my heart is yours

my heart is yours, God.

this morning, i needed to remind myself of this. I needed to remember that when I let go of what I think is mine and what I think I control–He takes hold of it.

and when He takes hold of it–I am no longer the captain of the boat.

there is a lot of pressure being the captain of a boat. The sea can be a frightening place–a place that is home to uncertainty, darkness, storms, fear.

the sea can also be a beautiful place–a place that is home to light, serenity, peace.

when we invite Jesus into our boats–into our hearts–to drive our ship, we are not guaranteed a serene, beautiful and easy ride, but we are guaranteed that He will be with us.

Immanuel, God with us.

in Hebrew, heart translates as lebab or leb, meaning inner man, will, mind

yes, Lord. May my inner being be yours, my mind be yours, even more, may my will be yours.

when we invite Him to enter into our inner being, into our mind, into our will–His comfort, His grace, His love, His glory is magnified.

“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” Ephesians 3:17

The Lord desires to settle in our hearts–to find his home in our uncertainty, in our darkness, in our fear, in our storms to keep us strong.

At different stages of life, the Lord has given me a home to settle in–and in each of these homes–I see Him.

In this season of my spiritual life, the Lord has sent me someone named Beth, which coincidentally in Hebrew means home. She has built a spiritual home for me and so many others. I am grateful for her–for her compassion, for her comfort, for her encouragement, for her dedication, for her wisdom, for her guidance, for her faithfulness, for her simple presence–but more than that–I am grateful for how she has been a beautiful picture of what it means for Christ to make a home in our hearts. 

my hope is to be like her and the others that have been a part of my spiritual journey–to completely let go and let Him, who knows the seas, navigate the boat.

my heart is yours, Jesus. May it beat for you.


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