Tim Keller is one of my favorite writers and speakers of all time, because he backs everything he says up with Scripture. After I wrote the last post, which was basically, nothing but a stream of consciousness speaking to my heart (thought I did not realize it was such), I listened to the end of his Overcoming Anxiety podcast where he encourages us to speak to our heart. (It’s a great podcast and I highly recommend listening to it as well as reading his books. Believe it or not, I’ve not only listened to these books, I’ve actually read several with my eyes, which I almost never do.)
Another blogger has summarized the podcast so I will not attempt to replicate it, but I will copy this relevant part.
You either talk to your heart or listen to your heart.
Psalm 42:5 … why are you cast down? disquieted? hope in God!… don’t forgot who made/saved you!
Peace comes from telling your heart about who you are in Christ!
You need to speak truth to your heart, and not listen to your anxious heart. Clearly, my heart must listen to very circular and and wandering speech, as evidenced from yesterday’s post. But the talk was successful. (Though I may go back and try to clean up yesterday’s thoughts a little bit.)
It worked, but that doesn’t mean my heart doesn’t need constant reminders. I was quite frightened to step into 2016. I actually held my husbands hand and closed my eyes during the countdown because it felt like I was jumping off a cliff into a dark ocean. 2015 was hard a times, but such a wonderful year. We learned valuable lessons and grew in peace and joy. To say, I’ve had moments of being a little frightened of 2016 would be an understatement.
Which is why I’m reminding myself again today, to speak to my heart. Fear not! For God is with us! … even in 2016 He goes with us.