daily devotional

Your life is your story. How do you like the story you’re living? If you’re not thrilled with it, or not proud of it, know you can change your story.

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 doesn’t just want to help you get healthy on the outside, he wants to heal you on the inside. God 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? Will you confess your struggle?

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.

I have a life beyond my wildest dreams waiting for me but there’s work within that must happen first. My highest potential awaits and if I want to live it, I must fully surrender.

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. I have 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. Your habits. Your choices. Your priorities.

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.