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28th March 2023


Heart of the Matter

Our hearts are at the very core of our being.
Our physical hearts pump blood which carries oxygen to keep us alive.
The beat of our spiritual hearts is the same. It carries life.
That is why we are to guard our hearts with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23). Life springs forth from them.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is a great example to us of how to tend & care for our hearts.


Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord!
Let it be to me according to your word.”
And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38


Mary’s incredible journey began with receiving the amazing news that she would carry & give birth to God’s Son.
Understandably she was alarmed, somewhat troubled, shocked & overwhelmed.
As the incredible news sank deeper into her heart & spirit, she did what we all need to do.
Mary humbly surrendered & submitted her heart unto the word, will & way of the Lord.
A deep work in Mary’s heart that enabled God to move powerfully.
That was the yes that the Lord was looking for to fulfil his eternal plans & purposes.
The Lord is looking for our YES TOO through the submission & surrendering of our hearts & wills.

Mary’s heart would be tried & tested in other ways too.
She had a heart that pondered what the Lord was doing.
A humble heart that treasured what the Lord was saying & doing.
Alas she also had a heart that would be pierced with suffering too.
We will explore each in turn in the days ahead.

Each one of us will have a similar experience of the heart to Mary.
In this journey with Jesus through life we will ponder things, treasure things & have our hearts pierced with grief & sorrow at times.
We have the responsibility to tend & care for our hearts. No one else can do it for you!!!
It starts (it always starts) with the surrender & submission of our hearts.
Let it be to us according to your word o Lord. Lord have Your way in each one of us.
Hallelujah!!

For Reflection

  • What is God’s word to me right now that needs my submission & surrender?
  • What am I grappling or wrestling with in my heart right now?
  • Meditate upon the submission & surrender of the heart unto the Lord.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You speak forth Your life-giving word into my life,
Help me to receive it with humble submission.
Jesus thank you for Your full & total obedience to the Father’s will,
Give me strength to follow in Your footsteps.
Holy Spirit help me to keep surrendering my heart & will unto the Lord,
That God’s will may be done in & through my life.
Lord have Your will & way in me.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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