Thump, thump, thump! That amazing muscle called the heart pumps blood through the entire body so we can live and breathe! It may only be the size of your fist, but it is mighty!
There is much talk these days of ‘heart-healthy’ foods to keep those arteries clean and clear. Exercising and being active helps to keep it functioning at its best. When our heart is giving us some issues, we need medical attention to work through positive physical changes.
The same is true of our spiritual heart. That is why the Psalmist says,
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
Some weeks I need to claim that prayer more regularly. How about you? God offers to help us have a steadfast spirit and a pure heart when we are faced with life issues.
- The summer is still upon us and the kids are starting to get bored.
- Your ex just dropped your kiddos off from his summer vacation with them and they are wired!
- You wanted to take the children on a special adventure, but a bill came and you are strapped.
- As a mom, your heart is heavy knowing your children are still adjusting to the family unit breakdown.
- A co-worker is grating on your nerves, always bragging about what they did or what they purchased.
- You are feeling dry in our spiritual life and wonder if God is really helping you.
You are not alone. Jeremiah felt the same way.
Our hearts are sad; instead of dancing, we mourn. Lamentations 5:15
Choose His Promises:
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
As women, let’s keep our physical heart healthy by eating right, enjoying the small things in life, and planning fun activities by getting your kids involved. (Don’t forget to get a clean bill of health from your medical doctor)
As women, let’s keep our spiritual heart healthy by trusting in God who knows our past, our present and our future. Read His word, talk to Him throughout the day, and walk in His Truth. Keep your heart free from bitterness, anger, and malice that will clog the arteries making life difficult to breathe and function.
- Start a new ‘heart routine’ by reading God’s Word. Your spiritual heart will thank you!
- Respect your amazing physical heart by taking care of it.
- Begin to enjoy the smaller things in life…there is beauty everywhere.
- When others get your heart racing negativity, ask God to help you with a positive heart attitude.
- Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
Linda’s Inner Beauty tip for the week: Put to memory, ‘My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.’ Psalm 73:26
Kayla’s Outward Beauty tip: There are so many ways to help us have a healthy happy heart. Did you know listening to music can help keep our heart rate at a prime spot? 60-80 bpm is the ideal heart beat rate. So turn up your favourite music and take a moment for yourself.
Next week: The Grand finale: The Tummy
YOU CAN DO THIS!