I enjoy my time as a full time writer. Having eight hours a day to collect my thoughts allows me the freedom to start off my day spending time in God's word and prayer for inspiration. But when summer comes and my schedule changes to supervise (and entertain) my kids all summer, most of my writing goes out the window-- including my time in the Word. The longer I go without spending time in God's Word, the worse my heart becomes. Soon those negative thoughts that creep in my head go unchecked. The more those thoughts pile up, the more they make themselves home in my heart. Soon I'm chewing on those thoughts instead of meditating on the words from the Word of God. What results is anger, fear, lust, rage, etc. It's not pretty. I find myself raising my voice to my kids, and angry with everyone else in my wake.
However, the first day I crack open my Bible, those feelings disappear and are replaced by love, compassion and forgiveness- the true antidote to a heart corrupted by the disease of sin. The adage "You are what you eat" rings true, especially here. The more I chew on negativity, the more my words reflect my tainted heart. However, if I meditate on Scripture, the quicker my attitude changes.
How is the Bible the antidote to your diseased heart? What Scriptures do you meditate on to help change it?