The Whole Heart Challenge – Chapter 4

Today we are discussing chapter 4 of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. In this chapter we touch on seeking the Lord. In a way, this entire book is about seeking the Lord. It might sound obvious to some, but I think in reality seeking the Lord is something we forget to do. Life gets in the way, and we just try to get through each day. We have to be intentional about seeking God first in our lives. When I began to seek the Lord with all my heart, mind, and soul it changed my life. When we intentionally seek God, our eyes will be opened and we will see Him everywhere. We will realize just how much He cares and how He is in our everyday lives. In turn, this also draws us closer to Him. It is an awesome feeling to know the Lord is by your side all day and every day. Seeking God is not something I ever intend to give up. Seeking the Lord is a lifelong journey. And the amazing thing is that we will never run out of things to learn about God. And He will never stop molding us to be more like Jesus.

Share in the comments: Was there something from this chapter of the book that resonated with you?

Don’t forget to check out today’s song: First by Lauren Daigle

(If you want to join the Whole Heart Challenge, then I invite you to grab a copy of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. We will meet up here each Tuesday and Saturday throughout the month to discuss each of the nine chapters in the book.)

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The Whole Heart Challenge – Chapter 3

Today we are discussing chapter 3 of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. In chapter 3 we talk about prayer. Some people are amazing prayer warriors and consistently meet the Lord in prayer. But there are many people who hesitate when it comes to prayer. At times we might feel as though we are bothering God, because our troubles seem trivial in comparison to larger problems others are facing. But one important thing to remember is that God cares. God cares about you, and God cares about the things you are going through. He will never turn you away when you meet Him in prayer.

I like to keep a list of people and issues to pray about. This helps me to pray for them often and not forget something or someone. I have found that spending time with God first thing in the morning is the best way to start the day. But I also talk to the Lord all throughout the day. I also often pray when I am in bed and trying to sleep. This helps me to end my day with the Lord and gives me contentment as I drift off to sleep. And I also like to pray while I am driving, since I have a long commute. Try to find different times and methods that work best for you. God will always be there, ready to listen!

Share in the comments: Was there something from this chapter of the book that resonated with you?

Don’t forget to check out today’s song: Broken Prayers by Riley Clemmons

(If you want to join the Whole Heart Challenge, then I invite you to grab a copy of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. We will meet up here each Tuesday and Saturday throughout the month to discuss each of the nine chapters in the book.)

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Today’s Song

It’s me again! I originally had the wrong link for today’s song! I have now corrected it on my website. But if you read your post via email and not the website, your email will still have the wrong link. So here is the corrected link! Sorry about that!

Word of God Speak by MercyMe

The Whole Heart Challenge – Chapter 2

Today we are discussing chapter 2 of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. In this chapter we see the importance of reading our Bibles every day. There are a lot of things we can do in our daily lives to draw closer to the Lord. But I believe in my own life, this one habit has helped me grow the most. I love opening my Bible and seeing what God wants to show me each morning. In my book I wrote about a time when I was on vacation and had skipped reading my Bible for a few days. Well, something similar happened again recently. Due to my busy schedule, I was not reading my Bible every morning. You’d think I would’ve known better! My days felt messy and I lost my sense of peace. So I vowed to not let that happen again. Reading the Bible each morning really does connect us to the Lord, it helps us face our day, and it brings us some much needed serenity. God longs to spend time with us and will happily meet us as we sit down with His Word in front of us.

Share in the comments: Was there something from this chapter of the book that resonated with you?

Don’t forget to check out today’s song: Word of God Speak by MercyMe

(If you want to join the Whole Heart Challenge, then I invite you to grab a copy of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. We will meet up here each Tuesday and Saturday throughout the month to discuss each of the nine chapters in the book.)

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The Whole Heart Challenge – Chapter 1

I am so excited to be hosting the Whole Heart Challenge! I hope you are excited too! I decided to hold the challenge this month because it falls during Lent. If you want to join the Whole Heart Challenge, then I invite you to grab a copy of my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. We will meet up here each Tuesday and Saturday throughout the month to discuss each of the nine chapters in the book.

Today we are discussing chapter 1. One of the things that we touched on in this chapter of the book was the story of the prodigal son, which is found in Luke 15:11-32. I really love this parable because it illustrates just how much our heavenly Father loves us. When we walk on this earth, we will have doubts, pain, regrets, heartache, and difficulties. All of these things tend to consume us as we walk through them. As a result, they take our eyes off of our Father because we are too focused on our worries. And in turn, we might forget just how much the Lord loves us. As time goes on, we might let life get in the way of our relationship with Him. But when we read this story in the Bible, it reminds us of God’s unfailing love. And hopefully it will help draw us closer to Him. Whatever you are facing today, remember that God loves you beyond measure. And He will help you with any battle you might be up against. Just turn towards Him and He will be there.

