Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer
A lot is said in February about the heart.
A lot of money is spent too. Advertisers market flowers, candy, cards, and jewelry all connected to the little red or pink ♥-shape denoting love, affection, fondness, and fidelity.
And of course the ♥ looks nothing like a real heart.
Synonyms for the word heart include “soul, feeling, spirit, mind …” but instinctively we know that the heart we mean when discussing love is somewhere in the very core of our being. We’ve all felt the twinge, the ache, the dagger tip of a pointed word. We’ve all felt our heart shatter, quiver, stop.
A broken heart is not easily mended and has the power to prevent an individual from ever trying again when it comes to relationships with spouses, children, parents, or close friends.
It’s always those closest to us that hurt our hearts the most. It’s a matter of emotional proximity.
If we had merely been cut, as in “a cutting word,” maybe we would heal more quickly. A nurse once told me that a cut is easier to stitch closed than a tear.
But our hearts aren’t cut, are they?
They tear. From many things.
And as the nurse said, they are hard to mend, difficult to heal, so we build walls around our hearts because we don’t want them torn again.
Jesus also had a lot to say about the heart.
The Gospel writer, John, recorded Him saying twice, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Those who divided John’s book into chapters bookended chapter 14 with this phrase, first in verse 1 and again in verse 27 where Jesus added, “and do not be afraid.” In between those verses we read how to not be afraid.
A popular song titled “Way Maker” focuses on the heart in the second verse, reminding us that Jesus touches, heals, and mends our hearts.
If you are suffering from a heart problem, listen with hope to the song linked below.
And if you simply want to remember and consider how amazing our Heart-Holder is, click the link and listen with a heart full of gratitude.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Song link to “Way Maker“A matter of proximity. Click To Tweet
“You could do worse, Livvy.”
She stole a peek at her grandfather, who was watching her with a keen eye, as if measuring her reaction to his words. “Whit reminds me of myself when I was young and wanting my own spread. He’s a good man—with the upbringing he’s had, better than I was. You would do well to give him a chance.”
Livvy flipped three eggs and broke the yoke in every one. There was no discussing such things with her grandfather even though she knew he loved her dearly. The ruined eggs went onto a plate for herself, and she broke three more into the skillet. She must get them right or she’d not have enough to feed the men.
Dare she tell Pop that his foreman had already turned her heart as well as her head? ~ Straight to My Heart
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