Caring for Your Soul

Wednesday is for Prayer

Made it back from my seminar in Georgia. Dr. David Nicholas is a genius and very down-to-earth. I will post one the experience next Tuesday. For now …

Deuteronomy 4:9
“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children–“

There is no escaping the need to take personal responsibility for the nurture of our own souls. This isn’t a task we can punt to a pastor, priest, or bishop. Each of us needs to rigorously defend our heart’s slide away from the God we love. “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love,” that is the testimony of a soul that knows its condition.

That is my condition immediately upon waking, and remains the condition of my heart throughout the day. The garden of my soul needs to be carefully tended and so Moses, speaking as the prophet of God, reminds me/us to “take care and keep your soul diligently.”

“Lord Jesus,
Lord of my life
Master of all that is seen and unseen,
Keep my eyes focused on You
and the wonder of Your mercy
In the outstretched arms of Your cross.
Don’t let me, let the vision of Your love
Recede into obscurity.
Make my heart to delight in You Lord
For I need thee every hour.”

2 thoughts on “Caring for Your Soul

  1. “There is no escaping the need to take personal responsibility for the nurture of our own souls.” That is a lesson that we must learn and remember, individually. Thanks for the reminder, Marty.

    There is a parallel that illustrates the need. Especially since my cancer in 1996, I have been keenly aware of the need for me to exercise my responsibility for my own overall (physical, spiritual, emotional) wellness. As I observe those around me, I see at a glance those who have neglected the physical — prematurely old, morbidly obese or just overweight, inactive. The physical is obvious, but spiritual neglect is no less unhealthy in the eternal sense. The physical is important temporarily — I call it the Stewardship of Wellness. But the spiritual aspect is overwhelmingly important, and of eternal significance.


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