Prepare Your Heart

My heart is so tender to the Lord right now!  Praise God who gives us authentic joy when He reveals His way that we might walk in them.  How can we resist Him?  When we walk in our own wisdom we are full of pride.  When the Lord shows us His alternative way, how wise we are to immediately depart from our forward progression and choose the Lord’s path instead!  I am going to share with you a recent invitation from the Lord in request to a prayer.  I am so overcome at this moment that I am sharing this with you through tears.   I am so incredibly humbled that the Creator and Sustainer of the universe not only listens to our petitions but even more so desires to direct our wayward hearts!  He loves us!

You can live with your spouse or be around someone long enough to know that conflict exists – whether you would like to admit it or not.  How we choose to handle the conflict is the true element worthy of conversation.  As I pondered an upcoming situation, I found most of my thoughts to be priming me towards feelings of stress and dread.  I earnestly sought the Lord to discover a way to victoriously overcome my feelings.  What He spoke to my heart was this:  “Prepare your heart”.  I did not know how to apply it at the time but I was flooded with peace because I knew He had provided an escape (2 Corinthians 10:13).  As the time of my dread approached I kept reminding myself “prepare your heart”.  Each time I contemplated this phrase, agape (love) flooded me.  As I prepared my thoughts for this writing, I pondered what it meant to “prepare your heart” and found this:  “And he did evil, because he prepared (to be firmly established) not his heart to seek the LORD” (2 Chronicles 12:14 KJV)…

~~~If you would like to read more of this devotional or others like it, they are located in my book A Devotional on Faith, Hope, and Love by Amanda Seipel. This book can be purchased on Amazon. I am blessed to serve you!~~~

 

Amanda

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What are you thinking?

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable (be a delight) to You, Lord…(Psalm 19:14).  Our words are powerful.  They have the influence to build up and the influence to tear down.  We have been on both the giving and receiving end of the consequence of words.  What about the meditation of our hearts?  The times our words and hearts do not agree?  It is the meditation of our heart that then feeds our words.  Have we believed it is harmless when our hearts meditate on unkind, critical, and negative thoughts regarding a person or situation?…

~~~If you would like to read more of this devotional or others like it, they are located in my book A Devotional on Faith, Hope, and Love by Amanda Seipel. This book can be purchased on Amazon. I am blessed to serve you!~~~

DIVAs, let’s meditate on the things of Christ for these three remain:  faith, hope, and love.  Let’s have faith for the miraculous, hope for the broken places, and love for the unlovable.  In the mighty name of Jesus we are  empowered!

Amanda

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A Refined Delight

“You are to make a lampstand out of pure hammered gold.  It is to be made of one piece:  its base and shaft, its ornamental cups, and its calyxes and petals” (Exodus25:31).  And again, “their calyxes and branches are to be one piece.  All of it is to be a single hammered piece of pure gold” (Exodus 25:36).  The lampstand was a vital element used in the wilderness tabernacle, established through Moses and instructed by God.  In order for the single piece of gold to be pliable for shaping into the lampstand, it had to first withstand the continued heat of the refiner’s fire.  The fire softens the gold and also acts as a purifying agent.  The dross (what remains after the gold has been refined) is burned away and the valuable portion of the metal remains.  The dross is of no value and if it remains it lessons the appraisal of the gold.  After this refining process, the gold then yields into the appropriate hammered shape with a delightful gleam and a lasting endurance.  “Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has a  material for a vessel” (Proverbs 25:4)

“…now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so that the genuineness of your faith – more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire – may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7).  Have you ever desired your trial (your hardship, your temptation, your pain…) to end quickly because you imagined the fire of the trial was too searing to bear?  Have you ever wanted to do whatever necessary to escape your fiery ordeal only to find yourself back there a short time later?  Oh Lord give us a teachable heart so that we can learn quickly and not have to repeat lessons!  Like the lump of gold that had no specific use until it withstood the fire, we too must keep our feet to the refiner’s fire and endure the process until we have become pliable for the Lord’s shaping.   Lord,  encourage us to not desire mere escape!  Confirm in us that by keeping our feet to Your fire, the worthless dross of our hearts will be  burned away and what remains will be a refined vessel for the Holy Spirit!

“If anyone builds on that foundation (Jesus Christ), with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, each one’s work will become obvious, for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work” (1 Corinthians 3:12-13).  Persevere and desire the refiner’s fire, no matter how uncomfortable it may be, so that we can lay upon the Foundation gold, silver, and costly stones!  Let us stand firms as the dross burns away!

“He (Jesus) will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.  His winnowing shovel is in His hand and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn.  But the chaff He will burn up with fire that never goes out” (Matthew 3:12b-13).

Come Jesus!

Amanda

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The Fruit of a Mother

Happy Mother’s Day you blessed DIVAs!  I pray that you will know how blessed and loved you are this day and all days.  For those of you who are not mothers, you are blessed by the ways you love and encourage others!

Proverbs 31:31  “Give her the reward of her labor, and let her works praise her at the city gates.”

Psalm 92:12-15 “The righteous thrive like a palm tree and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon.  Planted in the house of the LORD, they thrive in the courts of our God.  They will still bear fruit in old age, healthy and green, to declare:  “The LORD is just; He is my rock”

Proverbs 11:30a “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.”

Proverbs 12:12b “The root of the righteous produces fruit.”

Isaiah 3:10 “Tell the righteous that it will go well for them, for they will eat the fruit of their labor.”

Look upon the fruit of your labor DIVAs and declare it good!  Is it all perfect?  Probably not.  We will not know perfection until we behold the Lord.  But it is good!!  Declare it so and speak it out!  Satan would have your vision veiled and have you think you can not see the blessing due to the turmoil.  Not true DIVA!   Open those God given eyes and that God given heart and see your blessing so clearly that the turmoil seems veiled!

You are a blessing!

Amanda

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Rattled? Not Me

“David fled that day from Saul’s presence and went to King Achish of Gath. But Achish’s servants said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land?  Don’t they sing about him during their dances:  Saul has killed his thousands, but David his tens of thousands?”  David took this to heart and became very afraid of King Achish of Gath, so he pretended to be insane in their presence.  He acted like a madman around them, scribbling on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.  “Look!  You can see the man is crazy,” Achish said to his servants, “Why did you bring him to me?  Do I have such a shortage of crazy people that you brought this one to act crazy around me?  Is this one going to come into my house?” (1 Samuel 21:10-15)

If you’re like me, you can’t help but enjoy the humor!  David was God’s chosen anointed king! (1 Samuel 16:1-13)  However, he was so rattled in Gath that he began feigning madness!  People called him crazy!  God’s appointed king….acting crazy?  David had stood up to lions, bears, and even Goliath.   But when Achish’s servants recognized him and began recounting his successes, David’s heart deceived him and he was discouraged.  Instead of trusting God he acted on impulse and pretended as if he had lost his wits.  Not what we would expect to see in God’s new king…

~~~If you would like to read more of this devotional or others like it, they are located in my book A Devotional on Faith, Hope, and Love by Amanda Seipel. This book can be purchased on Amazon. I am blessed to serve you!~~~

Satan would have you behave rattled out of hurt, anger, and fear.  God would have you behave confidently out of love, trust and faith.  What will you choose today?

Live boldly DIVAs!

Amanda

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