Quiet time rarely occurs in my house. And I'm a tired mama who loves her sleep. I'm not as disciplined as I should be in getting up early before the little monkeys arise to have my time with the Lord. So, I try to get little nibbles of my Daily Bread where I can.
It's a wonderful rainy morning here in Atlanta. The two big girls are at school, the baby is snoozing in her crib for her morning nap, only one monkey is up and around. I'm trying to get her to zone out in front of Elmo, though she's not one to sit still.
I grab my coffee, open my daily Bible reading and WHAM! God meets me right where I am (He always does!) I'm finishing up the books of the Law. I'm at the end of Deuteronomy, which happens to be one of my favorite books of the Bible. There's such great wisdom as to how to shape our families as Believers.
I'd love to share what God said to me this morning, Deut. 30:6:
"The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live."
What more do I want for my life and the life of my children than to love my precious LORD with all my heart and with all my soul? However, I'm sinful and my heart is divided. As much as I want to, I do not love my LORD with all my heart and with all my soul. In fact, I can't. And that's what He reminded me of this morning. I NEED him to circumcise my heart and my children's hearts so that I am able to love Him the way He calls me to.
Then He continued to speak to me with verses 19 and 20...
"Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."
I love that. Choose life. The way we live is a choice. It's up to me to fall to my knees and ask the LORD to circumcise my heart. He won't make me. He wants me to, but He won't make me. Often times He'll send circumstances in my life to help me bend my knee. But I'm the one that has to "open the door". (Rev. 3:20)
And then He encouraged me even more in verses 11 and 14...
"Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it."
Thanks, precious LORD, for that sweet reminder that your Word is very near (on my kitchen table, in fact!). And when I read it and meditate on it, it's hidden in my heart so that I may not sin against You. (Psalm 119:11). Circumcise my heart so that I may love you with all my heart and all my soul and live. Amen.