We drove most of today leaving when the weather was icy and 18 degrees. As we headed south it warmed up so nice that we went walking in Tuscaloosa.

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Police speaking to the children as part of Civic week
Police speaking to the children as part of Civic week

II Chronicles 31:21 “Hezekiah sought his God wholeheartedly. As a result he was successful”. I wish that I could tell you that I am like that. But honestly there are areas of my life where I do not seek the Lord with “all my heart”. There are some areas where I do not put my entire self. But to be successful in anything we must give our whole heart to it.

If I do not put my whole heart into my marriage, my relationship with the children or my spiritual growth those areas will flounder. I may have some victory but not the total victory Christ wants for me. Where I have placed my efforts I have seen positive results but where I have simply gone through the motions the results are not so good.

I want to run my race through to the finish line and not stop half-way or three-quarters of the way down the track. I am so blessed but that does not mean total victory. I ran track in school and if I did well in one competition it did not mean that I did well in the next competition. The training was daily and each race began with everyone in the exact same position. It was a new race!

If we think that we can give our lives half-heartedly to God and receive 100% results and blessings then we are deceiving ourselves.