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Awakening Your Heart

on March 26, 2014

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In the same way, let your light shine before men,
that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep. I believe it is one of God’s best gifts. As the first light of dawn begins to peek through my blinds, I am reminded of God’s radiance—His light—and how He shines in us so others can more readily see who He is, His character.

But sometimes we feel anything but radiant. We get tired, we act selfishly and we don’t always feel like the light of Christ is shining very strongly in us. Or, when people speak harsh words against us, we sense our self-esteem growing dimmer and dimmer like a faulty light bulb.

It is at times like that we need to wake up on the inside to the light of truth.

God’s powerful and consistent love is the light He shines in us; He scatters the darkness and attracts others to us with His light and love so we can point them to the truth.

In the dark times of our lives we need a “Great Awakening.” Like the spiritual great awakenings throughout history, we need revival to spread first in our lives and then in those around us.

When we begin to focus on God instead of our problems, then we find greater strength and more peace. We discover courage to believe.

How can we focus on God and not our problems? In your prayer time, tell God about your needs. Hang out with Him. Linger for a while. Thank Him for all He has done. Tell God how good and faithful He is. Then listen. In the stillness, He speaks.

You may also want to listen to some Christian music. Prayer, praise, listening and spending time with other committed Christ-followers are all excellent ways to reawaken your heart and connect with God.

Trust for God to wake up your heart and find new joy. Like the sunrise peering over the edge of the horizon, your slumbering self will once again delight in God’s goodness for you.

Lord, fill me with Your love and Your light. I need to remember Your truth; You will take care of me, You will provide for all I need. Drive away the darkness and doubt. Help me to know You more—and trust You. Let others see Your radiance in me and be forever changed too. Thank You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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One response to “Awakening Your Heart

  1. Carole Brown says:

    Lovely post, Jackie and so true. Turning to God to let the light shine thru is necessary.

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