daily devotional

Psalm 18: 24 MSG “God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.”

Your story changes when you fully open your heart to God. When you hold nothing back and invite God to rearrange, revamp, restore, renew, and rewrite any thing and all things. But what we typically do is we wait until things fall completely apart and then we present this one area of our lives to God in desperation, holding everything else back. When will we understand God isn’t interested in just fixing your marriage, he wants to fix your relationship with YOU too. He wants to go to work on every part of you and restore you to exactly who he created you to be. And he can. Oh yes, he can. But he won’t without your invitation.

Will you open the book of your heart to his eyes? Meaning, will you fully surrender everything to him? Will you stop pretending like you can hide those thoughts you’re having from God? Will you stop pretending like God doesn’t already know exactly how you’ve been feeling? Where is your surrender in what you’ve been holding back? Why do we hold so tightly to control when life is spinning out of control? Why do we refuse to fall to our knees without being knocked there? Whew, we are some hard headed girls aren’t we? There’s an easier faster way my friend, surrender fully now.

Psalm 129: 23 & 24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”

That’s a bold prayer asking God to search your heart and test you. Don’t pray it if you’re not ready. But this is the secret to the next level of living. This is the key to stepping into your destiny. The boldness to say, “Lord, if there’s anything I’m doing wrong, SHOW ME, I want to fix it.”

How many times are we so fixated on what the other person is doing wrong that we miss the fact we’ve royally screwed up too? God, show me where I am wrong too, I’m ready to change that.

How many times are we wallowing as the victim when we caused some of the pain too? God, show me where I need to get better. I’m ready to work.

It’s time to go first. Tell God you’re willing to go first. You won’t wait on things to change, you’ll go first. You won’t wait on him or her to start trying, you’ll go first. Me, it’s me God wants to work on and in. I’ve been holding up the progress here.
How many times are we taking part in conversations that simply shouldn’t be had, saying things we know we shouldn’t be saying, but doing it any way? Oh God, convict me!

Last weekend I was leading our team in prayer before retreat began and as I was praying, these words just came out of my mouth “if we’re in any conversation that is not pleasing to you, convict us in that moment and help us redirect the conversation.” Oh boy, I can’t even tell you how many times my conversations were redirected in that 46 hours. I was aware of everything that could be seen as gossip or complaining and suddenly I had the big picture view of how my words could change the situation. And hey, that comes from this rapid girl who often leaps before I look and speaks before I think! That’s just a miracle. That’s God at work after surrendering not only a heart, but a mouth to him!

Will you pray that bold prayer and ask God to search you and point out anything that offends him? Will you ask him where you may be wrong so that you can change it? What if your husband is doing a million things wrong, but God first wants you to go to work on what YOU are doing wrong? What if she isn’t right, but neither are you and God’s starting with you? What if your breakthrough to the next level is dependent on the one thing you’ve still been holding back from God? Are you willing to go first?

Are you ready for God to search you? Are you ready for God to rewrite the text of your life and give you one heck of a story? It starts here. Lord, here’s my heart … I give it to you fully. Change anything that needs to be changed. I hold nothing back.

In my life I’ve found God simply wasn’t interested in changing anyone around me until I was first willing to change. When I prayed that God would change one of my children in the choices they were making, He first went to work on my heart. I delayed progress because I fought that change in me. Maybe you’ve been doing the same in an area of your life. You’re begging for God to help, but what have you been holding back?

Surrender it all now. Your attitude. Your plans. Your ways. Your timeline. Lord, here I am. Search me. Know my heart. Test me. Point out anything that isn’t right in me and give me the courage and strength to change it. I will go first.