cherishing your vows {guarding}

most of us enter marriage so in love that we would never think of divorce much less take the time to guard our hearts against it.  when joe and i got married we hadn't ever fought one single time.  i thought i was entering a perfect, dream marriage.  divorce just wasn't something that entered our mind at that point.  sadly, it normally isn't until it's too late.  then we realize we should have been guarding our hearts all along. from the beginning we should build a fence of protection around our marriage and a shield around our heart.

how many times have you heard it said to follow your heart?  or maybe you've even given that advice yourself.  your heart is the center of who you are. it's the doorway to your emotions and relationships. where your heart leads, your feet naturally follow.  no matter what the decision we have to make, we are encouraged by the world to do what we feel our heart tells us to do.  we are told that we deserve it, to be true to ourselves.  God tells us not to follow our hearts, that they are wicked and deceitful.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Jeremiah 17:9

anyone is vulnerable if their heart isn't guarded; from sunday school teachers to members of the choir. don't underestimate the enemy. we are all at risk. every. one. of. us.  Satan wants to draw you away from your spouse.  he would love nothing more than to see you stray.

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 
1 Corinthians 10:12

as a wife, you hold the key to your husbands heart.  i specifically remember when joe and i were separated  he sent me a text message that meant more to me than he ever knew.  it simply said "you still hold the key to my heart".  guarding love keeps your focus where it belongs. it protects everything that is important to you. you need to guard the love you've dreamed of.

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life 
Proverbs 4:23

what are some of the dangers we need to guard against?
how can you guard your heart?
this weeks challenge:  take some time today to sit down, search your heart, talk to God and ask yourself some hard questions.  ask God to meet you where you are and change your heart.  He will never fail to give you the grace to guard your heart.

out for now