Recently, my heart has struggled not to be troubled. Whether real or imagined, multiple things conspired to trouble my heart. As soon as I believed I put one trouble to rest, another popped up with greater vengeance, and another, and another…
This past Sunday I recited a verse from John 14 which tells us not to let our hearts be troubled. Monday morning, while looking for a document in my computer writing folder, a blog post I wrote several years ago popped out at me. The post was titled “Don’t Allow Your Heart To Be Troubled”. Then, when I found the article I looked for, an article I wrote about an event in my life which took place over four decades ago, the article pretty much said the same thing in a different way.
That is when I realized maybe someone else needs a reminder God is in control, and therefore, we need not be troubled.
With that in mind, the following is a re-posting of the original Woven and Spun blog post from June 25, 2017.
Last month multiple things conspired to steal my joy right out from under me. And I let them. For awhile.
As I lamented with several friends about how I felt, one sweet friend told me something profound. She said, don’t let your heart be troubled. Another told me something equally important. Be gentle and give myself grace. Wise women.
Today I’m going to look further into the thought of not letting our hearts be troubled.
You need to understand, the verse my friend alluded to is one of my absolute all-time favorite passages of Scripture. I memorized the King James Version of John 14:1-4 when I was in elementary school. Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me…
I’ve repeated that passage to myself countless times over the decades.
Yet, it wasn’t until my friend moved the emphasis onto the word let that I saw this verse in a whole different light.
Thank you, Jesus.
Up until that time I thought of let as don’t worry. I never looked at it as I have the power to decide whether my heart is troubled, or not. Wow.
It’s up to us whether we allow our hearts to be troubled. We have the power through the Holy Spirit who lives in us not to let our hearts be troubled. It’s a choice. We aren’t defenseless victims. We are more than conquerors.
Oh, how very grateful I am for that reaffirmation of truth.
So, my friends, if you find yourself in a place where the things of life are doing their best to pull you under, be gentle and give yourself grace.
And remember what Jesus told his disciples, and us. Do not let your hearts be troubled.
My devotion, Loving Prickly People, is on Inspire a Fire today, February 4, 2020. I’d love for you to stop by and read it.
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“Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe [confidently] in God and trust in Him, [have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, keep going and] believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and I will take you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. And [to the place] where I am going, you know the way.” John 14:1-4 (AMP)
I wish you well.
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