A New Heart

Thursday, May 29, 2014 Posted by Debbie Legg

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I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26)

I just finished my 6th time through the Bible by listening to the Daily Audio Bible podcast. That’s almost 2200 days of God’s Word poured into my heart and out through my life. If you spend 2200 days in anything, it is going to make a difference.  

I knew it would change me, bring me closer to God and things like that, but I didn't realize how much it would do to my heart. Really, I still don't. The only way I can describe it is that my heart has expanded. It's not just bigger, it's MORE.

My emotional range is now much wider. I grieve deeply over things that never used to bother me, including many social hot-button issues. Life losses can be nearly crippling. But I also feel Joy I never knew before. Peace. Contentment. His Presence. And OH the Love I can feel!

I don't always know what to do with this new heart. I don't always manage it well. And when this expansion of His love clashes with my own desires, well... it can get a little messy (Okay, VERY messy).

It also makes life easier in many ways. Decisions I would have agonized over just a couple of years ago are no brainers. Worries, fears, temptations like fame and fortune have lost much of their appeal. Peer pressure isn’t as much of an issue (although I definitely still struggle). Patience has grown, despite my best efforts to avoid praying for it. I think I have more wisdom and insight than I used to.

And do you know what? I really like this New Heart of Flesh thing. 

I'd even go as far as to say I love it. 

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