This is our third week in Wendy Blight’s study of Cultivating A Heart of Prayer and it has been amazing thanks to some awesome OBS ladies (Christa Hutchins, Kristi Seat, Kandace Poindexter, Kristen Barkdull, and Kris Danko) .
One of the first things we learned this week was in order to pray God’s word we have to know His word. “Praying powerful and effective prayers begins with incorporating God’s Word into your prayers.” Wendy Blight.
So how do we incorporate God’s Word? First we have to know it. One way we can get to know His word is to read it, but we need to open the eyes of our hearts so that we might hear what He has to say to us. That is a key that I learned this week as you will see as you read on. I heard a sermon over a year ago, and then STUDIED that scripture this week with an open heart and WOW! When we find a scripture that touches our hearts, we need to write it down, highlight it, verse map it and understand it. Personalize the scriptures with your name or your husband’s name or your children’s name. Finally we need to learn to pray them back to God. During your study, search for verses that might help you with current situations in your life – like your marriage, worry, anxiety, divorce, raising a child, not being able to have a child, loneliness, elder care, job, home, etc..
This is one of the verses that spoke to me this week. At Hillcrest Baptist Church last Sunday morning, our youth minister, Tommy spoke about “our baggage” and “our song”. I came home and looked over our homework for the week and these verses jumped out at me, and I have to say that one of them was underlined and highlighted where Brother Mike had preached it back on Jan 8, 2012.
Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (KJV) “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”
Deuteronomy 11:18-20 (KJV) “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:”
I had written down in my Bible something Bro. Mike said that day, and oh it carries so much more weight today. “As the family goes so does the nation. Families will never rise above the parents. ” I also had written down “My heart is melted by the love of God. and character is caught not taught”.
As I listened in church about this past Sunday about “baggage” and how people carry it around, rather than forgiving people who hurt them or forgiving themselves, I wondered how many children’s lives are ruined because of a parent’s hatred, wounds, racism, unforgiveness, bitterness, depression, hopelessness, loneliness, etc. They pass that down to their children, grandchildren and future generations. Terry said that they sing that same old song of “baggage” every day to everyone around them.
God gave us freedom for forgiveness and “baggage”. We need to surround ourselves like the Jews. Today they wear prayer boxes on their arms and foreheads and decorate their doorframes to remember what God has done for them.
As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called to remember. Our lives and our homes should reflect what He has done for us. So how do we surround ourselves with reminders to remember God’s faithfulness? One way is to place pictures around the house. Many people display crosses and so do I. I love reminders and am passionate about hanging up God’s Word throughout the house. After this week that passion will most likely grow and I will be plastering reminders.
Here are a few things around my house:
Another way to be reminded of what our God has done for us is to wear things like jewelry, t-shirts, etc. that show God’s love. One of my favorite pieces of jewelry that I pull out for Christmas is my nativity scene.
This is a cross necklace a cousin pulled off and put on me after my Mom’s funeral this year. WOW! Talking about blessed!
It was a perfect gift that reminds me of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and also her love for me during a very sad time. Only Jesus could turn the cross into a symbol of love. That old rugged cross could have been baggage to Him, but he turned it around to a story of amazing grace for you and me!
I want to take God’s word, his promises and mediate on them and talk about them and pray about them. I want to not only tie those promises on my hands but in my heart. I want to leave a message for generations to come.
So I ask you like our youth pastor did – “what is your song today“? Are you singing a song of self-pity, bitterness, anger, sorrow, pain – songs of confusion, regret, or are you singing a song of God’s grace, how he saved you, how he loves you, how he died for you? Are you singing songs from the scriptures so that your children and grandchildren can know who God is. Are you impressing God’s love on their hearts, or are you giving them your “baggage”?
As Bro. Tommy reminded us Sunday, David came clean with God and he stopped running, and God gave David a new song – a song of forgiveness and freedom, a song of hope and purpose, a song of deliverance. It was a song with “no baggage”.
How about you? Are you carrying a song of hope or a song of “baggage”? Are you tired of running? If you are still carrying that baggage from your childhood, a divorce, a broken home, a death – it is time to let go and sing a love song to God.
Each and every one of us has a song. It is unique to us. It is a tune we can play, and can be a beautiful melody composed by our Savior. Will you sing your beautiful song to all those around you????
Love, love, love this song by Matthew West – Hello, My Name Is. I hope you will PLEASE take a moment to listen – it has some really neat pictures that go with the song.
You, my friend are His child, you have been set free and amazing grace should be the song you sing. You are a child of the ONE, TRUE, KING!!!!!!!
Pictures are my personal pictures except the Music picture created using Picmonkey.