Show #162 | “Loving God the Most”
Time: 30m video
Loving God With All Your HeartAs a worshipper, we are commanded to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. But, do you struggle with loving with ALL your heart?
What do you do when you love other things more than God?
Learn how to put aside other things that can get in the way of loving God the most.
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The below is an excerpt from the first chapter of Ginny Owen’s new book, Love Be The Loudest: Hearing God’s Voice Above the Noise.
With All My HeartWhat do you love most? I’ll go first. I’ve always said my greatest loves are God, family, friends, and my job – in that order.
But in the not-so-distant past, my life told another story. I worked nonstop, and when I wasn’t traveling, writing, or making music, I was obsessing over which of those things needed to be done next.
When I’d finally switch my brain from business to personal mode, I worried about how people saw me. Was I meeting their expectations? Was I caring enough, useful enough, entertaining enough?
Convinced I was failing, I would work even harder. It was exhausting.
How to Let GoMy head was so full of all that noise, I found it almost impossible to rest, cut myself a break, or hear God’s voice. I offered up prayers for change, but nothing happened.
As the noise grew, so did an awareness that I could not continue living this way. I knew that people-pleasing was not the same as people-loving, and writing and sharing songs about God was not the same as trusting Him.
These things that I loved, that I gave power to, were eating me alive. But I didn’t know how to let go.
Life of PrayerI started taking time for longer prayers, which were, at first, just one-sided unloading sessions. With each prayer, I had a growing sense that it was time to truly love the One I said I loved most.
Time to go deeper – beyond Bible studies with the girls, sporadic “please help” prayers, and reading Scriptures of hope and comfort. It was time to place my whole self in the gentle, holy hands of the One who knew me and loved me with a perfect, uncontainable love.
Only His LoveSince then, I’ve awakened to some exciting truth. God has alternately whispered and shouted to me – through experiences, conversations, and moments alone with Him – that His love is powerful and strong enough to change my life.
Only His love can give me the strength and desire to love others well, and free me from the chains of the empty loves I was tethered to.
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Ginny Owens became a household name as the Gospel Music Association’s 2000 New Artist of the Year. Growing in notoriety as both a singer and a songwriter, winning 3 Dove awards and multiple ASCAP Awards along the way, Owens has sold over a million records over the course of her career. A top performer on the Christian radio charts with hits like “If You Want Me To,” “Free” and “I Wanna Be Moved” among others, Owens has released no less than 11 full albums and 3 EPs, and her music has also impacted mainstream audiences at Lilith Fair, the Sundance Film Festival and the White House.
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