I have it all together as I head into this new week. My house is clean. All the clothes are folded nicely and in their drawers, our healthy meal plan is posted in the kitchen, and there is a smile on my face.
Sike! Or… maybe if you’re a domestic diva, this is you. Whether we look like we have it all together or not, doesn’t matter. You see, we were made for more than what’s skin deep. We were made for what’s going on inside, at the heart level.
When Jesus answered what the greatest commandment was, he started with the heart. He wants us to love him from the deepest level in us.
Even when the house is a wreck. Even when our marriage feels like a failure. Even when we feel like we are failing as a mother. He doesn’t want us saying, I’m fine. How are you?
He’d rather hear: Jesus, I feel overwhelmed. there’s no hiding with you. You know I feel like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew right now. But I trust you. Please help me keep looking to you for help, wisdom, and love.
I’m taking off my facade in front of you, Lord.
facade: an outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality.
Jesus went straight past the outward religious commandments and rituals. He went straight to loving him deeply with the innermost part of us.
He went past the outward appearances of Holy, straight to the inward spaces where Holy streams from: a Holy Heart in Love with God.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
This week, our daily challenge for HEART is to journal to the Lord for 5 minutes first thing, pouring our heart out to Him. This is relationship. This is love.
If you can’t write to Him in a journal, speak to him. Make the conversation with Him priority.
We will be going deeper into loving Him with all of our hearts all week!
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What if you could ask Jesus what the most important thing is?
Wouldn’t it simplify your life? Wouldn’t it help you narrow your focus, time and energy?
Wouldn’t it help you truly live?
I’ve got good news, sisters! He has answered this question already in His Word, and His answer is just as much for us today as it was for those who asked it when he walked the earth.
Here’s the Story:
“One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31
Love the Lord with ALL of your HEART, SOUL, MIND, and STRENGTH
But how? What does that mean in real life?
This is a question I’ve been asking myself for years, so I sat down searched His Word for direction, put it into a devotional format, and I want to journey through it with you!
Tell me about the Study!
It’s a four week study
Week 1: Heart
Week 2: Soul
Week 4: Strength
Each week has 5 days of study that you need just 15 minutes to complete
Each day of the study consists of two pages. The first page starts with a short prayer, a short passage of scripture to read, and reflective questions. The second page is a beautiful display of His Word, with a sequence of receiving His Word in love, Giving God love in return through applying His Word to our lives, and making a plan to love others, helping us to be intentional about fulfilling the greatest commandment!
I’ll be blogging through the study right here everyday, so don’t forget to follow the blog to receive emails on weekdays.
I will also be posting one video a week on Sundays to get you motivated and keep you ready to start the next week with some insight and encouragement to help you along the way!!!
Can’t buy the study? No worries! I’ll be posting a free scripture writing plan that correlates to the material and posting it here on Monday.
We want you here to engage in God’s Word in a personal way and know Jesus more intimately!
Other ways to connect:
Join the Facebook group where I post daily questions on the study: https://www.facebook.com/groups/190148844667205/?ref=bookmarks
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The downloadable, printable ebook is below! Thank you for your support of this ministry to encourage and equip women to engage in God’s Word in a personal way, and know Him more intimately!
After you purchase, click “Return to Merchant” and you will be taken to the page for the download! So excited to journey through loving Him more! ❤️🎉
All of Me: Loving God with ALL your Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength I hope you will join us as we journey through the greatest commandment!