Heart-Healthy Living, part one: Trusting God with Our Hearts

Renee Ann Smith —  December 3, 2012 — 21 Comments

“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out.” Jeremiah 17:9, The Message.

In our culture, we do a lot of talking about the heart. We’re urged to listen to our hearts and follow our hearts and protect our hearts. Proverbs 4: 23 warns us to “keep our hearts with all diligence for out of them stem the issues of life.” In spite of these reminders, we’re pretty careless with our hearts. We allow all kinds of negative emotions to do them damage.

  • Each time we compare ourselves among ourselves, we siphon joy from our hearts.

  • The bitterness we cultivate hardens our hearts against forgiveness.

  • When we succumb to despair, we deprive our hearts of the hope that cushions life’s blows.

  • Fret and worry whittle away the peace that keeps our hearts settled.

  • When we love God’s gifts more than the Giver, we distort all that centers our hearts on what’s true.

Not a very heart-healthy prescription, is it? In the search for what will satisfy, we subject our hearts to much wear and tear. If our hearts are not safe in our own hands, who can we trust?

I John 3:20 states the bottom line: “For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.”

Fortunately, we have a Creator, who is not mystified by the puzzle our hearts present. Yes, He breaks and molds and disciplines but with a noble purpose (which we’ll discuss in a future post.)

So can we trust Him? I love how Samuel Rutherford answers that question,
How is it with your heart today, my friends? Do you struggle to trust it to God? Or have you learned to follow His prescription for heart-healthy living? Do you have a “heart-healthy” Bible verse to share with us? Please do!

“Since God looked upon me, my heart is not my own. He hath run away to heaven with it.” (Click here to tweet this quote to your friends.)

As you may have noticed, I’m in the middle of tweaking my blog theme. I’m excited that I now have share buttons! So I’d love it if you found any post encouraging enough to send to your Facebook and Twitter friends. Still to come, adding more widgets, creating a logo, and softening the background with subtle color. Stop back by to check out my progress!

This week I’m linking up with Monday Musings, Hear It on Sunday, Soli Deo Gloria, The Better Mom, Teach Me Tuesdays, Gratituesdays, Just Write, Titus 2 Tuesdays, Tuesdays Unwrapped, Tuesday Tips, What I Learned This Week, Heart and Home, Domestically Divine Tuesday, Word-filled Wednesday, Thankful Homemaker, Wholehearted Home Wednesdays, This and That Thursday, Little Things Thursday, Thursday Favorite Things, Hearts for Home, Legacy Leaver, Beautiful Thursday, Simply Link, Favorite Things, Faith-filled Friday, Womanhood with Purpose, Weekend WhateverYour Sunday Best, The Sunday Community, Heart Reflected, and Fresh-brewed Sundays.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

21 responses to Heart-Healthy Living, part one: Trusting God with Our Hearts

  1. Beautiful. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. This is great, nice health check up for my heart. So glad you linked up with Simply Better today. 🙂

  3. Wonderful post, Renee. It’s such a comfort to know that God isn’t puzzled by our hearts. It is a struggle to trust Him with mine, especially as He’s led me in a very difficult situation. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. I loved the scriptures and the thoughts. This was a awesome post. I liked the thougtht of having a healthy heart spiritually. I try everyday to study the scriptures and other great writings and make choice that will help me have a thankful and loving heart. However, day to day this doesn’t always happen. One of my favorite scriptures in found in Proverbs 3:5-6; 5.”Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
    Blessings to you!

  5. This is such a good post!! I just stopped over from Simply Better with Leslie. I am about ready to finish setting up my linkup for Wednesday over at WholeHearted Home and hope to see you there. I always like stopping by your blog 🙂

  6. Great truths. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a Blessed Thursday,
    Sherry

  7. Beautiful! visiting from Leaving a Legacy! 😉

  8. Great post – I love that quote! Totally understand about the blog tweaking too!

  9. Thank you for linking up this wonderful post over at WholeHearted Home this week. I really enjoyed reading this and am thankful for the reminder to trust God with all of my heart.

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