Wednesday, April 17, 2013

An Update On My Heart

My one word for 2013 is heart.  I want a heart that mirrors God.  When people look at me, what do they see?  Do they see Jesus?

Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.
1 John 2:6

If we claim to be a Christian, we need to act like it.  Our heart needs to look like Jesus.  Our actions need to be Christ-like. Our words need to be uplifting.

Right now my focus is my words.  Are my words lifting others up?  Do they encourage others?  Do they bring life, love and laughter?  Do the challenge others to see Jesus.  Or are my words hurting others?  Do they bring pain?  Do they cut deep?

I want my words to bring life.  I want them to bring truth.  I want my words to point others to Jesus.

My favorite song right now is Hawk Nelson, Words.  Read some of these lyrics:

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don't wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
Words can build us up
Words can break us down
Start a fire in our hearts or
Put it out

If my words do not bring life and truth, do I really need to speak them?  Just as the song says, words can start a fire in our hearts, or they can put one out.    

My words are not always uplifting.  Especially at home.  I get tired.  I get sick of chasing runaway dogs.  I get sick of attitudes.  I get moody.  My family deserves my words to be life.  They need my words to be life.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, 
and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. 
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.  
Luke 6:45

I will continue working on my words.  Continue to strive to have a heart like Jesus, and for my words to reflect that.

Do you struggle in this area?  Is it hard for your words to be uplifting?

What is your one word for 2013?  Are you still working on it?


  1. Amen! I am reading James and Proverbs together. There is a lot of convicting going on in my heart from that topic in scripture in those two books! Blessings to you! Love, Rachael @ Inking the Heart

  2. This mirrors my thoughts exactly! Word for word.. As if I wrote it myself!

  3. I am working on my words at well, especially at home. My One Word is "simply". I recently wrote a post about my thoughts on "simply loving".


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