From My Heart to Your Heart,

August 2017

Published August 1, 2017 by Janice Millirons Hayman in Heartbeat of Southside


What’s the first thing you do when you get into an automobile?  I hope you said “Fasten the seatbelt!”  Now, let me ask you this: Why do you buckle up before driving?  Is it because you think you’re going to have an accident?  Probably not – if that were the case, you’d head back into the house and hide!  You fasten the belt to keep yourself safe.

But there’s something even more important we need to do for our protection.  If we want to navigate safely through life, we must check in with the Lord frequently to seek His guidance.  We need the Holy Spirit’s help to discern what to do and how to handle our daily challenges.

Think about all the decisions you make during a typical day.  Some of them are obvious because they’re a matter of right and wrong.  Yet, how do you know the difference between good and best? We know God expects us to work hard to earn a living and support our families, but He also wants our lives to be balanced so we don’t become workaholics.  That’s why we need to submit our schedules to the Lord.  He wants to protect us from wearing ourselves out or neglecting other responsibilities.

The Lord is genuinely interested in the decisions we make, and He’s always willing to speak to us if we seek Him.  That’s why we should begin each day prayerfully reading His Word;  in Scripture, we discover who He is, how He thinks, and what He desires.  Then we must ask Him to make us sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting so we’ll “know the things freely given to us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12).

Pastor Randy