Share in the comments: Was there something from this chapter of the book that resonated with you?

Here is today’s song. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Whole Heart by Brandon Heath.

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Happy Leap Day!

Happy Saturday! Happy Weekend! Happy Last Day of February! And Happy Leap Day! There is no official post for today. I just wanted to stop in and share two links with you.

Leap day is something that most of us do not give much thought about. But this year I invite you to make it a special day. To learn more, read my Christians Read blog post here: 86,400 Seconds.

And don’t forget, we have the Whole Heart Challenge starting soon. You can learn more about that by clicking here: The Whole Heart Challenge.

I hope you have a blessed day!

The Whole Heart Challenge

Do you long to draw closer to God? Do you want more of God’s presence? If the answer is yes, then I invite you to join the Whole Heart Challenge during the month of March. In the Whole Heart Challenge we will read through my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart, and meet up here to discuss. I chose to do this during the month of March, as this falls during Lent.

Depending on what church denomination(s) you have been to, you may or may not have heard of Lent. I currently go to a non-denominational church that doesn’t observe Lent. But I still find Lent to be a valuable time, so I prefer to observe it.

What is Lent? In anticipation of Easter, Lent is meant to be a time of spiritual reflection. It can be a very rich, soul-nourishing season if we make the right decisions.

When is Lent? Lent starts on Ash Wednesday (which lands on 2.26.20 this year) and lasts for about forty days. Lent ends just before Easter. (Easter will be on 4.12.20 this year.) Depending on the denomination (such as Catholic), some say it ends on Holy Thursday. But in the churches I went to when I was a child (such as Methodist), it was said to end on Holy Saturday.

You will often hear people say that they are giving up something for Lent. Some might say they are giving up chocolate or coffee (for example) in the name of the Lord. They are sacrificing something that they love, for God. However, rather than giving something up, another option would be to add something new to your routine. And that is what I plan to do this year, by hosting the Whole Heart Challenge. And I hope you will join me on this journey!

There are nine chapters in my book, Giving God Your Whole Heart. So we will meet up here each Tuesday and Saturday to discuss a chapter. You will need to grab a copy of my book and read the corresponding chapter by the date listed below.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – Chapter 1
Saturday, March 7, 2020 – Chapter 2
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – Chapter 3
Saturday, March 14, 2020 – Chapter 4
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – Chapter 5
Saturday, March 21, 2020 – Chapter 6
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – Chapter 7
Saturday, March 28, 2020 – Chapter 8
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – Chapter 9

I am looking forward to the challenge and I hope you are too. I pray that by Easter, we all will see that we have drawn closer to God and deepened our faith!

One more thing. When we went through the Redeemed Challenge a few months ago, many of you especially enjoyed the corresponding song with each post. So, I decided to include music videos once again. Here is a song to get you warmed up! This song has been a theme song for me as I pursue writing and working for the Kingdom of God. And it fits well with the Whole Heart Challenge. Basically this song relays the message that I don’t want to just go through the motions. I want to be all in. Enjoy! The Motions by Matthew West

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Navigating Life

I am not perfect and I never will be. You are not perfect and you never will be. (Sorry) The only person who walked this earth who was perfect was Jesus.

I make mistakes every day. You probably make mistakes at times too.

I am not better than you. You are not better than me. The only person I strive to be better than each day is the person that I was the day before. We should all strive to improve and grow in our Christian walk. And as long as we are on this earth, God will mold us more and more to be like Jesus.

We are not here to judge one another (Matthew 7:1). Jesus is the ultimate judge (Acts 10:42).

But if we do see one another sinning, we are to steer our Christian sibling in the right direction (Matthew 18:15-20). However we should also encourage one another and build one another up with love (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

We should seek to extend grace trying to think the best of others. We are all Christians (hopefully), doing our best (hopefully).

But we still have to remember that even though we live in this world, we are not of this world (John 15:19). And we need to be careful who we associate with (Proverbs 13:20). We have to be careful what we feed our minds; and we have to allow God to transform our minds (Romans 12:2).

So what is my point with all this? It can be difficult to navigate life in this world. And I think it’s even more difficult for Christians.

I strive to be open. I strive to be loving. God has extended so much grace, mercy, and forgiveness to me. And I strive to also extend grace, mercy, and forgiveness to others. But sometimes I fall short. As I said, I am not perfect. So each day I try to do better than the day before.

We should strive to be the light of Jesus to those around us (Matthew 5:16). After all, Jesus said to make disciples of all the nations (Matthew 28:16-20).

But it takes a delicate balance. Jesus also said that if someone doesn’t listen or welcome us, we shouldn’t stick around (Matthew 10:14). And ultimately we also have to guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23). We cannot allow toxic things to take residence in our minds and hearts. At times those toxic things might come from other people. So this might mean making difficult decisions in our relationships.

