We’re passionate about becoming Brave Women who seek to inspire and equip other women, of every generation, to live out their God-given calling to be brave, bold, bright, and beautiful as they embrace a God-transformed life in pursuit of becoming more like Jesus for the sake of impacting the next generation.
This mission is expressed more fully in the Brave Women Manifesto, which is a list of 52-truth principles that we’re committed to living out one day at a time. To make this mission of brave and bold faith take on deep roots and practical application, we’re setting apart each Monday as a time to focus on one point from the Manifesto.
Join us each week to soak up the Manifesto Minute and download the Focus & Discussion Worksheet, which you can journal through and use in #BraveWomen accountability relationships.
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Brave Women Manifesto #19
I will guard my heart by considering what I expose myself to each day.
Proverbs 4:23 NIV
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Speak to God
Make it Personal
Guard your heart.
Because everything flows from it.
Could it be any simpler of an instruction from the Lord? We’ve got to watch what goes in, because that’s what will come out. We bump into this principle not only in the Old Testament but also in the New Testament:
So what are we storing up in our hearts? Is it pain and hurt? Is it unforgiveness that desperately needs His healing work?
What are we exposing ourselves to every day? Especially on our screens. Oh yes, it affects the heart.
What are we watching and listening to on repeat? What are the undertones and overtones coming through . . . in music and podcasts, TV and Netflix, movies and YouTube?
What are we hearing from those we’re in relationship with? Those we work with? Is it affirming the Word of God or a group-think culture steeped in criticism, negativity, and the ways of this world? Oh, I know these questions can make us squirm, as they trigger a sense of legalism and fear of isolation.
Wouldn’t you agree that the minute we start judging what is right for ourselves, we find ourselves tempted to make policies, rules, and procedures for everyone else?
At the heart of it, we don’t want to miss out on something everyone else seems to be enjoying . . . or at least participating in. We don’t want to be noticed for being different. We don’t want to be judged or criticized, questioned or ostracized. Right?
But when we refuse to evaluate what’s going into our hearts, we’re also refusing to recognize the impact of what is coming out of us. And what’s coming out of us is what shapes our testimony, our influence, our legacy.
If our ultimate goal is to glorify God, then being intentional about what we allow to fill our hearts really becomes about submitting to how God wants to use us in this world.
Isn’t that an interesting thought? A simple instruction about guarding our hearts, which appears to be just about us, isn’t about us at all.
When you think about this instruction to guard your heart, because of the impact of what will flow from it, what comes to mind? What is one thing you ought to shield your heart from?
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