Heart Posture

Welcome

Hey there! So glad you stopped by!! If this is your first time, I am writing an encouragement type of blog every Monday. I also post every Friday about something God has placed on my heart or just about how my week has been. If you like what you see, make sure to give this blog post a like and give me a follow, so you don’t miss anything!

Before you start reading, I just wanted to tell you that you matter and you have a purpose. It may be hard to know that exactly right now, but I know that God has placed you exactly where He wants to. He will help you through everything. God has created you and loves you so much!

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.

1 John 3:1 NLT

Before I continue…

Have you ever thought about the way life works? Are you experiencing life through the worlds lens or Gods lens? Do you know what happens when you focus on God? How do you respond to things that happen in your life?

I know these questions can be a tad daunting and that is okay. You don’t have to know the answers to these questions. We simply won’t know the answers to every question, but they are good to ask every now and then. Depending on the season of life you find yourself in, you may have different answers than if you were in a different season.

For me, there have been coming my way and I have noticed HUGE differences in the way I respond to these various situations that are happening. This is fairly new to me and I am still working to figure it out. My heart has dramatically changed and I can only say it was because of God. I have spent more time with God and learning about Him in the past year than ever before. It is still a work in progress, but God has transformed me in a way that is unexplainable.

Example #1

When I worked and attended my previous church, I tithed. I did this out of doing it because the Bible says to do so. I was following the motions without having a certain feeling about it. I was doing it, to do it and hopefully please God in the process of doing so. This is a dangerous place to be and I never understood until recently.

This past weekend, I gave a gift ($20) I received as a tithe to my current church. I felt the need to give the entire amount I had received, even though it was a pretty small. In doing this, I saw a HUGE change with my heart posture. When tithing this time, I had a joy and an excitement to me that I hadn’t expected. I just wanted to give back to God. He has been moving so much in my life and I only wanted to show Him how thankful I am. I do not have a job at the moment and I just felt like I needed to give what I received back to my Father.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NIV

Example #2

For the past year, I have not been taking classes due to some medical challenges I have been experiencing. When I have taken classes previously, I have signed up for the required classes. I felt no emotion in doing this. I was not happy nor was I sad. I was just signing up for the classes to ensure I had a spot in the classes that would work with my schedule for the following semester. Not much to it.

I am planning on going back in the spring and feel led by God to do so. Since I have left, I have added a minor in psychology to my marketing major. Yes, it is a good combo, but not for the reason you may be thinking. I found out I don’t enjoy marketing and God is leading me into psychology. With this new minor in psychology, I have some psychology classes to take. I have never been so excited and joyful to be signing up for classes.

God has been teaching me patience and learning to trust His timing. These classes that I have signed up for are both online and don’t have a meeting time. My schedule is likely to change by the spring and this helps to ease the anxiety I may have faced if I had to be in classes at a certain time.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:6 NIV

Before You Go

In the examples I have given, I hope this shows you what happens when we are near to God and learning about Him daily. This week, I want to encourage you to take a look at where your heart is. You can look into the categories of tithing, serving, learning about Him, your response to various events, and giving.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Galatians 5:22-26 NIV

Love

Hello friends! Welcome to the first of many Monday posts. This Monday post is designed to create some encouragement for your week. It may be hard getting started in your busy to-dos that the week may bring, but as you read this post I pray that you would take moment to breathe, relax, and know that God’s got your back. Here’s to a great week! If you have any prayer requests, feel free to comment them or email me! I am praying for you ❤

Good Morning!

This morning I want to share about love. You may be asking, isn’t love just for relationships?!?!? The world has given us this false sense of love. After all, God is love. I want to dive into this subject and help teach you what God has been showing me. I am actively learning how to love others in the way God wants us to.

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

1 John 4:16 NIV

Love?

What is love? Is this an earthly thing or a Godly thing? Can we experience Godly love on earth? How should we love one another? The questions go on and on. I personally have had all of these various questions through the past couple of months. Love is something I don’t think we will ever be able to fully comprehend on earth.

God’s love is tremendously huge and is something I am still trying to wrap my head around. God sets the standard for love. He sent Jesus (His only Son) to earth to die on a cross for all of our sins, so we didn’t have to pay for our own sins. He was fully flesh and fully God. He was tempted. He was ridiculed. He prayed for those in need. He did not judge or condemn. He came so that He could save all of us from our evil desires.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:16-17 NIV

His Love is Real

When I first entered into christianity, I never understood why or how God could possibly love the world. I personally was going through a period of depression when I first going to church. I didn’t understand how much love God had for me at that time. I learned that God is literally love. No one or anything else can be love.

I have experienced God’s love multiple times since I started my relationship with Him and it is nothing of this world. Sometimes it is while I am worshipping Him, reading the Bible, walking outside, or simply crying out to Him. In loving others, we meet them where they are and we do not judge. God has not judged us and loves us no matter where we are. As we grow closer to God, we learn about love He has for us and then we are able to practice what He teaches us.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV

Before you go…

Life can be crazy and it is so easy to step away and not be focused on everything God has given us. God loves us so much and wants us to be in close communion with Him. As I leave you today, I just want to encourage you with some questions that you can ponder and seek God with as well as a song to help as you go through your week.

  • How important is your relationship with God currently?
  • Are you allowing God’s love into your life? If not, how could you allow God’s love into your life?
  • What can you do to spend time with God?