Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23
Having a good heart can put you in situations that can cause pain for you in the end. I have a habit of trying to see the good in people that sometimes cause me trouble. I tend to ignore the signs because I know no one is perfect. I always want to fix people only to end up in pieces. I have protected people that I shouldn’t have, I put people before myself and I am a people pleaser. It has caused people to cling onto me, expecting me to always be there when they need help, despite my own issues. I end up being misunderstood, laughed at and talked about, often times being called “fake” the moment I stopped making myself available for them. But it took those painful lesson and the support from God’s people to guide me and help me realize that my heart is precious and has been left unguarded. I allowed people who don’t deserve to have access to me take me for granted.
But can you imagine what it’s like to have a good heart and allowing the Father to use you like you let those people use you?
You find yourself putting your time, treasures and the depths of your heart into His work and not regretting it after doors open. You face your fears, and you end up crossing paths with people who value you, and they show their appreciation. But we put that trust and expectations in people, we put our hearts in the palm of people hands and make excuses for the things they do. But we are hesitant when it comes to God. We lose faith, we become impatient, we start to believe that God is not answering our prayers. Not realizing He has something better. It doesn’t require you losing yourself, it leads you to bigger and better things! What I have learned as I have surrendered my heart is that I need to protect my heart above anything else, because as a wise woman told me, “My heart is too good to be left unguarded!” And yours is too!
Kristina Cousar is a woman of many talents. The New York native is a mother of 3 who has faced a lot challenges and road blocks but it made her stronger by becoming a Covenant Partner and a Mentee. Kristina has been able to put fear behind her and she is now a Certified Chef and that’s only the beginning. She desires to be an example not only to single mothers but to anyone who is feeling hopeless.