TurnMyHeart.org was inspired by the last two verses of the Old Testament, Malachi 4:5-6, which reads:
- Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
TurnMyHeart is a personal prayer. Every time you say it, you’re asking God to make a change in your life, an improvement, a transformation, from whatever path you’re on to his path, to his ways, to his plan for you.
An essential part of that plan is to have your heart turned to him, in all things, in every thing, for without him, really, we can do nothing (John 15:5). Then, when your heart is turned to him, it will also be turned to your children, and to your earthly father.
Only God can turn a man’s heart. He does that primarily through the Holy Spirit at work in his word–the reading and hearing of it–so you’ll see the word used throughout these pages.
- For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12, KJV)
Your heart is a necessary physical organ. You can’t live without it. But it’s more. Much more.
Your heart, as defined by Merriam Webster, is “the central or innermost part,” “the essential or most vital part,” “one’s innermost character, feelings, or inclinations.” Your heart is your “personality” or “disposition.” It has to do with “the emotional or moral as distinguished from the intellectual nature.” Your heart is your source, the home of your compassion, love, affection, courage and ardor (vigor, energy, zeal, loyalty) and convictions.
In a sense, your heart is you. God wants you, your essential, most vital part, to be turned to him, with all your compassion, all your love, all your affection, courage, ardor and convictions, focused and centered on him. That’s because he loves you with all his heart, with all his compassion, and with all his ardor (I like that word!), and he wants you and what’s best for you! (See “Blessed to Be a Blessing”)
Then, rooted and grounded in that relationship he wants you to be turned to your children, loving them, blessing them, seeking and praying what’s best for them, with all your heart, with everything you have.
And he wants each child’s heart to be turned to his earthly father, in love, admiration, respect, and godly submission.
Does that describe you? Is your heart fully turned to God? Is it fully turned to your children?
If it is, great! This website will encourage you as a son of God and a father to your children. It will inspire you, and direct you to tools you can use.
If not, I hope you pray this simple prayer: “Turn my heart, God. Turn it to you first of all, because I really need you. And Lord, turn my heart to my kid(s), because I know they need me too.”
God promises to honor that prayer. It’s his heart to do so. He will change you. He will transform you.
This website is a tool God will use to help you grow too. He brings about the transformation, but you can’t just sit around doing nothing. You have work to do. Check it out. You’ll see. How about starting with the article, “What the Bible Says to Fathers.”
Has God turned your heart? I hope so. It’s the very best thing in the world that can happen to you!
- For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes… Romans 1:16
If you’re not a dad or if you’re a church leader
Many of the resources here will help you determine what you can do for families, especially dads. So many good tools are at your fingertips now that weren’t available even ten years ago. In the future we’ll do more to help you sort through the options. To start, see “God is Moving!”
And if you’re a grampa
We will be pointing to some tools and encouraging you as well. A number of great resources are available to help you be the “best grampa in the world!”