Thursday, January 11, 2007

God, My Father-My Heart, His Home

At our small group last night, we learned about making our heart Christ's home. The small group leader went into detail about different rooms and the things that may be in those rooms. It really illuminated many things to me and convicted me, as well. Here is the link to the whole article that is written by Robert Boyd Munger http://www.spiritwatch.org/hearthome.htm. Check it out. It is quite long, but well worth the read.

I really am quite blessed. I don't realize it or even appreciate it, but when I think back on my life, I can definitely see it. I have always went to church. We didn't miss a Sunday unless we were very sick. It is only in the last few years, however, that I have seen that going to church is not the only key to being a Christian. I can go to church every single day for the rest of my life and still not have a relationship with Christ.

Main Entry: re·la·tion·ship
Pronunciation: -sh&n-"ship
Function: noun
1 : the state of being related or interrelated
2 : the relation connecting or binding participants in a relationship: as a : KINSHIP b : a specific instance or type of kinship
3 a : a state of affairs existing between those having relations or dealings b : a romantic or passionate attachment

For our purpose, definition number two seems to fit the best, especially kinship. We are in a kinship with God. Kinship is defined as "the quality or state of being kin." Kin is defined as "relatives." This means that we are God's children. I am God's daughter. You are God's daughter. We are Sisters in Christ! God is my Father. Do you get it? Is it soaking into your mind? It is difficult, I know, because I still don't think that I get the total meaning of this. Your Father is God. Yes, you have an earthly father, but God is THE FATHER. This means that when we fall and scrape our spiritual knees, that God can kiss away the pain. He wants us to come and spend time with Him. Praying is not just for us. Praising is not just for us. Yes, both of these things make us feel better, but more importantly, it touches God's heart because He wants to spend time with us. Why? Because we are His children. That just blows my mind. God wants to spend time with me! Listening to my day (even though He knows what happened), spending quiet time with me, or just simply hearing me sing. Think about how much you love to spend time with your child-just one on one time listening and just being with them. God wants to spend that time with us even more. How much more wonderful could our lives be if we could understand that fully? I don't think we can even fathom it.

Lord, help me to fully get the fact that you are my Father. Let it soak into my mind, heart, and soul so that I can truly realize what I have in You. Thank You, Lord for always being there-waiting on me. Help me to be the daughter that you created me to be. I praise You! AMEN

Smiles and Loves! Janis

5 comments:

Deanna said...

First of all I think we must have passed on the way to each other's blogs - I just saw you comment!

WOW I needed this so much today - thank you.

I really struggle - in the full sense of that word - with who I am in Christ and who God says I am. The enemy has been slapping name tags on me for so long that I've grown accustomed to them and have even begun to answer to those names.

Your post is an encouragement - thanks!!

Cyndi said...

What a great reminder and a great encouragement.

I still have a little brochure/tract with Munger's "My Heart Christ's Home" in one of my Bibles. It was given to me by my 7th grade Sunday School teacher. I remember reading and rereading that growing up. Thanks for reminding me of it! I think I'll get it out and read it to my 7th grader. :)

Have a blessed weekend!

Chris said...

Great post!

Sissy B. said...

I have bookmarked this to read later...I read bits and pieces and I really liked what it said...off to church at the moment ;)

Julie said...

Very nice post, sis!

 

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