I was at the tender age of 4 when I had my “open heart surgery”…..I can still remember kneeling beside my bed, the curtains in my bedroom partially open letting in some of the moon light and the comfort of my mom kneeling beside me. It’s amazing how those memories can so quickly fill your mind again and take you back in time. Yes that night, with my bedroom door closed and my little girl heart open, all I knew was I wanted Jesus to come and live inside my heart.
“…Christ in you…”
That night the “Great Physician” performed my open heart surgery, removing a heart that didn’t know Him and replacing it with His own.
“…Christ in you…”
Christ in me.
Any good that I can do is not because of me, but because of Christ in me.
It’s His heart working in my life that enables me to love those who hurt me, forgive those who have rejected me and pray for those who persecute me.
Christ in me….I now have His life flowing through me.
Christ in me….HE is the difference maker.
I can forgive the hurt of rejection from my childhood because He is in me.
I can love instead of hate because Christ is in me.
Christ makes all the difference in my life.
I wish I could say that I submit to Christ and allow Him to love through me at every opportunity….but I would be lying.
There are days when I don’t love like I should, when I don’t allow my heart to work properly.
Days when I would rather sulk and be upset with my husband or children than forgive, love and move on.
Days when I know I’m not allowing Him to live through me…….days when I fail.
For those days, I accept the grace He offers and the start of a new day that He gives.
Accepting the second chance. ( or third, fourth, fifth)
I am a work in progress. I’m learning to embrace that truth in my life.
Christ in me. That doesn’t mean that I will be perfect or that I will make all the right decisions. What it does mean is that as I mature in my faith, I learn to allow Christ to live through me…..that I become more like Him each day and less like me.
Remember, heart transplants sometimes take time but don’t despair……you’re in GOOD hands.
Love God Greatly!
Our scripture memory songs for weeks 1-3:
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