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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

mind your heart.



"Guard your heart
above all else
for it determines the course of your life."
-Proverbs 4:23


  I opened my Bible this morning, and found this verse was my daily reading.

  And then, it was in a book I read later. And in a quote on Pinterest I stumbled upon. And in a tweet by a friend. So mid-afternoon, I stopped and said - "Okay, Lord...I'm listening!" Actually, the topic of guarding my heart has been on my heart lately (redundant much?!) And I pulled out an old book which reminded,

"We must police our hearts with
faithful,
silent regularity."

And went on to tell a story that I'd like to share with you...

"An elderly, quiet forest dweller once lived high above an Austrian village along the eastern slopes of the Alps. Many years ago, the town council had hired this old gentleman as Keeper of the Spring to maintain the purity of the pools of water in the mountain crevices. The overflow from these pools ran down the mountainside and fed the lovely spring which flowed through the town. With faithful, silent regularity, the Keeper of the Spring patrolled the hills, removed the leaves and branches from the pools, and wiped away the silt that would otherwise choke and contaminate the fresh flow of water.
By and by, the village became a popular attraction for vacationers. Graceful swans floated along the crystal-clear spring, the mill wheels of various businesses located near the water turned day and night, farmlands were naturally irrigated, and the view from restaurants sparkled.
Years passed. One evening the town council met for its semiannual meeting. One evening the town council met for its budget, one man's eye caught the salary paid the obscure Keeper of the Spring. 'Who is this old man?' he asked indignantly. 'Why do we keep paying him year after year? No one ever sees him. For all we know, this man does us no good. He isn't necessary any longer!' By a unanimous vote, the council dispensed with the old man's services.
For several weeks, nothing changed. But by early autumn, the trees began to shed their leaves. Small branches snapped off and fell into the pools, hindering the rushing flow of sparkling water. One afternoon, someone noticed a slight yellow-ish brown tint in the spring. A few days later, the water had darkened even more. Within a week, a slimy film covered sections of the spring. The mill wheels moved slowly; some finally ground to a halt. Businesses located near the water closed. The swans migrated to fresher waters far away, and tourists no longer visited the town. Eventually, the clammy fingers of disease and sickness reached deeply into the village.
The shortsighted town council enjoyed the beauty of the spring but underestimated the importance of guarding its source. We can make the same mistake in our lives. Like the Keeper of the Spring who maintained the purity of the water, you and I are the Keepers of Our Hearts. We need to consistently evaluate the little things that contaminate us. As God reveals our wrong attitudes, longings, and desires, we must remove them from our hearts."
-by Joshua Harris, book here.


This story is such a reminder for me. Guarding what comes into our eyes and ears can seem meaningless. "What's wrong with watching this one music video?" or flipping through channels and stopping on that one funny show - it won't hurt just one time, right? Logging onto this website or watching that movie? But I am finding that all the things we put into our heart and mind, one by one, truly do change and alter how we think, act, and what we believe.
 
 Sometimes, I find myself getting "lax" in what I watch, listen to, read. Slowly but surely, the things we watch and listen to can undermine what we truly believe. They allow little whispers into our once-steady minds that say, "It's okay just this once..." and "Don't be over the top..." and instead of remembering truth and what God says in the Bible, we are influenced in our thinking by what the culture says - the lies of the Enemy that ultimately will kill, steal, and destroy what God wants for us - His best.


  As hard as it can sometimes be, I want to be more faithful in guarding what comes into my heart and mind. Being careful about what I watch, listen to, look at, and read. Forgetting what other people say is "okay" to watch, "fine" to listen to...and listen to what the Lord lays on my heart - what He convicts me of.


"May the words of my mouth
and the meditations of my heart
be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord."
-Psalm 19:14



Remember that...

 "God is greater than our hearts, and knows everything."
-1 John 3:20.



  What a comfort to know, even when we fail and fall - He is greater and with mercy and grace, gives us the strength to guard our hearts and fill them with what pleases Him.

May this be our prayer:

"Teach my Your way, O Lord
and I will walk in Your truth.
Give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear Your name."
-Psalm 86:11


in everything you do...

mind your heart!

for What I Wednesday:

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what i wore:

Jeans: Joe's    Jacket: Express   Scarf: Forever21
Earrings: Express   Headband: homemade by moi!   Top: thrifted  
 



Stay strong, loves!

XO

Erin



25 comments:

  1. Just what I needed! It is hard sometimes to not fall into the "worldly norms" that people fill their days with...but these things ultimately will change our perspective on what is noble and right. We need to remind ourselves to guard our hearts from things that will tempt us or lead us to alter our beliefs and ideas...thanks for this encouragement and for linking up!

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  2. love this post and your outfit! so beautiful!

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  3. Thank you so much for commenting/following. I love what you're trying to do here with your blog. I started my blog for similar reasons -- for encouragement, and to reach out to other Christian women. I have found such a wealth of community on the internet, and I'm glad we can share together!

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  4. Oh, amen. Sometimes I know I need this and don't want to ask for it because it can be so painful but an undivided heart for God...what peace in that!!

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  5. what a good reminder and encouragement. I think that even just thoughts and insecurities that I let in my mind are the opposite of guarding my heart/mind. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. wow thank you so much for this!!!! =) I love this so much!!

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  7. Thank you, thank you! I've been thinking about that Proverbs verse and guarding my heart as of late too! Just a confirmation that God desires that of us!

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  8. Such a great post, I needed that! & your outfit is adorable!

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  9. Psalm 19:14 is my favorite verse of all time =) But I'm not sure if that's actually true because, I say that about several verses. But it's up there!

    Loved this.

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  10. I love your scarf, and your shoes! :)

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  11. Don't you love days like this? Where it seems that God is literally putting something in front of your face in an incredibly obvious way?? Keep pressing on and sharing your live for the Lord!!

    Www.justchalkintherain.blogspot.com
    **formerly Living by Loving

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  12. beautiful! thanks for the sweet note on my blog. can't wait to read more!

    catie
    ctothec.blogspot.com

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  13. Your post was so wonderful to read. Reminding me that guarding my heart is a daily thing:) God bless you sweetie!

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  14. This is so true. Thanks for sharing.


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    Catherine

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  15. great post, I really enjoyed reading :)

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  16. This was a really great post to read. I really like that verse in the Bible and I've actually been thinking about that a lot lately too. I just want to tell you what a blessing this post was! :) Hugs and have a good weekend!

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  17. You have such a wonderful blog! Love you outfit and headband as well! xoxo

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  18. you're outfit is so beautiful. i loooove the headband. you look fabulous. YOU are beautifully made by God!
    these words cut to my heart today. stepped on my toes. i needed this chastisment. thank you for giving it so gently and lovingly.

    (thank you for your comment love yesterday!)

    SoUtHeRnPiNkY.bLoGsPoT.cOm

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  19. Great quotes and great outfit! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  20. So adorable - you chose a good excerpt :)
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    The newest one is inspired by... Pink Panther! ;)
    If you like it, please follow me via GFC.
    I'll be glad to follow you back. :)
    Greetings,
    Joanna from www.violinstyle.blogspot.com

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  21. This was such a lovely post. :) Really inspiring images and words.

    Thank you very much for your lovely comment, and following me! I follow back via Bloglovin'. I hope we become blog friends, and I wish that someday you do visit Finland! I dream of going to USA/California myself, I've never been outside of Europe..
    Haha let's exchange houses for a while! :D

    Have a nice weekend,

    Satu
    Indie by Heart

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  22. Wonderful post! I've actually had this on my heart a lot lately. Sometimes it's hard not to be pulled into the ways of this world when they are all around us. Sure, watching one TV show may not seem like a big deal, but it's easy to be distracted from the Lord. I struggle with this, especially working in the field that I do. Bless your heart for bringing this to all of our attention!

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  23. just found your blog. what have i been waiting for? i'm a happily married woman that waited for her husband and he waited for me. God is good. it is worth the wait. we are expecting our little bundle of joy after 5 years of married bliss. stay strong xoxoxo

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sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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