{January 17, 2021}

Heartland Community Church




By Todd Blackwell

Tidying up is not easy at our house with a toddler, a dog, and two full-time working parents. And apparently it is not easy for a lot of us. A few years ago, Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up became an international best-seller and later a Netflix series. Using a single question as the center of her tidying process (“Does this spark joy?”), she swept the world off its feet and the clutter out of our homes; err, most homes.

Michelle challenged us this week to tidy up our spiritual lives, specifically relationships, with three simple questions: What will we keep? What will we toss? What needs repair?

Romans 12:9-10 says “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” This verse can be broken down into three sections: keep, toss and repair.

Keep – “Cling to what is good”.  Marie says the best way to choose what to keep is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it! Thinking in relationship terms, I have people that create that spark of joy – my spouse, my toddler, my Friday morning community group, my true friends. These are the relationships worth keeping.

Toss – “Hate what is evil”. Likewise, Marie says if an item does not create joy, dispose of it. At the beginning of this year, I decided that I was going to dispose of the Facebook app off my phone. What was originally intended to strengthen relationships had turned into a tool that was creating unhealthy relationships with those who had points of view different from mine. There are better ways to have a healthy dialogue and discuss our differing views than leaving a comment on someone’s post.

Repair – “Honor one another above yourself”. Are you feeling a nudge of repair for something you said or did recently? Perhaps it was over political differences, religious differences, sports team differences, or a myriad of other differences. If you are feeling that nudge, chances are that’s the Holy Spirit telling you it’s time to honor another above yourself and make an attempt to repair that difference. 

As you enter into this week, what are the relationships in your life that create joy that you want to keep? What relationships (or social apps) are not creating joy that you need to toss? And what relationships are you being nudged to repair? I pray that God helps you and helps me tidy up our spiritual lives and honor others above ourselves this week.


{sunday 1.17.21}

Read Romans 12:9-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How can you honor others this week, in word or action? Pray over these verses and note the things God brings to mind as you do.


{prayer for the week}

Join us this week in a shared community-wide prayer.

Jesus, thank you for being with us. For going before us, and beside us, and surrounding us with your presence. Help us open our eyes and our senses to notice your presence. As we focus on honoring others, Jesus, turn our eyes to where we need to bestow honor. Help us to truly express our gratitude, and to love those we come in contact with. Give us eyes to see the people you want us to honor, thank and communicate value to in all the places we live, work, study and play. Amen.


{bible reading plan: psalms}

By Lisa Zulke

{monday 1.18.21}

Read Psalm 101

Read, Ponder, Pray: Love the simplicity of these words…the words are clear; living by them is hard. What would it look like for me to live a blameless life? Whew, convicting! The phrases lead us to consider how we can clear the clutter and live as Jesus would in all places…or as we say at Heartland, where we live, work, study and play. Join me today in considering one change God might be nudging me/you to make in one of those places, to move toward blameless living.

{tuesday 1.19.21}

Read Psalm 102

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Man, do I feel the first 11 verses of Psalm 102 this past year. Pleading to God, questioning if he hears. Does he see this global pandemic? The economic chaos? The relational conflict? The unkindness, the disorder? I mean, literally have had tears in my drink (v9). And then Paul does what I attempted in those moments…described God’s character. His past faithfulness. His almighty, overwhelming power. His grace and mercy, time and again, toward his people. Then, in v18, he begins to document the faithfulness of God, so that those in the future would know and praise him, too. That’s you and me. Today, let’s consider these words, and how we might document our faith journeys "for future generations, so that a people not yet born will praise the Lord".

{wednesday 1.20.21}

Read Psalm 103

Observe, Reflect, Apply: "Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name." Take today, and work on living this verse in every moment of your day. Consider keeping a list on your phone, or in a notebook, of all the reasons you come across to praise God with your whole heart. Often, in naming things, I become more aware of them going forward and remember to celebrate them.

{thursday 1.21.21}

Read Psalm 104

Observe, Reflect, Apply: These verses are incredibly visual. Choose an image painted hear by David to take with you into your day. Invite God to speak to you through that image, and take note of what happens. Another idea: end your day describing one moment from it in similar visual perspective, as if you were writing a verse in the Psalm.

{friday 1.22.21}

Read Psalm 105

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In these verses, we get a detailed history of God’s faithfulness to his people, the Israelites, throughout history. It begins with the words, "Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done." How do I do this with my own life? With my story? I am struck that I don’t often share in detail the great things God has done for me. A Grandma prayer warrior who, long before I believed, expended sooooo much energy in prayer keeping me safe. A close friend, who learned to speak my language to tell me about Jesus, answered my questions, and invited me to follow Jesus. The incredible feeling of hope rising as I began seeing evidence of God going beside me and before me as I took unsteady, but faithful steps in following him. And so many more stories…consider, as I am, taking time to document the faithfulness of God in your life, so that the world may know what he has done.

{extra journey resources}

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