Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Proverbs 21-24

Proverbs 21-24 offers us so much wisdom and advice for faithful living.

The truth that keeps coming out again and again is that God is full of wisdom and His ways lead to life, true love, unshakeable joy, and the blessings that come from His grace that is at work in us.  All of that is available to us right now, every single day.

God's grace is more amazing than I even realize...

A person may think their own ways are right,
    but the Lord weighs the heart.

We search.  We try again and again, in our own artificial and exhausting ways, to create and give ourselves the good life we so desperately want and need.

But, even our best efforts and highest moments are temporary, superficial, and dull in comparison to the power of God's grace that is already in us.

God has my heart in His hands.  I am thankful that He weighs my heart because that's the beginnings of His life-giving work in me...work that leads to eternal life, real love, and pure joy.  All of us need that.  We need God.

As believers, we are all made new in Christ.  

So, I say, "Lord, weigh my heart and make me new."

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank You for giving me life, for helping me know true love, for giving me unshakeable joy, and for blessing me with Your grace through Jesus, my Savior.

My heart is in Your hands, Lord.
Weigh my heart today, and fill me with Your wisdom.  Change me.  Shape me.  Lead me in the places You need me to go.  I am the clay and You are the potter.

I have so many things on my heart right now... 
[Spend some time talking about things on your heart.]

 Show me what to do.  I want to follow You.  Hear my prayers, Lord, and use me.  Grab me by the hand, please Lord, and empower me.  Keep me from standing still and staying the same when I need to be moving and changing and helping others for You.

I pray for Your love, Your joy, and the blessings of Your grace to fill the lives of _________________ today and always.  

In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit I pray,


*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.

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