“Are you trying to air condition the whole neighborhood?”

“You are a better door than a window.”

“With daughters like you, who needs enemies.”

These are just some of the sayings my dad would tell me as a kid. Like most dads, he was notorious for overemphasizing the facts. However, as I got older and my dad was no longer here to remind me of things, I still hear his voice in my head. But they aren’t just phrases about the A/C or standing in front of the TV; they are phrases and values to hold to and live by.

For example, “Leave the place better than when you found it.” It dawned on me that this can be applied to every area of life — your household, relationships, job, etc. Or, “Never put yourself in a situation where it’s their word against yours.”

I realize I’m very blessed to have a dad who was not only in my life but also worked from home. I am keenly aware that not everyone had a dad present, and some never met their fathers.

But having my dad’s voice in my head reminded me how much more important it is to have my heavenly Father’s voice in my head. The question is, how much time am I spending in His Word so that I hear and am reminded of His voice?

Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Have you ever been cut to the heart when the Holy Spirit brings something to mind?
There is always something to work on and growing that needs to take place. Sometimes, I struggle to write blogs because I feel like a hypocrite. I fall short daily. I am full of pride, selfishness, and superiority.

Lately, I have taken a few more walks outside. While walking, I will ask God to help rearrange my heart and mind to His truth. Then, I pray about whatever is bothering me. Before I head home, I will put on praise music.

Warren Wiersbe says, “Worship is the believer’s response of all that they are – mind, emotions, will, body – to what God is and says and does.”

Already Won, by Shane and Shane, is a song I play often. It reminds me that no matter what I am facing, struggling with, or wanting to see change in, God has already won the ultimate battle, and because of that fact, I always have a reason to praise and worship.

Praise, by Elevation Worship, is a song I listen to when I am feeling down. I can always worship, and time spent worshipping is never wasted.

Our Father is always willing and waiting to spend time with Him, but are we making time for Him?