Archives For Heart series

 

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The Christmas story overflows with colorful characters—angelic beings, rough and tumble shepherds, pregnant-in-old-age Elisabeth, doubting Zechariah—but a simple Jewish girl outshines them all.

Consider Mary. I imagine like every other girl of her time, she expected to marry a good Jewish boy, make a home with him, and raise his children—until God changed her plans. Well, He didn’t exactly change them. He just tweaked them in such a way that brought scandal, gossip, and rejection by her betrothed. However, Luke records no angry words from Mary.

Mary endured an arduous journey right before her delivery and bore her son in poverty—without any of the perks royalty might expect. However, Luke attributes no bitter words to her.

Soon after Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph had to flee for his life. Their child’s destiny became entangled with the ambitions of ruthless and powerful men. However, we find no words of fear, regret, or blame either in Luke or Matthew.

Mary was too busy raising her voice in a song of praise to complain. And twice Luke records that instead of speaking, Mary pondered. Luke 2:19 & 51 show us that she treasured all that she was experiencing in her heart.

What made Mary so special lay deep within her. She cultivated an intimacy with God that immunized her heart.

  • An immunized heart is unresponsive to insults.
  • An immunized heart is no longer susceptible to the ravages of fear.
  • An immunized heart cannot harbor bitterness.
  • An immunized heart returns love for hate or apathy.

I read recently that “an unloved woman cannot love well.” Our communion with God is our time to be loved by Him. And His love is what immunizes our hearts against the things that would damage it.

In this way, we can deal with whatever life brings and remain strong without becoming hardened.

****What about you, friend? Are the many important things you’re busy with draining your heart? Are you feeling exhausted and empty? Leave a comment, and I promise to pray for you. Or are you immunized? If so, what are some habits you’ve built into your life to help carve out time for God? Do you have a heart-healthy verse to share with us? 

For more on Mary’s Song of Praise, read this excellent Bible study post by Liz Curtis Higgs!

Heart-Healthy Living, part one:Trusting God with our hearts

Heart-Healthy Living, step two: Make an appointment for heartbreak

Photo Backstory: I couldn’t resist posting another adorable pic from our school’s Christmas pageant. This one features the daughter of a dear former student. What a blessing to have the children of my students in our school. Hopefully, I’ll be around long enough to teach this little one when she makes it to junior high!

This week I’m linking up with Monday Musings, Hear It on Sunday, Soli Deo Gloria, The Better Mom, Covered in Grace,Rachelwojo, Modest Mondays, GraceLaced Mondays, Raising Arrows, A Mama’s Story, Teach Me Tuesdays, Gratituesdays, Just Write, Titus 2 Tuesdays, Tuesdays Unwrapped, Teaching What Is Good, Tuesday Tips, What I Learned This Week, Heart and Home, Domestically Divine Tuesday, Raising Homemakers, Deep Roots at Home, Word-filled Wednesday, Thankful Homemaker, Wisdom Wednesday, Wholehearted Home Wednesdays, Little Things Thursday, Thursday Favorite Things,Thriving Thursday, Hearts for Home, Legacy Leaver, Thoughtful Thursday, Life in the Comments, Favorite Things, Faith-filled Friday, Photo Friday, Just for Fun Friday, Fellowship Friday, Womanhood with Purpose, Weekend WhateverYour Sunday Best, The Sunday Community, Heart Reflected, and Fresh-brewed Sundays.

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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This week I’m linking up with Monday Musings, Hear It on Sunday, Soli Deo Gloria, The Better Mom, Covered in Grace,Rachelwojo, Modest Mondays, Raising Arrows, A Mama’s Story, 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, Simply Link, Favorite Things, Faith-filled Friday, Womanhood with Purpose, Weekend WhateverYour Sunday Best, The Sunday Community, Heart Reflected, and Fresh-brewed Sundays.

“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.