Guard your Garden: All of Me- Heart Day 4

Hi sweet friends! I hope that if you are Joining in on learning to Love the Lord with more of our HEART this week that He is speaking to you and lovingly correcting you in the deepest of ways. I pray that today we learn to guard our hearts like we would a garden for Him.

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23

Do you know what my least favorite chore growing up was? PULLING WEEDS! I seriously despised my parents for making me pull weeds in flower beds that I could care less about!

I remember wondering how in the world they grew so fast! Some were so tall and so hard to yank up out of the dirt. The worst part was when I would use so much effort pulling on one and it would break off above the roots.

I knew then it would just be there again to deal with the next week. 

What I didn’t know, was that this weekly weed pulling would be used by God to give me this analogy for

Guarding Your Garden: 

Pulling lies up by the ROOT in your heart! 

(God seriously wastes nothing.)

On this journey to LOVE the LORD with ALL our HEART this week, we stop and learn how to GUARD it for Him today. The verse today teaches us to “guard” our heart. The word guard here means “to protect, maintain, obey.” We are going to be focusing in on the word “maintain,” thinking of the heart as a garden, as it is referenced as such many places in the Word.

Here’s how this looks in my life

The same stinking weed pops up weekly or more (usually out of my mouth) and I see it is UGLY -defintley not a beautiful flower intentionally planted to glorify the Lord.

Usually I just break it off at the ground level, ask the Lord for forgiveness and apologize to the person I’ve wronged.

BUT GUESS WHAT? I END UP DOING THE SAME tHING AGAIN! (yelling at your kids anybody?)

It’s because I’m not taking this to the ROOT with the LORD.

Here’s an example:

I get frustrated with the kids for not doing their chores. I yell.

I ask the Lord to forgive me, ask the kids to forgive me.

But then tomorrow, I do it again.

Why? I have not chased this ugly weed down to the source – the root:

The “Way down WHY.”

We have to dig deeper and follow the stem of the weed all the way down to find the WHY for our behavior and ask the Lord to meet us there to teach us and change us, so we can love Him with ALL of our HEART, even the way down deep.

Jesus taught this to the religious people in his time.

Matthew 15:1-20

15 Some Pharisees and teachers of religious law now arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They asked him, “Why do your disciples disobey our age-old tradition? For they ignore our tradition of ceremonial hand washing before they eat.Jesus replied, “And why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God?For instance, God says, ‘Honor your father and mother,’and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’In this way, you say they don’t need to honor their parents.[c] And so you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition.You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote,

‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship is a farce,
    for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’[d]

10 Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “Listen,” he said, “and try to understand.11 It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.”

12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you realize you offended the Pharisees by what you just said?”

13 Jesus replied, “Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted,14 so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.”

15 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Explain to us the parable that says people aren’t defiled by what they eat.”

16 “Don’t you understand yet?” Jesus asked.17 “Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer.18 But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you.19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.20 These are what defile you. Eating with unwashed hands will never defile you.”

On the surface level, the pharisees looked great. They were washing their hands and following all the religious traditions. But they were more concerned with behavior than heart.

Love the Lord your God with ALL of you HEART.

The real down deep where either weeds from sin or fruitful flowers from His Word originate.

How do we GUARD THIS GARDEN? How do we maintain this HEART from where our life flows?

Ask the Lord to help you get down to the

ROOT

Recognize weeds

Out by the root 

Over analyze – find the lie

Truth planted instead

Recognize weeds – This is usually pretty easy. What is unlovely in your life? Let’s start there. What is not bearing life and fruit, but instead thorns and pain? (Yelling at the kids).

Out by the root – Ask the Lord to show you why you are behaving this way on the outside. What is the belief system this behavior is rooted in? Where is it stemming from? (I want the chores to get done quickly!)

Over analyze to find the lie – Now find the lie contrary to the word of God. Why is this not a good thing rooted in truth? (Because training my kids up in the Lord is the most important, over the swiftness of the chores).

Truth planted instead: Search His Word for truth to plant in your heart instead. (“Train up a child in the way he should go;  even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6). Believe that the Lord is doing a good work there through that WORD He has given you to replace the lie, which will grow life and beauty instead of sin and death. 

A garden (Heart) grown from His WORD will be full of Him and full of life!

