“We have been trying to tell her to guard her heart, but I don’t know, it doesn’t seem to be working…” As I listened quietly on the other end of the phone, my heart stirred with compassion for both the mother and daughter in this situation.
“Have you tried explaining why it’s important to guard our hearts?” I gently inserted the obvious question, or “taught her how to guard her heart? She seems willing, but might not know the ‘how and why’”.
As I prayed for this family and teenager working through some tangled romantic relationships I began pondering my own journey and what it means to “guard our hearts”. In retrospect, I don’t know if I ever had a mentor, friend or parent explain to me what it actually meant to “guard your heart”. It’s a complicated concept and I wonder if the authorities in my life at the time even knew what it meant themselves, let alone being able to explain it to a struggling teenager.
In many Christian circles the phrase “guard your heart” is thrown around as frequently and liberally as we salt our French Fries. But what does it really mean to guard your heart, and more importantly, how and why should we guard our hearts?
For the past year part of my personal journey has been to take hiatus from dating or pursing any romantic relationships. Stepping off the field and out of the game for a while has allowed the Lord to work a different perspective in me. This new series “The Art of Guarding Your Heart” is going to be a collection of posts about the things the Lord has shown me about relationships and the “Why” and “How to” behind guarding your heart. This series is dedicated specifically to two of my younger sisters (We will call the Muffin and Doc) and to all the young women I’m privileged to call “my girls”.
The Art of Guarding Your Heart is as complex and deep as your heart and simple as your willingness to surrender. Please join me in this mini series I feel the Lord leading me to write! Next week we will look at some of the reasons ‘why’ we guard our hearts.
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