Ending Your Day Right by Exploring Motives of Your Heart

Here we are, two weeks into 2017!  It’s hard to comprehend that just 15 days ago, it was still last year–yet here we are, transitioning into a new year!


I wonder how many of us are still holding onto negative feelings about events of 2016, whether for legitimate reasons (my hubby losing his brother, for example) or selfish reasons based on what we did or didn’t get for results or material possessions we had hoped to gain by the end of 2016 (I confess to disappointment in a couple of those areas!)


I guess it’s a matter of exploring the motives of our hearts!



Today’s Ultimate Blog Challenge writing prompt was to review a book or movie. One of my many favorite devotional books by Joyce Meyer is one entitled, “Ending Your Day Right.”  It has 365 devotionals, one for each evening of the year, focusing on solitude and gratitude.

Here’s one such contemplation from this  devotional book for this second Saturday of 2017!


“If you don’t get whatever it is you want,

can you still love God?

Will you still serve Him all the days of your life?

Or are you just trying to get something from Him?

A fine line divides the motives of the heart

between selfish and selfless;

and we must always make sure we understand

which side of the line we are standing on.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”


My reflections on this devotional:

Interesting, I have prayed about this often – to know the difference between praying for God’s will and believing He will grant me my heart’s desire, per Psalm 37:4 — “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will grant you the desires of your heart.” Hoping the two coincide!

I guess it’s an ongoing self-test to determine what our motives are and if they are truly selfish or selfless.


So what about YOU?

Have you considered what your motives are in various areas of life?

Do you think about the lessons of the past as motivation to do what’s right in the future?


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  1. 1010ParkPlace - January 15, 2017 Reply

    Love Joyce Meyers, but haven’t read this book. I’m a woman of faith who tries not to ask God for “things.” Instead, I ask for guidance, forgiveness and strength. I also don’t believe God micromanages our lives; that it’s not because of Him that we don’t get something or someone dies. Wonderful post. Brenda

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