Having A Heart For God

Spiritual Truth for Living:
…I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. ~Psalm 101:2

It’s New Years Eve and I’m ready for a coffee break and some year end reflection in Psalms 101.

This Psalm is only eight verses long, but packed with incredible truth and wisdom for living in a way that is pleasing to God. The psalm is a promise of complete allegiance and faithfulness to the LORD.

Psalm 101:1 says, “I will sing of mercy and justice; To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.” As you look back at the past 12 months in preparation for a New Year to begin, are you singing praise to God for the wonderful things He has done in your life this past year?

I know I have many things to be thankful for and I want to give God all the praise for the great things He has done. When I give God praise, I am showing my allegiance and perfecting my heart towards Him. He showed up for me over and over during the last year, covered me with His love, and kept my feet on the path He laid out for me.

Psalm 101:2 goes on to say, “I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will you come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” One of my primary goals in 2020 is to focus on being the heartbeat of my home. I want to create a home environment that is welcoming, peaceful, nurturing, and restful.

I love going to coffee shops, not just for the coffee, but for the atmosphere and environment as well. There are simple things in the design, and decor, the smells and sounds that create a homely feeling that puts me at ease.

As a mother, I know God has given me the incredible opportunity to mold two young hearts and minds. What better way to start then to make sure my home is a place of rest, and nurturing. In order to set that tone, my goal is to enter my home with a perfect heart each day.

Psalm 101:3-4 says, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness.”

What do you set your sights on each day? Inside your home, or outside on the street, we have to choose each day if we will look upon wickedness or set our sights on things which are pleasing to God. When I turn on the radio, or the tv, when I reach for a book, or look at a sign, do I gravitate towards righteous things? Is my home a safe haven of righteousness or do I allow evil to creep in?

Learning to walk in righteousness, and turning away from evil is another way we show our faithfulness and allegiance to God and His laws.  

As 2019 comes to a close, my prayer is that God will search my heart and teach me how to place Him as my top priority. Having a “perfect” heart does not mean my performance must be perfect. No human could ever accomplish true perfection. God only wants to know that I have a heart that is perfect towards Him. Meaning He is #1 in my life.

If God isn’t holding the #1 spot in your heart today, and you want to walk within your home with a perfect heart towards Him, you can pray with me today.

Praying the Word:
Dear LORD God, please help me to set my life in perfect order. I want to make you #1 in my life so that my heart will be perfect towards You. Teach me how to give you all of my heart, mind, and soul. Teach me to turn my eyes from wicked things and set my sights on things above. In Jesus name I pray.

Waiting Produces Patience

Waiting On God…

Spiritual Truth for Living:
Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. ~Psalm 27:14

It’s the day after Christmas which means… the looonnng wait for the big day is finally over! Of course as a child the wait seems endless, as an adult there is almost never enough time to prepare. But after Christmas, we all wait for the New Year!

After New Years, there may be something else to wait for. Maybe you are already waiting for Spring. You might want to grab a good book, your favorite Uggs, a warm hat, and some hot coco then be prepared to wait…

Ugg Boots βœ”
Warm Hat βœ”
Hot Coco βœ”

And wait, and wait…

There are many events in life that can place us in a time of waiting. How many times can you think of, in just this past year did you find yourself waiting? Waiting for something to change, for the right doors to open, for dreams to come true, for a better relationship, or maybe the right person to show up, for more money, a new home, or different career, for somebody to notice you.

We are not a Society that likes waiting. That is why we have fast food, speed dating, high speed internet, and overnight delivery services. When we want something, we want to be granted access as soon as possible in order to avoid the discomfort of waiting for the thing we have been dreaming of.

God’s Word tells us that waiting can actually be a good thing. Isaiah 40:31 says, “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

When we wait, we produce patience as we learn how to persevere through difficult situations. God tells us in His Word that patience is an important attribute that makes us more like Him. When we wait patiently even in the midst of pain, we become more like Christ our Savior.

When we are tested by times of waiting, walking in what feels like an endless winter, fully surrendered to God, we learn patience. And God promises to give us His strength to endure.

