Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday Message at Church

At church this morning my pastor preached on guarding your heart. Based on the scripture:

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23 (New International Version)

He said we can do this by two ways. The first way is by surrounding ourselves with loved ones. Because loved ones encourage us when we are down and help keep our hope alive. He said that God wants us to be hopeful, but Satan yearns to steal our hope and harden our hearts. An example he gave one of his best friends would talk with him about everything. Usually in their conversations his friend would say " so how are you and God doing lately?" The pastor said sometimes he had to come clean and say "ya know I haven't been spending much time with God and need to work on that." That is what our loved ones can do to help guard our hearts.

The second way to guard your heart is through prayer. He said that even Jesus needed time away to pray to God and renew his heart. While Jesus was in a city healing and preaching he was being bombarded by tons of people. Well he disappeared one day to go be alone and pray to God. So I guess when we are being bombarded with all of the worldly things we should take time our and talk to God to help guard our hearts.

In my opinion the best asset we have is our hearts. Think about how we rely on each other so much for comfort, especially through the struggles of infertility. There are so many times that we get our hopes up and then feel like they came crashing down. I know it is hard to keep that hope alive after so many disappointments. BUT we have to!! And we all know that having our famly and friends helps us out..... and talking to God keeps us going.

Hopelessness is a battle I struggle with daily. I told myself many times before I heard this message that I shouldn't get my hopes up. Just in case they came crashing down, but now I know I must keep my hope. It is the fire that keeps me keepin on :D

So even though I feel like POO (headache, nausea, sleepy, achy) I am going to smile. It maybe a short smile followed by a LONG nap, but a smile none the less.

I pray for God to guard all of your hearts thoroughly and keep your hope burning strong. GOD BLESS MY FELLOW SISTERS...LOVE Y'ALL!!!!

Butterfly Pic by me :D I love taking pics!!!


Leslie Laine said...

Thanks for your comment on my post. It's so helpful hearing different opinions about these kinds of things from people who really understand both sides of the coin from experience.

I also appreciated your post today. If there is anything infertility has done for me, it's definitely changed my relationship with God for the better. I feel like this challenge has been put in front of me to remind me that He is with me all the time and and can help me through anything.

Hope you're feeling more uplifted today!

I Believe in Miracles said...

I love it!!! Thanks so much for sharing (especially since we missed the serman!). :o)

I love the phrase "so how are you and God doing lately". That is so awesome. What a neat way to put it. Of course, I bet almost everyone would have the same response as the pastor - can always do better!

It is so true how we rely on each other. I know that you lovely ladies have been my source of strenght lately and have lifted me up and pointed me to God so much. Your comments and prayers have helped remind me that God calls us to community and that community is good. And hope is good!! Such a good reminder - we totally need to guard our hearts to prevent Satan from coming in and trying to open them to doubt and worry.

Love the picture too!!

SAHW said...

Thanks for your comment at my blog! I am feeling much better today. I guess the nature of the IF struggle is that you have up days and down days...but you have to be careful that your down days don't spiral downward...and that's where the message of hope comes in - thank you for reminding me that we should never, ever despair of God's mercy. Reminders are so important, especially with the rollercoaster of IF.