Category Archives: Heart

Memories are Contained in the Storehouse of Your Heart

Do you ever wonder what Mary treasured in her heart – was it the memory of when the angels spoke to her, or the sweet memories of holding baby Jesus for the first time, or the sight of Jesus sleeping peacefully?

Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19

… His Mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke 2:51

God calls us to remember and to teach our children to put their confidence in God by remembering and sharing the good works of God. (Psalm 78:5-7).

God brought Moses and the children of Israel out of Egypt and then because of sin, they had to wander in the desert for 40 years. When God finally lead them into the Promised Land, He told each tribe to bring a stone from the Jordan and to build a stone tower. The Lord knew that their children would ask, “What do these stones mean?” They were to respond by sharing God’s faithfulness to bring them to the Promised Land. This monument served as a reminder to them and their future generations of what God has done. (Joshua 3 & 4).

We all have memories we treasure in our heart. There are times when God brings precious memories to mind. I am most grateful for these. When I question His plan or put my trust in worldly things, I often need to return to these treasures of my heart to remember God’s faithfulness to my family and me. God has given us the gift of our memories so we can return to those valuable thoughts when our lives begin to overwhelm us.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 6:19

Perhaps Mary remembered her treasured thoughts when Jesus was not welcome in his own hometown or even as he was being persecuted. Remembering her treasured thoughts provided her with the assurance that God was the same God who trusted her with the gift of being Jesus’ mother and that He could be trusted in all things.  (All Scripture verses are from the NIV). 

Thank you, Lord, for the treasured memories of your faithfulness.

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Diagnosis of Your Heart

We all know the heart is a vital organ in our body. Doctors often use x-rays and scans to diagnose conditions of the heart. The medical community reminds us to be heart healthy. Surgery may be required to repair a damaged heart.

Your heart should be a top priority; it is important to make sure it is healthy. The intent of the heart is at the core of our being. The Lord sets a significant importance for keeping our hearts pure.  In Proverbs 4:23, Solomon told his son, Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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How does the Great Physician view your heart? The heart is the spiritual part of us where our emotions and desires live. We may not always understand our own heart, but Jesus does. “Would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?” Psalm 44:21

The emotional state of the heart affects the whole person.

“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:13

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

Jesus declares the greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37  Clearly, this is more than an emotion – it is a conscious commitment to the Lord.

“People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7.

327d550639334259c8c6012fb78f9c36Ask the Lord to create in you a clean heart. (Psalm 51:10)

~ Remember the character of God. Reflect on His promises.

~ Leave your past mistakes and failures behind. Jesus has forgiven you, now forgive yourself.

~ Expect great things from God. Accept great things from God.

~ Open your heart to receive from Him. Have a teachable spirit.

~ Have a grateful heart. Count your blessings, (I bet there are many).

~ Read God’s word. Take time to pray and worship Him.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

*All Scripture references are from the New International Version.


Pray EasyThank you, Lord,
for understanding my heart and instructing me in the way I should go.

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Once You Choose Hope Anything is Possible

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Looking at the statistics above, it seems likely that we all know someone (if not yourself) that has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Myself, I can testify to the difficult year I fought breast cancer. The endless tests, surgeries, and depleted energy were all a part of my journey of restoration. Today I can declare I am a survivor!

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Here are some attributes that you will want to hold close to your heart while you are going through your healing.

Love – Choose love over fear.  Love never fails. 1 John 4:16; We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Faith – Let your faith be bigger than your circumstances. Have faith in the goodness of God to provide hope for the future. Hebrews 12:2; Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Strength – While you are healing from the physical scars or the emotional scars that breast cancer brings, meditate on His promises. He is faithful. Isaiah 40:29;  “He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength”

Hope – Hope looks forward. You will be able to break free from any fear and despair and receive healing and restoration. Psalm 39:7; “But now Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”

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Hold On Pain Ends – Whatever you are struggling with today, I encourage you to open your heart to the one who is our hope. The Lord is with you  –  be dependent on Him today. Rest in Him and His promise of eternal life. Nothing can separate you from His love for you. Once You Choose Hope Anything is Possible!

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Cultivate Compassion – God has great compassion towards you. Now put your compassion into action. There are many practical ways to help a woman that is suffering. You can lighten her load by preparing a meal, helping with the kids, running errands, and completing household chores. Your encouraging words and prayers will bring hope to the hurting.

Pray-ButtonThank you, Lord, for your love and compassion towards me. Show me those who need my help and compassion.