Today, if you are in a season of waiting, I would encourage you to take hold of God’s promise from Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.”

Praying the Word:

Lord God, I’m waiting for You today, putting all of my hope and trust in Your promises. I ask you would fill me with Your strength and take away any doubts or fears I may have. Teach me how to be patient so I can be more like You. In Your name I pray.


Learning to Let God Lead

Spiritual Truth for Living:

Oh LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. ~Jeremiah 10:23

Learning To Walk

Each day we take steps. From the second we get out of bed we start walking. We take steps to the kitchen, to make breakfast, more steps to the bathroom, to brush our teeth, steps to the office, steps to the gym. On special days, steps to get ice cream.

The steps we take today, will determine the outcome of our tomorrow. As we are learning to walk with God, He wants us to look to Him to direct our steps. He wants us to take his hand and let Him lead.

Have you ever been to an event that was so crowded you made sure to hold onto the hands of those you were with so you would not get separated or lost? That is how God wants us to hold on to Him. And He doesn’t ever want us to let go.

It is easy to hold on tightly to God when things are not going well, but once the storm is over, the clouds clear, and we are on solid ground again, we let go.

It is God’s desire for us to learn to be more and more dependent on Him. He wants to direct all of our steps and lead us through the rain and in the sunshine. That’s because He wants to take us to new places we have never been and can’t even imagine! He has plans that outshine even our best ice cream sundae days!

No matter where you are right now, you can ask God to direct your steps. If you were heading down the wrong path, God can turn you around. If your life feels like it is at a complete standstill, God can move you forward into something new.

If you reach up and take hold of God’s hand, and ask Him to lead you, to direct your steps, He will take you on the wildest adventure you have ever been on.

Praying the Word:

Lord God,

I come before you today and ask that you would lead me down the path You have prepared for me. From this day on, I want to take Your hand and walk with You. Align my heart and mind with Yours, and give me an understanding that You have a plan for my life, and You will get me where I need to go. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Three Ways To Worship

Spiritual Truth for Living:
Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. ~Psalm 100: 2-4

God loves to hear our worship! He longs for our attention and our adoration. Worship is not just for Sunday mornings. God wants us to incorporate worship into our daily lives.

God even gives us instructions in His Word on different ways we can give Him our praise.

I spend a lot of time reading the Word, and praying. But my worship and praise is usually reserved for church, or occasionally when I hear a good worship song on the radio.

When God answers my prayers, I feel happy and excited but my natural reaction is not to start praising God for his goodness. In the Psalms, the psalmist is constantly offering praises to God. There is a balance between scripture reading, prayer, and praise.

Today, I’m going to share three ways to worship God and give Him glory as you go throughout your work week!

1. We Can Worship God Through Song

Psalm 100:2 tells us to “serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.” You don’t have to be on The Voice for God to smile when He hears you sing. “For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, praise is beautiful” (Psalm 147:1).

2. We Can Worship God with Instruments.

We all have different talents and abilities and many folks are gifted with the skill of playing an instrument. God wants us to use those talents to give Him praise. Even if you can’t play an instrument you can use your hands to clap and tap your feet to keep rythm. Grab a tambourine. Make a drumb out of an empty oatmeal container. Have fun with your worship. God loves our creativity.

3. We Can Worship God With Our Lips

If singing and instruments are not your thing, that’s totally OK! God also instructs us to speak our praise. We can use our lips to speak beautiful words of adoration for our LORD. Hebrews 13:15 says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

There you have it, three simple ways to offer up praise wherever you are. Why wait till Sunday? Let’s give God praise all throughout the week.

Thankful, Greatful, Blessed

Spiritual Truth for Living:
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ~Colossians 3:17

I hope everyone had a fun and festive Thanksgiving! I must say it is one of the best Holidays of the year! A day devoted to spending time with loved ones, stuffing yourself with turkey, snacking on your favorite appetizers and indulging in Grandma’s famous pie.

Since the long held tradition of Thanksgiving is rooted in sharing gratitude, I wanted to share three scriptures with you about giving thanks for all that God has done for us. He is the true reason we are on this earth today, and deserves all our thanks and praise.

