Winter here in Ohio has been anything but normal. We have experienced a few typical winter days with very cold temps and even a little snow. If I had to describe winter in Ohio this year, it would sound more like spring than winter.

flooding hearts

This past week we have had several glorious days with temps in the 60s as well as flooding rains. Thunder and lightning streaked across the gray sky that is usually dotted with clouds preparing for snow, chilling winds and cold days. Blessed with some extra time, I strapped on my walking shoes and headed to a local park. The horizon across the lake had taken on a new look due to flooding rains and God began to impress this question on my heart “What has been flooding your heart recently?

The flooding lake somehow connected me with flooding hearts. God is unique in the way that He wishes to teach us. This day I was hearing all the ways our hearts can be flooded.

what has been flooding heart

So think about the question “what has been flooding your heart recently” and take a quiet moment to listen for all the ways.

Flooding hearts are filled with…

Anxiety

Restlessness

Sadness

Fear

Frustration

Uncertainty

And the list of emotions goes on and on!

But making a list is not enough. When our hearts become saturated, we need to find a way to drain off the excess. Too much anxiety, fear or frustration can lead to a heart that is flooded with toxins that will eat away at us. A healthy heart is needed daily as we look to complete the tasks set before us.

Recently my heart has been flooded with anxiety. My daily prayer has been for peace. An all, encompassing peace that creates calm and rest throughout my body. A peace that can only come from God.

When our hearts are flooded with the weight of the world, God is our balance. In turning to Him, we are saying “we trust you, Lord to fix the brokenness”. We acknowledge that His promises are the replacement we need to rid our hearts of the toxins of negativity.

God has the power to fill our messy hearts with love, grace, peace, rest, gratitude, and the list goes on.

In our anxious days, we need Jesus.

When the darkness threatens to overcome the light, we need Jesus.

When our hearts our flooded with overwhelming emotions, God is the hope that hears our every need. His light will overcome the darkness and His strength is all we need.

God of keeper of hearts

God is the keeper of our hearts. He would love nothing more than to flood our hearts with restoration and renewal.

Today I pray for all whose hearts are flooded with negativity. May God be the balance in your clouded vision and may you see clearly that God is all you need. Praying these words from Psalm 62 fill you with hope and peace.

God, the one and only—
I’ll wait as long as he says.
Everything I hope for comes from him,
so why not?
He’s solid rock under my feet,
breathing room for my soul,
An impregnable castle:
I’m set for life.
7-8 My help and glory are in God
—granite-strength and safe-harbor-God—
So trust him absolutely, people;
lay your lives on the line for him.
God is a safe place to be. Psalm 62:5-8 MSG

Much love to all!

Mary

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