Above all else, guard your heart….

Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”.

Heartbreak is tricky. It comes in many forms and via many different avenues. It is an inevitable part of life and yet it blindsides us every time it comes. People deal with heartbreak in different ways. They shut down, dive into work, seek counseling, lash out, talk to friends and family, cry, and even turn to substances. But when all of that is not enough, what do you do?

I’ve experienced heartbreak in many forms, mourning, break-up, betrayal; and that’s just in the last year and a half. There’s no time limit or estimated recovery time to heartbreak. However, as believers, we have a responsibility to exhibit self-control but if we are speaking honestly, that’s hard sometimes.  Especially when he instructed us to protect our hearts, and we let our guard down for one minute, someone caught us slipping, and we were blindsided with a love that would take us on a roller coaster of heartbreak.

Psalm 34:17-19 “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;”

If everything you do flows from your heart and in the midst of heartbreak it is filled with pain, anger,  and sadness, an adverse reaction seems natural and easy.  So then how does God expect us to deal with heartbreak when our friends and family are tired of hearing about our hurt and the pain is real?  Give the pain and hurt to him and he will deliver us from it!

God is close to the heartbroken believer, and we should cry out to him for deliverance from our pain.  He never gets tired of hearing from us, and it’s never a bad time “talk”.

I know from personal experience, I hate to feel like I am bothering someone or burdening them with my problems. Some of the hardest things to hear when your heart is hurting is “just forget about them (or it)”, “move on with your life”, or “you’re better off anyway”.  I take solace in knowing that I can pour out to God and He will never judge my tears, brush me off, or be too busy.  God will always keep His word, which guarantees that we will get through our pain.

Be encouraged…

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Reverend Katrina Hardee-Brown Joined the Live Life Naked Team in 2017