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According to Webster’s dictionary, to mend means to “free from faults or defects, to improve in manners or morals, to set right, to put into good shape, patch up, repair, to improve or strengthen (as a relationship) by negotiation or conciliation.”  

How do we “set right” or put in good shape a heart?  We have a powerful example of One who heals, restores, sets right and strengthens our hearts even when we don’t deserve it.  Isaiah 57:18 reminds us that even though He sees what we do, He will heal us [mend and restore] us anyway.  Extending grace and healing words to another’s heart is only doing what has been done for each of us.  When I think of mending, I picture repairing a piece of clothing, but the Lord speaks of mending as restoration.  Gal 6:1 urges us to restore another gently.  Restoration means to make strong, firm, steadfast.  Restoration of this type means a willingness to take time to listen to the heart of another, to respond with encouragement and to guide and comfort.  It doesn’t mean enabling or condoning; occasionally, I have a difficult keeping that balance.  Sometimes to mend a heart means to promote improvement of conduct and attitudes by our own example, our words and our prayers. 

Oh, Heavenly Father, I know you have restored my heart and given me this opportunity to partner with You in restoring the heart of another.  Show me how, Lord.  Keep my ear in tune with you so that I offer grace when needed and yet provide the balance of promoting improvements that will bring restoration.  Help me to fill myself with Your Word, so my heart offers healing balm for those who need comfort, and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me as I seek to love others with Your love.

(Additional Study: Psalms 6:3, Psalms 51:12, Psalms 80:3, 7, 19; Psalms 85: 4) 

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As a brand new mom I learned a valuable, but painful lesson that what I ate went straight through my body to my baby daughter’s system as she got painfully ill after I ate some very spicy food and then breast fed her.  I realize that may be graphic, but it makes the point that we are in a position to pour into the lives of others by our words, our actions and our attitudes.  What I pour in immediately becomes a part of that life. 

II Chronicle 22:3 actually provides a compelling challenge for me as a wife and mom.  “Ahaziah also followed the evil example of King Ahab’s family, for his mother encouraged him in doing wrong.  He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as Ahab did.”  WOW!  His mother poured into his life a legacy of evil. 

Yet, we can look at Ruth and Naomi, Ruth chapters 1-2, and see that Naomi must have poured positive teachings and deeds into the life of Ruth.  She was a foreigner, likely worshipping foreign gods and idols, yet because of Naomi’s influence and friendship when Ruth became a widow, she chose to stay with Naomi and even leave her homeland rather than stay in Moab with her family. 

The best way to know what to pour into the heart of another is to draw close to the One who pours grace and mercy on each of us daily.  He will provide the words, the encouragement, the attitude necessary when we seek Him fully and ask to be an effective instrument as He works to touch the life of another with His love. 

Oh, Lord, help me today.  Give me the grace to add value to the heart of another just as you consistently extend your grace to me.  Show me how to encourage, lift up and pour out my faith with your mercy and grace to meet the need of a heart that needs your love. 

(Additional study:  Psalms 119:93, Prov 4:13, II Tim 1:14)

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We are looking this week at how we “hold” the heart of another.  Protecting and strengthening the heart of another allows the opportunity to help another open their heart to all that the Lord God desires for them; it allows us to be God’s instrument to enlarge their hearts. 

We have all known people who are wounded or hurting because of past incidents in their lives.  We cannot take away those wounds, but when we begin to offer love and grace, we become an instrument the Lord can use to enlarge their heart to see truth and love. 

Proverbs 4:20-22 states that God’s word lived out in us brings health to a man’s whole body and gives life.  Through our words and actions we can either bring someone closer to accepting God’s love or we can lead them astray. 

O Lord, help me today to check myself so that my words and actions draw someone closer to Your Love rather than push them away.  Forgive me for my impatience, for my pride that led to cutting words.  Help me to fill myself with Your Word so that I open the heart of another and not close it.  Amen

 (Additional study:  Psalms 141:3, I Peter 5:10)

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When I think of strengthening someone’s heart, I think of those times when my heart hurts because of the pain of watching another who is grappling with a death, severe illness or because they are watching a loved one go astray.  In those times, I know to strengthen my own heart, I have to turn to the Word of God to be encouraged; to be renewed and restored to keep on keeping on. 

I Corinthians 16:13 reminds us to “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.”  And Isaiah 41:10 assures us in those moments “don’t be afraid” for God is with us, “do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you.  I will help you.  I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.  II Chron 16:9.  Strengthening the heart for another means first, praying for them, second, encouraging them through our words and actions, and finally, to extend the grace and mercy we would want from them in similar circumstances.  Sometimes, that means being patient, being forgiving, being generous with a smile.  Be assured, when a heart needs strength, God will guide you to offer the strength that is just right.  You don’t have the strength on your own, none of us do.  So, allow the Lord God to hold your heart and He will give you the strength to hold your husband’s heart, child’s heart or any other heart that He connects you with. 

 Oh, Lord, help me today to see the opportunities to offer strength and encouragement for the heart of another.  Show me how to extend Your Love, grace and mercy in a new and fresh way today.  Amen

(Additional study:  Isaiah 35:3)

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