Monday, May 6, 2013

Guard Your Heart~

I've heard it said that your greatest strength is also your greatest weakness. And, I believe this to be true. Think about it. Someone who is known for their dynamic leadership ability has probably also been labeled "bossy" once or twice during his or her lifetime.

My greatest strength / weakness?

I have a sensitive spirit.

Don't get me wrong. Truly, this has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. My sensitive spirit has opened the ears of my heart to hear God's still small voice. I am keenly aware of His promptings and I feel the rhythm of His movement in my life. I hear His truth, His affirmation, His singing over me and I take it all in, allowing it to re-create me into who God made me to be. I am His daughter and I hold my heart up high.

But,

I am also extremely sensitive to the voices of the world.
Words spoken by others wound my spirit and leave me second-guessing who I am.
Glances and overtures cause me to question my identity.
Words spoken in anger penetrate the very depth of my soul and stay there.
Sorrow and grief (whether in my life or in the life of those around me) weigh me down.

It's hard having a tender heart in a tough world.

And yet,

I realize my sensitive spirit is a gift.
It is how my Heavenly Father knit me together in my mother's womb.
It is who I am, and, it is good.

But, it also leaves me vulnerable to heartache, depression, doubt and defeat.

This morning, as I called out to the Lord, He was faithful to hear my cry and rescue me with words of wisdom from His Word.

My child, pay attention to what I say.

Listen carefully to my words.
Don’t lose sight of them.
Let them penetrate deep into your heart,
for they bring life to those who find them and healing to their whole body.
Guard

your

heart
          
   above all

               else,


for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:20-23, NLT

It was at if God's words were leaping off the page. Words I had read time and time again, now loomed bigger than life for the very first time. This time, it wasn't my eyes that read these words of wisdom and instruction from my Abba Daddy, it was my heart.

Every day words from all directions bombard my heart. If I am to survive their assault, the answer is not found in allowing these hurts to harden my heart, desensitizing me, leaving me numb and unable to feel.

No.

The answer is to this dilemma is found in allowing the Holy Spirit to teach me what is of HIM and what is not; to be an active participant in deciding what goes into my heart, and what does not.

While it's true I cannot control which words come at me, I can choose which words I let "enter" my heart.
It is up to me to stand guard against anything contrary to the Word of God.
It is doesn't line up with HIS truth, it doesn't need to go any further than my ears.

It. is. as. simple. as. that.

Heavenly Father,
It is YOU who created me; YOU who made me so very sensitive. Too often, I have questioned why. Forgive me, Father. What I have mistaken as a "thorn", a weakness, is indeed one of my greatest blessings. To be sensitive, to hear your still small voice, to be moved with compassion, to be tender-hearted - this IS a gift. May I remember YOUR counsel. May I be diligent to guard my heart. May my "weakness" be indeed, my greatest strength as I use it to help my fellow man and bring glory and honor to YOU.
In Jesus' name, Amen~






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2 comments:

  1. I loved this, Stacy. And I love how God created you...a beautiful heart. xoxo~Shelly

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  2. Stacy- you and I are soul-sisters I think though I might be your grandmother lol. I so identified with your comment about having a sensitive spirit- I says mine is a sponge and it absorbs everyone's issues as people share with me.....and then you say: I am also extremely sensitive to the voices of the world.
    Words spoken by others wound my spirit and leave me second-guessing who I am.
    Glances and overtures cause me to question my identity.
    Words spoken in anger penetrate the very depth of my soul and stay there.
    Sorrow and grief (whether in my life or in the life of those around me) weigh me down.

    It's hard having a tender heart in a tough world.

    YES YES and YES.
    BUT-our sensitivity is also a gift- to our family, to friends, to work-mates- it is a God given love-filled heart that sees through shame and blame and can offer unconditional love- a gift we give others, having an understanding of how greatly needed this gift is in this hurting world.

    May God keep you safe as you silence the voices of the enemy and of self and bind your mind to the mind of Christ, to His plans and purposes for your life-
    and loose from you any wrong beliefs [about yourself].
    May ALl of His plans and purposes for your life be fulfilled, as you daily seek His face and learn of Him.
    It's so good that the Holy Spirit tells us whether something is in line with the WORD or not!
    May His peace guard our hearts and MINDS in Christ Jesus.
    In weakness may your strength come through powerfully to us, Lord. We utterly depend on YOU ABBA, Father !
    May God pour Himself out into you so you are always writing and speaking out of the overflow! In Jesus' Name.

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