Caring for the Heart “Power” Perspective ~by Diana Asaad

Caring for the Heart “Power” Perspective ~by Diana Asaad

Luke 21:34 (NIV) “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.

 

Power Perspective: What does caring for the heart really mean? Well, no simple answer can be found, partly because God gave us each a unique heart, with distinct needs, so there is no one size fits all solution. There are however clues and direction that can be found in the Bible. I do think that the verse above has some rare evidences that can begin to bring clarity. Take care that your heart isn’t weighed down, with all these worldly things that make no eternal difference. Too often, we want the power to control our circumstances, that we disregard that true strength comes from releasing our hearts to their Creator, the magnificent Maker that so lovingly, orchestrated every nuance of our being. Instead of being lured by the trap of this world and shouldering all of our cares, lets bring them to the One our heart has been searching for all along. Jesus.

 

Relatable Resources: One particular blog that I follow and enjoy is Ann Voscamp’s www.AHolyExperience.com She has a way of shifting perspectives that I often need, I think you will find her words valuable.

 

Applicable Advise: Although our hearts can become easily troubled and overly encumbered, we are not alone. First, invite Jesus into your heart; whatever the state. He longs for nothing more than to embrace the confusion and love you to wholeness. Trust Him, He knows what He is doing. And you won’t surprise Him with your mess. He’s got this covered. Secondly, know that we are here to encourage and support you however we can. You are not alone. We are a tribe. A tribe of distorted, misshaped, beat-up, bruised, and healing hearts, connecting for the greater good. Drop us a line. We’d love to help… info@CFTHwomen.com

You are loved…sweet sister.

Diana

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CFTH Women from the Inside Out ~ by Tonya Brown

CFTH Women from the Inside Out ~ by Tonya Brown

My newest favorite movie is Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. As a fiction writer I’m familiar with little voices inside my head, so I was drawn to the film when I first viewed the trailer. If you haven’t seen this movie, I give you permission to watch the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seMwpP0yeu4 right now. Just be sure you come back here when it’s over.

I can relate to the main character, Riley, because I’ve been uprooted a few times. I, too, started out in the Midwest and sometimes miss the familiar. My son loves pond hockey, and we put pepperoni on our pizzas not pineapple and broccoli.

And her emotions? I have similar voices in my head. Not only did I have Joy insisting she be in control, I also tried to insist that other people keep Joy in their forefront.

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Are You Living and Loving Wholeheartedly? ~ by Kim Dent

Are You Living and Loving Wholeheartedly? ~ by Kim Dent

I remember a time in my life when the secret shame and pain of my heart refused to be stuffed down anymore. I was a young mom with a husband and two young daughters. Outwardly I was the picture of a woman who had it all together. PTO president, beautiful home, great husband, well behaved kids—most of the time, friends and family whom I loved and who loved me. But inside, my heart was a shambles.

You see, I harbored the dark secret of childhood sexual molestation since the age of five years old. I had never told a soul and like most abused children, I harbored a deep sense of “being bad”

I reasoned that I could handle this secret…I thought that I could simply forget about it and magically all the shame, confusion and fear that entered my heart so long ago would simply “go away” It would be as if it never happened.

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What’s In a Verse? Power’s Perspective

What’s In a Verse? Power’s Perspective

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us the spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love and self-discipline.”

This verse has particular significance this year, in that Facebook picked it. I cheekily say that to infer my love hate relationship with social media. It has been both my connection point and my isolation source in the past and I still struggle with my relationship status with it. When my ministry partners received their verses (both the same) they encouraged me to do mine and an internal tug of war ensued. What if I get the odd man out verse, like…you brood of vipers…or just something completely unrelated, but the peer pressure side of the rope won out at the end and I obediently submitted my information to the site for my verse. Lo and behold, the same verse. Was God speaking to us through social media or did everyone get the same verse? A quick scan of my “friends” profiles suggested that it was not the same for everyone and I quickly began to sense significance in the words before me.

Many translations state, God has not given us a spirit of fear, and either way you slice it; a spirit of fear or timidity is a daily wrestling match in my world. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of (you fill in the blank) it all comes down to a SPIRIT and whether or not I was to engage with something God did not give me (see verse above). So what was given to me? A SPIRIT of power, of love and of self-discipline. So why then the struggle? Why do I choose to embrace something that isn’t mine and reject the gift He has given me? I needed a perspective change…stat. I needed to intentionally embrace the spirit of power, love and self-discipline; daily, hourly, even minute by minute and walk in that with the authority of a child who has been so graciously given a gift they could never afford on their own. Understanding that I didn’t do anything for God’s good gift, yet my disregard of it was more of a cold slap in the face to a generous father who wants nothing more than the best for me.

I challenge you today to grab this verse and walk in it daily. Take it. Its your too. (and not just because Facebook picked it) God has graciously gifted it to you. And my prayer is we begin the journey together of unwrapping it and living in this present.

You are loved sweet sister.

Diana

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What to Expect: Power’s Potential

What to Expect: Power’s Potential

Mighty Musings: Power’s Potential

Ephesians 3:18

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

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What to Expect: Loving Well

What to Expect: Loving Well

What to expect: Loving Well

“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind.”

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

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