day.” I’ve been dealing with a lot of frustration lately, so it’s hard to stay even and peaceful. I still keep praying.
The morning is definitely my best time of day Chris… keep praying and know that God is good, all the time!
This is a lovely reminder to let the Holy spirit be our guide. It is so easy to want to take over, though, isn’t it?
how do I really know God’s will vs. my own? it’s so easy to convince ourselves of the wrong thing, especially when “what I want” or background noise is in the equation. I need to do my best to stay in tune with the voice of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom I find in God’s word.
Thank you Tracy!
Chris as always – a pleasure! Thank you- I am always inspired by your tender heart. Loved your post and your focus.
I really appreciate that Terrie 🙂
As always I enjoyed reading your post. Very moving. Great job.
your kind words are very touching Debra, thank you!!
The Lamentations verse you shared really got me thinking. Thank you.
I loved the picture of the dam as well. Of course, it goes the other way, too: if you store up all that water, but never let it flow through, never release it, never give it a chance to trip your turbines (or anyone else’s), then all you’ve got is a large body of stagnant water. Look anywhere on the planet, and you’ll see that water was designed to move, not sit idle.
Whatever we’ve helped you with, Chris, you’ve brought a lot to the chain over the last six months yourself. I’m pleased you’re still a part of it, and look forward to what you have to say each month.
good point Scott, living water flows!!
A beautiful post, Chris. I’m not a morning person, so I can’t say I wake up with the same thoughts you do – my first one is usually a fuzzy “What time is it?” – but God’s relationship with me and His faithfulness in that relationship has sustained me through the last two jobless months. It’s by His grace and mercy I don’t find myself overwhelmed by the “what ifs” that could so easily assail me.
I admire your spirit Traci, keep holding His hand tight 🙂
The dam is a great analogy.
Thanks for sharing!
I’m very grateful for what He is giving me, thank you Sheila!
Chris, such a thoughtful post. I, too, love the “dam” thought. (sorry! couldn’t resist) And I also awaken as you do. I couldn’t make it without relying on the Spirit. Thank you for this.
it’s ok, i’ll just think of that as dam good emphasis!
Chris, not sure which I like more, your words or that gorgeous photo! Love the analogy of the dam. So simple. So powerful. Oh, to be so full of love that it irrestibly spills over and across everything and everyone in our midst. What joy! And how amazing that while God is continually shaping us, molding and pruning us into the person He created us to be, He accepts us completely “as is” right where we are today. Simply inexplicable! Great post and a most Merry Christmas to you and your family.
i think your poetry is rubbing off on me Cindee 🙂
Merry Christmas to you and yours as well, hoping it’s the best ever for everyone!!
He truly is the constant, the known.
Thank you for stopping by and sharing here Deborah!!