Why is it important to guard your heart? Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life. Are you looking for love signs? Your heart can be affected by so many things.
Did you know your thoughts are very important? Have you ever attempted to read or meditate on a bible verse then right in the middle of it you started thinking about something else? Possibly you started thinking about a previous relationship or even all the bills that you need to pay. Isn’t it something how quickly the mind can wander? That is why it is so important to renew your mind daily; Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
2. Microwave Society
It has been often said that we live in a microwave society. There is the tendency to want everything now rather than waiting. Even commercials are tailored to cause you to take action now rather than waiting. Sometimes it is better to wait. For those of you that like to shop have you ever purchased a dress and later regretted it, because you saw something much better? If only you had waited and not been so impulsive.
When you were a teenager do you recall saying, “He is so fine.” “I feel so good when I am with him.” Those emotions may get stirred up. Is it lust or love? It is good to have chemistry with another, but love is more than just chemistry.
Possibly you feel time is passing you by and you need to get married soon or have a baby soon. Sometimes rushing can be detrimental. I recall being in an abusive relationship. I recall talking with a dear friend. All of our conversations were, “let’s see what the scripture says about it.” She always emphasized these are not my words but God’s word.
What you listen to can greatly influence you. All music is not profitable for the soul. When you are listening to lyrics in a song that cursing someone or degrading another that can be detrimental to you. Science has even proven words become reality over a period of time. According to Motivation.com if you are always talking about defeat then you are going to live in defeat. That is nothing new because the bible says ,” The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4. Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21. This is just one of my favorite scriptures.
6. Television and Movies
I am not saying do not watch television or the movies, but rather be aware of what you watch. Use your moral compass. I discovered I like drama pictures, but also discovered watching a lot of drama does affect my spirit. Comedies and romance stories are somewhat lighter. Then you still need to be careful, because what is acceptable in romance stories is much more than what was acceptable 100 years ago. Some romance stories can stir up the lust in a person also. Just be mindful of what you watch in order to guard your heart. There are many good television and movies that have a great purpose and not be detrimental to you. I love audiobooks, but discovered I need to be careful, because I found myself feeling very bad as I listened to some of the characters. Have you ever felt bad after reading a book? Have you ever felt sad after reading a book? The spirit of the book can affect you.
7. Your Surroundings
Have you ever been told to surround yourself with positive people, people that will hold you accountable, people that will push you to be the best that you can be? That is so important. If you are around someone that complains all the time and never can see the good in anything that definitely will affect your spirit. I recall talking with someone that was very negative. This person did not know who I was and wanted to vent, but I unfortunately I had to report this to a higher up. I kept trying to get the person back on a positive note, but that person kept coming back with the negative. So it is important when you are talking with others to keep it as positive as you can as oppose to negative, especially when you might not know that person personally.
I recall presenting a check in the store and it was declined. I explained I was working at the bank at the time that cannot be possible. Now I could have made a seen and become indignant. People were looking at me like, “Yeah right you work at the bank alright.” I was on vacation. So the cashier offered me to call the bank which I did. I stayed calm and in talking with the bank she explained there had been a problem that everyone’s accounts were showing negative balance. She asked me what I was purchasing and the amount and she okayed it. Now if my attitude had been bad this could have been a different outcome. So always remember what you say is important because besides God watching you, people are watching you.
8. Why Read Aloud
According to Rd.com reading aloud can be away to connect with another. They further added that we are not the only species that enjoy reading. They added that dogs enjoy listening to reading. That does make sense because it has even been proven that reading to your baby in the womb is beneficial as well as listening to music. I can attest to that because my babies would always kick whenever I played music while they were in the womb.
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