I’m a born and bred Texan. I met my husband, Mark, in college at Abilene Christian University and we have been married for 18 yrs. We have 3 kiddos, Aubrey (11yrs), Padon (8yrs), and Bentley (4yrs). Besides trying to keep up with them, I work part-time as a dental hygienist and “full-time” running our business, Outlaw Fitcamp. My husband travels Sunday-Friday each week for work so I don’t have a lot of free time, but I do enjoy serving. I am currently serving in Kids Town, Student ministry and Women’s ministry. Every once in a while, Pastor Jeff even lets me on stage to sing in the holiday choirs. Along with the local service, I love going on international missions. By the time you read this I will just be returning from a mission trip in Brazil. We have been at Lighthouse the 2 ½ years we’ve lived here and have been actively involved in a Life Group, as well. For our family, Lighthouse is HOME! There isn’t a day that goes by that someone from our Lighthouse family isn’t integrated into some part of our day.
I love Psalm 51 because no matter what we do or where we stray these verses enforce that God is after our heart more than our performance (good or bad). David is known as a man after God’s own heart. In spite of the numerous mistakes he made, he never lost that identity. David wrote this Psalm following the murder of Uriah and the adultery with Bathsheba. Regardless of which sin we struggle with, all sin is a heart issue trying to create a false identity upon us. It’s so easy to become distracted and enticed by what the world has to offer, but when we fix our hearts on God only then are we able to obtain from those temptations, removing the false identities the enemy loves to place on us.
I personally camp out in vs. 10-12, and then move to 16-17. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” We know that on this side of the cross we are assured that His Spirit will not be removed from us or that we will be cast away from his presence (John 14:16; John 6:37-40), but often times we isolate ourselves from Him which can make if feel that way. Moving down to vs. 16 & 17, once we realize our self-imposed separation, we often times try to “earn” our way back. David clearly states that God doesn’t take pleasure in our works - He just wants our heart! Believe this, He loves you just the way He created you, you are fully known and fully loved!!! If this is something you struggle to believe, that your identity as his beloved daughter IS ENOUGH and you don’t need to add to yourself to be accepted, bring that to His feet. He is waiting to speak His truth into your heart and loves you the way you are created to be loved.
Abba Father, thank you for loving us unconditionally. Thank you that there is NOTHING we can bring that will make you love us more and NO MISTAKE we can make that will cause you to love us less. Our prayer is that we always bring a broken and contrite heart before you, allowing you to keep it pure. When we stray from your presence seeking our fleshly desires, we pray that you will renew your Spirit within us and restore us back to the joy of your salvation. Forgive us when we allow lesser things to fill us. For you are the ONLY One who can sustain us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 @ 6:18 AM CDT