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This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Guard Your Heart

Even when it hurts
Even when it’s hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You
Cause I know that You are
Lover of my soul
Healer of my scars
You steady my heart
Excerpt from the song Steady My Heart by Kari Jobe

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:19-21

Masquerade:  “an action or appearance that is mere disguise or show”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Whitney and I recently went to see the new movie, The Wolverine about the Marvel comic book character Wolverine.  Without giving anything away, or boring you too much (depending on your taste), Wolverine develops an issue with his heart.  And it’s from that issue that many more problems develop.  And that’s kind of a picture of us right?  Survivors of major heart attacks often describe their experience as an attack on the entire body, not just the heart.  And so it is with every heart issue.  The heart is central to our being.  Of course I’m speaking somewhat metaphorically.  The Bible says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”  Proverbs 4:23  It’s often through our heart that Satan tries to destroy our lives.  Pornography, gossip (AKA backstabbing), jealousy; these are all things than can lodge themselves in our hearts and affect our entire lives.  When I was in basic military training, one of the jobs we had to do was to be a door guard.  As a door guard we had to visually verify with ID every person who came into our dorm.  People trying to get in would often scream and yell, and bang on the door, but our job was to verify the persons ID then verify that they had permission to enter the dorm.  We would read the entrants ID aloud so that everyone could hear, then we would look for their name on a roster of approved entrants and if it was there we would read it aloud again.  Only then could we open the door.  It was a tedious method of teaching us to be diligent and to remove complacency, but it was always clear who was entering the dorm.  My question is this.  Are we diligent at what we let into our hearts and minds?  Or are we complacent?  Being door guard was a hard job.  Not because it was hard to read a name and verify it, but because there was so much pressure to let the person outside the door in.  We could easily see who it was and we already knew who was allowed in, but we still had to follow the procedure.  In His word God has laid out things that are healthy and things that will destroy us.  Many of us already know those things.  However, too often we forget to follow procedures, or even pay attention to what’s trying to get in.  We simply open the door at any knock, or worse yet, prop open the door to our hearts, leaving us wide open for attack.  The things that will destroy our lives don’t attack like a vicious enemy cavalry.  They don’t ambush us like a band of guerrilla fighters.  Not at first.  The things that can destroy us often walk right into our lives and masquerade as an invited guest joining a party.  Once in, it’s hard to get them to leave.  Often we can’t.  There’s a reason most bars have bouncers.  We all have unwelcome guests in our hearts.  We’re all being attacked from the inside.  We need a door guard.  We need a bouncer.  Guess who that could be.  If Jesus came to mind...  You and I agree.  A heart full of Jesus doesn’t have room for unwanted guests.  He’s the antidote for all kinds of poisons that could kill us.  And He wants to come in and provide healing.  He says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone should hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with Me.”  Revelation 3:20  Guard your heart.  Let Jesus in.  Our hearts are treasures, let’s be sure and lay them up in Heaven.
Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

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