And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.
Ezekiel 36:26 NLT
I love seeing evidence of the new heart God has given me. It’s one of my favorite adventures of the Christian life! When it happens, I glimpse more of the outline of the woman God created me to be. Even better, I experience another facet of Jesus Christ in me. It is both humbling and astonishing. Over the weekend I had a heart awakening and received an answer to a question I’ve asked God many, many times.
A New Desire Reveals a New Heart
“What’s wrong with me?!” I’ve asked God that question many times about many different things in my life. One of those things is my total disinterest in making a home for myself. A home generally reflects the heart of its occupant. Mine reflects a woman without a vision for her own life.
It’s painful to admit that, but it’s true. If you saw my home and tried to deduce who I was from that, you would end up off the mark. I have taken little to no initiative in forging a style that I really love – a style that reflects my heart. It’s just never mattered enough to me. I had no real desire to explore this part of my life.
I kept waiting for that to change after I was born again, but it didn’t. The subject simply wasn’t interesting to me. I have always appreciated the singular, personal beauty that so many people I know have created in their homes and style of dress. How did they know what they liked? I was only ever really sure of what I didn’t like. And that’s the surest sign of my lack of vision.
A week ago I desired a vision for my home. Finally! I actually began to care.
A Vision of My New Heart
The Lord can move incredibly fast. Five days after He ignited my desire with His own, a vision for my home began to take shape. I don’t have the whole thing yet, but I’m so excited to be ALIVE in this way! I’ve no doubt that there will be spiritual dealings to accompany this break-through, but for now I am in joy. He knows my heart and it’s going to be such an adventure to see more of HIS in Our home.
And that’s the thing, it really is OUR home, not just mine. My new heart is a heart built for two: Jesus Christ and my new creation. We are in union, so when I explore my new heart, I also explore His. This week we’re homemaking, but who knows what next week will bring. I can’t wait!
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one…
John 17:22 NKJV