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Heart Lessons

Renee Ann Smith —  September 3, 2014 — 20 Comments

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“God never measures the mind. He always puts His tape measure in the heart.” ~Corrie ten Boom~

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“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ~Aristotle~

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“We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny, unless we have taught ourselves to consider everything as moonshine, compared to the education of the heart. “ ~Sir Walter Scott~

I start school TODAY—if you’re reading this on Wednesday—and I’m excited and hopeful and just a little bit overwhelmed because I don’t feel ready. So I dug out this quote from a great woman of God to remind me where my focus needs to be. I’m privileged to be a small part in guiding the hearts of my precious students. May God bless our time together & never let me take that for granted.

And may Corrie’s words encourage you in whatever your day brings. Though things may not go as perfectly as you planned, it’s the heart lessons learned that matter.

Thank you for spending a few moments of your day here. Blessings, friends!

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Bad Day

1. From the moment you wake, focus on yourself.

2. Repeat this mantra: “No one else could possibly appreciate what I’m going through.”

3. Complain often.

4. Dwell on every slight given you.

5. Relive old hurts again and again and again.

6. Refuse to forgive.

7. Guard against recognizing the unique beauty of each soul.

8. See only the faults and weaknesses of the people you love.

9. Keep “I told you so” ready on your lips.

10. Criticize often.

11. Set God’s Word far away from your eyes.

12. Cast aside God’s promises.

13. Hold your worries close to your heart.

14. Remain troubled for the length of a sleepless night.

15. And through it all, remember not to pray.

Worry 2

I shared only 10 Rules for How to Have a Happy Day. (You can find that post here.) Purposing to have a bad day seems to take more effort.

Conclusion: It’ easier to have a happy day!

I’m so glad you stopped by, friends, because that always makes my day great! I appreciate your visits and words of encouragement. Blessings!

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Spurgeon Divine Love 2

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God’s Tape Measure

Renee Ann Smith —  December 5, 2012 — 11 Comments

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

Photo Backstory: I created this graphic with a free web image and the fun options at PicMonkey. The quote is a favorite from one of my heroines, Corrie Ten Boom.

You can read more about the heart here: Heart-Healthy Living, part one: Trusting God with Our Hearts.

You can read more about Corrie here: Corrie Ten Boom, Hero of the Hiding Place.

“God never measures the mind. He always puts His tape measure in the heart.” ~Corrie Ten Boom~ (Click here to tweet these wise words to your Tweeps!)

This week I’m linking up with Word-filled Wednesday, This and That Thursday, Little Things Thursday, Thursday Favorite Things, Beautiful Thursday, Simply Link, Favorite Things, Faith-filled Friday, Weekend WhateverYour Sunday Best, The Sunday Community, Heart Reflected, and Fresh-brewed Sundays.

God’s bedside manner

Renee Ann Smith —  November 12, 2012 — 37 Comments

I have sat by too many bedsides.

Six, to be exact.

You’re thinking that’s not so many. That my number is not as great as a hospice worker’s or doctor’s or Mother Teresa’s. But it looms large to me.

Two were easy, actually. In 1999, I stayed with, first, my Tennessee sister and then my South Carolina sister while they recovered from serious surgeries. Since my sisters were strong and healthy, they healed quickly. I mostly snacked and juiced and entertained them until they were ready to go home. Easy assignments that didn’t greatly impact my life.

But every other bedside vigil involved tears and heartache and passionate petitions to God.

  • In June 2000, a group of us teachers huddled in an ICU waiting room while my cancer-ridden co-worker and apartment mate silently slipped away. She was thirty-two and left behind many unfulfilled dreams—including marrying a man in uniform!
  • In July 2009, my big brother died of lung disease in a sterile ICU. I sat alone by his side because he had he so completely alienated exes and children and those he once called friends.
  • From August 2009 to February 2010, I spent almost every day with my best friend, keeping watch as breast cancer ravaged her body. Her battle was short and vicious. But her faith flamed like a beacon in the night. Many found Christ because of her testimony.

Now it is my mother’s time.

I began sitting by her bedside when she lived with me and experienced her first mini-strokes. Mom calling my name or wandering around the apartment would wake me in the night. I would sit in the pink fuzzy chair in her room and calm her until she slept.

Because of the mini-strokes and complications with her emphysema, we had to move Mom to a nursing home in February. There, my dedicated oldest sister has taken the lion’s share of responsibility for keeping her company. I share the vigils as best I can and wonder how much more my mother can take.

But white matter damage (brain stuff), dementia, and old-age are slow destroyers. Night after night, Mom struggles with fear and confusion. She yells until she’s hoarse, calling for help and comfort—even when someone is sitting right by her side.

Though my mother’s battle does not seem to have an end in sight, I believe that God cherishes her and trust He has a plan. I cling to the evidence that this is so.

Your eyes saw [my mother’s] unformed body. And all the days ordained for [her] were written in Your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16

You have kept count of my [mother’s] tossings and put [her] tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? Psalm 56:8

And I wonder how often I am like my mom—calling out for the care and attention of my Heavenly Father, believing He has abandoned me, when all the time He has been keeping watch by my side.

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These words from Corrie Ten Boom remind me that even in the worst circumstances, God is there. He may remain silent, but He is keeping watch.

So be comforted, my soul, and wait patiently for Him. He never abandons His own.

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