“Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.”

Proverbs 4:23 (CSB)

Dearest Readers,

October days are passing quickly, I want to freeze the moments, collect them with the falling leaves. I counted the days as I gazed at a full moon through a dark window, Four hundred ninety-six days have passed since that terrifying day.

There are days, and then, there are days. Days, where every detail is imprinted on your heart. The heat, plans, the feel of grass beneath my feet as I ran in slow motion toward my Sweet Man, collapsing in pain. The sun bright above us, the taste of fear in my mouth. My own heart pounding in my chest.

I sat in a hard plastic chair, looking at the screen, following the trail where blood passes through your heart. My Sweet Man’s was trapped, with only a minimum amount making it through, threatening his life.

“Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.”  Proverbs 4:23 (CSB)

Each time my eyes pass over this passage, I’m reminded again of images I saw on the screen.

What a picture, to watch blood make its way through the intricate maze of chambers in your heart.

Our spiritual heart is not so different, is it? Everything we look at, listen too, speak, read, take in, passes through our hearts.

Just as we change our diets and lifestyles creating a healthy heart, we must create a healthy spiritual heart.


“for it is the source of life.” The NIV translation says this, “for everything you do flows from the heart.” 

Everything you do flows from the heart. Wow!

How do we keep a healthy spiritual heart?

  • Carefully monitor what passes through, such as what we watch, listen to, participate in, who we spend time with, where we spend time.
  • Exercising. The heart is a muscle we have been told that loves to exercise. We exercise our hearts by taking in, pondering, storing up the things of God.

Life-giving, Living Water is where we will find the treasure He has for us.

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NIV)

“He breathes vitality in dead spaces and offers His marvelous, illuminating light in places that are dark.”

Lisa Whittle – I Want God

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