A Lot Like Us

 

 

Hi I’m Christin Ditchfield and this is Take It To Heart!

When the newness of our relationship with Christ fades, we’re often disappointed to discover that it’s not all hearts and flowers – blessings and answers to prayer. Relationships (even Divine ones) take work. There’s discipline involved…sacrifice and sometimes even suffering. If we don’t put in the effort to keep the love alive, our hearts will grow cold.…

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Little Foxes

 

Hi I’m Christin Ditchfield with Take It To Heart!

If you’ve ever done much gardening, you know that in addition to choosing what to plant and when — aside from nurturing new growth, providing adequate water and sunlight – one of the most critical tasks is to keep the pests away. You’ve got to protect the tender plant from being trampled or eaten by its enemies, be they bug or bird or beast.…

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Amazing Grace

 

Amazing. It’s the only way to describe the incredible transformation that took place in the life of John Newton. A sailor in the 1700’s, he lived a life of drunkenness, profanity and immorality. He was a foul, ill-tempered man, despised by everyone who knew him. He cared for no one but himself and sought nothing but his own pleasure. When Newton became captain of his own slave trading ship, his hard heart grew even harder.…

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Listen to Me

 

After seventy years in captivity and exile, God’s people were finally allowed to return to Israel, their homeland. It would take a lot of work to rebuild their homes and their lives. But their first priority, of course, was to rebuild God’s temple! Somehow, not surprisingly, they kept getting distracted. Running around in circles. Focusing on the wrong things.

Five times in the two short chapters that make up the book of Haggai, God says to His people: “Give careful thought…” (1:5, 7, 2:15, 18) “Give careful thought…”

In other words, “Stop…think about it!” or “Pay attention!” You can almost see God as a Father cupping His child’s face between His hands, tipping his or her chin upward, insisting on eye contact: “Now listen to Me!”

Like the people of Judah, we sometimes get so busy and distracted with the daily-ness of living that we lose perspective.…

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