A pure heart is what I long for, holy and acceptable to Him

A pure heart is what I long for, holy and acceptable to Him

Lord, I want to know You more. I want You to find my heart pure that I might see You in all of Your glory, for You promise that the pure in heart are blessed and will see You.

My heart is not pure, Lord.

I think I have moments when it feels clean and free from sin, but then the frustrations comes, the anger or disappointment, and my fellowship with You is momentarily interrupted. I want to be holy. You call us to be holy — sanctified, set apart for You — for You are holy.

But this business of holiness is impossible in our own strength, isn’t it? It is You that sanctifies us as we yield to You.

I’m like Paul — the things I want to do, I don’t do and the things I don’t want to do , I do! And yes Lord, when that happens I DO feel wretched because my actions or attitudes have once again pulled the veil down between You and me.

But You never give up. You faithfully pursue me with Your love and I thank You for that.

Thank You for helping me see this. The things I can see, I can understand, and once I understand it, I can work on it. I want to work on the purity of my heart that I might see and know You more, for You are awesome and glorious, fearful in praises. You do wonders on behalf of Your children.

May we never take You for granted. You are magnificent beyond description.

We love You, Lord.

In Jesus’ Name,



Please don’t carry your burdens alone. I would be honored to pray for you.

You may contact me directly at nan@nanjones.com


Have you had a chance to read Faith Notes ~ Cathy Baker: Where is God When I Have to Wait for Answers?

When I think about Cathy Baker, the words that come to mind are “selfless love” … and funny! This girl really is funny. But “selfless love” comes to me first. It’s not like Cathy and I are besties — we don’t live near one another or exchange phone calls, but we are close friends through the Christian writing community. I’ve observed her interaction with others — the encouragement, wisdom, putting her needs second to assist someone else. Yep. Cathy exudes the love of Christ and I am honored to know her. I can’t wait to share her story about finding the nearness of God during a time of difficult waiting and resulting depression.

If you would like to share your testimony of finding the nearness of God in your darkest moments, please contact me at nan@nanjones.com. I want to feature folks from all walks of life. You don’t have to be a writer. I can edit your story for you. God is glorified when we use our pain to help others find comfort in Him.