Heart Habits

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. ”    Colossians 3:23-24

Having a right attitude in all I do helps in developing a deeper spiritual practice, aiding in growing into a spiritually mature woman.

 

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When I am doing household chores, visiting with friends, volunteering, work, serving others, and if my attitude is one of grumbling, complaining, or otherwise engaged in a negative pattern of being, it will infect my entire person.

“Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report….meditate on these things.:” Philippians 4:8

In order to obtain an attitude that shows gratitude, thankfulness, and a heart motivated towards sincerely serving, I must start in the simple everyday tasks needing done in my life. I must start by actively choosing those things I focus on and those things I make a priority in turning my attention towards.

When my heart is lifted in meditating on some scripture as I go about doing the necessary tasks of life, my inner attitude will begin to change nearer into Christ like traits as the written Word becomes imparted into my thoughts, mind, taking root in the deepest places of who I am becoming.

It is the Holy Spirit who activates this Word in me and who leads me into the truth discovered in it as it becomes real in my living out this faith life.

When my thoughts are attentive to my Lord, in the midst of my everyday endeavors, where I openly and willingly listen to the Spirit leading me, I will be developing a Spiritual discernment vital to my well-being.

As I center in communing with my Father alone each day, reading, meditating on scriptures, praying, worshiping with a heart whose desire is to be all of whom He has designed me to become, I am giving of myself to His Spirit to perform the miraculous continual work of changing my heart into God’s Heart of love and this will bear the fruits of His Spirit overflowing from my entire being.

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When I take pause in slowing down my thoughts and turn them to my Father in all I do, I am disciplining myself to take on my role in drawing nearer to Him. The bible says as I draw near to Him, He will draw near to me.

As I incorporate this holy way of being in His love each day, allowing His Spirit to become deeply rooted in my thoughts this will spur my attitudes which settle into the habits of my soul, and it will be His love who will be manifested, overflowing from my being.

Mindfulness, pausing before speaking, centering myself in the Holy Spirit and being attentive to His ways of responding to others helps me in growing into the spiritually rooted woman God has created me to be, showing forth His genuine and authentic love.

Being Purposed in my outward responses begins internally, incorporating self-discipline and developing healthy habits in allowing the Spirit to be who reigns in all my activities and in all my relational encounters.

It is a consistent, steady, discipline on my part to participate in those activities I know will draw me nearer to my Lord and in being Intentionally purposed in living as a true disciple of Christ, where He continual imparts His Spirit of life into each area of whom I am and as I become more like Him in my inner being, He will be who is manifested in my words, actions and behaviors.

 

 

Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister to the Body of Christ

 

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