guard. your. heart. {or there’s gonna be trouble}

HI! {This is when I would hug you if we were talking in person.} I’ve missed writing here this summer! God has definitely been busy in me — stretching me, challenging me, convicting me, and loving me.

And even though I’m still on my blogging break, I wanted to share a short, Monday, check-in post, because it feels like I have an ocean of words that I want/need/have to pour out. But I don’t want to scare you away. So here’s one thing for your Monday. Just one thing.

 

guard your heart

 

 

Guard. Your. Heart.

 

Good grief. It seems like the lies and selfishness and entitlement seep into my heart like slimy little slime-mongers before I can even stop them. Before I even notice. And they eat my brain cells. If slime-mongers were real.

 

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
(Philippians 4:8 ESV)

 

To guard our heart is to take each and every thought captive to what’s true. Every angry thought. Every jealous thought. Every frustrated, bitter, irritated, frazzled, and proud thought. Every thought captive to the true things that God says.

It’s like having a big, burly bouncer guy at the door of our heart through which only helpful, loving thoughts can enter. Because when we don’t put up a guard — when the bouncer guy takes a smoke break — we will inevitably end up in places we don’t want to be. I promise. It has happened to me at various times this summer.

We will end up in pits of self-loathing or on that dreaded comparison cycle or forgetting the many, many, many evidences of God’s love and grace in our every day. We’ll end up saying things and doing things that we regret. We’ll end up hurting the people we love.

So let’s ask Him to show us what the heck we’re thinking. And then, one by one, let’s drop-kick the unloving, bitter, insecure thinking right out the door of our hearts. Through prayer and in the power of His Spirit we can replace the selfishness and bitterness and lies with truth. And when we do, it will usher in soul-blessing.

Happy Monday, sweet people.

 
Fill me, Lord…

How do you guard your own heart?
 

my podcast interview with Declare

Yes, I’m still on my summer blog-hiatus. I miss you! Your prayers are much appreciated as I continue to dig into an exciting writing project. Thank you!

But I just wanted to let you know that the Declare Conference blog has an interview with me on their podcast today. Click here to check it out. And for the record, Heather — my interviewer and friend — is hi.larious.

 

podcast interview with declare conference

 
This picture of me looks so serious. Ha. On most days, I have on yoga pants and a shirt with a hole, just for the record.

Anyway, I hope to talk to you soon!

 
Oh and while I have you here, how’s your summer going?
 

what if all your desires could be fulfilled, but…

What if. What if God said He would give you every thing you’re wanting, every desire for which you’re hoping, every dream of which you’re imagining, but…but He wouldn’t go with you? It’s a question I’m pondering this morning. Because it’s what He said to His people back in Exodus 33.

 

wilderness walking

 

In my (poorly) paraphrased edition, God said, “Good grief. You know what? You people go on ahead. I will fulfill my promise. I’ll give you what you’re hoping for — the land of milk and honey. I’ll protect you with one of my mighty angels. But I ain’t comin’ with you because if I do, I’ll smote you because of your stubborn selfishness.” Assuming God uses the word “ain’t”.

And do you know what Moses said (in my paraphrase), “Heck no! We’re not going if You’re not going with us.”

 

And God said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Exodus 33:14

 

That’s what I want, people. I want that level of intimacy with my God. I want to always want His intimate presence more than the promises immediately fulfilled. And if that means walking in some wilderness a little longer, then that’s where I want to be. Because if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that His presence is infinitely sweeter than the wilderness is dry.

Show me Your glory, Lord. Show me Your glory.

 
Fill me, Lord…

What’s God asking You these days?