Lent 2019 – Day 13

By on 18/03/2019

The State of Your Heart

Monday 18th March

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flows the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

If you could have a heart to heart talk with yourself back when you were a twenty-five-year-old, what would you say?

I really love this question?

I remember looking at people who were around 50 when I was a kid and thinking, “they are so old!!” Now I am up there, and I wouldn’t say I feel ancient, but I do feel that I have lived a pretty great life already and see only better times ahead.

During Lent we are called to be holy or to do everything we can to be the best version of ourselves that we can be – so what are the things that stand in your way today? What is the state of your heart?

As I look back, my top three pieces of advice to twenty-five-year-old me would be:

1. Take God at his word

Time and again I have seen God’s word proven to be true in my life and those close to me. I know I’m still working to take God at his word more seriously every day. He is who He says He is.

2. Be grateful

Even when our circumstances are hard there is always something to be grateful for – waking up in the morning, food on the table, a job, a friend, warm clothes, sunshine … Being grateful brings light into the darkest of situations and gives glory to God who blesses us so much.

3. Find your identity in Christ

We all define ourselves in various ways, but our identity must first and foremost be grounded in Christ. When you find yourself looking for love, look to Christ, when you find yourself needing affirmation, look to Christ. When you find yourself needing to feel significant, look to Christ. Only Christ can bring true contentment, true identity and true security.

I know I could make a list of 50 things and yet I also know that 25-year-old me could not cope with a list that long to aspire to.

What advice would you give to a twenty-five-year-old you or a younger you? Are there areas of your life that still need God today? This is the time to change!

Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. I want my heart to be filled with light and to be able to turn away from things that are not of you. Guide me in my thoughts and actions today. Thank you for the great plans you have for me. Amen.

Written by
Sandra Purcell: Responsible for assisting Bruce with his Ministry as well as research and resource development.

8 comments on “Lent 2019 – Day 13

  1. Thank you all for the wonderful ways you are adding to our Lenten journey. Every day, I find words that speak to me and things for me to pray about and grow with.

  2. Thanks so much for reminding me about my twenties. God is great and I pray for a great changes.

  3. Sandra,

    Thank you for the lesson.

    I have 3 grandchildren all in their 20s, well one just turned 30 last month. And I truly enjoy spending time with them. If only I had had someone to guide me through my the previous earlier days of my life, perhaps I would have better memories.
    However, as I look back, I can see God guiding me to where I am now. And I am so grateful. I do give my grandchildren sound advise and live a decent life. I want them to teach God’s word and help others. They are pretty good people. Which I am thankful for.
    Thank you again for the heartwarming article.

  4. Thank You for this Lent Teaching .
    Questions to ask ourselves
    1. Take God At His Word
    2. Be Grateful
    3. Find your Idenity In Christ
    Enjoy your teaching God’s Word and ways in our daily lives .
    Thank You Bruce
    God Bless You RoseMary & all your Family & Ministry !

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