[blog by Lisa Hope] The passage in Jeremiah 24 keeps going through my head this week: “I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their hearts” (v. 7).
Wednesday marked the beginning of GODencounters at Georgia-Cumberland camp meeting. The encounters café filled as young adults entered this space where life’s pressures could be left outside the door.
Even as I was leading out in things and trying to make sure the details were taken care of, I was able to stop and be still. And it was good! It’s good to worship God with friends—both old and new—and to take time to reflect on what might be keeping me from returning to God with all my heart.
Worship as a Way of Life is our theme this week. Returning to GOD with all my heart is essential to make that a reality. But how do I do it?
As Joe Harness was leading worship, he talked about how he’s so prone to wander… prone to leave the God he loves. In my heart I said, “Yep. Me, too.” So many things demand my time and attention… and my heart.
I’m encouraged, though, that God promised to give me a heart to know Him. I’m glad He knows it doesn’t come naturally for me and He makes all the provisions to bring me to that place of facing Him with an open heart—the whole thing—to worship Him with my life.
God, may You remove my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh that knows You. Teach me what it truly means to return to You with all my heart. Be present in amazing ways at GODencounters here in Georgia Cumberland. Thank You!