Wednesday, October 30, 2013

oh my heart

Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.

A confident heart. A healthy heart. A healed heart. A heart that trusts God.  That is what I seek to have.  It only comes by surrendering your heart to God.

Do you know why the little orange kitten, Cutie, is so bold?  She has someone who interceded for her with the big white Pyr.  Her mother taught the dog to honour her baby. The dog knows the rules. The kitten does not fear this dog whose foot weighs more than her entire body because someone already won the battle for her.

She can be confident. She can have a strong heart. A bold heart.

We can too!  My heart is a fickle thing. It and my mind argue - a lot!  They seem to forget that they both surrender to the same Lord. Jesus.

I've been besieged. So have you!  You've found that when you surrender to God your heart is strong. You are confident. 

But our world doesn't like surrender. Doesn't like submission. Doesn't like leaning on Someone. Anyone. Ever.  It makes you weak, undesirable. Incapable. Lies! Lies! Lies!

The strongest hearts know they can't do it alone. The most confident voice may be the only voice, but it is not a lonely voice.

God fights our battles - when we let Him.  

The mama cat, Spooky, will fight the battle for Cutie. But she needs the baby out of the way to do it.  God tells us to be still. To trust. To let Him. 

We talked last week about raw emotions. Raw and not pretty. Surrender may look nice but it isn't always easy to feel our way through.  Today I had a situation that I did not like!  Not at all. But I also felt in my heart that it was God's will. 

I cried. I stomped my foot. I squinted. I ached. And I surrendered.

Your will, Lord, and not my own.  And my heart eased. My confidence increased because I was able to give to Him what is His - ME!  My all. Holding nothing back. Because when we give it all to Him, He gives it back in ways we never imagined!

I wrote a poem about how someone's value is more than the world would measure them by. You can read it here: Buck Twenty

Luke 12:34
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Where is your heart?  Is it still gathering broken pieces or is it surrendering them to the Son for His healing touch?  Where is your confidence?  Is it resting on the nod from another person, or is it resting in the Gospel?

I am honoured to once again be linking up with Jo Ann as we discover what can happen When A Woman Finds Her Voice!  It is launch week and there are so many amazing things going on. Join us for the Facebook party, get some freebies, join in the online study and please go to the link up.  Read some posts, share your own, and use that wonderful voice God blessed you with!

Jo Ann Fore


  1. Great questons, Shanyn! Where is my heart? Where is my confidence?
    Oh may my heart be rooted in Him and may I rest in the gospel!
    Thank you for your voice!

    1. AMEN! Thank you so much Cheryl for your love and encouragement. Bless you girl!

  2. Wonderful Shanyn! He did go before us!

    1. He did! And I'm thankful for that every day, sometimes many times during a day! :-) Bless you!

  3. LOVE this! And have to admit my heart is with Cutie! They will be there when I come, right? <3

  4. Yes they will be here, bigger but here! :-) So glad you liked this Jo Ann!

  5. Blown away by this beautiful post!
    "My confidence increased because I was able to give to Him what is His - ME!"
    ....Sweet sweet reminder that I am no longer my own.
    We've been bought with a price!

    Thank you, once again, Shanyn!

    1. Your words are a balm to me and an encouragement! Thank you, and you are welcome! Much love.

  6. Love this! The illustration with the kitten and the puppy was perfect. Loved how you tied all of it together - She did not have to fear because she had already been fought for. Beautiful and something I need to always remember.

    1. Thank you! I appreciate your encouraging words so much, they bless me! I need their reminder too, that kitten and dog. :-)

  7. I love your blog! I read several of the posts. All well done, attractive, and thought- provoking. Very nice. Thank you, Blessings, Norma

    1. Oh thank you Norma! :-) So pleased you came by, and enjoyed your stay!