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All over the media we often hear that we should follow our hearts when making any kind of decision. I even remember a beautiful poem that I learned while in college where “use your heart as a light” was emphasized. My own life experience, as well as having heard the experiences of others, has taught me that there is a big difference when your heart is led by the flesh and not the Holy Spirit.
Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things, beyond cure, and who can understand it?
Broken hearts come in many forms. The devotion I read this morning written by Pastor Ron Moore lists some examples: some people experience it when it has to do with a love relationship (any broken relationship), a job loss, not getting what we hoped for, having heard harsh words, loneliness, kids gone astray from the Word, or discouragement.
Although I do believe that our darkest moments are when we can truly hear the Lord’s voice (Psalm 34:18 reminds us that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted) I also think that we can avoid a lot of broken hearts if we were to truly understand what Jeremiah is cautioning us to do.
Romans 8:6 teaches us that ” … the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.”
Let’s not solely rely on our unreliable hearts filled with emotions of the flesh to make decisions just because it “feels right” or allow it to dictate how we should respond to a situation.
Let’s surrender it to prayer. I challenge you to internalize Psalm 119:105 that reads “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” How do we do this? Reading His word, praying over His word, and living His word. Daily.
A peaceful and content heart since Fall 2015
About the Author: Stephanie Builes
It was when I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ that I began to take in, appreciate, and value all my God appointed roles in life and what each of those entailed. I am a believer and follower of Jesus, a wife, a stay at home mom to 2 kids and one on the way, and a homeschooler to my preschooler. In an effort to share these life moments, all the while applying scripture, I felt led to write! All praise to God, I now humbly add (to my list of roles) that I am a novice blogger and writer. Each role has come with a little here and a little there of different kinds of experiences, thoughts, opinions, and lessons learned (those aren’t always fun, eh?) Each of these vary from being serious, light hearted, fun, and some pretty boring (haha), but all very real. You see, our lives are made up of a ton of tiny moments that make up a GREAT story, ours! So, I invite you to follow my blog, Instagram, and Facebook as I share the tiny bits of everything about life.
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