Blessed are the Single Hearted

amy carmichael“Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace.”

“If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace.”

“In that stillness you will know what His will is.”

Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) – Missionary to India

 


Wow. “Blessed are the single-hearted…”

Isn’t that a beautiful focus?

 

Seeking God, more than anything

Oh, I want to be “single-hearted” for the Lord, with my entire soul (my mind, my will, and my emotions) staying steadfastly on God, and not going off on some “crazy-wild-goose-chase” of distraction from God’s peace and God’s best.

I want to STAY single-hearted in that place of stillness with Him, where my spirit is clear and uncluttered . . . so I can know His perfect will . . . and I can know Him.

I want to live and “stay” in that place of total peace with God.

Quotes from Amy Carmichael

Quotes from Amy Carmichael

 

What is really the #1 most important focus of my heart?

More than anything, I want to know God.

–Not just know “about” God.
–Not just know “how” to have an impressive devotional life.
–Not just know “how” to live as a godly or mission-minded woman.
–Not just know “how” to make an effective difference “for Him” in this world.

 

More than anything, I want to know God, personally and intimately.

I want to care about my relationship “with Him” more than anything.

–More than my relationship with my husband.
–More than that priority time with my kids.
–More than my special “girl-time” with my dearest friends.
–More than special “family-time” with our extended relations.
–Even more than I care about doing stuff “for Him” and for His kingdom.
–Even more than seeking His direction, or His provision, or His grace.
–And even more than seeking His help to finish everything on my “to-do-list.”


Being single-hearted means caring more about my relationship “with God”
than anything I might do “for God.”

 

Give me the love that leads the way,

the faith that nothing can dismay,

the hope no disappointments tire,

the passion that will burn like fire…

— Amy Carmichael

 

 
Let’s be single-hearted.