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Does Time Heal All Wounds?

time-heals-all-wounds-1087107_640Time is a great healer…so we are told. If we experience a broken heart, let more time pass by and the pain will begin to subside…so we are told. Passing time can bury our hurt, our emotional pain can soften and the effects of physical pain can begin to dissipate over time. It is what we do during the timeframe that affects the quality of our lives.

Time alone can not simply heal anything. The following quote by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy makes a lot of sense to me:

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”

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If all we needed is more time to be healed, we probably would suffer from hope deferred and a heart that becomes sick. (Proverbs 13:12)

But there is hope because Jesus is the great healer. He may ask you to participate in your healing. Do you need to forgive someone? He may require further understanding of a situation where your heart was wounded. Whatever He is calling you to do, spend prayerful time in His healing presence. I’ve discovered the best way to heal a broken heart is to give God all the pieces.

Stand on these healing promises from the Lord:

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He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. Ps 147:3

 

 

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“And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. Ps 39:7

 

Pray-ButtonThank you, Lord, for being such a complete healer. If we suffer from physical infirmities, you will give sufficient grace to the weak.

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The Key to Living Free

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The key to living free is to forgive those who trespass against you. God commands us to forgive, but it requires a conscious choice to do so. It is not a feeling, but an action. Are you willing to surrender embedded memories of shame, pain, and suffering to God?

You do not have to live in the past with a heart full of bitterness and guilt. The longer you carry resentment, the heavier it becomes. Isn’t it time to accept reality and move forward? Are you willing to open old wounds and let God show you the offending person as He sees them? Through His eyes of compassion and grace, you may just get a better understanding of why an individual acts the way they do.

Forgiveness is a prominent theme throughout the Bible. Unforgiveness and self-righteousness will block restoration. The Bible has over 101 verses referencing the action forgive.

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15

0e1273bff3ccc2a036ced1eee90e61a0Forgiving someone does not mean that what they did was ok. Instead, it is about setting your heart free from the chains of unforgiveness. Forgive them even if they are not sorry. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Most times, forgiveness is a slow process. We see this in The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant: Matthew 18:21-22

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” 

Jesus knows that forgiveness is not easy. It is not a one-time choice to be made and then we automatically live in a state of forgiveness. While that may sound great, forgiveness may require a lifetime of continuous forgiving.

We forgive out of obedience to the Lord. Our reward is called freedom.

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25

Pray-Button Thank you, Lord, for forgiving me for any resentment and bitterness I hold against another. Where there has been an injustice, I choose to let you be Judge. I put my trust in you. Your power and grace are at work in me.

Are you holding unforgiveness in your heart? Are you willing to lay down your unforgiveness to receive freedom?

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Sharing the Truth of God’s Love Overwhelmed My Brokenness

I have one of those testimonies – you know the ones where people gasp as you are sharinbroken patchg it. For many years, I lived with the shame and condemnation of my past. I had to defend myself from the fiery darts thrown by many Christians.

A misguided search for love and acceptance led me into a world of drugs and life in a motorcycle gang. Caught up in a violent gang war, I became a victim of two gunshot wounds when a rival gang opened fire with M16 rifles. Within those few seconds, the crippling bullets forever changed my life.

In my determination to start a new life, I encountered the hope and healing of God’s transforming love. Often people would tell me, “You ought to write a book”. I always balked at the idea, after all; I’m not a writer. I wouldn’t know where to begin and the thought of it was overwhelming.

Eventually, I listened to the Lord’s conviction that it was His purpose for me to write the book. My testimony could help others discover the truth of God’s love. The Lord will restore what is broken and make a heart whole again.

My introduction to becoming a writer was literally a cry-out to the Lord, “Help me!” Although, it may not sound spiritual, this has been my heart’s cry with each new chapter. I reminded myself that the Lord would not call me without equipping me.

I searched the internet for writing resources and found helpful blogs and advice. I registered for my first Christian conference. To my delight I found a group of kindred hearts longing to be used by God through their writing and speaking. What a relief for this newbie writer to know much-needed help would be available along the way.

This was a lesson that Moses struggled with. Moses knew the Lord would use him to deliver the Israelites from the Egyptians, but he wanted to do it in his own way. Moses felt inadequate to deliver God’s people. He had tried once and failed. So God reassured him that He would give him the words to say.  (Exodus 4:10-12)

Moses now must see his mission from God’s perspective. He knows he is inadequate in his own strength. He knows that he alone cannot carry out God’s purpose. That is exactly where God wanted him, dependent on Him alone. He needed to trust the Lord to equip him.

Be attentive to God’s calling and leading in your life. You are never too young or too old to serve Him.

