OUR HEART IS THE WELLSPRING OF OUR LIFE.
It dictates our feelings and emotions so it has a lot of power to potentially determine the way our life flows. Yet we hold the paddles of our life-raft and our decisions definitely determine the kind of journey our life will embark on.
In today's society an over-abundance of information & choices can create confusion instead of peace and contentment. We are encouraged to practice self-meditation to un-clutter our minds, embrace minimalist simplicity to un-clutter our lives, and think positive thoughts to ease our anxiety. Yet we still race down the boiling, raging river of stress, discontent and internal anguish......often out of control.
Please don't misunderstand me....I strongly believe that our minds and hearts are miraculously designed to do great things. I know my positive outlook on life plays a huge role on who I am today after acquiring a brain injury 14 years ago. But I also experience deep and lasting joy, contentment and peace with who I am, just as I am.....because of the Lord's ultimate control of my life-raft. When I meditate, it is with Him in prayer, or His Word in my hand...I'm talkin' super-natural interaction with the One who created this world and universe! Tapping into Him is way more powerful than trying to tap into "myself!" When I need to de-clutter and simplify my life, physically and/or emotionally I seek His guidance on what I need and what I don't need. When my heart is anxious, I turn to Him and ask for guidance, wisdom and strength, releasing a huge amount of stress because I give the things I cannot control to Him....after all He knows what lies ahead....I don't. He gives me rest on the shore and He guides me safely over the white-water of heartaches and difficulties.
But He's not just there in the tough times! He wants me to grow and experience successes so He empowers me to tackle many rough sections on my own, yet He's right there with me if I need Him. The ride is exhilarating and a healthy self-confidence spurs me on and pleases Him!!
Most of all, He wants me to use wisdom, to fix my eyes on Jesus at all times, especially when interacting on social media. He wants me to use discretion before posting or re-posting things. Often these seem innocent enough and many are positive but when I check them out before sharing them, the very thing I thought was awesome or in line with my faith-walk came from a questionable source. It is often counter to what God tells me in His Word. I am responsible for what I pass along so I now check where things come from before re-posting. Is it from a source that uplifts...or conflicts....with my faith-walk?
Does it have content on it that has the potential to lure someone away from Jesus?
Our hearts are powerful motivators.....therefore......
above all else, guard your heart for within is the wellspring of life.
in his quotation below, Martin Luther King Jr. beautifully defines the power of faith, and the importance of remembering it:
"This faith transforms the whirlwind of despair into a warm and reviving breeze of HOPE. The words of a motto which a generation ago were commonly found on the wall in the homes of devout persons need to be etched on our hearts:
Fear knocked at the door. FAITH answered. There was no one there."
~Martin Luther King Jr.~
When fear knocks at your heart's door, remember to let FAITH answer. Doing so will empower you to experience God's peace in a way that passes all human understanding.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14: 27 NIV
Every evening, Kip and I watch one [or four or five!] Gaither videos on You Tube. We started doing this a few weeks ago and it has truly had a positive impact on our hearts and minds before we head to bed.
Powerful performances from extremely gifted musicians [with genuine hearts] uplift the LORD in these videos, and HE is last on our minds before we go to sleep. And, when we wake up in the morning, praise through these songs begin our day.
We now set aside time for the news earlier in the evening and this change has positively enriched our lives, from dawn to day's end. I LOVE music, especially praise and worship music and hymns, but because of my disability [extreme sensitivity to noise being one major limitation] I have not been able to enjoy music the way I did before. This new discovery has personally opened an avenue of pure, sweet enjoyment because when the songs gear up [and many of them do], I can "gear down" ---with the remote. :-) This enables me to drink in the power and blessing of all kinds of favourite music, but my soul sings out on its own when the Lord is lifted up through powerful songs of worship.
I'm attaching a link to one of the videos we watched last night---twice. Michael English sings "I Bowed On My Knees" with such incredible passion, accompanied by incredible Gaither vocalists whose voices harmonize in ways that are far beyond words of adequate description.
We all experience difficulties on our life's journey, but one day we truly WILL bow before our Lord....and this song gives just a glimpse into the power of that beautiful moment.
I wish the gaithers & individual artists could know how much God uses their ministry. Actually, they likely do, but I am just so grateful for this new discovery of being blessed through music once again.
Enjoy the video and God Bless.
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