Once upon a time, I was a fair weather Christian. I went to church occasionally, felt guilty when I sinned and prayed when I needed something. Basically, I used God as a magician to make life easy and to get a ticket into heaven.
And once in a while, I prayed a simple prayer: God, please draw me closer to you.
I have no clue why I prayed that particular sentence, nor do I know when my life changed. But it most certainly did.
Somewhere between the birth of my two boys and the death of my two dads, I began to transform.
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
Astonishingly, God did draw me closer to Him and He began to write on my heart.
What did God write?
- You are loved.
- You are forgiven.
- You are mine.
These three sentences have given my life the meaning it never had before God’s calling.
Don’t get me wrong, I continue to struggle with sin (more than I’d like to admit). However, I wake up daily knowing who CREATED the day and wanting HIM to be a part of it.
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1Timothy 1:5
Surprisingly, the more I pray, read scripture and listen (don’t do enough of the listening portion) – the more I WANT TO do those things that place God above all. Seems strange, but SO true.
I am far from perfect, but God is writing on my heart and I love every minute of it! He’s convicting me to stay on course when I stray from His commands and to keep trying even when I want to give up and give in to sin.
I am learning. I am better. And, I am a work in progress.
I hope you will allow God to write on your heart, too.
Some Wisdom for Today: Proverbs 4:23 – Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.