Why Guarding Your Heart Is So Important

Why Guarding Your Heart Is So Important

What we put into our heart, comes out. It’s the production centre of our lives, which is why guarding your heart is so important.

Proverbs 4:23 NKJV says:

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

Another version (TPT), says it this way:

So above all, guard the affections of your heart,
for they affect all that you are.
Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being,
for from there flows the wellspring of life.

You are the doorkeeper of your heart and in charge of what you allow to penetrate it. No one else is responsible for that. In fact, it’s important that you give careful and persistent attention to all that’s going on in your heart.

If out of our heart flow the issues of life, it can mean that we’re potentially allowing good things to flow into it, or evil things. What we feed our hearts will come out.

Luke 6:45 NKJV says,

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

What we put into our heart comes out. It's the production centre of our lives, which is why guarding your heart is so important.  + FREE 30-Day Guard Your Heart Scripture Challenge Printable

Why Do We Need To Guard Our Hearts?

There’s so much that goes on in life.

We’re bombarded by social media suggesting how we should look, what we should be, and that we’re not good enough or have enough in some capacity. Or there’s challenges we’re facing or could face in our health, finances, marriage, or relationships.

The enemy wants to attack every part of our being, bringing about fear, stress, worry and anxiety. The enemy’s goal is to steal, kill and destroy. The purpose of this is so that we question who God really is and begin to doubt who He is to us personally.

This world also offers many things, including peace, but it can never satisfy us. It brings a temporary feeling of safety and security wrapping all the things we think we want in a beautiful, enticing package. And when we give into the tactics of this world and the lies of the enemy, our hearts can become distant toward God.

So then, with all that we face, this is why guarding our hearts is so important.

How Do We Guard Our Hearts?

To guard our hearts, we all need discernment on what to allow or not allow into our lives. Not all good things are right things for us, so we need to be mindful of what we fill ourselves with.

In Philippians 4:4-7 NKJV it says,

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Here we find that the Bible says we should be anxious for nothing. In other words, anxiety might come, but it’s what we do with it matters.

The next line says in Philippians 4 says what we should do not only with anxiety, but in everything. We are to let our requests be made known to God by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving. We are to roll over what we can’t do on our own, over to the Lord.

As we do that – as we release our anxiety (the unknowns, the what-ifs, the uncertainty in life that we can’t control or do anything about) and make them known to God by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, the peace of God, which surpasses human perspective, reasoning and thought, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 

30-Day Guard Your Heart Scripture Challenge Printable

Reminding ourselves of what God says about our hearts helps us to see that protecting it is crucial.

Be sure to grab the free 30-Day Guard Your Heart Scripture Challenge Printable below!

What we put into our heart comes out. It's the production centre of our lives, which is why guarding your heart is so important.  + FREE 30-Day Guard Your Heart Scripture Challenge

Don’t let anything have your heart — you’re too precious to allow just anything to fill it. You need to know why guarding your heart is so important and what to fill it with.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Why Biblical Affirmations For Kids Are Important

Why Biblical Affirmations For Kids Are Important

Positive affirmations are not enough when it comes to the words your kids speak about themselves and to themselves. Find out why Biblical affirmations for kids are important.

Speaking Positive Words Is Not Enough

There are many good words to speak over ourselves. The world has wonderful and positive affirmations that we can speak about ourselves to ourselves. Although this is good, as a believer in Jesus, we acknowledge that there’s a heart from which words must come from.

Luke 6:45 says,

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Speaking positive words alone isn’t enough. What we fill our heart with is also just as important which is why Biblical affirmations are key. The world can still speak words that involve striving instead of surrender or wishfully thinking good things instead of being anchored in Biblical hope.

Positive affirmations are not enough. But, Biblical affirmations are! Find out why Biblical affirmations for kids are important.  Includes FREE Printable Biblical Affirmation Cards for Kids!

We Speak Because Of Jesus’ Finished Work

As children of God, we learn that because of who God is and the finished work of the cross, we identify and find our being in Christ, not ourselves. To acknowledge that we are in Christ, is to say that we have access to all things that pertain unto life and godliness. We can also say that because of Jesus’ broken body and blood shed that we are made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

Our responsibility as parents is to teach our kids about the finished work of Jesus so that we can help them find their identify in Christ as they speak Biblical affirmations over themselves.

Positive affirmations are not enough. But, Biblical affirmations are! Find out why Biblical affirmations for kids are important.  Includes FREE Printable Biblical Affirmation Cards for Kids!

FREE Biblical Affirmation Cards For Kids

Be sure to grab these free Biblical affirmation cards for kids from my guest post at In All You Do!

If you’d like to have access to additional printable cards that are Biblical affirmations for kids, let me know below!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

Christian Valentine’s Day Cards

Christian Valentine’s Day Cards

What if our kids took the opportunity to share God’s love with others when it comes to Valentine’s Day?

With Valentine’s Day having its roots in romance, it’s also become a day where we celebrate others and see the good in them. This is such a positive thing!

I believe our kids can take things another step further when it comes to Valentine’s Day. They can choose to share with others about God’s love for them.

