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Unveiled Hearts: Messy Places in the Heart

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
Wait. Stop. I know what you’re thinking. I’ve heard this verse a million times. And you’re tempted to skip this devotion because there can’t be anything new to say about it. I know, because that’s what I thought every time I skimmed over it.
But, look! These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts (v. 6). Hearts are emphasized over everything else. The heart as described in Scripture describes the true inner self. With the heart we feel, perceive, and make moral choices. It’s the wellspring of our thoughts, values, and motives.
We seek and respond to God with our hearts.
I wish it wasn’t so because it’s easier for me to love God with my mind and strength. I’m pretty good at keeping rules, but matters of the heart terrify me.
I avoid and bury matters of the heart. Risky. Unsafe. All of my heart? No way. And all means “all.”
God wants my whole heart. Instead I ration Him pieces.
I knew my heart was softening when as a young woman my resolve not to have children melted and gave way to a strong desire for a family. Isn’t that enough, God? No.
Surrender makes me uncomfortable. I thought it meant to give up, as in defeat, or simply go through the motions. Could surrender mean to wave the white banner of God’s love over me in victory and allow Him to love me as He sees fit?
He pursues us and fights for our hearts. Will we not joyfully yield to His extravagant love?
God is our All and deserves our all—devoted love, not in word and tongue only, but inwardly in truth.
My dear heavenly Father, I thank You for Your heart which You lavish on me. May I respond by giving You all of mine. 
Karen Sims

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