♥ Heart Issues ♥ - a Devotional for Women

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  Proverbs 4:23
Heart Issues is a collection of devotional teachings straight from the heart of God, given during those quiet times of fellowship, to share with you.  It is our desire that, through them, you will experience God’s love and His purpose for your life.            



After battling an infection that kept me from straying too far from the house, I am finally able to get back to what I love – daily outdoor walks.  It’s not that I can’t walk in the house, but the treadmill is a poor substitute.  Let’s face it.  No matter how long we walk on one, we literally go nowhere and the view never changes.  Then there’s the distractions of things in the house that look like more fun.  Worse yet, it’s all too easy to stop rather than pushing ourselves to go farther.


But being able to walk outdoors!  There is no substitute for being out in God’s creation.  The fresh air.  The beauty of the changing seasons.  The freedom of moving rather than staying in one spot. God revealing Himself through the sights and sounds.  And the best, the time with Him away from all the distractions.


So, what is my purpose in sharing this?  I realized how closely this resembles our discipline in going to church.


I’m not talking about those who occasionally miss services because of family situations. We all experience those times.  But there are those who believe they don’t need to attend church at all.  They are certain they can connect with God in other ways.  Which usually means other activities (distractions) that look like more fun.  While I agree to a point – our salvation is not based on church attendance and God is indeed everywhere – there is no substitute for being out among God’s creation, His people.


Not going to church is like walking on a treadmill.  You might be “walking”, but are you really going anywhere?  Your “view” never changes because you are not hearing the perspective of other Christians.  You’re missing the “fresh air” of fellowship, the beauty of the changing “seasons” in their lives (and yours).  It’s all too easy to stop spending time with God rather than pushing to go further with and for Him.


I’m not sharing this to condemn anyone.  Rather, I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone.  Maybe you did attend a church at one time but distractions or hurts pulled you away.  I want you know that I understand.


See, when I first started walking for exercise I got to the point where I could walk over 10 miles in one stretch.  But it didn’t happen overnight.  It took time and training.  Day by day.  Step by step.  It won’t just happen this time either. It's going to take time and training to reach that goal again.  But the good news is, I’m finding it’s not as hard as the first time.  I think it’s kind of like riding a bicycle.  Once you learn, you never forget.  You might be a little “wobbly” when you first get back on, but it isn’t long before you’ve gotten back into the routine and it becomes something you love.


It will be worth it.  Attending church is good exercise for the heart.


From God’s heart to ours…..