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This one's a do-over and a sermon to self lesson learned twice. I deleted a text yesterday...on my end. It wasn't horrible but wasn't helpful or necessary. The recipient read it and all was okay. Still I told her I shouldn't have said that. I think words like that need to be said.

Guess what?

Mailchimp is the same. It is impossible to edit an email that's already been sent, one that was not good content for mobile reading and one that could have been less Lisa, more Jesus. Yes, it's a good thing we get do-overs because it wasn't a huge mistake, it just didn't serve you, the reader very well. 

So, begin again. Then resend!  Happy Monday and all that too. I hope you get the gist of what I've been learning in this season...sometimes the heart's perception of life's events can well, be flawed. 

Have you ever felt your heart lost its direction, meandered off from your soul?

We can get caught up in the secret sorrows we carry, caught off guard by the emotional reactions that accompany change. We can get befuddled over the way others behave and we can rebel against the emotional growth that is needed during tough transitions. 

We hope to convince ourselves that our hurts are silly, unnecessary or uncalled for and we end up fooled by the backlash of our own wounded ways.

We can get caught in a sad or angry chamber of our own making. 

Until we learn we must go through the unpleasant thing with all the emotions expressed otherwise our hearts fester, create bigger festering and headed towards hardening.

We get trapped by our heart's own deception. 

And then we realize our heart is not always accurate, it can be sly. It can stir the tumultuous worry waters of our minds and it can incubate others' negative thoughts, causing them to grow to lingering ache.

The Book of Jeremiah describes a period of destruction and of people being carried away because of their desires, their sins. Jeremiah warns of consequences and encourages allegiance to and dependence on God. 

Jeremiah tells us not to trust our own hearts, rather to trust God. 

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?  Jeremiah 17:9 NIV

I landed here and pondered.

Is this saying I can be deceived by my heart, I can't always understand it?

It began to make sense. The heart, a tender place, the place where our thoughts drift and populate, the place at our core, resting just above the pit of our bellies...you know the spot, the place that churns with the stirring up of worry, the anxious lack of resolution, the stress of questions unanswered, needs being unmet. 

You know the spot, the one just in the middle of your chest, the one that feels like an elephant foot on your feeble frame, crushing you in the spot where your back is bent by the load, pain pulsing up your neck. 

Yes, these places are the body's indication of the soul's unrest. 

The heart tells you that you should be sad when you wonder why so long, what can I do to make it better. The heart tells you to get back in the ring, or to stir up that hornet's nest, go back into battle; you're sick to death of feeling defeated.  Get angry!

Stand up for yourself!

The heart can be so misleading. Making us want to do foolish things, be foolish.

For certain, don't trust, don't rest. 

Our hearts can fool us. 

So, we shouldn't follow our hearts after all?  
What then? 

In the Book of Proverbs, the "wisdom" book, there's a better perspective.

We are to guard it from our mind's interpretations.

As the face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person. Proverbs 27:19 NLT

Considering this truth, have I been walking around looking defeated, sullen, angry, confused, untrusting?

Yes, I had.  I saw it when I looked in the mirror. 

I saw myself. Dismay.  Had it come to stay? There was no reason. 

M heart was trying to convince me this time in my life was the time of the end of all good and worthy things. My heart was deceitful!  Actually nonsensical!

This was so very untrue. 

So, why did I believe it?

Because it grew, it kept growing. Unattended to, covered up and stuffed back down only to reappear sneakily, deceitfully.

Who could ever think a heart could do so much damage? When it's tied to desires unmet or ones not let go, it certainly can. 

When we decide to find our value in places where God tells us it isn't...

a job, a bank account, a relationship, recognition from others...we desire what contradicts what He waits and wants to give us. 

Peace.

We miss His peace when we fixate on our lack or a destination different than planned.

How can we guard our hearts from our mind's deceptions?

We can be the gatekeepers of both our negative self-talk and that of outsiders. We can be intent on looking ahead not behind. We can filter out the foolishness.

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flows the springs of life. 

Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

Let our eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Proverbs 4: 23-26 ESV


Thanks for allowing the departure form the "Seven Women Redeemed Series"...or maybe it's me, I'm number 5, redeemed from my negative self talk and thoughts. This is August's Redemption Story!

I've created a printable here you can download and keep as a reminder that our hearts can be misleading unless we keep our on God's path. 

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I LOVE ya'll for reading, share with someone you know who might seem stuck in sullen or angry or just bewildered by what life is giving and their mind telling them it is unfair. 

Continue and Believe,

LT




 
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