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Thank you Lord – It is an honor to trust you with your purpose for my life.

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Are You Willing to Give the Lord the Key to Your Heart?

key to my heartHave you spent too much time in the valleys of life? Wouldn’t you like to walk in the freedom of Christ? Jesus’ shed blood on the cross paid the price to set us free.

Scripture tells us in Psalm 44:21b, For He knows the secrets of the heart.” God wants you to surrender control of your heart. I know this to be true because Jesus waited patiently for me, drawing me close to Him, at times lovingly chastising me along the path to discovering true freedom.

There was a time my heart had become hardened from pain and brokenness. My heart was locked inside walls of sorrow. I kept it protected from future pain, and I vowed never to let anyone or anything hurt me again. But, the Lord required me to hand over the key to my heart. He wanted access to all the locked doors.

Healing is a process. At times, I felt shackled to the weight of my sin. Guilt, shame and condemnation separated me from God’s healing. A hardened heart cannot yield to God’s plan of redemption. Jeremiah 29:11 states, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Your hope is secure in the Lord’s hands.

God knows the secrets of the heart Slowly, God’s light came into the wounded places bringing with it hope and healing. At times the healing was painful, but I was never alone. Jesus was with me and bringing me out of captivity one step at a time.

Firsthand, I experienced the Lord’s steadfast love and His compassionate heart. He healed my broken heart, one shattered piece at a time. All that was required of me was to trust Him with the key to my heart.

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord for your compassionate heart to bring healing and freedom into my life.

Has your heart become hardened as a result of life’s trials? What areas do you need to surrender to the Lord?

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Glimpses of God’s Heart

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Your heart is at the core of your identity. The NKJV Bible refers to the heart in 926 verses. God’s Word sets a top priority on keeping our hearts pure. The more we walk in righteousness, the closer we are to God’s heart. Proverbs 4:23  

Often, our emphasis is on the outward appearance rather than the inner condition of the heart. It is easy to judge and condemn others when all we see is their outward actions or behavior.  For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 

We may not understand our own hearts, but God does. God is willing and able to forgive us because He knows our heart and understands the cause of our sin. For He knows the secrets of the heart. Psalm 44:21

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So how then should we live? Love unconditionally and freely forgive others. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Let God love you. Give Him your love in return, and share His love with others. There are many waiting for you to show His heart to be steadfast and true.

ThankPray-Button you Lord for knowing my heart and loving me unconditionally in spite of my sin.

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Do You Have a Heart for Justice?

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January 11, 2016 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  Sex trafficking occurs every day in the US in everyone of our states. Thousands of precious children and women will be violated in unimaginable ways as slaves held captive.

Get the facts: Watch Linda Smith (founder of  Shared Hope  International 

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Let this month be one of focusing on freedom for the oppressed!  What can each of us do to help? Take action; pray, volunteer, raise awareness, donate.

 

If you see something suspicious at an event, hotel or truck stop, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline:

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Learn More – What is human trafficking?

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Thank you Lord that you came to set the captives free. Show me what I can do to make a difference in the lives of those held in bondage by their traffickers.

Let my heart be broken for the trapped, dehumanized and frightened victims of sex trafficking. I offer myself as an advocate.

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Is Your Brokenness Showing?

broken heartHer beautiful smile and warm countenance caused me to stop and offer a holiday blessing. She struggled to maneuver the motorized shopping cart through the aisles of the store. Her brokenness was showing, but her spirit was joyfully whole. In the eyes of God, she accepted her weakness and allowed His strength to manifest in her life.

We live with brokenness and blessings, challenges and victories, sorrow and joy. They are intertwined together. Allow the Lord to remove the strands of brokenness and sorrow from your life and the blessings and joy will remain. The challenge is to give God all your broken pieces to receive the victory. “For the battle is the Lord’s…” 1 Samuel 17:47

Some of us lock our broken heart inside walls of sorrow. We vow we won’t let anyone or anything hurt us again. We develop a hard heart. Our brokenness is hidden. Scripture compares a hardened heart to a rebellious heart. “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:15

Some of us (like myself) show our brokenness to the world. I walk with a limp; I can’t hide it. My cane provides extra stability and I am grateful for the security it brings. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.” Psalm 28:7

Some of us look broken from the weariness of fighting life’s battles. We hang our head in hopelessness. We question the Lord’s love and faithfulness to deliver us from our circumstances. “Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24

Healing is possible. There is rest and freedom in yielding a broken, contrite heart to broken heart - Ps 34-18be molded by the hand of God. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord that we can trust you with our broken places. You fill our wounded hearts with peace and hope.

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