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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Almost drowning . . . Living from the Heart

We were at the beach yesterday, packing up to go home because a storm was brewing - lightening and thunder in rapid succession. I hear the panicked scream of a mom and another relative as a little boy got overwhelmed in the water, he was in over his head . . .

There is that moment of quick decision . . . "Do I jump in?" Do I stay?" . . . or the thought that "There are plenty of other people around, someone will help them" . . .but will they? Why am I here at this moment in time? So I jump in, fully clothed and about to be fully soaking wet, but what does that matter in relation to a life. Not being a lifeguard, it seems strange to me that this is the third time in several years where I've been in a situation where someone is "in over their head." God, what do you have to say about this?

There are many crying out to God to save them . . . to save their heart . . .

Save me O God, for the waters have come up to my neck! I sink into deep mire. There is no standing (foothold), I have come to deep waters, where the floods overflows me. I am weary with crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for God. Psalm 69

. . . to save their heart, because it's the heart that is drowning. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Prov. 4:23

And I am comtemplating, "How many times do I chose not reach out to save a drowning heart, a heart that is overwhelmed with the waters of life or circumstances . . . because it's too messy or I don't want to share my story?" God, take away my heart of stone and replace it with one that is tender and responsive to You.

Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people's souls.” MELODY BEATTIE

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