Follow Your Heart….

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Often throughout our life, we hear our peers say to us “follow your heart”. We’re never willing to take a second thought. Often times these decisions that people allow their heart to make for them lead them into destruction. Sometimes events can be as tragic as leaving a spouse for another, just because it “feels” right. Or buying an item we really can’t afford, just because “we deserve it”, or possibly even receiving a gift, just “knowing it is a blessing”.

We must be cautious in knowing that our heart is ever so capable of misleading us. Not always, but often. These heart lead decisions are often the root of a path unwinding, and leading us to no good.  Why is it then, that we are still so foolishly willing to allow our heart to always lead us? The world has got us so convinced that we should “follow your hearts” and “do what makes you happy”, “

you deserve it”.

It isn’t about instant gratification; it’s about following the still small voice of the Lord, and waiting patiently upon Him.

 Isaiah 40:31 says:

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.

I often encounter situations where I feel confused, lost or unsure of what I should do, or how I should handle things.  I pray to the Lord for discernment, then feel as though I’ve heard Him and become quickly frustrated because I follow my heart, and it misleads me.

It can be so difficult sometimes to discern that “gut feeling” which IS probably the Holy Spirit guiding you, and your “heart feeling” which IS your flesh telling you what you want, or what will make you feel good.

Sometimes following the Holy Spirit is hard, it carries you through life journeys via the long route, or the tough route. {Let’s call it the “scenic” route} The amazingness of the Holy Spirit is; no matter how long the journey, or how difficult, or how scenic; you will not be alone! He is there with us every step of the way. We have to learn to recognize Him, lean on Him, and Trust in Him. God gives us wisdom, it is a gift and we are to use it. 1 Corinthians 2:12 (read 1 Corinthians 2:6-16)

I encourage you today to gain wisdom from the Holy Spirit. Seek earnestly from the Lord. If it feels right in your heart, but does not settle in your gut, ask the Lord if that is His Spirit speaking to you. Trust him, even when it doesn’t make sense, even when it hurts. You will reap the reward. It may not be today, it may not be in your timing, but it will be in His.

Hebrews 4:12 says:

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

“It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart!!!” Well, it doesn’t get any more clear than that, does it? Guard your heart against the things of this world, search the Holy Spirit and He will dwell in you.

The next time you’re encouraged, or feel as if you should “Follow your Heart” pray to the Holy Spirit. Be cautious to listen for the Lord. And if you make a mistake, pick up the pieces hand them to Him and move forward. He is Merciful like that!

 


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About multipurpose-mom

Stacey is a: Saved by Grace, God fearing, Bible believing, Child of the King! In her chaotic world of full time employment, being a wife, raising 5 boys, laundry, dishes, carpool, PTSA, and on and on: She is STILL trying to fulfill God's call in her life.....to share her story, her battles, her triumphs, and testimonies of being a teen mom from a drug addicted home, to being the not so perfect wife and mother she is today! Her prayer is to lift up and encourage others through the words that God lays before her! In her chaos she has learned, she is not just a wife and mother.....she is a taxi driver, a nurse, a referee, a counselor, a maid, a cook and so much more...she has MANY purposes! Welcome to Multipurposemom.com, Here we hope you find strength, humor, tears, and tangibility for your journey....whatever it is! Please feel free to comment (we LOVE comments) and if you are blessed, please won't you share the blessing with others! Thanks for Visiting! In Christ!

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  1. What a great post. I am praying about your homeschool year. You can do it-you’ll be a pro in no time. Here’s a great blog http://www.doorposts.com/blog/ Their store has awesome materials http://www.doorposts.com/category.aspx?id=1 I have a few favorites. I did read When You Rise Up a Conventional Approach to Homeschool and it really changed my focus on raising godly children rather than scholars. In the beginning the author asks something to the effect of: would we’d rather have a Harvard law grad who heads the ACLU or a truely godly father and husband who collects trash. So I am trying to stay focused on the Lord this year. Prayers and Blessings for homeschooling. P.S. Our house is tiny and a mess and life seems anything but structured, even occasionally on the verge of fallying apart and I’ve been homeschool my 7th grader since he was 6.

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