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!~~~