How to have a full heart

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I believe you have a full heart when you feel so extremely blessed at where you are, how you are existing, and what you are doing.

5 ways to a full heart

I love the month of February. It’s my birth month, but I also just love the theme.

Love and hearts.

Love is such a strong word. It has the power to resonate so much feeling and emotion. I love that the words love and heart have always been associated together. The heart essentially is the spiritual part of us where our emotions and desires dwell. Did you know that the word heart is mentioned in the bible 300 times?

Obtaining a full heart is something that I believe we all want.

Sometimes life can be overwhelming, but if our hearts are full, it can be manageable and happy. John (my husband) and I used to love the show Friday Night Lights. Coach Taylor, who is seriously the best coach out there, always said this to his players right before a game: Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. It’s so true that when your heart is full, you can’t lose. No matter what.

Full heart, can’t lose.

But what does it mean to have a full heart and how do you know that you have one? Oh you’ll know sweet girl…and I believe your heart is full when you feel so extremely blessed that you are where you are, you’re existing as you are, and you’re doing what you are doing. You’re thankful and gratified. It doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. You may actually be having a really hard time. Maybe things aren’t going well for you at all right now. But you are satisfied. Having a full heart comes from within and just oozes out. It can’t help it. It means that you have the heart of Jesus. Scripture tells us that David was a man after Gods own heart. David wasn’t perfect, and he had some really bad days…but his heart was like Jesus’.

After examining my own life, I’ve come up with 5 ways to a full heart.

Be grateful. Life is hard you guys. Jesus never promised us it would be easy, but he DID promise that He would always be there! We can be assured of that very thing. You may be rich or you may be poor. It isn’t the “things,” and although being grateful for the “things” is a must, it’s not what you have. Think about how far you’ve come. Count your blessings and embrace humility. A humble heart finds satisfaction in the gifts it already possesses and demands less from others and life. Remember that no matter what your accomplishments, your life has no more fundamental value than the person sitting next to you… no matter where you may be sitting.

In everything give thanks…1 Thessalonians 5:18

Take nothing or no one for granted. I’ve learned this the hard way, but I’m so thankful! Life is short. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. Remember that old saying, “love the one your with?” Actually it’s a song by Crosby Stills & Nash. I’m not that fond of the song but those words do ring true. Love is a decision. Loving people is a decision. Love them and do not take them for granted.

Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted.. 1 Peter 4:7

Be authenticThis means that the things we do and the things we say are actually the things we believe. It is staying true to who you are and accepting your strengths as well as your weaknesses. Continually trying to be something that you aren’t is exhausting. It’s a race that you’ll never win. I began exploring my authenticity several years ago, after nearly losing everything I loved and cared about.  It was a very sad and painful way to learn but I’m so thankful for the process. Our world longs for authenticity. We want the authentic brand, not the knock-off. We want politicians who will do what they say. We want the companies we buy from to stand behind what they actually believe, not what the customer believes. We want real food, not processed food. So keep it real.  Real is the new fake. In a world full of fake, just be real! Be genuine.

You were taught to leave your old self. This means that you must stop living the evil way you lived before. That old self gets worse and worse, because people are fooled by the evil they want to do. You must be made new in your hearts and in your thinking. Be that new person who was made to be like God, truly good and pleasing to him. Ephesians 4:22-24

Show love. This is a choice. I’m talking about the act of showing love not the feeling. Our world is chock-full of people who are hurting. They’re all around us. You may be one of them, and if I was sitting by you, I’d give you a big ole’ hug right now. Whether you’re happy or hurting, showing love to another just makes for a full heart. Hurting people hurt people. This is true. But what if we did the exact opposite of the way we feel? The mind is a powerful thing. I’ve never been much of a medicine taker. I hate taking medicine. I have a bachelor’s degree in nursing yet I hate medicine. When I get a headache if I’ll just ignore it and go on most the time it tends to just go away. The mind is powerful- when you’re hurting, try showing love to another. You’ll be amazed at what you receive! Loving people love people whether they’re hurt or not.

loving people

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

Make Jesus a priority in your life. I’ve saved the best point for last.  You see, this Jesus,..well..he just completes me. (Take that Jerry Maguire!) Even though I loooooove that movie and that scene is my most fav, Jesus is the one that completes me. My husband does a pretty darn good job, but ultimately, it’s Jesus. I find that during the times I fail at making him a priority that my heart just isn’t right. Something is missing…it isn’t full. A full heart = Jesus is at the core. He is my very being and I embrace it. Is He your priority?

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

Linking up:

Holly Gerth/Coffee for your heart

  1. Ola Adesokan says:

    I love your heart Shannon, you are such an amazing woman, yes you practice what you preach; love you.

  2. Kristi Woods says:

    I love the idea of having a full heart and it oozing all over. And your 5 ways? Yes, right on! Learning gratefulness has captured me in full student mode currently. (It fights the discouragement, right?!) Also, Shannon, your comment over at my blog offered timely encouragement. I greatly appreciate it.

    • Shannon says:

      Thank you Kristi! Gratitude is something we all struggle with from time to time, huh? Thankful for grace!! xo

  3. I like the 5 points you talk about, especially not taking things, situations, and people for granted. That is one that can really sneak up on you…I mean me! Maybe when our hearts are full we are able to love God more fully as well. Visiting from Holley’s today.

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