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  • It was a beautiful afternoon. The breeze was just right as I stood in my backyard and began communing with my wonderful Savior. I felt the urgency to pray specifically for protection for my heart, so I did. I remember asking the Lord to keep hatred and any other feeling that was not aligned with His Word or will from living in my heart. Proverbs 4:23 admonishes, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

    Little did I know, the worst storm of my life was crashing its way towards me, promising all kinds of destroying winds for me and my family. The storm I am referring to was not physical. It was a spiritual battle, and it was a dark season for us.

    If you are a mother I’m sure you would agree with me that we prefer something to hurt us and not our children. My trial involved pain and sorrow for the fruit of my womb, and for me it was very hard to deal with. According to how the world judges, I had every right to hate, despise, and scorn those who hurt my children; but because my heart was protected by God, I was unable to hate them. My heart was unchained, free to pray and praise. I was able to see clear in the middle of a dark night and cry out to the One that could help my family and me to survive the storm. He came to our rescue. He responded to our prayers. We came through victorious!

    “The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD” (Proverbs 21:31).

    I don’t know what you might be facing or about to face, but I encourage you to protect your heart. Fill it with the Word of life, with prayer and praises to the Lord, and nourish it with church attendance. When it makes sense for you to speak bitterness because you have been hurt, you will instead speak mercy, forgiveness, and love, because that’s what your heart is full of!

    “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh” (Luke 6:45).

    BY TERE DE LA ROSA

    Reposted with permission from Ladies Prayer International.

    “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14

    How can we be courageous in waiting?

    Relinquishing our control can be such a struggle because it is human nature to desire immediate action and instant gratification. It is an arduous responsibility to abandon our dreams, our desires and our plans to God. When we control our day, we can anticipate a general outcome. But, when we allow God to control our day, He does what He wants when He wants. Scary, isn’t it? This is where a courageous heart is necessary.

    God does not require us to comprehend the elaborate details; He expects us to abandon our control, follow His guidance, obey His voice, and be confident in His plan.

    Waiting on God is proof of trust because our flesh reacts to waiting.

    What is God asking from you today? Are you questioning the process and uncertain of the end result? God is imploring you to be courageous by waiting on Him.  You have an assurance today; God will strengthen your heart. You will never encounter regret when you step out in faith to follow God’s plan for your life and you will never be disappointed when you trust Him with the details of your life.

    Prayer: Sometimes it is so difficult for me to be patient and to relinquish control to You, Lord, but I pray that You will help me to wait on You. You see my weaknesses and I desire Your strength to permeate every area of my life. I love you, Lord. Today, I will be courageous and wait on You!

    The Bible talks about tasting the Word of God and compares language to the vivid experience of a strong flavor (Psalm 119:103, Hebrews 6:5). I will never forget when an elder lady from a neighboring church hugged me and whispered an encouragement in my ear. I would have been embarrassed had anyone else heard her, but she was perfectly discreet and outlandishly kind. Her words brought healing to my soul. She made me feel valued and loved just as I am. That memory still makes me feel good because her words had a strong flavor, sweet and soothing.

    As that sweet lady showed me, words can bring comfort, hope, and love. They can refresh us, strengthen us, and nourish our spirit when we are emotionally weary. They can help us draw together in unity and peacefulness. Words can be comfort food. Words can also bring bitterness and resentment. Words can spread anger and division between us, breaking relationships apart. They can burn, sting, and crush us apart inside, destroying our peace. Words can be poison.

    Psalm 19:14 is a prayer that centers on our language, and reminds us that the words of our mouth begin with the meditations of our heart. The words we let in, and the thoughts we entertain, will be the fodder for the words that come out (Matthew 12:34). If we meditate on God’s word, then the words of our mouth will be naturally sweetened by God’s goodness and kindness.

    Make Psalm 19:14 (ESV) your prayer today:

    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

    Devotion by Kristi Moore