Heart-Healthy Living, Step Two: Make an appointment for heartbreak

Renee Ann Smith —  December 10, 2012 — 15 Comments

heart puzzle post“Keep your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the issues of life.” ~Proverbs 4:23~

Step one on the path to heart-healthy living is realizing we need to trust God with our hearts. Once we’re convinced that trusting Him is our only hope, we must invite God to work within us and pledge to follow His regimen—even when the first thing He prescribes is heartbreak.

Often the things we have mistakenly set our love upon become entrenched in the very fabric of who we are. Separating us from those loves requires radical surgery. But God, our great physician, can be trusted to wield the knife.

As Hebrews 4:12 reminds us, His Word is “sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Elisabeth Elliot explains the need for heartbreak this way, “Because our physical and emotional hungers are so strong, we easily imagine them to be our deepest hungers—until they are met, at which point we know that there is a bottomless one!

He harrows our souls, making us long for something we cannot have in order to reveal to us what He wants us to have, which in the long run is far better.” (Click here to tweet these wise words to your tweeps!)

One who harrows ground employs whatever tools are necessary to make that hard soil soft enough to support growth. Some ground, marred only by small stones and a few rough spots, can be prepared easily. But in less giving ground, the tools need to be sharper, more powerful, able to pulverize any rocks, stumps, and old roots that stand in the way.

Just so our wise Heavenly Father must harrow or break our hearts—before our wrong desires break us. But we can trust Him in this: He wounds us only enough to heal us.  (Click here to tweet this quote.)

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How is it with your heart today, my friend? Have you wisdom to share from a past heartbreak? Or do you need prayer because you’re in the midst of one? Do you have a “heart-healthy” Bible verse to share with us? Please do!

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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!

15 responses to Heart-Healthy Living, Step Two: Make an appointment for heartbreak

  1. Hebrews 4:12 was the first verse we had our high school youth group learn this year, and it really spoke to me as well. I love your reminder that a broken heart is a whole heart!

  2. Wow, some sweet thoughts today. I always enjoy your scriptures and thoughts. We can trust in Him; we just need to reach out and He is there for us.
    Blessings!

  3. I came upon your blog through the blog Chatting at the Sky. God has been dealing with me these past several months about sin in my life. This really spoke to me. Amzaing how God works. What caught my eye was the heart, I love hearts. Thank you again for your post.

    • I’m so glad you came by, Denise! I tried to find your blog in the linky list but haven’t figured out where you are yet. If you link your blog here, I’ll visit you. Thanks for sharing how God is working in you. Blessings!

  4. Wise words of encouragement, Renee. Thank you for a lovely visit for Word-Filled Wednesday.

  5. Our hearts are fragile and it’s a new thought, to me, to think that God might allow an event or a person to break our hearts in order to make them more whole – rather than allowing it because we live in a fallen world and oh well …

    What a fascinating concept.

    One thing I’m sure of is that our hope is found in trusting God with our hearts (and maybe accepting that He will allow heartbreak) rather than fussing to “protect” them somehow.

    Thank you for sharing!

    • I do believe that everything we experience comes through God’s hands—He either actively orchestrates or allows—but as you say, Elisabeth, He is our hope, no matter which! Thanks for returning my visit. I enjoyed reading through your blog. Blessings!

  6. I just finished Life of Pi and it’s about this…finding hope and life and peace through brokenness. Great post. Thanks…

  7. Thanks so much for linking up over at WholeHearted Home last month. This is such a good post. I loved the quote from Elizabeth Elliot.

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