If we prayed this short prayer every morning saying, “Here’s my heart, Lord”, our lives would be used by God in a much greater way than we could imagine. But have you really considered just what that means?

Our heart is the home of all we love and hold dear, things that mean the most to us, that hold the greatest significance in our life; like our spouses and children, our home, our health, our income, our closest friends, and our special ‘stuff’.

When we are truly willing to submit our heart – meaning all that we hold most precious – and give the Lord permission to do with all of it as He deems necessary for His purposeful plans, then we should not be surprised when things start to go ‘wrong’ in those areas. Someone’s health takes a turn for the worse, we lose a job, our children run away, our car breaks down in the middle of rush hour traffic, or even our home burns down: these are all potential outcomes of our willingness to say, “Here’s my heart, Lord.”

“My son (or daughter), give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways,..”
Proverbs 23:26

But imagine what powerful things could happen for God’s kingdom if we respond to these situations with faith and hope. Imagine how we could be a tremendous witness to those that need to see what active faith and trust in our Lord looks like!

Remember Lot? He lost EVERYTHING, but because He didn’t blame God or turn from his faith in Him, the Lord restored all of it, even doubled it. As a result, His story is recorded in the Bible for all time, for mankind to learn from.

Tomorrow morning, are you honestly willing to say this prayer, “Here’s my heart Lord; I freely give it to you to use it as you will”? If so, you will put a heavenly-sized smile on the Lord’s face.
Get ready, ’cause He is gonna take you up on your offer!

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’”
Matthew 22:37

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8

Food for thought: Before I finished this blog, I took a break and had some ‘me’ time. After literally wasting about an hour, I realized that part of what I love is my free time. Well, maybe I need to revisit that too – my relaxing time is part of my heart and what I love – and give it to the Lord as well, to use it more wisely. (Although we all need a break here and there).

Fun facts: Cherish – 1. to keep hopes, memories, or ideas in your mind because they are important to you and bring you pleasure. 2. an emotion beyond the limits of words and is about something you really hold dear to your heart.

Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Art of the heart