WHO ARE YOU INVITING INSIDE

Several years ago, I was one of the thousands who read the Twilight books about the Cullen family. If you are unfamiliar with that series, the Cullen family were vampires. I wrote a post about vampires and I posted the question, “if a vampire can only enter your dwelling be an invitation, is that true of the devil also?”For years, I’ve told the devil that he is not welcome in my home or around my family. But, this week, when I read a verse in the Bible, it got me to thinking that maybe the Lord is the same way.

Revelation 3:20

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

My mind was racing when I read this verse. I kept reading over and over again the part about the Lord was standing at the door and knocking to come in. That means that the Lord does not come in without first being invited. He is knocking and calling out your name. The verse says “anyone that HEARS My voice,” so I immediately imagined my Lord and Savior standing at my door saying, “Tania, are you going to let me in?” “You have to open the door and invite me in.”

I admit that I sat there with big tears in my eyes as I imagined the Lord outside my door. How many times have I left Him there? How long does He stand there calling out my name while I am busy doing other things?

Since I read that verse, I’ve been thinking about all of the ways that I need the Lord in my life. I need Him to help me navigate my daily life. He is needed to help me with my marriage. I need Him in my finances. I want Him to be with my family. But, do I actually take the time to invite Him into every situation?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Pray continually is a verse that I’ve struggled with. How can I go through life if you are constantly praying? I have to cook, clean, grocery shop, work, etc., so how can I do those things if I am continually praying?

Once I read the Revelation verse, I started to get an understanding of how to pray continually, or at least often. If I am cooking, then I need to invite the Lord to guide my hands so that I can nourish myself and my family. If I am grocery shopping, then I might invite the Lord to go with me so that He can strengthen me when I get to the cookie aisle. When I open my computer to work, I am going to invite the Lord to give me the words that are needed to reach someone in need.

As I go through my life, I don’t want to go through it without the Lord by my side. So, I am extending the invitation for the Lord to be with me, guiding me in every aspect. Without Him, I would be lost.

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  1. That was so beautifully said. Thank you for posting and revealing your tender heart towards God. Blessing to you.

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thank you, Lilliet!

      Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  2. Jeannie wrote:

    I think in the last paragraph you meant ” I don’t want to go through life WITHOUT the Lord by my side”. And I certainly understand that. My oldest son has an infection of the optic nerve which could be a really serious situation. He’s been to 2 ERs & several doctors & is waiting to see the neurologist. I got kinda weepy last night but usually doing well…and praying continually! As I’ve gotten older, I try to always be prayerful in my heart & mind. I don’t know what people do without God!

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Jeannie, I pray that the Lord gives wisdom to the doctors who are treating your son. He is the most powerful healer, and nothing is beyond His power. And, thank you for letting me know that I needed to correct the last paragraph. I appreciate your letting me know.

      Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  3. Sandra C. wrote:

    We always open the door for our FedEx packages so let’s not forget to open it for our Lord who offers us the best gift of all. Thank you for sharing Tania.

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      You are right, Sandra! He gave us the best gift of all!

      Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  4. Pam wrote:

    Such a great post on this beautiful Sunday morning!

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am glad that you enjoyed the post!

      Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  5. Dotti DiFiore wrote:

    Thank you so much for these weekly devotionals. This was both beautiful and powerful.

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Dotti! I love my Sunday posts!

      Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  6. Nicole wrote:

    Yes, having Jesus in your life is wonderful. You can pray and know he is listening to every word. Life is a whole lot better with a savior that you can count on.

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I can’t imagine going through life without the Lord to guide me and direct me.

      Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  7. Laura wrote:

    Thank you for sharing. I too struggle with praying continuously and this conversation was so helpful

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I write about my struggles in hopes that it will help someone else.

      Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  8. Holly wrote:

    Tania
    Thank you so much for this excellent Bible study.
    I love the Bible verses & your thoughts on each. What a beautiful way to start this Sunday morning.

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am so happy that you enjoyed this post and gleamed something from it.

      Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  9. Becky wrote:

    I enjoy your Sunday posts! You always give me lots to think about! You are excellent with words. God has been good to you!

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am so glad that you enjoyed the post, Becky!

      Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  10. Francine wrote:

    I loved your post. I also talk to God throughout the day and when I’m struggling It’s usually when I have forgotten to ask for his help. I think I it’s wonderful that you include your spiritual input into your post. It let’s everyone see the total you!!

