Joining Kate Matoung in #FMF and the word to blog about for five minutes is WHOLE.
What does loving God with ALL our hearts mean? I looked up the definition of all in Merriam Webster. Here is what I found:
- nothing but, only
- the whole amount
- completely taken up with, given to, or absorbed by
- as much of
Deuteronomy 6:5 is the first commandment. It tells us we are to love God with ALL we have – our hearts, our souls, our minds. I come short of that every day. How about you?
As I think of all the ways that I am trying to improve on loving my Lord and being wholly committed, I think of ways that I strive to do that:
- Getting out of bed each morning, and as soon as I finish making the bed, washing my face and eating breakfast, I grab that first cup of coffee and spend time seeking to know Him more through Bible study and prayer.
- Worship Him as I go through my day thanking Him for the little and the big things. Have you stopped today to gaze a sunrise, a sunset, blooming spring flowers, a mother holding a baby, the rain, the sun, the moon? There is so much to be thankful for each day, but sometimes we are too busy to notice.
- Seeking fellowship with other Christians. For me it is at church, in on-line Bible studies, and with other bloggers.
- Acknowledging Him in every situation – good and bad. He is always there whether we feel Him or not waiting for us to call on Him. He sees everything that is happening in our lives every day, and He knows how we are hurting.
- Acknowledging Him in my daily conversations and daily activities. Sometimes it’s hard especially at public school, but I can say bless you when someone sneezes, and I can find other ways throughout the day and sometimes that is just sitting there and praying one by one as the students work on a paper lifting them in prayer, praying for their salvation. Sometimes just a smile to a passer-by or someone checking us out will change their day.
- Tucking scripture away in my heart by memorizing and pulling it out to witness to another, bless another or even myself.
Being wholly committed is letting the Lord be LORD of all in my life – not only portions of my life.