Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – (Proverbs 4:23, NIV)
Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life. – (Proverbs 4:23, ERV)
So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life. – (Proverbs 4:23, TPT)
The condition of our hearts is of utmost importance, for from them flows everything we think, say and do. As time is intentionally invested with God, He refines our hearts to more clearly reflect His own. The more care we place into guarding our hearts from taking in what does not belong, the better the condition of our inmost being, and consequently, the more life-giving our words and deeds become. May we ever guard our hearts so that light, life and love are the things that flow out of our lives.
Protect well your heart,
Give care to each thought;
For from deep within,
Our affections are sought.
If we take in good,
Seek after the Lord;
The same flows from us,
All grace He affords.
Pursue with intent,
God and His great grace;
Allow Him to reign,
As love shapes our ways.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that as we come to You and seek You to guard our hearts, You protect and refine us to better reflect Your love to the world. Thank You that in You, there is an overflow to give away. Forgive us for the times that we have allowed anything other than Your truth to have a voice in our lives. Teach us to trust You more so that we would be protected and directed by the light of Your perfect love. Show us how to make room for what You are doing in us to overflow through love to those around us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we guard our hearts and seek Your guidance in all things and at all times. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10