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    November 13, 2020
    How's Your Heart?
    Elisa Pulliam

    Today's Truth
    Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life, (Proverbs 4:23, NLT).

    Friend to Friend
    A friend asked me the other day, "How's your heart?" It really struck a chord with me because most of the time people just ask, "How are you doing?" And we tend to tell them what they want to hear. But this friend went deeper into what really matters in life—the heart.

    Sometimes we can feel like life is too busy to get real. Pain is often too deep to let even a bit of it creep out. Maybe living on-the-surface with each other feels more bearable . . . even more socially acceptable. But the problem with on-the-surface living is that we're ignoring what God wants us to give serious attention to – the state of our hearts – which influences everything in our lives.

    Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) states "Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life." We may believe this means we're supposed to protect ourselves from anything that might hurt us, thus being vulnerable, revealing our weakness, making a request for connection, or even admitting our sin to one another should be off-limits.

    But that kind of guarding is really mask-wearing, and it continues to keep us isolated and struggling alone. I get, though. It's hard to trust another human being to kindly handle our imperfections. I've been hurt on more than one occasion by a sister who saw me one way and then couldn't handle the reality of my mess. In the aftermath, I've been tempted to hide away and resist connecting with anyone for fear of getting hurt again and feeling like a disappointment. Can you relate?

    But here's the deal, sister. We need to use discernment in choosing with whom we share our hearts. There are people we need to "keep out" as part of healthy heart-guarding.

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