Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matt. 5:8)

SUNDAY MORNING and another migraine headache. Joan hated missing church with her family. She grew up in a home where church attendance was required every week, no matter what. Although her church didn’t always seem ideal, she grew to love her time there. She was thankful for the close community, and Joan knew that when it came time to raise her own family, she would do the same. But not this Sunday. Her head was pounding, and it hurt even to expose her eyes to light.

She was lying as still as she could in her bed, wishing for her headache to improve, when she heard a loud blast of music coming from the living room. Joan pushed herself out of bed and walked down the hallway holding her aching head. She could feel anger welling from deep inside. Her kids knew she wasn’t feeling well. Did they have to play the music so loud?

Joan stopped short as she entered her living room. All three kids, still in their pajamas, had put on one of Joan’s old worship records and were singing and dancing around the room. Her kids were so caught up in the moment that they didn’t even notice her walk in. Joan was reminded of what a pure heart engaged in worship truly looks like: giving glory to God and reveling in Him more than anything.

Pray God will remove barriers in your heart to give Him glory.

Amy Knepp is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and a stay-at-home mother of four children.

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