With persistent caring our heavenly Father is forever planting in our hearts gentle inspirations that he hopes will awaken and rekindle in us a desire for his heavenly love. Receive them gratefully, reverently, and without hesitation. Listen to them meekly. Cultivate the love you feel.
Finding Joy in these inspirations may not seem like much, but it is a great step. For even though such delight falls far short of complete commitment to his love, it still demonstrates that we are moving, however slowly, however cautiously, in the right direction.
Do not forget, however, that perfection lies in acting on these inspirations, for if, after welcoming them gladly, we fail to act on them, we greatly offend God and trivialize his goodness. Do not stop, therefore, with his inspirations, but follow through on them fully, lovingly, and ceaselessly. For then our Father who is under no obligation to us, may hold himself obliged by our love.
A consent that remains nestled in the heart and produces no outward results is like a vine that bears no fruit.
(Set Your Heart Free, The Practical Spirituality of Francis de Sales)