My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

Why Your Heart Needs a Good Spring Cleaning

Embarking on a Spring Cleaning for Your Heart tends to leave people at the ends of two extremes.

  • I don’t need that. My heart is fine.

OR

  • My heart is a mess. I don’t know where to start.

Either way, I will assure you of two things. We all have work to do, and with God’s help we can do it.

I noticed it this morning. Truth was, I put it there, but it was easier to brush it aside than to deal with it at the time. There under the dusty accomplishments and the wrung out theology I found a seed that had sprouted.

Unfortunately, it didn’t belong there, now or ever. It wasn’t a beautiful flower, but a poisonous vine that would choke out all that was good around it. And there it was staring at me from inside, letting me know it had taken up residence much like the errant Cheerio under the car seat. Just because it didn’t belong doesn’t mean it wasn’t thriving.

It’s like this in our hearts. We are so busy doing good, and sometimes not so good things, with our heart. We love, serve, protect, wound, break, hide, and most of the time we don’t think about any of it. All of this living from our heart leaves a few things overlooked.

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Since spring is a time to throw open the windows and let the light and fresh air in, it’s time we did that with our hearts. Some of it will feel great and refreshing, dusting off beautiful things long disregarded. Some of it will hurt and may even make us a little sick as we see just how bad we let things get.

Don’t let that stop you.

Because I have a promise for you. An absolute truth that we can hold onto as we walk through this together.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

We are not doing this alone. We do not have to fear what is hidden deep inside because God is there, even in the dirtiest, darkest, most hidden and neglected places.

The two things we can do to begin this process is to open our hearts honestly and to confess. Confess the places we are wrong or sinful. Confess every cobweb of our heart to God. Allow His gentleness and love to bring light to those places and let His breath of life in.

Let us boldly throw open the curtain and open up the deepest parts of ourselves that we may live in deeper love and freedom with God and one another.

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I’m here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

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