HOW ARE YOUR ROOTS?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about.
The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart
and how to program your heart for success.

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ROOTS. We need them to grow. Where our roots are planted will determine how well we will grow.

Only roots planted in the love of God will flourish. Paul writes in Ephesians 3: 17, “Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”

Are your roots anchored in God’s love? If not, why not? Has shame or sorrow or sin kept you from sinking your roots deep into God’s love? If so, let God help you push through that pain, for there is freedom on the other side. 

Growth begins in the roots. How are your roots? Sink them deep into God’s love, and you will know abundant life! 

I pray in Paul’s words for you today that God “from His glorious, unlimited resources…will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that come from God” (Ephesians 3: 16-19 NLT).

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How to Heal Your Broken Heart

Four Simple Steps

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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The first step in healing your broken heart is to realize you cannot heal it by yourself.

 

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Only the One Who made your heart can truly heal your heart.  

Even more wonderful good news is that the One Who made your heart WANTS to fix your heart when it breaks. 

Here are four steps to take to receive a healing touch from Jesus:

1-Tell Him you have a broken heart. You do this for your sake, not His. He already knows. To solve a problem, you must first admit you have a problem.

2-Admit the emotions caused by your broken heart.  Anger? Hatred? Fear? Jealousy? Repent of those that have caused you to sin.

3-Give Jesus your painful emotions.

4-Receive His healing in exchange for your pain. 

It’s as simple–and profound–as that.
 

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Wall-Builders and Bridge-Builders

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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thThere are those who build walls. There are those who build bridges. Which one are you?

A wall-builder is a person who shuts others out of his life because he fears rejection. He is a self-preservationist and desires above all else to protect himself from being hurt. In building a wall, the wall-builder thinks he is keeping himself from pain. In reality, he only adds to his pain because the walls he builds around himself eventually become his prison.

A bridge-builder is a person who welcomes others into his life because he loves and wants to connect with them. He is more concerned with protecting others than he is with protecting himself. In building a bridge, the bridge-builder knows that he will experience pain. But he is not afraid because he knows that to love is to be willing to experience pain.

Which one are you? A wall-builder or a bridge-builder? You can choose which one you will be. If you have any doubts, remember this: there can be no love without pain. Just look at the Cross.

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How Abortion Hurts the Heart

Years ago, I worked as a volunteer for a pro-life organization. It was my privilege to help women contemplating abortion to recognize the evil of abortion and to assist them, both materially and emotionally, through their pregnancy and the birth of their children. Those who chose to carry their babies to term faced many challenges. But despite the challenges, not one of them faced a lifetime of guilt and emotional torment for having killed her baby.

Since that time, I have seen the awful anguish of women who chose, for one reason or another, to abort their babies. In most of these cases, no one told these women of the emotional and psychological aftermath of their choice, not to mention the physical aftermath. No one told them that for the rest of their lives, they would be tormented with guilt, remorse, fear, depression, and a host of other emotional and psychological afflictions. No one told them of the agonizing longing they would feel to hold the babies they had killed. The only thing they were told is that they owned their own bodies, that they had the right to do what they wanted with their bodies, and that abortion would free them from the burden of raising a child.

Of course, pro-choicers didn’t call the being within their womb a child. That would be too upsetting. Rather, the being was simply a fetus, nothing more than a mass of lifeless tissue as disposable as a hangnail. Such slippery semantics supposedly salved the conscience.

Or did they?

Time, however, told the truth. No one heard the blood-curdling wails of these post-abortion women weeping in the night, especially on the anniversary of the murder of their child. No one understood the relentless depression that dug its claws into their very souls, threatening many of them to the point of suicide. No one felt the pain of their empty arms that yearned to hold their aborted babies.

Alone. These women were left alone to suffer the consequences of their heinous acts.

Some of you reading this may be among those hurting, tormented women. Some of you may be so overwhelmed with guilt and remorse that you long to die. Some of you may have buried the guilt only to have it surface in physical illness, chronic depression, or irrational fear.

If this describes you, I urge you to listen to me. Listen as I tell you of the One who knows your pain.  The One who heard your sobs in the night. The One Who not only heard but wants to forgive you and heal you. Who is this One?  His Name is Jesus. He died for your sins, including the sin of abortion. He died to set you free from the guilt and remorse of your past. He died to give you a new lease on life.

So, how you do get this life? You sincerely acknowledge that your abortion was a sin; you ask God to forgive you of that sin; and you receive His forgiveness and cleansing by inviting Him into your life. You may say, “Is that all I have to do?” Yes, that is all you have to do.

Once you’ve received His forgiveness, He will begin to heal your emotional and psychological wounds. He will begin to put back together the broken pieces of your life. He will give you beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3). It is His promise to you.

Don’t take my word for it; take His. Listen to what He says: “I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25); “Behold I will make all things new” (Revelation 21:5). “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

You will never forget the abortion you had, but Christ will take away all the pain left in its wake.

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The Broken Heart

Do you have a broken heart? If you’re like me, chances are your heart has been broken at some point. In fact, your heart may have been broken many times over during your life.

So, what can you do if you have a broken heart?  Can your broken heart ever be mended? If so, how?

Before I answer that very important question, let’s look at some of the symptoms of a broken heart: 

  • Depression  A broken heart can cause depression and a sense of hopelessness about life.
  • Anxiety. A broken heart can make you anxious about the future.
  • Suppressed immune system.  A broken heart can suppress your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness.
  • Physical pain. A broken heart can cause real, physical pain.
  • Insomnia. A broken heart can cause sleep disturbances.
  • Poor work performance. A broken heart can impair your performance on the job.
  • Loss of appetite or overeating. A broken heart can cause eating disorders.

Knowing some of the symptoms of a broken heart is one thing, but fixing a broken heart is quite another. Only one person can fix a broken heart, and that Person is Jesus Christ. Listen to what He says about a broken heart:

  • “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
  • “A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.” (Psalm 51.17)
  • “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”(Psalm 147:3).
  • “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes . . . .” (Revelation 21:4).

If your heart is broken today, turn to Jesus. He is not only able and also very willing to heal your broken heart. Because He made you, He knows how to fix you. If you let Him, He will put the pieces of your broken heart back together again. He will take the ashes of your life and turn them into something beautiful (Isaiah 61:3). If He did it for me, He will certainly do it for you.

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