Heart Writing

I just have to say that we had another wonderful Women’s Faith Lift event yesterday. We all had such a wonderful time talking, sharing and being built up by God but when I left there I wondered why don’t I let people into my life? Our pastor always talks about doing authentic community together and connecting with others and I wondered why I can’t seem to do that.There are very few people I ever let get close to me and I asked God “Why?”

Have you ever been hurt in life by people or relationships? What a no brainer question that is. Of course you have. We all have but sometimes we can be hurt so deeply by a friend we trust and sometimes more than once by that same person. Sometimes the cut can be so deep that it changes who we are and how we interact with others. Sometimes we come up with a plan of protection. I know what I will do. I will build walls to protect my heart from that kind of hurt. Have you ever done that? That’s what I did. God answered my question “Why?” this morning on our drive to church when I realized that what that friendship taught me was that I would rather be safe than to risk being hurt like that again. I didn’t know that about myself. Have you ever thought that? This one realization has brought such healing to my heart already and it’s only 2 in the afternoon. lol

I am sure that that is not how God wants us to live. We can dwell on that one negative or we can chose to develop authentic Christian friendships.

We all have people in our lives who write on our hearts. Just because someone scribbles on our heart doesn’t mean we should stop allowing others to write on it. As I thought about it God showed me all the wonderful women friends over the years who have written beautiful things on my heart.

I know I’ve mentioned before that I asked God to teach me to love like He loves and He told me it would cost me everything and that scared me but I don’t believe I have a choice if I am going to grow in the character or Christ. So on this journey of learning to love like Christ loves this morning as I spent time with God I realized that I was confusing trust with love. Jesus himself did not trust man because He knew what was in their heart it says in John 2:24 yet He loved them. We cannot protect our hearts from hurt but we can trust God that He will help us deal with that. In my conversation with Him this morning He asked me “Do you love your children?” “Yes I do.” “Do you trust them not to hurt you?” “No, I don’t.” They have hurt me in the past and I know that at some point they probably will hurt me in the future but I love them anyway. Just know that going in, that people probably will hurt you but love them anyway and trust the love of God to overcome that. Trust God to erase the scribbles on your heart. God knew what was in the heart of man and loved them anyway. That is agape love. Father, I pray you will teach us to love like that.

What are you writing on the hearts of others? As women let’s be careful not to scribble on others hearts but let’s be the ones that write beautiful things on them.

Thank you Father for teaching me. I so need it every day.  ;)

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  1. Marilyn says:

    Beth, your introspection shared via this blog is writing on my heart!!! The message may be seen on this computer screen but I can see your smile, hear your voice, and your wisdom resonates always! Technology allows you to write on blogging Christian hearts! A friend, Marilyn

    January 29th, 2012
  2. Beth says:

    Awww! Thank you Marilyn. You are a dear Christian friend and I enjoyed sharing with you yesterday. I am always amazed at the quickness of God’s answers to my questions. He is so good to us and I am thankful to Him for the true friends in Christ like you who cross my path.

    January 29th, 2012
  3. Patty says:

    Dear Beth,

    Thank you for sharing such meaningful thoughts. I always enjoy learning from your insightful messages and wonderful face to face conversations as well. I appreciate your knowledge, experience, honesty and willingness to share! Have a blessed week!

    January 29th, 2012
  4. Beth says:

    Thank you Patty for your comments. I appreciated our conversation yesterday as well and I thank God of course for your friendship. You write on my heart as well. ;)

    January 29th, 2012
  5. Debbie says:

    I love the word picture you paint! As I read your blog post, I was reminded of a book I read, The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge. Have you read it?

    January 31st, 2012
  6. Beth says:

    Thank you Debbie. No I haven’t read it but I will. Thanks so much for the suggestion. ;)

    January 31st, 2012
  7. Beth says:

    I combined Heart Writing I & II and added Alona’s comment here.

    Just remember when your children (or anyone, in fact) hurt you the statement that is a favorite of Denise McKenzie “hurting people hurt people”. It always helps me to remember this and pass it along to many others in my ministries. Keep on writing my dear.

    February 12th, 2012

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