Friday, October 7, 2011

Giving You All Of Me.


Hi everyone!  Happy Friday!  We're off this morning to some yard sales.  :)  It's been a little while since I got up very long before the sun. 

I started Faithful Fridays so that Christians could have one designated day a week (although I don't think they should keep it to just one day) to share something about their Faith--a prayer request, answered prayer, Bible verse, something God's laid on your heart, etc.  To participate in Faithful Fridays, just grab the button above for your post along with a link to my blog somewhere in your post, too.  After you've published your post, please come let me know in your comment that you participated and leave me a link to your blog.  I'd love to come read your post!

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I love this song that I heard on our local Christian radio station.  It really struck a chord, you know?  It's All of Me by Matt Hammitt.  I ask that you listen to this, because it goes along with today's post.




The song is actually supposed to be like you're speaking to your child, but when I first heard it, I was thinking, you know, this could go for God, too.  We can't just give half of ourselves to God and then hope that God can somehow make it equal to all of us.  We can't just half-heartedly serve God (and I say "we" because I'm guilty of doing this, too).  We have to give God all of us.  That's where we start.

How do we do that? 

1.  Our thoughts.  Thoughts are a step down from actions.  They're very important and they're the deciding factor for a lot of things we do (or don't do). 

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

-Philippians 4:8

So how do we give all of ourselves to God through our thoughts?  You have the answer right up there.  ^^  Think about true things.  Think about noble things.  Think about right things.   Thing about things that are pure, that are lovely, and that are admirable.  Kind of reminds you have Peter Pan or The Sound of Music, doesn't it--think happy thoughts!

2. Our actions.  "Duhh," you say.  "That's kind of the point."  Yep.  But there are SO many different ways to give ourselves to God and honor God through our actions.  Just mentioning God here and there and giving him credit when the chance arises, or maybe using some kind of object lesson to witness with while you and your friends are hanging out. 

3. Our talents.  All of us have talents (or at least one).  We can very well use those talents to honor God--whether it be singing, dancing, writing, playing ball, acting, drawing, etc.  Whatever it may be, you can use it to glorify God. 

4. Our love.

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

-Deuteronomy 6:5

Think about that--do you love God with all your heart?  All your soul?  All your strength?

6 comments:

renee said...

Very true Joy!
I am trying to be better with giving more of myself to the Lord, it's hard when so many things are pulling you all the time. Balance is key, I long for that in my life. I don't like crazy all the time.
I hope that you have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Renee

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Joy,

You are so right...God wants all of us...our best, in everyway. I love that you mentioned thoughts as one of the first things because that comes before the actions. :)

Very good post! I think you are a very wise young lady!

I participated in Faithful Friday of course!

And I love you bunches and bunches!

10!

MOM

Anonymous said...

Joy, you are an amazing young lady. I think it is so great that you have Faithful Friday, it is such an inspiration.

I have a prayer request,would you please pray for my 8 month old grandson. He has been sick for a week,he has the croup and has really had a bad week. I would really apprieciate your prayers.

Thanks, Tammy from KY

Cassie said...

This is in reply to your comment on my blog:

@Joy- You are so sweet... do you know that? I'm so glad that you like the new design!

Also, it would be wonderful if you did CLEPs when you're older, but I'm sure that you and your family will make the decision that is perfect for you. Still, when that time comes, you or your mama can always email me and I'd be happy to answer any of your questions.

Have a lovely day, my friend!

Cassie

Cassie said...

This is in reply to your comment on my blog:

@Joy- I'm so glad that you like it! I was actually surprised how well the picture turned out... I didn't even use a real camera. Just my dad's iPhone.

I sent you a letter. You should get it soon. :)

Love,
Cassie

P.S. Have you seen this? The prizes are amazing. http://hsbapost.com/2011/10/09/2011-homeschool-blog-awards-nominations-are-open/

Blessed Beyond said...

What a beautiful and awesome post Joy! You are a super special girl for sure!! You are right on!!
Hugs and Blessings,

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