THANKFUL– I am thankful for a powerful God who is working on my behalf to give me the victory over sin and death. “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

GREATFUL– I am deeply greatful for the people I am surrounded by each and every day. That of course includes my family. As children of God, we are all connected as members of one ginormous family, which I am eternally greatful for. “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God…” (1 John 3:1). God is our Father and we are His children. It doesn’t get much better then this.

BLESSED– My prayer today is for blessings over everyone as we continue to celebrate and enjoy times of refreshing with eachother this weekend! “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you…” (Numbers 6:24-25).

Peace and Blessings to everyone this Holiday Weekend!

What Does True Joy Feel Like?

Spiritual Truth for Living:
“A joyful heart is good medicine…” ~Proverbs 17:22

What is your morning mantra?

Most mornings, my first thought is, “What type of latte do I want today?” Other mornings, I linger under my covers and try to squeeze in as much sleep as possible. Sometimes, I spend extra time picking out my outfit or trying on different shoes.

Then there are those mornings I don’t get time to think, I hear, “MOM” from the other room and jump into action!

This morning was much different from other mornings though. As my mind gradually shifted from dreamland to reality, I heard a chorus in my head, singing the lyrics to a worship song I heard last Sunday morning at church. It was almost as if the song was actually coming from my speakers it was so clear. I didn’t ask Alexa to play any music this morning?!

The song continued in my head over and over for close to an hour before another worship song took its place.

True Joy Cannot Be Silenced By Our Daily Routines

The lyrics, “nothing is impossible” and “the victory is yours” from a heavenly choir rang loudly in my mind. I finally decided, this must be the full manifestation of true Joy! As I went through the morning motions, nothing could drown out the music in my head and in my heart.

There are many verses in the Bible about Joy. Psalm 16:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with Joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

For some reason on this day, the sun shone brighter then ever before and everything seemed to sparkle all around me.

Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

God is in our midst everyday. He is watching as I dream about Chestnut Praline Lattes, as I choose my outfit, and curl my hair. He sees me making breakfast, and packing lunches, and he is rejoicing over me with a heavenly chorus. How cool is that?!?

This Thanksgiving season as we prepare to spend time with family and friends, I am very thankful for a Heavenly Father who smiles on me each day, and sends great joy into my life with songs of hope and happiness!

A Time and Season for Everything

Spiritual Truth for Living:

“Oh, how abundant is Your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear You and worked for those who take refuge in You, in the sight of the children of mankind.” ~Psalm 31:19

During the month of November, I’ve been taking a few minutes each day to jot down something in my life I am greatful for.

I’m saving my notes in a jar, and plan to share with my kids on Thanksgiving Day. I’m calling it the Thanksgiving Challenge.

Today, I am especially greatful for Seasons. Winter, Summer, Spring, and Fall each season is beautiful and I LOVE them all!

In life, we experience different seasons and appointed times for everything.

Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 gives us an extensive list of such appointed times, “a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

There are many times and seasons throughout our lives. Seasons of growth, seasons of change, seasons of joy, seasons of loss, and seasons of waiting.


The seasons of waiting sometimes feel the hardest. There are so many things we have to wait for. We may wait for a dream to come to pass, wait to meet the right person, wait to finish school, wait for a job promotion, wait for problem to turn around.

Even though there are many promises in the Word that encourage us as Christians to wait on God and His timing, when things just aren’t happening as fast as we would like, it can be easy to get frustrated.

How do you cope with frustration? The answer is Prayer. Talk to God through prayer, each and every minute during whatever season you are in.

God Will Listen & Answer

The very moment we pray about our concerns, God hears us. And He even establishes a set time to bring about His promises, and the answers to our prayers!

Ecclesiastes 3:1 tell us, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…”

The time and season for the answers to my prayers has already been set! God’s timing is always perfect, down to the exact day, and hour. Once we trust God, it takes all the pressure off.

We don’t have to worry. We don’t have to walk around wondering if this thing or that thing is ever going to happen? We don’t have to work so hard. We can relax and enjoy life knowing God’s promise has already been scheduled, it will come in due season.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).