Unspeakable Joy Devotional

21st July

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Check Your Heart. I am not sure if you have heard of John Crist. A comedian I found through social media minus the bad language. It is hard to find someone to tell jokes, be funny and keep a clean mouth. He did a video once “Check Your Heart”. I thought it was pretty cute but find myself actually using it in my life. You see we do things sometimes like write blogs about the Bible and Jesus and then turn around are less than loving to others around us. I had a “Check Your Heart” moment on Friday. My morning started at 4 am and we tried to tie up all loose ends at our farmhouse project so we could leave for Waco by Noon because I was up to run at 6 pm at a barrel race. It was hot and we were in hurried mode. Upon arriving in Waco, time was limited, and I knew I needed to get my horses adjusted by a chiropractor. As I approached the booth the lady told me that I would have to wait and I may not get in. What!!!! Wait???? Who is this woman?? I had to catch my breathe and do a little “Check Your Heart”! As I pulled myself together, I took a deep breath, walked away and came back with a better attitude. I got in and my horses got their adjustments by the chiropractor. It all worked out. I have to be careful because if I want others to see Jesus in me I need to do a “Check Your Heart” often. We are not perfect and will make mistakes but take the time to “Check Your Heart” when making your thoughts into action.

Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Life is more than breathing. It’s about adventure and living for Jesus. It’s about being authentic and being who God has made and called us to be. We have to have constant heart checks, it’s not easy to stay motivated and fired up but it takes grace from God and also intentionally stirring up that fire, stirring up that passion on the inside and doing the stuff that fuels that focus and enthusiasm in God.

In Revelation 2:4 Jesus talks to the church in Ephesus and says “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left they first love.” God wants us to keep on growing with our first love, to keep our heart in the right place. It all comes back to intimacy with Jesus. Our heart has to be beating with passion for Jesus and his purposes.

How healthy is your heart today? “Check Your Heart”

Psalm 37:31 “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.”

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