Matters of the Heart

[Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Renee’ M. Beavers. Check out her previous devotionals, The Weight of Waiting and The Powerful Control of Fear.]

Matters of the Heart
“At the heart of every matter there is a matter of the heart.” We all have reasons to fear the unknown. Fear derives from our past and present situations and experiences. Why is it that two people could have the same experience and have two totally different outcomes and perspectives? Have we overlooked how much we all have in common? Do we focus on the outward differences only making things very unclear and uncommon even though “We all have the same basic needs? Love, belonging, security, and purpose is what connects us all to each other.”

When we grow up in an environment where any one of our core needs is left unmet, we spend a lifetime treating the symptoms without ever truly looking inward at the real unmet needs. Fear, anxiety, depression, anger, low self-esteem, pride, narcissism, and arrogance are all only symptoms of a deeper need. No one can examine our heart except us; we waste lots of time chasing the symptoms rather than facing ourselves head on.

Just as pulling the leaves off a tree won’t kill the tree itself, blaming our unmet needs from external sources, and other people is just as ineffective. By choosing this action, we push away the vehicle that God wants to use most to help us grow and change our relationships. Denial won’t fill the emptiness inside our heart. Acting as if nothing is wrong is not treatment when we don’t try to figure out the solution to our embedded issues we end up isolated and alone.

We were created to live with relationships. We are only as free as our deepest secret, and our willingness to be honest with ourselves, God, and the people that love and need us. In relationships with others is where real growth is achieved! When we don’t look inwardly, we hold others hostage with our misplaced blame and in turn, we never grow or change. We must examine our hearts daily and empty our hearts. This is where the course for living for love actually begins. Our life is built one day at a time, so let’s not waste our most valuable gifts, which are time and love.

May the songs that we sing flow from the melody of our lives as we live lives that are in tune with the rhythm of Papa God’s love! Allow the symphony of our choices to reflect hearts that are enthroned by our conductor, creator and only Master and King Jesus.

10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 11 Thy word has I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

renee beaversRenee’ M. Beavers is a born Entrepreneur. Serving the beauty industry for more than 28 years is certainly proof that, making women beauty from the inside out has always been Renee’s gift and passion. Behind the scenes, Renee’s 20-year struggle with food addiction and serial dieting partnered with her daughter’s health struggles would explain why she became highly motived to formally pursuit training in nutrition and weight management. In 2015 The Bible and food science provided the solutions to a healthy life for her and her husband, this was the birth of her Whole –Person Plant-strong Lifestyle Movement.