For celebrity mom Chesca Garcia-Kramer, it is important to make a conscious effort to “guard” one’s heart and mind to keep one’s self healthy.
Garcia recently finished her fasting week and talked about her learnings from it, such as how what the heart feels can bring harm when not surrendered to God, as per her Instagram page yesterday, Jan. 31. She also gave a sunset view of the area surrounding her home.
She shared a line from Proverbs 4:23: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
For Garcia, the heart “represents our inner feelings (mind, soul, spirit) and determines how a person acts.”
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“The heart is deceitful and wicked,” she noted. “Nobody knows how bad it can get or how bad it is. And, our hearts are not always right.”
She thus believes that guarding the heart is important indeed, and that the first step to doing that is by strengthening the mind.
“The mind can manage our hearts. God created our minds above our hearts because our minds can control what we feel,” she said.
She believes that Philippians 4:8 also says it all – “Fix your thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praise worthy.”
“Let this be a guide or an inventory of your thoughts,” she said.
Second, she thinks people need to search their hearts because “our hearts have the tendency to twist the truth and manipulate us.” So much so that “even when we know it is wrong we still try to justify what we do to convince ourselves it’s right.”
“Let God search our hearts. Surrender our hearts to the Lord. Let the Lord point out what needs to be changed and what is not pleasing to him. And finally, let God lead us to his good and perfect way. The path of the righteous,” she said.
She also referred to Psalm 139: 23-24 which said, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
Lastly, she urges people to always “submit,” citing Proverbs 3:5-6 which said, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Garcia believes that people should always include God in all their plans and that they should always make Him part of their lives.
“When we put our trust in him we’re putting our confidence and security in his hands. Seek his guidance in all that we do and think, and obey him so that he can make our paths straight,” she said.
“Our hearts are completely guarded when it is surrendered to the Lord,” Garcia assured. “God protects our mind, and our hearts perfectly.” JB