Monday, May 23, 2016

Flowing From The Heart

Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:23 ESV

 For out of the abundance of the heart 
the mouth speaks.
Matthew 12:34 NKJV
Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119:11 NKJV
(Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 
by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)

I purchased this 1800's Bible and love looking at the well-used and worn pages that someone had read and loved.  They spent time in God's Word and the cover and pages show it.  The book is falling apart but the words are still there with loads of meaning.

How spent is your Bible?

"Today we don't even need one.  
We have The Bible App." 
Wow, just saying that makes me cringe.
Yes, I'm from the old school
but I try to live in this modern world by using what the younger generation uses. I do have the app, 
but somehow, it is not the same as holding the printed Word of God in my hands and reading the words I have underlined through the years.  Those words have meant something to me in times of need, in times of spiritual despair, in times of searching for God's presence.

Just having God's Holy Word in my hand is not the same as having it in my heart.  Life has meaning when God's Word enters my brain in my time of need.  I don't memorize well so I have to renew my memory by reading scripture again and again, by revisiting those underlined passages and reading them in context, by seeking God's will in those words as I turn the pages.

In times of sorrow, disappointment or despair, gladness, excitement or celebration...I remember that God is in my heart and flows out of it as I follow His calling.

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