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Who Holds Your Heart?

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"My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways." Proverbs 23:26

There is a spiritual battle for women's hearts and souls...a battle that exploits our deep longing to be loved, protected, secure. The world encourages us to be someone's valentine—to give our hearts completely, relying on another to validate our self worth and fill the empty places. We may forget the other person is also a sinful fallible creature and become resentful when the fairytale ending is not achieved and our needs remain unmet. We may turn to the world; seeking fulfillment from a source designed to provide us with temporary sinful distractions rather than the long lasting fruit of the gospel we truly crave—convincing ourselves it is harmless even as it changes and desensitizes our heart a bit at a time; inspiring us to discontentment. 

Truly only God can meet the deepest needs of our heart (Philippians 4:19).  His love for us is immeasurable, unearned, without strings, and it’s given to everyone who believes in Jesus. It is at His feet where our contentment lies. It is there we can rest unencumbered and still—where we can drape ourselves in Him and our relational needs can be fully met (Romans 13:14). Give your heart to the Lord to combat the bitterness of unmet expectations; seek Him for your joy. 

For those of you struggling this Valentine's Day:

Valentine's Day Hopes | girltalk

A reminder of what love is:

23 Things That Love Is | Paul Tripp

For remembering God's immeasurable love: 

Remembering the Unquantifiable Love of God | Desiring God