Saturday, January 26, 2013

Guarding My Heart

Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance 
and above all that you guard, 
for out of it flow the springs of life.
Prov 4:23
The Hebrew word for heart is leb and is translated 
throughout Scripture as heart, mind and will.
The Hebrew mindset never separated
the heart from the mind.
We need to guard our hearts, 
which includes our minds,
because everything flows from
the way we think or feel.
I need to be on guard today.
There are so many thoughts
 vying for my attention.
In the presence of Jesus,
I am filled with peace and hope.
But I can get distracted even in the midst 
of presence, and thoughts of discouragement 
and anxiousness come flooding in.
I refocus and ask for His grace
to hold me in the moment.

I am struggling to keep my mind fixed today.
There is a narrow path my thoughts must walk
and I am fighting to stay on that path.
There is much encouragement and direction
to be received from His Word,
both the written and the softly spoken rhema.
He whispers to me that He is able to walk me 
along the path of right thinking today.
And He points me to Philippians
to rehearse strategy and get a game plan.
Whatever is true, worthy of reverence, 
honorable, just, pure, lovely, lovable, 
kind, and gracious, 
if there is any virtue and excellence, 
if there is anything worthy of praise, 
think on and take into account these things: 
fix your mind on them.
I choose to fix my mind today
according to His word.
Resting in His mercy and enabling grace, 
I will guard my heart above all else, 
trusting that He will cause abundant 
springs of life to flow this day.
Lord, bind my wandering heart to Thee!


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