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With Our Whole Hearts


“We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.” – Francis Chan

I ran across this quote today and it changed the whole direction of my post. The fact that I have sick kids AGAIN and I’m exhausted also changed the direction (and length) of this post! I think God put the Francis Chan quote in my path on purpose, to make it easy for me to be simple and direct today. Sometimes simple and direct is just better.

Deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.

These words challenge and motivate me, especially during this particular Christmas season. I have been giving “deliberate pursuit and attentiveness” to so many things this past week. To everything and everyone except God. I managed to get a lot of shopping done for Christmas online, organize a Christmas dinner, order family pictures, and get my calendar organized for the month – in between sick kids (even though it was very challenging). Why did I make time for all of that, but not for my quiet time with God? Yes, some of it is that I usually am up really early for quiet time, and this week I slept instead (when I could) because I was up with my sick kids during the night. But I could have chosen other times to get alone with God, even if they were short times. I don’t have an answer right now, but my heart longs for that to be different. I don’t want to “just live life.” I want to live a life of deliberate pursuit and attentiveness to Jesus. If I did that in my daily walk, I know my life would probably be very different. It’s one of those things that would be a life changer. Because HE is a life changer.

It seems like He is the thing I think I can put on the back burner when everything is crazy, when actually He is the thing I need to stay most connected with.

The truth is I need Him, we all need Him so much, every day. It is as simple as that.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. – Isaiah 9:6-7

This is where I want my heart to be focused as Christmas approaches. If my heart is not focused there, how will I be able to help my family focus their hearts on Him?

My prayer for me, and for you, is that we would have hearts full of passion and pursuit for our Savior through this holiday season, and every day. And may we show this passion to our families and our children, and help light a fire in their hearts for Jesus as well.

This is the miracle that occurs in our hearts: if we stay close to Him at Christmas, when everything feels hectic and stressful, then everything else will feel less hectic and stressful! After all, He is Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace. Who doesn’t need more of that at Christmas, right!?

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart. – Jeremiah 29:12-13 (emphasis mine)

Lord, thank you for Christmas. Thank you for sending your Son as a baby to earth to rescue us. Holy Spirit, light a fire in our hearts this Christmas! We are amazed by your love for us, and we want to look for You with deliberate pursuit and attentiveness, because Your Word promises we will find You when we look for You with our whole hearts. Amen.

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If you are an imperfect wife, mom, daughter, or friend, struggling to stay focused on God in the craziness and find joy in the heartache, then we have something in common. I am a recovering perfectionist and daughter of the King, slowly learning to fully trust the One who sees me just as I am, and is already pleased. I’m so glad you are here.

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