Not Your Average Heart Day

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Today is Valentine’s Day. While you might normally read posts {as I have all over Facebook today} about love, boyfriends, the power in single-hood, the joys of love, the treasures of long-love and family… I see posts like these and I cringe.

There was one post today that I smiled at, it wasn’t from my husband, it wasn’t from a family member, it wasn’t someone cooing over flowers and chocolates, it was a picture of a young lady who has special needs and her loving canine companion {http://instagram.com/p/VuOFISNbIK/}. Chelsea was born while her parents were ministering at my church as youth pastor’s. Chelsea’s life as not been easy, but Chelsea is a special life who displays love.

But every other post has made me cringe at all of the mushy gushy, sappy and sorrowful posts and feelings floating around today. I remember those days, sitting at home–moping. Many days of the year I was happy, but Valentine’s Day exemplified single-hood and loneliness and broken hearts. There are millions of people in the world daily with broken hearts.

My heart breaks for people with broken hearts. From loss of a loved one, to disappointment, to betrayal, to infertility, to rejection, to loneliness, to being stuck on a cruise ship for days without electricity/food/water/toilets: my heart breaks for people with broken and jaded hearts.

The heart is the center of a being. It’s our source of life, pumping blood throughout our veins. It’s the part of the body associated with love. It’s blamed for indigestion (heart burn) and pinpointed for the organ that feels sadness. The heart is what God says we must guard above all else. {Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 NIV}

Broken hearts are touchy business. Some need time alone, some need guidance to heal, some need restitution, some need a resuscitating jolt from others, some can only heal with a touch from our Creator. If you are suffering from a broken heart, don’t let your heart condition get you down. Seek healing and guidance from the one who designed our emotions, and can redirect our frustrations and heal our souls.

Many times we do not understand the trials and bumps of this world, but that is because we are not of this world. {John 18:36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world… But now my kingdom is from another place.” — And no that doesn’t mean we are aliens… this is not Lisa Frank’s glow-in-the dark collection} We will not understand why certain things happen, but in time it will all make sense. Whether it is a learning experience, a growing experience or simply a test of patience.

{Take away} “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” – Jesus, John 14:1 NIV

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