“Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10
In July 2010, I began attending “Foundations classes” at my now church home, to better understand the foundations, beliefs and expectations of the church I was considering becoming a member of. I, along with the other attendees, were asked to take the time to write down our “story”, sometime between the first and fourth class. The story that I told (via email), began like this, and I quote:
Since I received this “homework assignment” about a week and a half ago, each time I take a moment to think about what “My Story” is, the following song lyrics come to mind (and I’m grateful):
As I look back over my life, I can see how Your love has guided me.
Even though I’ve done wrong, You never left me alone, but You forgave me, and You kept on blessing.
This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. It’s because of Your mercy, that we are not consumed.
Because Thy compassions fail not, they are new every morning.
Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness.
I was reminded of my love for each and every word of this song, a few weeks ago, after listening to this sermon. Since, my hubs and friends who’ve also listened to the sermon have had this song and the faithfulness of God imprinted on our hearts.
Please press play to listen. He’s truly been so faithful.
Thanks KD & SH.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
I first heard this verse during my courtship with my now, husband. And, I frequently refer to it when conversing about relationships and when solicited for any respective advice.
Although we, including me, tend to reference “heart” when speaking of our emotions, the Bible teaches us that the “heart” is so much more.
In turn, guarding our hearts is far beyond, and including, the guarding of our emotions. It is essentially, being intentional in the way we shepard our actions, thoughts, desires, choices and words.
- Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)
- For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come – sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. Mark 7:21-22
- A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45
Since everything we do is inherently directed by the orientation of our hearts, as followers of Christ, the guarding of our hearts is kind of like a big deal.
Though I realize this, I do sometimes question how to best go about doing so day-to-day. And, just like every other question, the Word gives such clarity in its answers. We simply have to first ask for and receive a renewed heart (1 John 5:14-15); then, walk in and find rest in the protection of our heart that God has given us in Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. Romans 5:3-5 (NLT)
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9 (NLT)
In random conversation with my friends, I constantly find myself saying “I can’t” with them or with something hilarious that they’ve said! Now, this song reminds me of what I really cannot do without.
Please press play to listen.
Be encouraged to give up the control. Be encouraged to depend on Him. Be encouraged to live life with Him.