Guard your garden from the ROOT friends, let’s really love the LORD from the depths!

New Here? See what’s going on below.

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

Life Simplified

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 3:Mind

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

Facebook:  Like  Refocused Bible Study Page,

Instagram: Follow @RefocusedBibleStudy

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! ❤️🎉

$10

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!

Amy

Treasure in Heaven – All of My Heart: Day 3

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Luke 12:34

Once upon a time, there was. an orphan girl whose future was bleak. She knew it too, and she found herself hopeless, knowing she couldn’t change her predicament unless someone greater than herself would show her kindness.

Along came the king of the land, and instead of passing by this needy young girl, he stopped the royal procession. He saw straight to her heart, all her needs were obvious to him. And unlike many other rulers, he cared. He was deeply moved and loved her from the moment he saw her.

He invited her to come and live in the palace with Him and his family; not as a subject, but as a fully adopted daughter. The girl went from being a destitute orphan to a princess instantly, all because of the compassion of the King.

Obviously, the newfound princess became totally invested in the Kingdom of the outrageously loving Father. She quickly realized this was not a stepdaughter, Cinderella deal. She was seated at the head table with the King, served the same meals he ate, and adorned with a beautiful headdress where ashes of mourning used to rest.

The daughter quickly asked what she could do personally with all the riches she had been given. She remembered all of the hurting and hungry orphans she used to roam the streets with, lost and looking for real food to eat. She sincerely wanted to share her father’s compassion and endless riches, and she knew He had a supply that would never run out.

So she set to work, always asking her Father for his wisdom and direction on how to work out this vision for the needy in the land. Though he was busy, he was always available to impart his insight, and she was always blown away by the depth of his direction. She made some mistakes, but every time, her father forgave her and saw her heart was pure and desiring to build her father’s kingdom in love.

The King was diligent in guarding the work his daughter was doing with his soldiers. No thief or power was able to overcome her plans. The people whom she was touching with her father’s riches were forever changed and fell in love with her father, the King as they saw he was a good ruler, worthy of their adoration and respect.

This is your story, daughter. 

Adopted by the King of Kings.

Adorned with His Endless riches.

Moved to reach out and invest His love in the Kingdom, knowing the Father is guarding this work with powers stronger than the darkness.

What’s stopping you from building His Kingdom and storing treasure that won’t fade?

Are you operating in the riches of your Father? Or are you stuck believing you have to provide for yourself?

 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:32-34

New Here? See what’s going on below. 

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

Life Simplified

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 3:Mind

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

Facebook:  Like  Refocused Bible Study Page,

Instagram: Follow @RefocusedBibleStudy

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! ❤️🎉

$10

Buy Now ButtonAll of Me: Loving God with ALL your Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength  I hope you will join us as we journey through the greatest commandment!

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A PURE HEART: Day 2 of “ALL of ME”

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

What if God had some sort of Lasik eye surgery for our hearts, so that we could see Him more clearly? Because we know, if we can see Him more clearly we will continue on this journey of loving Him with more of our hearts.

Good news, He does! We find many passages in scripture to run to when we need our hearts cleansed. Here’s one:

Psalm 51: 7-12

7Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Did you see that, sisters? the psalmist lets us in on a secret here…

IT’S THE LORD WHO PURIFIES OUR HEARTS.

With the heart of a loving, perfect father, laid bare before him, we ask Him

to BLOT OUT

WASH

CLEANSE

TEACH

PURGE

CREATE

RENEW

RESTORE

and UPHOLD us.

Pick the word that most speaks to you above insert it in the sentence below. Let this be your prayer for a purer heart to see and love him more.

Lord, _______________________ my heart. By the blood of Jesus I come. Amen.

He is so faithful. Only a HOLY God can purify a human heart to be able to see a Him for who He really is:

GOOD

STEADFAST

ABUNDANT in MERCY.

BETTER THAN ANY WORDS.

SO GOOD.

Praying for you, sweet sisters!

Loving Him with MORE of our HEARTS by evaluating our treasure is tomorrow!

New Here? See what’s going on below. 

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

Life Simplified

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 3:Mind

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

Facebook:  Like  Refocused Bible Study Page,

Instagram: Follow @RefocusedBibleStudy

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! ❤️🎉

$10

Buy Now ButtonAll of Me: Loving God with ALL your Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength  I hope you will join us as we journey through the greatest commandment!

