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Thrilled to be writing among the beautiful Five Minute Friday community. This is where we write for just five minutes, on a word prompt. We don’t worry about perfection or making it just right, but rather allow the words to flow freely without over thinking. If you’ve never written for the Five Minute Friday, come join us. You will be glad you did!


There is a song that I sing that talks about Jesus coming to take His place in the center of my heart. It’s a cry for Him to come and inhabit all of the cracks and crevices, all of the voids and barren places. It’s a yearning for God to have first place in my heart.

Sometimes I feel as if I’m begging Him to come to a place that He should already inhabit, my whole heart. But life gets in the way sometimes and I move through my days filling up my needy heart with everything but God — friends, family, food, television, social media. There is something in me that yearns for connection, to be noticed, to be filled. But anything but the presence of the living God will leave me broken and empty.

I must ask myself this question: “Is there room enough in my heart for Jesus to come and take His place?”

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If I am honest, most days I would have to admit that there is not. I live a cluttered life and there are so many other things competing for my time and attention. I get this picture in my head of Jesus standing in the darkest corner of my heart. There is light all around Him and a gentle and peaceful look upon His face. He sees all of the other things in my heart that are taking up space, but He doesn’t ask me to remove them. The question He asks instead is, “Can I have your whole heart?” God in His kindness leaves it up to me to make space for Him. I know that if I ask Him to, He will help me declutter my heart so that He can abide.

Jesus wants my whole heart. He wants to abide there in that place fully and completely, and while I do believe He comes and He is there, I don’t want him pushed off in a dark corner while all of the other things compete for first place.

I love God and I know that He loves me, but it’s a constant battle to give Him the place He deserves in my heart. I am thankful that He is patient with me. I am thankful that when I cry out for Him to come and fill me, He does. But if I truly want to be filled to overflowing, Jesus must have first place in my heart.

Do you struggle to give God first place in your heart? Ask Him to help you declutter your heart so that He can come and abide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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36 Comments

  • Reply
    Debbie Putman
    August 10, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Please, God, as I declutter my home in preparation of moving, may I declutter my heart for You.

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      Barbie
      August 12, 2017 at 8:19 am

      AMEN Debbie!

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser
    August 10, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Barbie, great essay. Giving Jesus a place in the heart i tough.

    But I think the reality is that He doesn’t need more than a mustard-seed’s-worth-of-place. Give him that, and let him work.

    May also want to stand back.

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      bluecottonmemory
      August 10, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      I love this! Give him a mustard seeds worth of space – and stand back! That is powerful stuff!

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      Barbie
      August 12, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Oh Andrew, such wisdom. “A mustard-seed’s worth of place.” So good!

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      Diana
      August 13, 2017 at 7:56 am

      I also like the “may also want to stand back” line… that mustard seed will explode all over our lives once Jesus gets going!

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    annette @ A net in Time
    August 10, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    I like that idea .. asking God to declutter my heart to make more room for him. Good stuff.

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      Barbie
      August 12, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Thanks for stopping by Annette!

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    bluecottonmemory
    August 10, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Barbie, the word “declutter” gives me the shivers! LOL – I’ve decluttered every 5 years – and I realized last year that I needed to declutter so the boys would know what to keep if something happened to me -s till. I think I am a clutter bug! Yet, your words are so true – I need to make sure that my schedule isn’t so cluttered up – or that my mind isn’t so cluttered up that I give him the important spaces, the in-front-of-the-line spaces! Good food for thought, friend! Love your heart!

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      Barbie
      August 12, 2017 at 8:21 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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    Sarah Geringer
    August 11, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Beautiful, Barbie. I like this quote: “But anything but the presence of the living God will leave me broken and empty.” I can relate to filling up with the wrong things on a regular basis. When I spend time in his presence, I feel more satisfied. Thanks for this reminder. From your friend #40 at #fmf.

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      Barbie
      August 12, 2017 at 8:22 am

      He is the only one who satisfies. Have a blessed weekend.

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    Susan Shipe
    August 11, 2017 at 8:46 am

    I think we all struggle with this. Paul did. What he wanted to do he didn’t do and what he didn’t want to do he did. The struggle since the garden.

