Out of the abundance of our hearts we speak!
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer."   Psalm 19:14, NKJV
Good Morning! I pray that you are doing well today. As I was searching on what to share a childhood song from church kept coming into my mind. The song was a prayer and it was very short. As I sang the lyrics I began to really ask myself some questions. Today I have just a few thoughts I hope will touch your heart. 
The main question I have to ask today is this, "What are you meditating on?" I looked up the definition of meditation and it was to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect. I felt the Lord ask me, "Laine what is your heart contemplating or what do you continue to reflect on?" There was another scripture that popped right in my mind and it was out of the heart the mouth speaks, Matthew 12:4,  "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."
Our hearts dictate what we speak! If we are constantly reflecting on our past, sad emotions, and our own troubles then the words we speak will not be positive. I am not saying that we can't grieve our losses, wrestle with God when times are tough, or simply battle unbelief. But we must make a conscience effort to focus on the goodness of God. We must stand on His promises for our lives. As we deposit more of HIS words into our hearts then the Godly emotions will overflow into our words! 
My challenge this week is: ask yourself, "what are you thinking about all the time?" Are you reflecting on the past too much--Regrets, mistakes, broken relationships, and sin. Are you reading God's word daily? Bottom line, are you placing more good deposits into your heart over negative deposits? My challenge for all of us is tough! But I know the only way to victory is completely surrendering to Him and putting His words in our hearts! So, today may we all have words and a heart that are acceptable to our Father! He loves us extravagantly and He is our strength, our rock, and our redeemer!
Let's join our hearts to pray for our country and for unity! Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you! Please send me any prayer requests that you may have. I would love to hear your thoughts about today's message. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Have a Lively week!

Livin' Lively with Love,
Laine Lawson Craft