Saturday, March 7, 2015

How does Jesus renew our hearts and minds?

Good morning all-

I have a lot on my mind today so I decided to sit and write instead of clean.  I'm not sure my actions are going to help at all today but I'm counting on Jesus to multiply my time.  Being with Him is far more important than vacuuming, don't you think?  Anyway, How does Jesus renew our hearts and minds?  Dumb question you might say, however, I think it's crucial for us to think about.

Renewing our hearts and minds is not easy.  We are known to be stubborn, hard headed and have opinions that are not easily changed.  We get hurt easily and don't get over it instantly.  If you just said to yourself, "That's not me."  Good for you but I haven't met too many women that aren't like this. Oh, and then there is the worry, fear, and expectations of not measuring up.  You know those nasty thoughts that come into your head.  "I wish I was skinnier."  "Couldn't God have given me better hair, personality or intelligence?" It's all there ladies, let's not kid ourselves.  We don't always dress for our man, most times we are dressing for the ladies, they are the one's that notice.  So in a world full of distractions, how do we renew our most valuable assets?  The answer:  We go to Jesus!

Scripture has always helped me with my thought life.  I can visualize something I have read and it comforts me but lately, the changing of my mind is coming through memorizing Scripture.  As a kid, I could memorize about anything.  It was my strongest asset.  And then as I got older, life got busier and I said, "I can't do that, I don't have time."  Did you just pause and feel convicted?  I know, me too.  That didn't make me do it though.  What has been revolutionary in my walk this past couple of years is my need for Jesus.  I don't have parents to run to anymore an although I have wonderful friends you can't tell them all your nasty thoughts, so where do you go?  Exactly and that's how I made my decision to join the Siestas this year.  There are three women that have made a huge impact on my life in the last years and Beth Moore is one of them.  She is so cute and so wise.  She loves the Lord with all her heart and she is real. She feels, she fails and she repents.  She is no different then any of us but she does have something I want and that's a mind that is renewed by memorization of verses.  

Her last post was a video on encouragement.  It was wonderful but what I liked about it most is how she said the Word must become personal.  Hmm.  You have to ponder that for a moment, dont' you?  Have you heard that before?  Jesus is relational, your walk with Him is personal, your purpose is His to direct and on and on and on.  Right?  She said that the most important part of remembering the Word was to thank Jesus!  So, this week, I just couldn't remember my verse.  I even spoke to Jesus and said, "I want to remember Your words."  So I read my blog again that had Romans 14:8 and how that Scripture has impacted my thought life, so why can't I remember it?  Oh, how beautiful our Lord is.  This morning I woke up and recited the whole thing!  Praise Jesus.

My mind is being renewed and as I read and pray; He will renew my heart.  The Scripture has to impact those stubborn brains of ours so that our heart can open up to the possibilities of change.  We are imperfect but boy do we have a beautiful Savior.  I'm praising Him today for all the times He's helped me change.  I have a long way to go but twice a month I feel challenged to change.  Thank you Beth for hearing God's call and challenging the women that follow Him.  If you've never participated, I challenge you.  There are so many small Scriptures.  You don't have to memorize a chapter, you just need to memorize something that will renew you.  Be well my sisters and feel the Holy Spirit guiding you towards Him and remember, spend time with Him!  All the work we have to do is not as important as the minutes we spend with Him.

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. (‭Psalms‬ ‭57‬:‭7‬ KJV)

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭6‬ NIV)

My prayer today:

O, Lord, thank You for Your abundance.  We come to You today confessing our failures and our lack of desire, time and commitment.  We know what we should be doing but life carries us into the storm and we are led far from you.  We commit to needing You and if it is in You will, helping us renew our minds and hearts with the small quantities of time we have.  You are a God that loves devotion so as I write I am praying for my sisters all over the world.  Help them Jesus and give them the resources to come You.  We want to renew our hearts and minds through You!  In Jesus name, AMEN

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