23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.
Keep your heart...
Jesus said: For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. (Matt 15:19)
The world says: Follow your heart...
The heart. Such a small piece of who we are, but so much control over what we do - IF - we allow it.
As a mom, business owner, wife.... the list goes on. My heart is pulled in 1000 directions everyday. Every day I feel like I am disappointing someone, failing to meet needs, or not doing enough. I have spent years chasing approval and acceptance from other people. Doing more and more and more, but never seeing a return for the effort. In fact, just finding myself deeper and deeper in a pit of busy exhaustion.
God made us in His image. I am a child of God, made with purpose. What is that purpose? Why am I here? To bring GLORY to God. To share the truth of the gospel with anyone who's ear will hear. To till the soil for God to reap a harvest greater than I can imaging.
but... the heart. My heart. My heart worries. My heart gets hurt. My heart breaks. My heart is fearful. How can I KEEP my heart, and live the purpose God made me for.
Do less. Trust more.
Remove dishonest habits and people from your life.
Tell the truth - let your yes be yes, and your no, no. (Matt 5:37)
Focus on what is right in front of you.
Take it one step at a time.
Maintain a focus on wisdom through the Word of God.
I have lived in fear. Fear of failure. Fear of judgement. Fear of perception. Free me from the fears of the world, and give me wisdom to face each trial trusting You. Give me courage to tell the truth. Help me to see Your path and purpose. Liberate me from the bonds of worry. Please cover me in the fruits of the Spirit, give me self discipline to seek you and stay focused on the path you've set before me.
In Jesus Name - Amen.