Quotes to Live By

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
(John Quincy Adams)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. (Aristotle)

Every artist was first an amateur. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. (Thomas Jefferson)

It takes ten years to build up a reputation, but only five minutes to ruin one. (Anonymous)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Wall Around My Heart

Family members hurt us. Friends betray us. Fellow Christians deceive us. But Jesus provides a path through the pain—the Lord’s Prayer.

In The Wall Around Your Heart, Mary DeMuth shows you that you can reach wholeness and healing in the aftermath of painful relationships by following the road map of the Lord’s Prayer. You’ll walk through story after story of hurt people who are led through biblical truth into amazing, life-sustaining, joyful growth.

Life is hard. People can be mean and petty and awful. But they can also be amazing and beautiful and sacrificial. God is good. He is faithful. You can trust him with your relationships. “He’ll send people to call out what is hard in your heart,” Mary shares. “And that’s a gift to you.”

Allow God to access the wall around your heart. Dare to say, “Tear down the bricks, Lord, whatever it takes.” Pray first. Ask for bravery—for yourself and for others. Risk engaging despite your hurt. Seek the shelter of Jesus. You don’t have to resign yourself to your wounds! You can rise above the pain. You’ll usher in a new life—an openhearted way of relating to others that expands the kingdom of God.

In the process, you’ll draw closer to Jesus, be healed, and become an agent of healing to others.

I have been hurt many times by people over the span of my life, starting in Kindergarten. I used to let it get in the way of my life, but God is healing me from all the past hurts. I don't struggle as much anymore, when people say things about me which aren't true or do things that betray a friendship I hold dear. I even wrote a poem about it in college.

This is the first time this poem has been published anywhere.

A Wall of Hurt
There’s a wall
So high
That no one dares to climb over.

One such person dared;
He started to climb,
Finding footholds here and there.
Carefully stepping,
Reaching for the impossible.

Almost reaching the top,
The end is near.

What’s this I hear?
A sound of tearing…
The wall is coming down.

Will he be safe?
Or will he fall?

The wall seems to come to life,
Shaking and trembling;
Keeping it together,
Trying to shun the man.
The man is holding on for dear life.
He lunges once more
And he’s over the top.

He jumps off the seemingly high wall,
Walks to the door,
Turns the knob with such gentleness
And turns on the light

Time stands still.
While the light is adjusting,
The wall seems to sag
With the weight of the world.
Crumbling into dust
And blowing away,
Leaving a golden key
In its wake
To let the man have her heart.

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