These past twelve months have been full, overflowing with emotions, relationships and words said. For all of us are stories are different. Some of our stories are filled with victory as Goliaths were overthrown, while for others of us, they are filled with heartbreak and with fight.
And no matter whether defeat or victory, let us hold onto our stories. It is in the whispers and pauses and breaths of them that we catch the wind of His own breath and the beating of His champion heart.
There is one thing that has been shouting through my insides in regards to this upcoming year like a war-cry in my heart.
2013 is a year to get our fire back.
There are things that got our attention in 2012 that maybe shouldn't have and voices that we sat at the feet of and listened to when we didn't need to. There are things that sucked us dry, sometimes punching our identity in the gut and yet we let them continue. There was stuff that told us lies, stuff that stole our hope, our peace, our rest, our sleep. I want to tell us today that, this year can be different.
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I have been learning that there are things that take from us because we let them. It is not even because something is bad, but it is our heart response to it. Your heart matters and how your heart responds to God and to the things around you matters. How your heart copes with stress and with pain matters. How your heart connects to people matters. It matters.
It matters to Him and it has got to matter to you.
Your heart was made to be with Him. Your heart was made to be healed by Him; not by your food, not by your sex, not by your money, not by you. Your heart was not made to run and hide from Him, it was made to run to and be naked before Him simply, because He is safe. That thing inside of you that beats with a rhythm was made to be loved and to love in return and it will do anything to get it. We have an opportunity to lead it so, so well.
I have been learning that it is all about the heart, at the end of the day. That's what it is.
You gotta know where you're at, you gotta know what you need and you gotta know how you're meeting those needs. No one else will know that. Only you. Let's do ourselves a favour and give ourselves grace and leadership, chasing after what we need, receiving the thing we hunger for and saying no to the stuff that gets in the way.
We gotta ask ourselves questions, maybe often and maybe everyday. And I bet if you do, if you take the time to really start asking yourself these questions, things will change and that heart inside of you won't just be another thing in the way, but you'll learn to listen to it and Him inside of it.
The five questions I've come up with are, drumroll please....
1. How is your heart doing? What are you feeling?
2. How has your heart been responding to life? Is it crawling up on the inside, taking life on it's own shoulders, talking to Jesus?
3. Where is your heart right now? Is it hiding, it is alive, is it close to Jesus, is it far away?
4. Is your heart growing? Is it getting bigger, is it getting smaller, what's taking up room in there?
5. How are you loving? Are you able to receive His love? Can you love others? How are you loving others?
Join with me as I do it with Him. Let's start the dialogue we need the most. The conversation between our head and our heart.
The fire starts in His eyes and it ends up in your heart. Don't break your gaze, not for anyone, not for anything.
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