I was deep into kitchen experimentation mode, when our 6 year old little girl danced into the kitchen. She (like always) was wearing a princess dress. She floated around dreaming of being at a ball or a royal castle I’m sure.
As she danced by the fridge she saw a snapshot of Bryan and I on our wedding day. She stopped for a moment and then started day dreaming of being a bride. She told me all about her beautiful dress and the glorious day it would be.
She danced a little more while singing to the princess music coming from her room. After twirling about a little more she stopped her dance. She demanded my attention for her next statement. With all the confidence and poise a 6 year old can muster she declared, “I will marry someone that loves God…I will marry daddy.” Then proceeded to the ball taking place with her sister in the living room.
I stopped measuring and stirring for a minute to smile as my heart was captivated by her words. Should I tell her, that daddy is my man so back off? Just kidding. I love it that she thinks this way. By God’s grace I married a man that models Jesus to our family everyday and I’m so thankful for that.
Every woman was once this little girl. Day dreaming of being a princess who falls in love with the ONE “perfect” man. She dreams of being adored and cared for and adoring him right back.
The desires of our heart are for romance, to be treasured, and to be part of something great. Modern women pretend we are too “strong” and independent to have these desires. Yet romance novels and movies still fly off the shelves. These are the desires of the heart of a woman and they are put in us by the amazing God whose image we bear, there is nothing to be ashamed of.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
Somewhere between the dreams of our youth and becoming an adult, something precious has been lost. Somewhere along the way girls start to forget they are a princess. When and why is this taken from our girls? When does it become ok for a little princess to lower her standards to a man that is doing anything less than chasing Jesus. When did we lie and tell ourselves he was good enough to date a princess if he doesn’t protect your body for your future husband?
Our heart is to be guarded ABOVE ALL ELSE.
Guard your heart…
Because your heart is extremely valuable. We don’t guard worthless things. I take my garbage to the street every Wednesday night. It is picked up on Thursday morning. It sits on the sidewalk all night, completely unguarded. Why? Because it is worthless.
Not so with your heart. It is the essence of who you are. It is your authentic self—thecore of your being. It is where all your dreams, your desires, and your passions live. It is that part of you that connects with God and other people.
Solomon says, “Above all else.” He doesn’t say, “If you get around to it” or “It would be nice if.” No, he says, make it your top priority.
You are still his 6 year old in a princess dress day dreaming of meeting your prince. He delights in the way you smile, the funny things you do and your determination do it “all by yourself.”
PROTECT and GUARD the precious and irreplaceable jewel that you are. It baffles me how many young women date a guy who, in no way protects her heart, leaves her emotionally scared yet she stays with him because she is afraid of being alone?? On what planet does this make sense?
A man that is not chasing after God’s heart, has no business chasing yours.
God has set within everywoman a femininity that is powerful and tender. Misunderstood and sometimes assaulted. Your true feminine heart is worth protecting, worth guarding.
Jesus has come to win you back to himself…All of you. God is in the business of setting his precious daughters free from the trappings, temporary pleasures, and many down right lies of this world. