Our hearts “feel” like the very center and hub of our emotions. They can take us soaring when our joy overflows! And they can drag us down to the depths of sorrow when pain strikes. God gave us emotions and He granted us hearts that respond in tenderness to a wide variety of experiences, people, and things. And He ALSO reminds us to take very good care of our hearts, because inside is what we treasure most in life.
Now, that’s a great thing when your treasure is something worth treasuring! Like say, your wedding day or the day your child was born. And don’t even get me started on the REAL wellspring of life – JESUS!!! (Remember His chat with the woman at the well?!)
But sometimes, we find ourselves treasuring the bad stuff, too. We keep it all balled up in our hearts, not making room for anything else inside, and it’s only keeping us stagnate, stuck on one moment in time, instead allowing us to grow with the love God meant us to experience throughout life.
You see, we get something all holed up in there and we wrap it up nice and tight with a lock, and then we swallow that key. Sometimes we even obsess over what we keep in there, taking little sneak peeks every so often to make sure we’ve got it under wraps and no one else can get at it. Our emotions can get the better of us and instead of dealing with things in an appropriate way, we let them boss us around!
You know what I mean. Maybe someone from your past hurt you in a way you find almost impossible to forgive or even forget. So you toss that emotional experience into your heart with a big chain around it, turning it over and over and over until, the next thing you know, you are actually treating it like a treasure.
Or perhaps you were the one who did the hurting. You can’t figure out how to forgive yourself so you replay the scenes living in your heart time and time again until they become obsessions.
Emotions are hard-wired into us by God so they are NOT, by design, a bad thing! God, Himself, demonstrates wide ranges of emotion throughout scripture! But we still need to operate in the Spirit in order to keep them in check and expressed in Godly, appropriate ways.
That’s why God reminds us in scripture to keep watch over our hearts, to keep the wellspring fluid, fresh, and protected! We can let go of memories and experiences tied to past hurts and out of control emotions, knowing He has given us the spiritual tools we need to remain healthy and appropriately functioning emotional beings, allowing us to choose to do what is right, regardless of how we feel.
Your heart is a big deal. Let it dream, let it grow, and even let it feel the good stuff and the bad. Just don’t let it stay in one place, all locked up in worry and self-pity. Your sweet heart was never meant to go there alone!
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity”. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho, copyright 1988.
Don’t you just love that?! It reminds me of another beautiful piece of scripture, telling us we can be confident that as we pursue our God-ordained purpose here on Earth, we can do so in confidence, knowing God is always working inside us to complete His amazing plans:
Ooooo, that’s a good one, too, isn’t it?! You can tuck THAT one in your heart and treasure it!
Looking for something PURELY JOYFUL to do this week?! You can:
- Find or print our scripture for the week! It’s from Matthew 6:21! Remember to SAY IT AND PRAY IT!!!
- Start our July book selection, Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider! Such a great read on the importance of simplifying our lives!
- Listen/watch this music video of my current favorite song by Steven Curtis Chapman, “Glorious Unfolding”! I promise, you’ll LOVE it! Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rolTdI7I_4M&feature=kp
- RSVP to our second Pure JOy 2014: The REMIX gathering of the summer! Evites went out last week for Jazz at the Park at Lake Ellyn! It’s going to be a great, SIMPLE, easy, JOYOUS, music-filled night! All you need to do is show up with a blanket and a picnic and you are good to go!
Have a wonderful week, sweet friends!!
Peace, love, and JOY!!!
Up Next Week: I’m just “testing” you…! 😉 Hee hee!
PS: This post is adapted from a post I wrote here back on October 2013! Enjoy! 🙂