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Are You Among the Walking Wounded?

We have all experienced rejection in our lives. Rejection hurts, especially when it is emotional rejection. Rejection attacks our self-esteem, it chips away at our confidence, it breaks our heart. When we are mistreated an inner anger can express itself in rebellion, bitterness, hopelessness and other painful emotions.

We make promises to ourselves in order to protect our heart. Do either of these sound familiar? Nobody will ever tell me what to do again! I’ll never let anyone get close enough to hurt me again! The vows we make create blockages to inner healing.

Self-made walls become a defense system against anyone who may be able to hurt us. But God did not create us to be rejected. We are created to be accepted, loved and treasured. We are not defined by our past failures, disappointments or the rejection of others. One person’s rejection does not mean we are unlovable or that we are alone. Jesus experienced rejection. His love is unconditional and His acceptance is eternal. He has equipped us to forgive others and ourselves.

Isaiah 53:3 (NKJV)

He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

We have a choice to make. What we do with the hurt and disappointments that we will encounter will either make us stronger in the Lord or we will become walking wounded. Every child of God has access to His grace, love, and comfort. How will you respond? The defining factor in victorious living is knowing God’s everlasting love for you.

 Romans 8:31 (NKJV)

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

 

Thank you, Lord, for your healing touch in our lives.

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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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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

Create in me a clean heart

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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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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Choose to Become Better, not Bitter

Root of bitternessWe will encounter injustice in our lives. No one is immune from a harsh word spoken, an act of deception, a broken relationship, slander, unfair treatment or a host of other offenses. Bitterness has a strong root and it can become stubborn to pull from a burdened heart. The root is heavy and can last  for years. So what is the solution for overcoming bitterness and resentment? Pull out the root and you will remove the offender’s power over you.

While you may be able to hide the bitterness in your heart from others, the Lord looks at your heart. 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 16:7b (NKJV)

The Bible sets high importance on keeping our hearts pure: Keep your Guard heart - Prov 4-23heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23 (NJKV)

To overcome bitterness and resentment you must first ask God to forgive you and then ask Him to forgive those who have caused the injustice against you. Pray daily for God’s healing. He will bring justice. Allow God to help you forgive and forget – You probably can’t do it on your own.

Choose to focus on the good in your life and not allow the bad that has happened to keep you from God’s best.

Always PRAY to have eyes that see the best in people,                              A heart that forgives the worst,                                                                            A mind that forgets the bad,                                                                                 And a soul that never loses faith in God!

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:  looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled. Hebrews 12:14-15 (NJKV)

Prayer – Lord, my hope is in you alone, not in my circumstances or earthly justice. I release all my bitterness to your healing power. Thank you that justice is in your hands.

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Hope Overcomes Despair

We all would like to escape the sorrow that despair brings. Too often despair brings along bitterness, depression, resentment, unforgiveness and a list of other disappointments. It brings hopelessness. Despair can be dark and deep. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. (Psalm 40:2) NIV

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Hope challenges despair. It is a glimmer of light in a dark place. Hope brings confidence to the broken heart – we look forward to and believe things will work out for our good. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18) NIV

Despair looks backward – Dont Look Back2

 

Hope Looks forward –

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In my life I have know despair. I am so grateful for the hope we have in Christ. The Lord lifted me out of a pit of despair and I was able to break free and receive healing and restoration. But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. (Psalm 39:7) NIV

If you have a challenge in your life now or if you are experiencing despair, first consider the truth that there is an answer.  Hope is on its way. His name is Jesus! You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. (Psalm 119:114) NIV

Prayer – Lord, I put my hope in you. You see my circumstances and know my troubled heart. I trust in you and know that you will make all things work together for good. (Romans 8:28)

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God’s Scrapbook of Love

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.       Matthew 6:21  (NKJV)photo albums

Our photos are important – they act as a reminder of the people we love; family and friends, special occasions, vacations, houses we called home, pets and all the important moments of life. Creating a scrapbook of all those beautiful, meaningful moments is a treasured keepsake for present and future generations to enjoy.

For years, I taught scrapbooking classes. There were times of laughter, tears and joy as I shared in the memories of my fellow scrapbookers. We’ve all heard the expression, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. But is it really…don’t we need the photo journaling to go along with the picture? Without some description, the priceless photo can become a nameless snapshot.

In a scrapbook we have a wonderful opportunity to share in the goodness of God; birthday photos that signify another year of God’s blessings, scenic photos that share God’s magnificent creation, family photos showing God’s love and faithfulness – just to name a few. O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!  Psalm 8:9

If God had a scrapbook about you, His love and blessings would appear in abundance through the pages of your book. It would look something like this:

Baby photosFor You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  Psalm 139:13

Parenting photosYou shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.                              Deuteronomy 6:7

Birthday photosThe Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

Family photosBut Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.  Luke 2:19

Friend photosThe righteous should choose his friends carefully.          Proverbs 12:26

Scenic photosIn the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Genesis 1:1

Christmas photosNow after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.  Matthew 2:1-2

Graduation photosFor 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.  Jeremiah 29:11

Celebrating You photosFor we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10

Remembrance photos I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.  Philippians 1:3

wallet with heart“If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If God had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. He could live anywhere in the universe and He chose your heart.”   Mark Stibbe

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The Reality of Brokenness

Heart with BandaidWe will all experience it – the pain and suffering of a broken heart. Different degrees, different responses, different heartaches, different circumstances, but we all have a choice to live broken lives or live restored lives.

The brokenness in my life became the key that unlocked the treasures of the love I was searching for; the love of the Father. Out of brokenness – He gave me wholeness.

The dictionary defines brokenness as:

• Overcome with grief or disappointment
• Violated or infringed
• Imperfect or incomplete
• Disturbed or disconnected
• Fragmented or fractured
• Not functioning properly
• Exhausted, weakened or confused

Perhaps, we can all see ourselves in this list at one time or another. The Lord longs for each of us to have a personal encounter with the hope and healing available to us through God’s transforming love.

In order to find freedom from my brokenness, my heart had to change. I learned that deliverance and restoration comes to those who open their hearts to our Redeemer and Savior, Jesus Christ. For some, the journey of healing may seem long, but I promise you that the Lord is faithful and He will not leave you. Will you open your heart to Him today and submit to what He desires to do in your life?

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Psalm 147:3 (NKJV)

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