♥ 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.            


When our girls were still at home a stray puppy showed up in our yard.  He was part lab, part Irish setter.  We had had no intention of having a dog, but he apparently had decided otherwise.  Our home was going to be his home and no amount of "Shoo" or "Get" was going to change his mind.  So, he stayed. And for the next 15-plus years we had the best dog in the whole world.

Blackie was like no other.  He had no concept that he wasn't human.  Wherever we went, he went.  No matter how far, how uncomfortable, or for how long - he simply just wanted to be with us!

I remember one occasion when we had planned to visit our parents in another state.  We began packing up the car.  The trip would include me, my husband, our two daughters and all the electronic devices and cosmetics and clothes girls their age deemed impossible to live without.  Because our car was a smaller model, and because of the length of the ride, we had planned on having our dog stay at the vets..  He was quite a large dog and we didn't feel there would be enough room for him.

To make a long story longer, when it was time to go, he had somehow found a spot on the floor in the backseat and no amount of coaxing was going to get him out.  So, for 4+ hours he rode with us to Grandma's house, the whole time sitting in the same spot.  No, not lying down to be more comfortable, but on his haunches in his little corner.  Every once in a while he would look up at me with such love in his eyes.  It was like he was saying, "Thank you for letting me be with you."

The day he died was one of the worse days we have ever experienced.  Blackie had been the most gentle, most loyal, most loving companion we could have ever asked for.   Through the years following his death people have tried to give us another dog.  But we just can’t do it.  We always say, "There will never be another Blackie."  You see, he has ruined us for any other dog.

I read a book entitled, "Birthing the Miraculous" by Heidi Baker.  It’s about Jesus' love for us and how His love has "ruined" us for anything else that the world can offer.  No one loves us like He does, cares for and protects us like He does,  He is always with us - no matter how uncomfortable, how far or how long the trip.   I can just see Him, looking down on us with such love in His eyes, saying, "Thank you for letting Me be with you."

There will never be another like our God.  Has He made His home in your life yet?  He wants to.  Won't you take this moment to invite Him in?  For the rest of your life and beyond you will have the best Friend you could ever hope for.

From God’s heart to ours…..

Heart Issues is written by Darlene Psota, gathered from her quiet times with God. It is her prayer that, in sharing His heart, you will come to know Him more intimately. Darlene was born and raised in a Christian home in North Loup. After marrying her high school sweetheart they moved to Iowa where they raised their two daughters. It was there she received her degree in ministry and taught in a local Bible College. She and her husband Duane have since moved back to North Loup where they are once again active in the Seventh Day Baptist Church. Their life has come full circle. Their family continues to grow with the addition of a fourth grandchild. Most importantly they continue to grow in their faith as they see God's hand on every facet of their lives. They love sharing Jesus with others and pray God's blessings over you and yours. Enjoy this time in His presence.