Monday, March 2, 2020

What is Your Heart Drawn To?

Sometimes staring at a blank page can stop us in our tracks.  At times, the words seem to flow freely and with ease.  Other times, that page staring back at us can literally stop us.  We fill with fear, guilt, what if, frustration, and such.

It is like taking a chance, a leap of faith, stepping out of our comfort zone just put our words out there.  I liken this feeling to looking into our heart.

We can either be ready to peel back the layers and show what is in there, we can shine it brightly, or we can pile one more wall up and hide away.  But just like our words, the inner parts of our heart will surface at some point in some way.

A few nights ago while sleeping I had a phrase keep showing up...heart magnet.  I couldn't tell you a thing about that dream leading up to the phrase or after.  I only know that when I woke I had the words heart magnet on my mind.

My first thought was to kind of blow it off.  Not look into it.  It was a dream, one I couldn't remember and that was that.  If there was more to it, more would come or I would have remembered more.  But as the weekend progress, it kept dwelling in my mind.

I thought to myself, what if this is something or there is something to this heart magnet.  Was it a literal magnet in the shape of a heart?  Was it something that God was trying to tell me, teach me?  Was it something that I needed to explore to see where it leads?

So today I decided to take some time to turn to the bible and see what it says about heart.

  • Matthew 6:21 NIV: "For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be."
  • Proverbs 4:23 NIV: "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it"
  • Psalm 139:23 NIV: Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  
  • Ezekiel 11:19: Only God can turn a stony heart (a heart hardened by pride) into one made of flesh
  • Proverbs 23:18 NIV: "There is surely a future of hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off:
  • Proverbs 27:9 NIV: "Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice"
  • Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding"
  • Proverbs 23:26 "My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways"
  • Psalm 51:10 "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me"
  • Psalm 73:26 "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever"
  • Psalm 19:14 "May these words of my mouth and this mediation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer"
  • Psalm 9:1 "I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds"
  • Psalm 26:2 "Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind"
  • Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit"
  • Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"
  • John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid"
  • Psalm 37:4 "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart"
In fact the word heart is mentioned 826 times in the bible.

That is a lot of times and I am starting to see some connections as I dig deeper.  Last week, looking inward on my heart, it was not in a great spot...I was not in a great spot.  My heart, my mind, my body, my all was just fed up with parenting battles.

I was exhausted and drained from dealing with the same battles throughout each day for the last months.  I hit a bottom out point where it finally all came to the surface and let itself out.  First in yelling, then in tears, then in talking, then in listening, then in more tears, then in releasing.

It was at the end of the week when this idea of heart magnet came to mind.  Like a little seed planted, I am nourishing it to let it grow and blossom.  Into what and what that will look like, I am not sure quite yet.

I found my heart freeing in my release.  Yet, I needed a little more guidance and nudge which came while sleeping.  Now today as I sit and dig in, I am turning to the bible for peeling back more layers.

God has a lot to say about our heart.  The above verses are some that resonated with me or seemed to connect more of the dots and happenings from last week giving me a better understanding of the picture.  

But what does heart magnet really mean?

I think it means what our heart really looks like, what it truly attracts.  Deep down we have desires, dreams, and goals.  Yet we don't always release them out of fear.  But God wants us to share it all, let it all out.  All the big, all the small.

Like a magnet it attracts certain things.  Much like a magnet sticks to certain metals, if our heart is in a good and right spot, we attract the good that goes with it and we continue down a right path.  Yet, if we allow or try to force the magnet to stick to certain things, it won't work.  That is like, if we let our hearts harden, if we become bitter, closed off we will attract more of the fear, guilt, worry, and such.

So where does your heart sit?

I know at times mine has been on both sides.  I would rather it be in a good and right spot, but I am human and I make mistakes.  The important thing is that I recognize them quickly and learn from them, release it and move forward.  I may not recognize it right away or I may dwell too long, but in the releasing is where it will be freeing.
We can't have a heart magnet that attracts, pulls in, and keeps the good if we don't release what is needed inside and release our inner most desires, thoughts, dreams.  We need to release not so great, so we can fill it with the better stuff.  The stuff that we truly need, the hopes and dreams that God has put in there for us.

So what is your heart magnet attracting?  What does it need to release? What does it need to let in?

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