The following ran in February but it kept reappearing in my vision so I felt led to run it again:
When was the last time you stood in awe of the Lord?
Has your heart been tender for Him lately?
This world can be so loud and in your face it can be hard for us to hear Him calling.
I remember as a new Christian I was so fired up for him. I bathed in worship on a regular basis and relished spending time with Him.
But as I got along in life, became a grown-up with routines and responsibilities, I let other things take His place.
Complacency in my Christianity has replaced my commitment to commune with Him.
I have asked the Lord to re-ignite that passion I know is within, to flame the fire that causes me to strive for Him.
Conforming to this world is not what He asks. But in our natural bodies, it is so much easier to let it be. The hardening of the heart, the inability to feel the Spirit move, the wandering away from the Shepherd.
There are modern worship songs that call us to come back to the heart of worship, to stand amazed in all of His glory.
I love the old hymns because they express Scripture so perfectly. One that has cycled frequently on my iPod is “Softly and Tenderly,” as sung by the Martins.
“Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling for you and me.
See on the portals He’s waiting and watching, watching for you and for me.
Come home, come home, ye who are weary, come home
Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and me.
Oh for the wonderful love He has promised, promised for you and for me.
Tho we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon, pardon for you and for me.”
Take a moment to crack open the Bible to Psalms, such as chapter 139, and just revel in the Lord and let Him prick your heart again.
Just Hold On, written by Ruth Ann Replogle and published every Friday in the Enid News & Eagle, is based on her belief in Hebrews 4:14.