Amy

All of My Heart, Day 1: Underneath the Facade: Loved Deeply

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!

New Here? See what’s going on below. 

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

Life Simplified

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 3:Mind

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

Facebook:  Like  Refocused Bible Study Page,

Instagram: Follow @RefocusedBibleStudy

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! ❤️🎉

$10

Buy Now ButtonAll of Me: Loving God with ALL your Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength  I hope you will join us as we journey through the greatest commandment!

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New Study! All of Me: Loving God with ALL your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength starts Monday

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

Life Simplified

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!

Video for Week 1:HEART Below!

Tell me about the Study!

It’s a four week study

Week 1: Heart

Week 2: Soul

Week 3:Mind

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!Here’s 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

Facebook:  Like  Refocused Bible Study Page,

Instagram: Follow @RefocusedBibleStudy

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! ❤️🎉

$10

      Buy Now ButtonAll of Me: Loving God with ALL your Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength 

I hope you will join us as we journey through the greatest commandment!

Amy

God’s Love: Think HIGHER

God created you to be extraordinary, to fulfill plans you can only imagine in your wildest dreams. His love for you reaches to the heavens, and his plans for you reach that high, too.

We are going to need a confident heart, like David had in the psalm below to keep reaching for these dreams:

Psalm 57

7My heart is confident in you, O God;
my heart is confident.
No wonder I can sing your praises!
8Wake up, my heart!
Wake up, O lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn with my song.
9I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.
I will sing your praises among the nations.
10For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
11Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.
May your glory shine over all the earth.

How high does the love of God reach? Today I want to encourage all of us, his word says it reaches to the clouds.

As I prayed through this verse today, God reminded me of how BIG he is.

He reminded me to dream far up, BIG DREAMS.

He reminded me to REACH for the stars.

I want His GLORY to SHINE over all the earth.
When David pinned these words, he was hiding in the cave from King Saul. God soon sent 400 men to come and fight with him. David could have stayed hidden away, praying small prayers for God to simply keep him hidden and help him live a quiet, safe life in the wilderness.

But God had other plans.

And David knew he had a BIG GOD.

I want to look up into the sky and be reminded that His love and faithfulness are as HIGH as the heavens and REACH to the clouds.

I want to believe he has BIG PLANS for me, because he does.

And he has BIG PLANS for you, too.

Sometimes those plans seem small to us, but they have a large, immeasurable impact in God’s eyes.

After adopting our daughter from Africa, I came to remember that the day to day mothering and homemaking in my home was just as important to God as the orphan rescuing.

What dreams are God stirring in your heart? Is your motive to shine His GLORY over all the earth, and to spread his love? Then pray about it, and go for it!

Keep looking up to the heavens, remembering his high love for you reaches places you cannot imagine!

This week I’m giving away a copy of “The Love Letters” Bible Study, based on the Ephesians 3 verse above. I’ll be posting about it this week, filling our hearts with reminders of how incredibly God loves us, so that starting next week on Monday, we can begin walking through loving God with more of ALL of ourselves. (Mark 12:30).

The new study based on Mark 12:30 (Loving God with ALL of you) will be available tomorrow!

So, how do I enter the giveaway?

If you haven’t yet, follow this blog.

Facebook:  Like Refocused Bible Study Page, like and comment on the giveaway post. Extra entry for sharing! (There is a post on RefocusedBibleStudyPage)

Instagram: Follow @RefocusedBibleStudy, like the giveaway post, tag a friend in the comments!

Extra entries for each of the above! Giveaway winner announced on Friday,

Check out the Study Here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1542412846/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Journey through scripture to gain a greater understanding of God’s amazing love for you. This four week prayer journaling study will help you grow in your knowledge of how wide, long, high, and deep God’s love runs for you. Visit RefocusedBibleStudy.com (you are here now:) and go under “The Love Letters” tab you will find a blog post to guide you through each day of the study

t’s the perfect Valentine’s present for preteen girls up to grandmothers! ❤

The study on Mark 12:30 will be a downloadable study for purchase but there will also be a free reading/scripture writing option. We want you here to engage in God’s Word in a personal way and know Jesus more intimately!

