It is in question because it seems to have all the answers.
Yet it is deadly like any type of cancer
Knows more opinions than facts
Still it can be broken and it oftentimes stinks…
The funk can’t be replaced by a tic tac…toes it steps on for some type of glory.
Surely this heart holds many stories.
I can’t ignore this pitter patter…
In need of a makeover…A healthy heart is what I seek after.
I believe God has a way of getting us back in sync with Him to balance our lives. I mean if He is the center, everything else that concerns us revolves around Him. For quite some time I realized something was off and the equilibrium of my soul was causing an unbalance. As human and hard headed as this flesh of mine is, I kept moving and pressing knowing a fall was about to take place.
As February arrived I knew this month would be full of many tasks and special moments to be celebrated. Not only is this month set aside as the month of love, it is also the month set aside for the American Heart Association. It is a time where the awareness of your life and having a healthy heart is or should be a priority.
At this point in my life I realize that I am not going to get any younger and living a healthy life is vital if I want to make every moment count. For the longest I always said although I may be petite it did not excuse me from being healthy. So back to being hard headed…I ended up with a severe cold that had me evaluating my health and with that in mind I began a conversation with God like this: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” – Psalm 139:23-24
You see I not only began a health check, but I began to do an internal heart health check. I took a long walk in new territory one morning and just that walk alone put some things in perspective. It wasn’t until I got to a quiet and free atmosphere where I was able to hear and feel my own breathing. My heart is the core of my being, and my heart is the center of my life. Proverbs 4:23 states, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Simply put, our heart is involved in everything we do whether we believe it or not. Our heart is the place where we hold secrets and successes, and because of that truth, we must make sure our hearts are healthy. Yes we need to eat right and engage in some type of physical activity to ensure a healthy heart, but the question remains, IS YOUR HEART HEALTHY?
Let’s take a quick look at an unhealthy heart vs a healthy heart.
An Unhealthy Heart: Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.- Ephesians 4:31-32
A Healthy Heart: free to live and love God and others. Mark 12:30-31
Do you know that not only does your heart have the capacity to hold the issues of life, it is also deceitful and wicked? Bottom line, you can’t trust it and truthfully you shouldn’t! (Proverbs 3:5) We are encouraged to trust the Lord with ALL of our heart and I believe that includes the health of it physically and emotionally. Life brings many things good and bad to us, a lot of what we face can take a toll on us emotionally and physically, how often do you ask the Lord to examine your heart? How often do we check our physical but not our spiritual health? How often do we make sure we eat right and exercise to feel and look good, yet we fail to make sure we feast on God’s word to feel good and look good from within? After we face the issues of the day or week, how often do we go to God and give Him our heart that carries most of what we should be handing over to Him? Surely you have heard of, “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you…” (Psalm 55:22).
So where should you start? What should you do to ensure that you have a healthy heart?
- #HeartCheck- Cry out to God and ask Him to hear your prayer, and He will…He will attend to you! (Psalm 61:1)
- #HealthCheck-God desires for you to prosper AND be in good health…that includes spiritually and physically, bottom line, LET HIM DO IT! (3 John 1:2)
- #HelpCheck- your best bet is to call on the all-knowing God who created you and who knows your body better than you do. He knows about your flesh and your spirit and what’s on the inside of you doesn’t surprise Him. He is able to give you a clean heart…He is able to make all things new in you! He is able to help and heal you! (Ephesians 3:20, Psalm 51:10)
While you are in this month of February and the months ahead, be sure to not only work out your physical health, but make sure you check the condition of your heart. Your spiritual health is important and that is where it all starts!