I’m sitting here wearing a big oversize sweatshirt and with a hot cup of dandelion tea beside me in the middle of September. How is that?! Well Dallas decided to give us a taste of Fall today by blessing us with cloudy 65 degree weather. Talk about showing us some LOVE, right? Even though temperatures are rising again later in the week, it was good to have a little break from the heat. It just made me even more excited for the coming season– my favorite season. FALL!"
Isn’t it awesome how God also likes to give us a little tastes of what’s to come even if it’s for a short period of time? Sometimes we need that. We need little reminders to hold on and know everything will work out in His timing. Or there are times we need to have faith to move forward and be reminded He has a better plan for us...
Lately, I’ve been needing those little reminders. It’s a scary thing having to move on to the unfamiliar again. For an example, in a few months I’ll be moving to a new city where I’ll have to make new friendships and learn my way around town. There are moments I feel a little anxious about it, but then I think back at what He did for me when I moved here and I know He’s going to do the same for me in Austin. He’s cool like that. :)
God has also been reminding me about my heart (or my inner self) and how misleading it can be if we’re not careful. The quotes “follow your heart” and “the heart wants what the heart wants” are so misleading not only to us ladies, but to EVERYONE. They couldn’t be more true though. The heart does want what the heart wants, especially if we’re not guarding it properly.
Guarding our heart doesn’t mean putting it in a cage and only letting it out when the time is right. It strictly means to not let it control us. Jeremiah 17:9-10 says “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? ‘I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.’”
One of my pastors at my church spoke the other day on how easy it is to feed our hearts with wrong selfish desires. He began to talk about how the heart is like a wild creature; the more we feed it, the bigger and stronger it becomes. The bigger and stronger it becomes, the easier it is for us to be deceived and get hurt. It basically becomes a monster!
“Our heart has the capacity to set its hope upon something that will eventually result in disappointment.” – Michelle McKinney Hammon from “What Women Don’t Know (and men don’t tell you)”
Sadly, I made this mistake recently. I kept listening to the little voice in my heart rather than really looking at the big picture– the picture God was trying to show me. I had my hopes set on something that I wasn’t in control of... and once it didn’t go the way I had hoped, I became vulnerable, weak, and very disappointed. I was heartbroken.
“Focusing on the wrong source for your needs can actually blind you to an answered prayer. In other words, what you want is there, but because you are looking so hard at something else, you don’t see it. If your attention is in the wrong place, you could miss the person that God sends your way.” – Michelle McKinney Hammon from “What Women Don’t Know (and men don’t tell you)”
Those words couldn’t be more true. Our heart can blind us. It can blind us from people, relationships, opportunities, and it can even lead us away from The Lord if we’re not careful. Thankfully we have a gracious God who is extremely patient and will always be there to pick us back up and make our hearts whole again! We just have to ask and set our minds on Him rather than just focusing on what the heart wants.
When we focus on Him, our hearts will begin to change and align with His desires for us, not our own desires. And I'm sure God's desires for us are far better than our own. <3
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
....to be continued.