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On Guarding Your Heart

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.” ~C. S. Lewis

The phrase “guard your heart” often crosses my lips.

Guard your heart, be careful, don’t get hurt

But guarding your heart does not mean that we lock it away, never open it to anyone with the fear of being hurt.

I remember one bleak day while driving to work and pondering life events I found myself whining to God “lock my heart up in a cage; I’m sick of this hurt and I don’t want to be hurt any more” Instantly I was convicted. That prayer was incredibly selfish! I didn’t want pain in my life, I didn’t want hurt, so I wanted to God to lock my heart away. Terrible.

Love means having to open yourself up to people. Putting other people before yourself. The exact opposite of the prayer I was praying.

Let’s be honest…none of us like pain. And there are lots of different types of pain, {physical, spiritual, emotional} and none of them are pleasant to experience.

As humans we will all hurt someone around us. As much I may try there are moments in the day when the flesh takes over, a word spoken, an action done, that will cause someone I love pain.

We cannot live our lives hiding from the pain of relationships.

Painful—Yes, but not unbearable. We learn from the pain, we grow from the pain, we help others, learn humility, becomae more sensitive to the needs of others around us.

Jesus opened himself up to pain by allowing the 12 disciples (most of whom were teenagers) to follow Him around in His ministry, knowing that they would desert Him in His hour of need. He loved them even though they hurt Him. He loved them and encouraged them to grow.

As a leader there will be many times when we are hurt by those we trusted, torn down by those we mentored, but we cannot solve this by locking the heart in a cage.

Ministry will not happen when a heart is not open. It will become self-focused and hard.

So yes, guard your heart–against yourself.

Lord, help my guard my heart so that my actions bring honor and glory to You.

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I’m with Stupid

This picture makes me laugh ~ I laugh mainly because it’s true

(but also because I love anatomically correct hearts! Nerdy–I know, but I’ve embraced it!)

How often does our heart get the best of us?

The brain is logical, but the heart…yup it’s stupid.

Well…pause a moment. I guess the Bible warns us of this…the heart is deceitful and wicked, who can know it?

So are our desires different from the longings of our heart? Where does guarding the heart come in?

But obviously God gave us a heart (with emotions), how are we to use them? They cannot guide our lives, but does that mean they have no part in our lives?

How can we keep our emotions under control? How to we keep from being so logical that we never express emotion?

I don’t have answers.

I just….I just don’t know…

K brain, keep the heart in line, make sure it’s not given away before the right time.

Heart, keep the brain from becoming a fuddy-duddy.

Let’s get along; stop the name calling!

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Complaining Fail (again)

O my dear readers I must confess something. I wrote a post yesterday that touched on complaining, but I failed just moments after posting…rather epically.

As I was leaving my favorite local coffee shop after a lovely afternoon with my friend, all I could talk about was how cold and gross the weather was, and how I hated the cold, and I couldn’t wait to move somewhere warm.

My friend (who is near and dear to my heart!), laughingly said “I think I should start charging you a quarter for every time you complain, I’d be so rich!”

O dear readers you have no idea how that comment went right to my heart.

Why is it so easy to complain? Even when I purpose to be content I still find things to complain about. Why is my flesh so strong?

Complaining does not edify. Complaining does not encourage. Complaining demonstrates a lack of trust in God’s plan for my life.

~From Heart to Words~ 

The words of my mouth

The thoughts of my heart

Shockingly close

You can’t hide

You can’t deceive

You will pay

For what you say


Then why complain?


The heart is discontent

The soul is lost


Focus on the Lord

Be thankful

The thoughts will follow

The lead of the heart


Lord control my mouth

Lord, lead my heart

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