– by Lillian Van Der Westhuizen
“He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.” – Psalm 33:15
The heart of a human is such a complex organ – not only physically, but spiritually and emotional too. God has designed each one of our hearts to be different, we feel different as our heart beats faster for certain things in life. The Word of God says in Psalms 33:15, “He fashions their hearts individually. He considers all their works”. God took the time to look and fashion each person’s heart individually. When we talk about a woman’s heart, we know it becomes even more complex (and all the men say Amen!). A woman is the heartbeat of her family, the church, and her community. Because the heart is such an important part of us, the devil also knows how vulnerable the heart can be. So many ladies are walking around with broken hearts because of circumstance, loss of identity, relationships that wounded their hearts, and the list goes on. The Word encourages us that our Heavenly Father strengthens our hearts. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”.
In Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” The Message translation states it in every day terms, “If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, He’ll help you catch your breath.” I can testify of how God can take a broken heart that was shattered into pieces and put it together again with His amazing Grace. We heard countless testimonies of ladies that experienced this amazing transformation of the heart through God’s grace. Ezekiel 11:19, “And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.” I want to encourage you today to spend time with God and allow Him to touch your heart. He can replace that broken, shattered, hard heart with a new heart of flesh. Just as He holds the whole world in His Hands, He also has your heart in His Mighty Hands. Trust God with your heart, He can and will restore your heart.
We trust God that through the Heartbeat half-day conference, ladies will experience God touching their hearts to beat again the way He fashioned it. I invite you personally to come and join me and receive a Heart-to-Heart encounter with God. One beat, one encounter can change your life!
JOY! Magazine (September 2017)