Help your kids share God's love uniquely with others this Valentine's Day!

How To Teach Our Kids About God’s Love

Although our kids can hand out Christian Valentine’s Day cards, it’s important for them to understand what it means to love God and love others. Why?! Because their friends might ask about what it means to love God and how amazing wouldn’t it be for your kids to be confident in their response.

If you’re looking for a helpful way to teach your kids about loving God and loving others, dig into this Love Bible Study for Kids.

Help your kids discover what it means to love God and love others with this Bible study. Includes Bible reading, scripture writing and memorization, activities and more!

Create Christian Valentine’s Day Cards

Your kids can create custom designed Christian Valentine’s Day cards if they enjoy being creative. Or they can use this fun design which includes a scripture on the front and blank space on the back to write a personal note.

Grab the FREE 30-day LOVE Bible scripture challenge printable below and remind yourself of what it means to love God and others!

Challenge yourself as it concerns loving God and loving others with this scripture challenge.

Let’s help our kids share about true love, the love of God, in a unique way that will impact others in a life-giving way.

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

What To Do When Homeschooling Feels Lonely

What To Do When Homeschooling Feels Lonely

Have you experienced any of these as a homeschool mom?

  • Do you feel lack-lustre about your homeschool?
  • Are you reacting to your kids with yelling instead of responding calmly?
  • Are you beginning to resent homeschooling?
  • Do you feel disconnected and isolated?

Whether you’ve just started homeschooling or have done it for a while, homeschooling can feel lonely. And loneliness can affect us emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.

Loneliness doesn’t necessarily stem from not being around people because surely your kids are at home. But loneliness stems from a lack of connection and community. It’s that feeling that you’re doing something on your own and don’t have support, anywhere to ask questions or have someone cheering you on.

Homeschooling can feel lonely and when it does, you need to make time to be filled again. It's a non-negotiable.

Effects of Loneliness

What we do in terms of our behaviour stems from our heart.

Proverbs 4:23 NKJV says,

Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

Or another way to put it from The Passion Translation of the Bible is:

So above all, guard the affections of your heart,
for they affect all that you are.
Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being,
for from there flows the wellspring of life.

If in our heart we feel lonely, our kids will feel the effects of our loneliness as a result of our behaviour and they’ll know something’s not right.

What you fill yourself with will overflow to your kids.

If we desire for our kids to handle their life challenges in a healthy way, we too must develop healthy habits and watch what we’re putting or not putting in our hearts.

And here’s the thing: nobody’s going to do it for you. YOU need to take charge of you so that what you experience out of life, homeschooling and your family comes out of healthy responses from you!

Your first thought might be… “How can I create time for me when we need to homeschool?

Here’s the thing, homeschooling will get done, I promise. But, if you leave yourself for last, your homeschooling efforts will suffer. Scheduling time for you is a non-negotiable and should be part of what you do as a lifestyle as a homeschooling mom whether you’re experiencing loneliness or not.

What To Do About Loneliness

Below are 8 ways to begin filling yourself with connection, encouragement and joy in your homeschool and life again:

  1. Read Books – there’s power in reading books written by homeschool moms. You are gleaning nuggets of wisdom, fresh ideas and encouragement that can really fill your cup!

2. Local Homeschool Support Group – if you have a local homeschool support group, join it! There are other homeschool moms where you live that likely feel just like you. This connection can bring a sense of community and belonging locally.

3. Listen to Podcasts – this is such a great way to hear from authors, speakers and other homeschool moms where you can grab a cup of coffee and feel like you’re sitting across the table from such wisdom.

4. Social Media Posts/Lives – often homeschool moms, authors and speakers write on their social media platforms or go live on Instagram or Facebook. Hearing from (or seeing) another homeschool mom can bring such a refresher to the day.

5. Blogs/Websites – reading various blogs and websites can also bring connection as you feel you’re interacting with someone like you.

6. Homeschool Mentorship – if you’ve looked up to someone that you know has homeschooled their children, get connected with them. Invite them into your home (or go to theirs), have coffee with them and ask them all the questions you can about homeschool, life and healthy habits to mine out their wisdom.

7. Homeschool Sisterhood This is a new way to get connected to a community of homeschool moms. There’s nothing like having someone in your corner cheering you on helping you with:

  • CLARITY (clear goals/plans)
  • CONTENT (right resources/tools for YOUR family! Each one is unique with different needs)
  • CONSISTENCY (This is BIG key for success)
  • CONTENTMENT – (rather than wishing things were different, be content and trust God with the rest)
  • COMMUNITY (real support & encouragement without comparison or judgement)
  • CONFIDENCE (another HUGE ONE! And that’s because they lack some other Cs)
  • CELEBRATION (progress, not perfection)
    Experience an online sisterhood that’s from the comfort of your home while giving you all that you’re looking for. Check it out here.
Homeschooling doesn't have to feel lonely. Join the Homeschool Sisterhood where you'll receive encouragent, masterclasses, habit training ideas, workshops and so much more!