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      Barbie
      August 12, 2017 at 8:22 am

      The struggle is real, that’s or sure. Have a lovely weekend Susan!

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    Tara
    August 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Decluttering our hearts…I think we all need to do that. I’m in the 62 spot this week.

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      Barbie
      August 12, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Thanks for stopping over Tara. Looking forward to reading your post.

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    Marie
    August 11, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Yeah, I understand what you’re saying. I don’t collect things and I hate clutter, but my mind and heart is so often full of other things. I have to make an intentional effort to push everything else off of the throne so that He can have His proper place.

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      Barbie
      August 12, 2017 at 8:23 am

      It’s a constant battle, isn’t it?

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    Tammy L Mashburn
    August 11, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    “Do you struggle to give God first place in your heart? Ask Him to help you declutter your heart so that He can come and abide.” Great thoughts!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 12, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Thanks Tammy!

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    Karen Sebastian-Wirth
    August 11, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Loved it! I am in the middle of getting my home of many years ready to rent to another family so they can have a place to create memories. So much more I want to write about this topic. It’s really a good. You did a great job!

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      Barbie
      August 12, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Thanks for visiting! I look forward to visiting your blog.

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    Barbara Robbins
    August 12, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Great post Barbie. Giving Jesus FIRST PLACE is truly the key to living in victory regardless of our circumstances.

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      Barbie
      August 16, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Barbara!

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    Kelly Blackwell
    August 12, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Wow Barbie! This was the shot in the arm I needed today!
    “Is there room enough in my heart for Jesus to come and take His place?”
    There is, but I need to really be more intentional about opening up my time to beyond Sunday.
    Thanks for the blessing today.

    Visiting from #80 this week.

    • Reply
      Barbie
      August 12, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      So thankful you were blessed. Will stop by to visit soon.

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    ggmandy
    August 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    declutter my heart.
    Amen!

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      Barbie
      August 12, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    Diana
    August 13, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Once I gave Jesus that place in my heart and life so many years ago, I never let anything else try to clutter it up. Outside things going on in my life may try to take His spot, but they do not succeed. Ever thankful for a Saviour Who is greater than the forces of the world and what I have to face. Every. Single. Day.

    Great post! Blessings to you, Barbie!

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      Barbie
      August 16, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      You are blessed to be able to continue to give your heart fully and completely to Jesus. For me, it’s a process but I’m learning to fall more and more in love with Him every day. He is the only one who can satisfy my hungry heart. Blessings to you Diana!

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    Sue M
    August 13, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Great post, Barbie!

    “Do you struggle to give God first place in your heart? Ask Him to help you declutter your heart so that He can come and abide.”

    As much as I long to answer, “No!” to that question, it would not be an honest answer. Sometimes I let cares and worries get in front of God. Other times I let my husband and children usurp His place in my life. Still other times I let the busy-ness of my day take His spot. It’s a constant battle to keep Him in the number 1 spot and as my first priority. I wish that I was at the place where I could say that He was truly number one and I run to Him first thing no matter what. That I converse with Him consistently throughout my day. That I consistently seek direction from Him and dedicate each day to Him and His leading. I hope that one day while I’m still on the earth I’ll wake up to realize that I’ve reached my goal and He is truly before anything else in my life. That would mean that I have finally truly ARRIVED!!!!! 🙂

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      Barbie
      August 16, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you Sue for stopping by and sharing your experience. I know Jesus is with us in the day to day, distractions and all. Blessings!

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    June
    August 15, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I think we all struggle with this to some extent, friend. Being aware of the struggle, crying out to Him when we fail and when we need Him most, these are all steps toward a closer and more abiding relationship with Him. Beautiful post, Barbie!

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      Barbie
      August 16, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks so much June! Hugs!

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    Jennifer
    August 15, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I certainly want Him to have my heart…but how often do I fail to give Him place to my whole heart?! Such a thoughtful reminder in your post. I am always inspired when I come by your blog. Thanks for sharing!

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      Barbie
      August 16, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Jennifer, I am so glad you stopped by. I hope you will visit again soon.

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