There’s a cycle that happens in our lives as we choose to bring God into focus throughout our day. Here is one of my favorite examples of this beautiful circle effect.
God’s word tells us, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Being the gatekeeper of our hearts means being careful what attitudes we nurse, what thoughts we allow to make paths in our minds, and what images and words we allow entertainment to deposit there. The essence of our lives springs from our hearts. When a heart is at peace, peace springs from within. When we allow anxiety, anger, or edginess to live there that is what springs forth. Our entire lives are affected by the wellspring of our hearts. Then God tells us exactly how He will guard our hearts and minds, and help us tend to the wellspring of our hearts!
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:4-6.
As I guard my heart, He offers His peace to guard me in return! What a beautiful circle!
Lord God, today I choose to guard my heart by turning my focus to you and rejoicing in all you are to me. Today I choose to be aware of your constant presence with me and to allow your presence to impact my responses with a gentleness of spirit. Today I choose to see my worries as a call to prayer and to present each one to you. Today I choose to live thankfully knowing you are able to handle all that concerns me today. Today, I choose to guard my heart. I praise You that as I do, your peace, which is beyond understanding, will also guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus! What a beautiful circle! Today I choose to give my heart to you. Thank you Jesus. I pray this in your powerful name. Amen.
Go Deeper ― What can you do today to guard your heart in an intentional way? What do you need to offer to God in prayer and receive His peace guarding your heart in return?