Enter that giveaway, grab a copy of the Love Letters Study for you and a friend for Valentine’s Day, and enjoy walking the dimensions of God’s Love for you this week here at Refocused.

Praying for you,

Amy

God’s Love: Think LONGER

“If we have a greater understanding of how much God loves us, we are going to have a greater and greater love for him in return. It is a natural response, an authentic movement of a heart to endear someone whom they know genuinely endears them.”

These words flowed from a place in my heart God had been stirring for a while. I just wanted to love Him more. I just wanted my family to love him more and more everyday. Then Jesus dawned it on me: “They need to understand more and more how much I love them Amy, and then they will love me more and more. Then you will love me more and more.”

So that became my starting prayer. That is the pinnacle of the “Love Letters” study I wrote. That is the goal of my life. My determined purpose. To know Him, to know His love more and more everyday, and for those around me to know it. It changes everything.

This ever increasing knowledge of His love especially changes your love for Him. You can’t help but love Him more as you greater understand this love that is so great, it is IMMEASURABLE. It’s lengths cannot be measured. But it can be contrasted. It can be studied according to His Word.

Today we are let’s consider  how long God’s love is for us, as we consider how long he will walk among us. This morning I read this chapter, and thought about it all day. All day while I homeschooled my kids, ran them to their different extracurricular activities, grocery shopped with all 3 of them in tow, and cooked them dinner.

The thing God kept reminding me was: He was there among us, in our midst during all of this everyday stuff.

He was there this morning when I felt like taking a day off the daily grind. (Thankfully I persevered 🙂

He was there when I wanted to ask my daughter how she couldn’t remember how to add her simple addition problems.

He was there when I wanted to yell at their bickering, helping me take a deep breath instead and kindly direct them to “pick out of the get along jar.”

He was there when I went over budget at the grocery store and helped me swallow my mistake with a gulp of grace for myself.

He was there when my daughter spilt milk all over my husband.

He was there in the fun times when we were writing out scripture together and smiling.

He was there when we were sitting around the table for dinner, laughing and joking.

(As you can see, my day got progressively better:)

The point is, He was walking among us every step today, seeing the good, bad and the UGLY. And he was loving us every single second.

Practice being aware of His loving presence!

Leviticus 26

9“I will look favorably upon you, making you fertile and multiplying your people. And I will fulfill my covenant with you.

10You will have such a surplus of crops that you will need to clear out the old grain to make room for the new harvest!

11I will live among you, and I will not despise you.

12I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people.

13I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so you would no longer be their slaves. I broke the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk with your heads held high.

<<<<Walk in His Love with your heads held high>>>>

This week I’m giving away a copy of “The Love Letters” Bible Study, based on the Ephesians 3 verse above. I’ll be posting about it this week, filling our hearts with reminders of how incredibly God loves us, so that starting next week on Monday, we can begin walking through loving God with more of ALL of ourselves. (Mark 12:30).

The new study based on Mark 12:30 (Loving God with ALL of you) will be available later this week!

So, how do I enter the giveaway?

If you haven’t yet, follow this blog.

Facebook:  Like Refocused Bible Study Page, like and comment on the giveaway post. Extra entry for sharing! (There is a post on RefocusedBibleStudyPage)

Instagram: Follow @RefocusedBibleStudy, like the giveaway post, tag a friend in the comments!

Extra entries for each of the above! Giveaway winner announced on Friday,

Check out the Study Here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1542412846/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Journey through scripture to gain a greater understanding of God’s amazing love for you. This four week prayer journaling study will help you grow in your knowledge of how wide, long, high, and deep God’s love runs for you. Visit RefocusedBibleStudy.com (you are here now:) and go under “The Love Letters” tab you will find a blog post to guide you through each day of the study

t’s the perfect Valentine’s present for preteen girls up to grandmothers! ❤

The study on Mark 12:30 will be a downloadable study for purchase but there will also be a free reading/scripture writing option. We want you here to engage in God’s Word in a personal way and know Jesus more intimately!

Enter that giveaway, grab a copy of the Love Letters Study for you and a friend for Valentine’s Day, and enjoy walking the dimensions of God’s Love for you this week here at Refocused.

Praying for you,

Amy