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WEIGH DOWN: SAMPLE DAY OF A PASSIONATE HEART


It has not always been this way, but let me start with the beginning of the day. I have not set an alarm clock in many years. God wakes me up. Do you believe that? Even if I need a special, out-of-the-routine time early in the morning, I just make my special request to my Heavenly Father. Sure enough, God wakes me up at just the right time.

Yes, He accomplishes this without using an obnoxious alarm clock buzzer that would send painful adrenaline out into my stomach. With gentle creativity, He chooses a variety of waking methods. Fifteen years ago, I gave my eating signal over to God; now I have given my wake-up signal over to Him as well. If I awaken in the night, I talk to God; and as He wakes me in the morning, I look out the window for Him and sometimes wink at Him. I always look to see what kind of day He has made. I love them all—rainy, cold, hot... they are all awesome.

The rest of the day follows suit. The Bible says to "pray without ceasing." Therefore, every hour is spent talking to Him, looking for His opinion, asking Him to rule my day, asking Him to find my keys, thanking Him for something that just happened, coming to Him for comfort from pain in the heart, and looking to Him for His attention or approval and leading any way I can get it. After all, He is the CEO of this world. I ask Him for help with all my daily work.

When I find myself alone in a room or the entire house, I sing to Him my made-up, on-the-spot songs of adoration for His great personality, His mighty hand of justice, and His protection for the righteous. I also listen to music, and now I interpret most love songs as His singing to us, since love and romance were all His own idea. I praise Him for His great ideas. For example, what great ideas are twenty-four-hour days, sleep, and snuggling up in the covers with my pillow over my head while I talk to Him. After all, He is the one who made covers and pillows and the snuggly feeling. I praise Him for humor, for incredibly moving music that He inspires, for happy-go-lucky children and puppy dogs, for smiling faces, and for the genius of different types of food.

I praise Him for making weather different every single day so that the land, the clouds, and the sky change colors. I praise Him for putting love and peace in our hearts so there are not only smiles on our faces but also empathy for others in our hearts. The great idea list is endless. Do I sound childlike? Good!

What a genius and yet a powerful King we have an opportunity to serve! He opens my eyes daily to new information from His Word or from life that confirms He is the source of everything. So I love Him as a teacher, a comforter, a constant companion, a trustworthy leader, a husband/defender when I am slandered or falsely accused, an hour-by-hour boss, the source of life, and the love of my life to whom I can confidently give my love and passion.

It means everything to have His love returned to me. I long to see His face. I have no doubt that I will know Him, and my heart will pound like that of a schoolgirl with a crush, for it does so even now! It is easy to love others with all this love that I have in my heart. I can return love even to others who hurt me because I know He loves me. Others might hurt me, but God's opinion is so much higher on my list that it does not matter so much anymore what others may do. 1 Peter 1:8 describes my feelings:

Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. When I think about how involved He is in my life, I sometimes want to cry. Obviously, there are hurting and sad times too, but even in the low points, my heart always runs to the Father and finds peace only in Him.

This is the end of my sample day.

As you can see, it is not a good idea to get me started because I can't quit! I really cannot be silent about God. I am moved just thinking about Him.

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