With All My Heart

8 Aug

“Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.” Duet 6:5

I’ve done two Online Bible Studies with Proverbs 31 OBS but have never verse mapped before. The first thing I did when I wrote this verse on an index card was to cross out all the “your”‘s and replaced them with “my”. “Love the Lord my God, with all my heart, with all my soul and with all my strength”. Somehow this little act of personalizing this verse really spoke to my heart and opened a whole slew of realizations. First, even if I were to completely empty my heart of self–my past hurt and hang-ups, my regrets, my hang-ups,and the sin that creeps in slowly each day I could never have enough love to out give the love God showers on me. So what am I to do? Totally give up loving God because I can’t do it perfectly? No, that is not the answer. I believe we are to strive to love God with all that we can muster. How do we do that? When Jesus asked Peter “Do you love me?” three times and Peter kept saying “yes, Lord” what did our Lord tell him? “Then feed my sheep.” (See John 21:15-17) To love God with all my heart I must love and serve HIS people everyday-leaning on His strength to do so-I need to be open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and ready to say “Yes, Lord”. Secondly, in order to love God with all my soul, I need to continually feed my soul with the Word of God so that the very breath I take reflects God. If my soul is not filled with God’s Word there is no way to show Him my love through my soul and the lastly the only way I can love God with all my strength is to realize that in and of myself I do not have the strength to do anything. The Word of God tells me “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13. By acknowledging my weakness and my need to lean on Christ I think I am loving God with all my strength. God wants me to look to HIM in ALL things, even when I feel inadequate, maybe specially when I feel inadequate, because only in looking to HIM can I love him completely. Also, then I am in a place where he can transform me to the woman HE intends for me to be, free of my worldly limitations and open to His unlimited opportunities.

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6 Responses to “With All My Heart”

  1. Tracey Knafel August 9, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    Great thoughts Nancy! I love, love, love verse mapping. I do it all the time now πŸ™‚ Hugs to you my friend!

    • nancysilvers2013 August 9, 2013 at 1:40 am #

      Thank you Tracey…I’m about to read some blogs. I’m planning on verse mapping from now on! πŸ™‚ Hugs to you too πŸ™‚

  2. Lauren August 9, 2013 at 2:39 am #

    Love personalizing the verses! Thanks for pointing out that to love God, we must dig into His Word and also love others. Thank you for joining us!
    Lauren, OBS Small Group Leader

  3. Tina Freeman August 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Nancy, thanks for the blog and opening up. I haven’t had the guts to do that outside of our secret FB group. Proud of you. Also loved the mapping example. I haven’t put a good effort towards verse mapping, but your example shows me how important it can be. Thanks!

    • nancysilvers2013 August 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

      Tina, Thank you for your kind words. I have just started verse mapping and this is just my 2nd blog. I was amazed when I verse mapped this weeks verse how much more meaning it had. It didn’t take all that long-I encourage you to do it too. As you get more comfortable in the small group I believe you’ll also be blogging soon too :). You might want to create a blog post and put it in the small group and ask for feed back and then venture to the blog hop :).

  4. Stephanie Romero August 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Imagine the difference in our lives if we personalized ALL of the Bible–well, only the promises and blessings and stuff. πŸ™‚ Great post!

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