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Personal Heart Care Prayers for Your Spiritual Health

Hey . . . if you just found this personal heart care challenge, but it’s after January first, that’s okay! You’re still welcome to the calendar – jump in whenever you can.

Good things can come from your life this year . . . as long as you remember personal heart care. Start praying the fruit of the Spirit for your heart today.


Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.

Proverbs 4:23


Your heart plays a vital role in your life. That sounds like a no-brainer, right?

But I’m not talking about (and neither is the author of Proverbs) the muscle that beats in your chest. We’re talking about the part of you that makes you – well, YOU! Your inner self – the place from which you think, and feel, desire, and choose.

Do you pay attention to the things that affect what and how your heart functions?

  • What directs your thoughts?
  • How do you keep your feelings under control?
  • What feeds your desires?
  • How are your choices influenced?

Do you make time for personal heart care? Training your spirit in order to produce the “peaceful fruit of righteousness” (Hebrews 12:11)?

The health of your spirit and the quality of your fruit are directly connected to how well you care for your heart.


Jesus said in Luke 6:45,

“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.”


So if you want good things – like the fruit of the Spirit – flowing from your mouth in the coming year, it’s time for personal heart care.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23


Will you join me in praying through the fruits of the Spirit for your heart during the month of January?


I’ve already made the calendar . . .

Praying the Fruit of the Spirit January 2017

and I’d love to share it with you.

Yes, I want to pray the fruit of the Spirit for my heart.

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You know what the best thing about these qualities is?


They’re not gifts – that some people get and others don’t!

They’re fruits – evidence that the Holy Spirit is at work. Fruit grows as the result of careful nurture and cultivation. With some attention to personal heart care, any child of God can grow them!


So then, my beloved . . . work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

Philippians 2:12-13


Don’t be discouraged if your life is lacking in one (or more) of these areas. We all have room to grow. God is on your side. And the Holy Spirit is praying for you too (Romans 8:26-28)!


Will you join?

Personal heart care prayers: Fruit of the Spirit


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  1. you have given our family the kick start we needed this year for morning Bible Study together. Thank you very much for the effort you put in. I also would like to add a little testimony if I may…
    My husband is without work for the past 3 months, it was getting really hard beginning of January to stay positive and focused on what God has planned for us, so on one of the mornings we were reading out of the Bible on one of the verses you had up under patience and there God spoke to my husband and yet again our trust and faith was restored. Thank you for a willing heart.

    • Yay! So glad your family has read and prayed through these Scriptures together, Ilze. And I appreciate you sharing the testimony of how God used them to encourage you as well. Praying that God would provide for your family and give direction for your husband’s job. He is faithful in all circumstances.

  2. Abi, I love your thinking here. Prayer is such a critical part of every Christian’s life which is why I felt led by God to publish a book on it this year. I pray all who read are inspired to make prayer a priority in their lives. I hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season.

  3. This looks like such a great way to start the new year by praying the fruits of the spirit. Blessings to you. Have a Merry Christmas Abi!

    • I’m looking forward to it, Valerie – even after having already worked through the verses as I prepared the calendar! Much joy to your family as you celebrate Christmas this year.

  4. I look forward to reading more…and seeing more fruit of the spirit in my life, too!


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