8. Homeschool Conference – these days, you can attend a homeschool conference (if it’s workable with your schedule and finances) or join one from the comfort of your home! This is such a great way to learn about homeschool materials, hear from authors and homeschool moms to be encouraged. If you’re looking for an online homeschool conference, you’ll want to check this one out!

Homeschooling doesn't have to feel lonely. Register for the Homegrown Generation Online Family Expo and be encouragement in your homeschooling journey!

Don’t let homeschool loneliness have its place in your heart. You need to make the time for yourself to be refreshed and rejuvenated. Your kids will be thankful for a mom who’s made time for herself.

And I hope that you’ve found encouragement here! Serving you and helping you in this homeschool endeavour through what has worked for us in our journey of homeschool and life is been my prayer.

Cheering you on, homeschool mama!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie

FREE 30-Day Strength Scripture Challenge Printable

FREE 30-Day Strength Scripture Challenge Printable

“You got this, girl!” It’s definitely been said. And it’s meant in the best way possible… as in, you can do this, you can push through and achieve what you set your mind to do.

But…what if that’s not enough.

What if, “You got this, girl!” is only able to help you to the degree of your own strength?

Is that enough in life? To operate from your own strength physically, mentally, or emotionally?

Grab your FREE Strength Scripture Challenge Printable below!

What if your strength alone isn't enough? You can tap into an endless supply of strength. Be sure to  grab this FREE 30-Day Strength Scripture Challenge Printable!

Why Our Strength Not Enough

To do anything out of ourselves using our own strength is not enough.

When we use our own strength it’s like tapping into a limited resource or supply.

It’s like a maple tree: when you tap into a maple tree to draw out the sap (to make maple syrup), eventually you need to move onto the next tree. Why? There won’t be an endless supply of sap available for you. We are the same.

We can encourage ourselves, draw out of ourselves and motivate ourselves, but only for a limited time.

As humans operating in the earth, we are a limited resource. On our own, we don’t have everything we need to live and operate in this life. In fact, we can disappoint ourselves.

But what if we don’t have to live in a limited way.

What if we can tap into an unlimited and unending supply for our lives?
What if we could tap into a Source?
What if the only way that we could find strength that’s supernatural is not because we are strong, but because the Lord is our strength?

We’re Just Not Enough

We’re not meant to live this life alone or do life alone; we’re meant to live in communion with God, our Father.

To commune with the Lord is to spend time with Him reading His Word, in prayer, fasting, living a life that’s dependent on Him where we trust Him in everything. In fact, without Jesus, we can do nothing of ourselves (John 15:5).

We need the Lord in all we do and when we say, “You got this girl!” we’re leaving God as a last resort. We believe that we can do anything we set our mind to do and we do it (and this is all true), until we feel we can’t do it anymore.

When The Battles Rage

Let’s say you’re facing a battle financially.It can sound amazing to hustle, to work hard and give it all you’ve got, but it can get tiring.

What if you’re facing a battle in your health with a report that’s not positive from the doctor? A positive attitude is good, but bearing our battles on our own saying, “You got this, girl!” might not be appropriate or even right.

In fact, we may actually find ourselves at our weakest, without strength, helpless and even hopeless as we face the various battles of life. It’s often at this point where we find ourselves in a position where we see that we need the Lord.

Our supply of strength is limited, but when we look to the Lord seeing that we are nothing without Him, and that through Him there’s a supernatural strength and power that He’s able to work through us, we can’t help but find our refuge in Him.

He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. Isaiah 40:29 AMPC

 

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. Psalm 28:7 NKJV

 

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV

The Lord Wants…

The Lord wants our whole hearts, not divided hearts.

He wants us to want Him, to need Him and rely on Him. When we do this, He’s able to work in and through us by His strength and power, a supernatural grace, that we don’t have. This, however, takes us seeing that we are God’s workmanship created to do what He’s called us to do and not what we’ve called ourselves to do.

So then, doing something on your own without surrendering to God’s plan and purpose for your life could mean that you’re operating without God’s supernatural strength. Instead, you could be operating on your own strength.

BUT, if we acknowledge that we haven’t relied on the Lord as our strength, He’s so gracious to help us when we turn to Him and repent.

What if your strength alone isn't enough? You can tap into an endless supply of strength. Be sure to  grab this FREE 30-Day Strength Scripture Challenge Printable!

Because God’s Got This!

Whatever we face in life, it’s not a surprise to God. He hasn’t fallen off of His throne. He’s still our loving Father who knows and see what we’re going through and what we will yet go through.

The Lord allows what we face in life so that we cling to Him as our strength. And then we’re strengthened by nature of us surrendering our lives to the Lord.

Finally, if your heart is, “I’ve got this, because God’s got this!”, you’ll find that you’re being strengthened by the Lord because He is your strength!

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Ephesians 6:10 AMPC

FREE 30-Day Strength Scripture Challenge Printable

One way you can encourage yourself in the strength of the Lord is to take in a scripture a day with a 30-day Strength Scripture Challenge.

Be sure to grab the FREE printable below!

What if your strength alone isn't enough? You can tap into an endless supply of strength. Be sure to  grab this FREE 30-Day Strength Scripture Challenge Printable!

Anchored in Christ,
Melanie