Matters of the Heart

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After reading from a devotional book today, I have a challenge for you.

The author’s main scripture was from Proverbs 4:23. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Many versions use the phrase “guard your heart”. Why? Because what is happening in the inside of us determines what will happen on the outside.

The author then used the Israelites’ wandering in the desert for 40 years as an example for his main scripture. Many Bible scholars say this “trip” should have taken a couple of weeks at most. How did they manage to make a relatively short trip like that last for 40 years?

The author then enters in the scripture from Hebrews 3:10,11. “Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.  So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.”

Other translations say their hearts were looking for something else other than Me, or their hearts always turn away from Me, or their hearts go astray from Me. Go astray means to wander. And what did they do? They wandered away from the LORD in their hearts; the consequence was they wandered in the desert for 40 years and did not enter into His rest.

What is going on in our relationships? Work? Health? Ministry? Even just our outlook on life? Are we in hope or dread? Our lives are following where our hearts are leading. Do we like where we are going? Are we at rest in Jesus? Join me in taking the next few days and pray this scripture from Psalm 139:23-24 KJV:

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to wander. Anytime is a long time to miss out on what God has promised to us.

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My husband and I married over 20 years ago on a chilly, rainy, spring day. One year later caught me in a whirlwind as I was celebrating my first wedding anniversary, my first Mother's Day, and my first publication as a freelance writer. The birth of our third child followed a couple months after we celebrated our twins' 3rd birthday. Though a pen has been one of my constant companions, I have not pursued writing professionally due to the monumental task of homemaking and the raising of children. A shout out to my Robert who has been our sole provider while I have had the pleasure and privilege of remaining home with our children to homeschool them. Now, thanks to him, I have the liberty to once again pursue my passion to write and encourage others in written word as we journey with God through life experiences.

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