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.
Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.
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.
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 . . .
and I’d love to share it with you.
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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.
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)!