“The human heart is remarkable in that it is designed to pump continuously for a hundred and twenty years with-out ever needing to be reminded what it was meant to do. It just does it. In all my reading and study, I have come to know one thing without any shadow of doubt: if anything in this universe reflects the fingerprint of God, it is the human heart.

The heart is not only the most unselfish of organs, it is also the most courageous and faithful.”

Charles Martin from When Crickets Cry 

Happy New Year! A new year, 2017, quietly slipped in with out so much as a peep from The Wilderness Place. My Sweet Man and I have been tucked away nursing a nasty crud, not even making a swipe at regular life.

 I hope today finds you well, and if you are anywhere near my neck of the woods, giddily awaiting the rare southern snowfall.

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Today is the first of fifty-three Fridays in 2017! Wow!

I am celebrating by joining Kate Motaung and others for Five Minute Friday, where we come together and write five minutes on one word!

Today’s word, CONNECT.

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Darkness surrounded as I padded to my desk this morning, opened my laptop, dragging open my Bible. Thumbing through the pages, searching.

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. ~Proverbs 4:23 NLT

My eyes were drawn above where I found the words:

Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life. ~Proverbs 4: 13 NLT

We connect our beating heart to The One who breathes life into our souls right here. By taking hold of his instructions, placing them in clenched hands, pressing them into our hearts.

There we guard them. Guard them with all that we are.

And we connect. Connect the heart to the soul to the body. Life pumps, breathes, in this very place.

This is where we live. Where we should live. This is the place where peace is found when there is no peace. This is the place where joy is found when it seems far from our reach. This is the place where mourning is turned to dancing.

This is where life abundant lives.

You need not make the connection for the heart to pump. But to live, truly live, with vibrancy, abundance, overflowing, it must connect.

To connect to The One who filled it with longing for Him.

I don’t want my heart to just pump. I want my heart to connect. I want to feel life and breath. I long to be courageous and faithful, guarding my heart above all else.

Connecting to life, life abundant.

The heart is not only the most unselfish of organs, it is also the most courageous and faithful.”

Charles Martin from When Crickets Cry 

 When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin can be found here:

 

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