Monday, January 10, 2011

Extreme Makeover "heart edition"

This was the title of the sermon at church yesterday. I started listening and then I thought oh, I know someone who needs to hear this. Then I thought oh, yeah I do! During the prayer and reflection time, I prayed "Lord, what do you want me to do with this. Where am I most needing to apply this?" One of the things he laid on my heart was... blog about it. What? NO....I was filled with angst. I can't! I am not equipped. I know a little. I am ADD and I ramble( just when I wrote" I know a little" my mind starts singing" I know a little" by Lynard Skynard). I am not a scholar. BUT he knows that, silly me. He meant my perspective, what it meant for me and my life.
The sermon was about being a Christian in your heart. Living it. I get caught up in the appearance of Christianity. I put on my "Jesus coat" and think I am doing well. It's the image. I know all the right words...I am praying for you, God bless you, God is good,Praise the Lord etc. But I am being dishonest with myself. I need- WANT to grow in my relationship with Christ. I have prayed God let me desire you more , let me be more in love with you. And he has answered those prayers.I have on-going discussions with him most of the day but reading his word - I am a slacker, lazy...slazer as my friend calls it. I used to get out of bed, hit my knees and pray right then- Lord lead me today. Make me a blessing . I have fallen out of the habit. I do a devotion every day, but do I get in the Word daily... sometimes. I make my bed, brush my teeth, do dishes, and make meals every day but hearing God's word through his book, I don't always do it.
A wise woman said to me once, "Honey don't take your spiritual temperature every day. You will never measure up." But, I tend to use that as an excuse.
So, what this sermon meant for me is I want more... more of everything Jesus. I want to recognize that ugly sin when it shows up in my heart, and oh it will. Judging others, covetous heart, unclean lips... I want to fear God's opinion, not man's. I can hide my sin from man, but God sees my heart. He knows my thoughts.
I want to hear God's word, I want obey his word, and know the difference between his promptings and my desires/feelings. I want Christ's words in my mind, His love behind my actions, and His power to control my fleshly desires.
It is an ugly,mean world we live in. I want to do my best to make it better. Let's love on each other. Through Jesus Christ, we truly can.
If you don't know Jesus Christ as your personal savior, I urge to get to know him. It is simple. He wants to hear from you! He loves you!

6 comments:

  1. I love this! I needed to hear this today, thanks for the encouragement to a complete stranger! (I'm one of Elise & Jillian's friends, who found your daughters blogs through theirs...and now to yours!)

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  2. I'm the same way Janie...lazy. I go to a bible study to force me to get in the word a little, but then I wait until the day before to do my lesson. I WANT the desire to delve deeper too. He's so worth my all!

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  3. I think we all find ourselves here...I know I do....it takes a daily commitment to his word for me to "take it with me everywhere I go..."

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  4. Janie, you and I are on the same wavelength, I want more of Him and less of me. It's a daily battle because the world and Satan wants us but that just means we dig deeper. Let's do it and hold each other accountable.

    xo
    LeAnn

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  5. Oh wow! you did it~ you rock! Love you my friend, you put my heart words into words and all I have to do is read it. I am so on the same page as you with all this. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. it was a really great sermon. I think this sunday is the last of the series and i'm looking forward to it. also, as it turns out, even when you show up 15 minutes late, the ushers will still sit you next to annie and jade. Jade didn't even realize zac and i were there until the end of the service.

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