I saw it for the first time this year.
When driving home with the kids, my focus shifted to the edge of the tree-lined street. About four driveways down, there stood a white dogwood tree.
It was crowned with the beautiful blossoms of spring.
Those delicate baby flowers directed my thoughts. I had thoughts of spring and all the newness and freshness that it offers us.
With that, many will also embrace a time of spring- cleaning or decluttering of their homes or life.
That can be a great (and very needed) thing, but can I challenge you not to forget the area that needs the most attention?
A Heart Check: How To Spring Clean From Your Heart Outward
Proverbs 4:23 tells us “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
As believers, it’s crucial we perform regular maintenance on our hearts. Without it, our hearts can easily become misshapen, and we can begin to seek the wrong things.
Matthew 6:21 says “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
What we treasure is an indication of what we love.
We’re going to ask ourselves a couple of questions.
Before we do, it’s always good to pray and ask God to help us see our hearts as He does. Psalm 26:2 is a great verse for that. “Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.”
The How To
Ok, here’s our two main questions, with two sub-questions each ?
#1 What am I putting into my heart?
#2 What is coming out of my heart?
Simple enough, right? Kind of.
Let’s take a look …
First, What am I putting into my heart?
1a. What kinds of things am I listening to reading or watching?
As much as we may not want to acknowledge it, all of these can affect us in some way -things like movies, music, books, even our close friends’ words. Are the things you are participating in and downloading to your heart God’s best for you?
1b. Am I putting God’s word into my heart?
Do I consistently put on my armor? How often do I pick up God’s Word, the sword of the spirit?
Now, I’m not only talking about lengthy Bible studies and hours of prayer. If you are in a season where that is possible, then Yes! Please do that! But being a busy homeschool Mom of 5 kiddos, that is not my season.
So I check to see if I am doing what I can do.
I can put effort into some kind of consistent time of reading my Bible and prayer. Also, adding in any extra I can, like listening to podcasts or worship music, is always a win for my heart!
Second, What is coming out of my heart?
1a. What do I need to work on?
The scriptures have a lot to say about our words and actions. We should ask God to reveal areas that we need to work on. Remember God’s conviction draws us To Him and towards change. Condemnation is not a place where we want to camp. That will only draw us away from the Lord, as the enemy intends. So what is flowing from my heart? Am I struggling with the use of my words, handling my emotions or behaving in a way that’s not pleasing to God? He is willing to help!
1b. What is going well?
Has God given you progress or victory over a battle of your heart? Thank Him and acknowledge His amazing works!
Oh yes, and always, be willing to share.
Keep an ear out for someone you can encourage through similar battles. Believe me, He does that more often than we may think ?
Thankfully we have a merciful and gracious God who wants to be involved in the details of our lives. He isn’t afraid of the issues of our hearts – He knows them all and loves us anyways!
So as we head into spring this year, let’s allow Him to do a fresh new work in our hearts like never before!
Will you grow with me?
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
How can I pray for your heart spring cleaning? Please let me know!
Talk to you soon,
O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul;
You have redeemed my life.
? Lee is a Daily redeemed Christ follower, Wife of 17yrs, Mom to 5 Treasures, an Unexpected Homeschooler and Avoider of Small Talk. She’s a Faith Based Blogger + Lifetime Encourager who writes and creates over at Like Minded Musings. Her passion is to Encourage + Equip Christian Women and Tween Girls to Embrace Imperfect & Radiate Christ!