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      When we are struggling is when we usually call out to God. I am “trying” to talk to Him as I go through the mundane parts of my day also.

      Posted 7.5.20 Reply
      • Francine wrote:

        That is so true. But I try to communicate throughout the day. I use to think God doesn’t want me to bother him with all this piddly stuff but then I realized that I should come to him with everything. My day is so much better when I talk to God throughout the day. I also like to thank and praise God for all his blessings. Once you start Communicating daily you will feel an emptiness if you don’t. Sounds like your making a good start.

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  11. Sheri wrote:

    Thank you for this post! A wonderful reminder! I love reading all of your daily posts!!🙂

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am so happy that you are enjoying the blog. Please share it with your family and friends.

      Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  12. JoAnn Moran wrote:

    Thank you. This is a fantastic reminder. We need to be careful what we put in our spirit too, as far as entertainment. I really appreciate these blog posts. God bless you and your family.

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Agreed JoAnn. There are things that I watch for a while, and then I will stop watching because they change the format. Sometimes shows will start cussing a lot, or sometimes they get dark in the story. Then they have to go by the wayside.

      Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  13. Jeannine wrote:

    Sometimes, there is a post that just hits home and this one did for me today. No matter what your faith, this applies to anyone wanting to lead a more faithful life. Thanks! Just what I needed today.

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      That is me too, Jeannine. I just want to lead a more faithful life.

      Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  14. kristin greene wrote:

    What a great reminder. Our relationship is definitely two sided with God. We need to take part in it, as you said by letting Him in my life. Thanks for all the scripture you included, sharing your heart and thoughts.

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am trying to work on having a dialogue with the Lord, instead of a monologue.

      Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  15. Shannon wrote:

    Great post Tania.

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Shannon. I’m glad that you enjoyed it.

      Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  16. Liane wrote:

    When I started reading this post I was thinking you were about bringing evil into the heart by reading about fictional vampires. I read those also and I read the Anne Rice Vampire series as well and I read the Lord of the Rings series and each time I felt the presence of a heavy malignant spirit. There’s no room in a Christ filled heart for evil beings alongside! I prayed with my pastor’s wife about this evil spirit and she and I agreed we should get rid of these books completely. Which I did. I have a friend from a far more heavenly warfare frame of mind who prays over amazon packages before she brings them in. I just use hand sanitizer lol. But our hearts can be open to both the Lord and to the enemy and we need to be vigilant in our thoughts and avoid evil in entertainment. Resist the devil and he will flee from you! And put on the full armor of the Lord. Amen? I guess my musings mean this — make our hearts which are fickle by nature fully open to the Lord and allow him to crowd out the evil spirits that try to gain a foothold.

    Also knowing this is long but important — many of us follow Susan Street’s blog (Susan after 60) and she is on a hiatus from her blog because she has contracted COVID 19. Please pray for Susan and her beloved Mr. Mickey. Susan is also my Beautycounter consultant and we’ve traded emails over the last few months. I feel I can call her a friend. Please pray for Susan.

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  17. Beth wrote:

    This was a great post. Your Sunday posts really speak to my heart. Thank you! Please keep writing

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  18. Eve wrote:

    What a thought provoking post! I just never thought about it like that. I believe that every time we sin, we give Satan an opening into our lives but wouldn’t the reverse be true? If we try to p,ease God and give him thanksgiving and praise. Does that not send an invitation to God to come sit with us and talk and have a chance to enjoy his companionship?

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  19. Beth wrote:

    I absolute loved your wisdom today… it really touched my heart 💕 Thank you!!!

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  20. Brenda wrote:

    I really needed this today, Tanya. Thank you. ❤️

    Posted 7.5.20 Reply
  21. REGINA wrote:

    I really look forward to your Sunday blog
    so very inspiring.
    I really need the spiritual encouragement

    Posted 7.6.20 Reply
  22. Laura wrote:

    I’d wear tie dye always and forever because it’s just that cool!
    Your hubby looks cute in the headband😃

    Posted 7.6.20 Reply
  23. Rebecca wrote:

    Amen! This is so good.

    Posted 7.6.20 Reply
  24. Claudia Stovall wrote:

    Beautiful blog today. ♥️

    Posted 7.6.20 Reply
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