Wednesday, October 19, 2011

31 Days to His Heart :: how the heart gets hardened {Day 19}

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I’m humbly treading the hallowed ground of the Heart of God for the 31 days of October.  First we look deep into the Beauty of His heart, shown through God the Father and His Son Jesus, then, we peer into the fragile and yet powerful role of our own hearts as we seek His and learn to live it in this world.  To read the entire series go{here} 31 Days to His Heart.

May YOU be blessed with a touch of Him TODAY…He who desires and is Fully Worthy of ALL of our hearts!

when keeping the heart is a matter of diligence, hardening it is a matter of neglect

Deuteronomy 4:9
"Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children—

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One lie was all it took. 

One thought of life outside of God was all that was needed.  And the whole of humanity for all time was marred and crippled and broken and lost, lost, lost.

And so it is with each heart’s story.  Born broken and yet so purely longing for love, we set out to find our way and soon, oh so soon, in our story all that fallen state of the world inflicts us with wounds upon wounds.

And love is all that can heal, but sometimes love seems so far and the wounds hurt.

So we harden.

We harden to hope. to faith. to joy. to peace. to LIFE.  to love. to Him.

We harden with every lie we continue to believe and every sense of abandonment we feel or bucking assertion for independence and we steel our resolve and find OUR OWN way, apart from God.  and far, far from His heart.

If your heart is anything like mine, it takes so little and I am lost in a wasteland of the tasteless, colorless, void of sound, motionless.

I am lost, so lost, to what my eyes have seen of Him. of all He’s always done for me.  of all He is doing to preserve my life in Him.  and lost, far, far from His Heart.

A hardened heart can not soften itself.  There is no amount of willpower or positive thinking that can make it truly soft again.

There is only one solution.  Only one touch that can melt a heart of stone in an instant.

Beholding the Beauty of His Heart.  Looking, gazing, knowing in desperation that there is no way of fixing self.  Starved for Glory, for Him.  

Just as one doubt, one lie, one wayward flailing step for independence can lead to a hardened heart, SO one turning, one choosing, one embracing, one believing, is all it takes to fully soften and restore.

All because of the infinite depths of His Heart :: soft and strong, full and free, everlasting and embracing, overwhelming and ours.

Praying His Heart

Thank you, Lord, that the story does not end with the hardened heart.  Thank You, Praise You, that You are Greater and ever extend to soften, heal, restore, always inviting to come to You, Your Heart, and find life.

Lead us ever in the way of softening.  May we experience the desolation of hardness so that the longing for Home might increase and overpower all else.

For Your Glory, Your Love, in our midst, Amen.

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1 comment:

  1. smiles...some hard truths on how easy the heart is to harden and what it takes to truly see it softn again...i pray this is a wonderful journey for you...

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