Thursday, June 4, 2009

Guard Your Heart

Running along River Birch Circle this morning, I noticed something strange. Emerging from a tiny aperture in the asphalt. A single strand of weeds stretching for sunlight. Only a sliver of space. Without the weeds' testimony, invisible and undetectable. A sliver. All that satan needs to launch a frontal attack. More than enough room for him to land a few fiery darts into our heart. We know the heart's nature. Deceitful. Vascillating. Wandering. And if we're honest, at times stone-cold. Evidence that we're vulnerable. We need protection. But, how? Consider Solomon's instruction, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life" Proverbs 4:23. How can we prevent ourselves from being caught off guard? Our precious Lord is the only One who can help us. We must go to the One who searches, examines, and tests our hearts. Gently--a few at a time--like a loving father, He will reveal our weak points. Next, we confess and repent. We don't have to fear God. He wants to forgive and to restore us. He has our best interests in His heart. Then we ask Him to circumcise our heart. To give us a heart like His. To see, hear, and love like He does. Our loving God will not fail us. He can't wait for us to ask Him for His help. His resources. His strength. His promises. His protection. The evil one will probably always probe, searching for silver pinpoints. But he's going to find something strange. Hearts stretching toward the Son. Make a much tougher target! Sweet dreams, Deb


  1. Must've been a difficult run this morning with such a pervasive thought of the enemies attack! :0 You have an amazing ability to see greater meaning in the simplest of things and I appreciate your ability to make me look at the world differently. Keep guarding your heart. I appreciate the reminder that God really does have our best interests in His heart, because so often this is where I become most vulnerable to Satan's darts - believing the lie that God really doesn't care about my little heart and its aches. Keep writing and sharing your heart, girlfriend....God has given you a gift and it is bringing Him glory.

  2. Sharolyn,

    The run wasn't too tough...I didn't have to try to keep up with you and your long legs. And keep up my end of the conversation.

    I hope that we get to run together again. Maybe not the Paris marathon, something with fewer miles!

    Your comments mean so much to me. Thank you for taking the time to read the posts and sharing with me.

    Miss you.

  3. Deb

    Great thought provoking post. I love the way you think and the way you write your thoughts.


  4. Hi there Deb,

    Beautiful analogy. I think that when we are stretched towards the SON we are indeed a more difficult target.

    Have a blessed week!

  5. Thanks for a great reminder. I've got a few "weeds" that need yanking out today! "Resist the devil at his onset..." as they say!