Ultimately, I pray that, as Christians, we can put our best foot forward. I pray we can meet one another with grace and love. I pray we can encourage one another and build each other up.

So how exactly can we navigate our lives? How can we know if we are making the right decisions, have the right friendships, are saying the right things, or are doing the right things? It all boils down to one question:

Am I honoring God?

If the answer is no, then something has to change. Am I honoring God with my words? If not, then they need to change. Am I honoring God with my actions? If not, then they need to change. Am I honoring God with my relationships? If not, then they need to change. Am I honoring God with fill in the blank? If not, then blank needs to change.

As I said earlier, we will all make mistakes. But we can start over in this very moment. Starting right here and right now we can strive to honor God with our words, actions, and relationships. If we make a mistake tomorrow, then we can pick up the pieces and start over again. God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23).

Are you with me? Will you strive to honor God in all you do? Then you can’t go wrong as you navigate life.

© 2020 Bridget A. Thomas

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Biblical Prayers About God’s Love (Part 2 of 2)

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. On this day, many of us look to other people for love. But people can never love us perfectly. God’s love is the perfect love. So this is a great time to remind ourselves of just how much He loves us.

In the last post, we began talking about God’s love for us. Sometimes this can be really hard for us to understand. We might say that we know He loves us. But believing it deep in our core is another story. Getting into the Bible and praying scriptures about God’s love can help you unleash a new power in your life. Here are some more of those Biblical prayers about God’s love.

Abba Father, I know that You love me so very much and You are by my side through every difficulty. And if You are for me, then who can be against me? (Romans 8: 31)

God, the enemy likes to tell me how disappointed You are in me. But I know that You are merciful and gracious. You are slow to anger and You are abounding in steadfast love. (Psalm 103:8)

Father, I am thankful that I don’t have to earn Your love. By grace I have been saved through faith. This was not my own doing. It is a gift from You. So I thank You that You love me unconditionally and that I do not have to work for it. (Ephesians 2:8)

Lord, I know You are always with me. Thank You that You loved me first, and this in turn helped me to love You. (1 John 4:19)

Heavenly Father, it’s astonishing just how much You love me. And I am in awe and amazement that You love me just as much as You love Jesus. (John 17:23)

God, sometimes it feels like You’re silent. But I know that You have not forgotten me, for Your Word says that You have engraved me on the palms of Your hands. (Isaiah 49:16)

Lord, when I am facing a problem, I turn to You. You are my rock and my refuge. (Psalm 62:7)

Dear Father, I don’t ever want to doubt Your love. I want to remember that with You in my life, there is always hope. Please help me to remember that Your love has been poured into my heart through the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:3-5)

Lord, Your steadfast love never ceases. Your mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Dear God, I overflow with gratitude when I think about the fact that You are always with me, You take great delight in me, and You rejoice over me with singing. Thank You for Your beautiful love. (Zephaniah 3:17)

© 2020 Bridget A. Thomas

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Biblical Prayers About God’s Love (Part 1 of 2)

Do you struggle with accepting God’s love for you? I know this can be hard to grasp. We can be hard on ourselves and only see our own faults and mistakes. So we think that is the way God sees us too. But once we become children of God, He sees us with unconditional love. He sees us as clean and white as snow. He sees Jesus when He looks at us. Here are some Biblical prayers you can pray, to help the love of God get deep within your soul.

Father, help me to remember how much You love me. For when I was still a sinner, Christ died for me. (Romans 5:8)

God, when I am worried, I ask You to help me remember that I should not fear. You are with me and You will strengthen me, as You uphold me with Your righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

Lord, when I am feeling down, I pray that You help me to keep in mind that You loved me so much that You gave Your only Son for me. And if I believed in Him, then I would not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Abba Father, when I doubt Your love for me, please remind me that nothing can ever separate me from Your love. (Romans 8:35-39)

Heavenly Father, I believe that You love me. You are love and whoever abides in love abides in You, and You abide in them. (1 John 4:16)

Father, I am not going to forget how deeply You love me. I know that You loved me so much that You sent Your Son to atone for my sins. (1 John 4:10)

God, when things in life are difficult, I will not fear. I will remember that You are on my side. And if You are on my side, what can man do to me? (Psalm 118:6)

Lord, how could I ever possibly doubt Your love? For there is no greater love than laying down One’s life. (John 15:13)

Abba Father, I thank You for loving me. And I thank you for healing me when I am broken-hearted. (Psalm 147:3)

Heavenly Father, each and every day I vow to remember that You have loved me so much with an everlasting and unfailing love. (Jeremiah 31:3)

© 2020 Bridget A. Thomas

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