How to Guard Your Heart: The Online Edition

In this life, we know we are to guard our hearts. Encounters with toxic people, the offended, the abusive, bullies and more. These reveal the necessity. They are in our workplaces and classrooms, even in our families and amongst the Body of Christ.

I specifically want to address guarding our hearts online, on Facebook and social media. Much of this comes from personal experience (including mistakes) as well as wisdom received from godly mentors and friends. Some can be applied offline as well.

To start: How do we guard our hearts? We guard our hearts in various ways. We do so by not letting others’ remarks and behaviors get to us. We take our fears, hurts and anxieties to Jesus and allow Him to wash us with His peace.

Furthermore, we guard our hearts by having boundaries and not allowing toxic people access. We guard our hearts like we do our living spaces. We do our part to keep out anything toxic. We don’t let potentially combustible items near the fire of Jesus’ love in our hearts. Continue reading

True Success in God

As believers in Christ, we should define success differently than those in the world. Yet often in Christianity, success is seen in very much the same way as the world. We feel we must do big things for God, and that other things are seen as less. Yet this is not always true.

We are often told to look for a “world changing” destiny for ourselves and this is communicated as something big, such as fame or other highly influential things. Yet firstly and primarily our calling is to know the heart and person of Jesus.

Our assignment may be big, small or somewhere in between. The best thing we can do is what God shows us, not comparing ourselves and our lives to others, who have different personalities, gifts, skills and assignments.

The truth is that most of us will do many seemingly small things, and these things matter to God! Not everyone will be on a stage or be well-known. In fact, it might be dangerous if we are seeking a big platform because this may not be what the Lord desires for our life on this earth. As we look for the big, we may even miss the “ones” He would have us go after, those He would leave the ninety-nine for who need His touch. Continue reading

Jesus Holds You Close

In the season of testing, of shaking all that needs shaking, it’s a time of pushing through the trial and walking the waves of the storm. 

It’s a journey where you discover not all see His heart in you in the way you’d think they should, but you learn to just let go and rest in His arms. This time of standing in who God says you are despite the arrows flying all around. 

A season of moments where you hit the wall of your weakness, fall down hard but He lifts you up so fast with His love surrounding you like a whirlwind until you forget the pain and feel His joy again.

It’s a beautiful season in His heart. He’s making you beautiful and you’ll see it in His time. 

He holds you close. He won’t let those arrows take you down. He’s got you, He’s by your side the whole time… even when you feel He’s absent.

You make His heart sing. You bring a smile to the face of the Savior and a twinkle to His eyes of love and fire.

No matter what others think, just love them and trust Him. He will heal the pains of the surprise hurts of life.

He’s the One you’re made for, He’s the One you’re living for this time. No one and nothing else will He allow to have your affections anymore.

The season of new heart songs from the deepest depths of truth, seeing Father God meet you right where you are. And then He takes you soaring higher than you ever thought you could go.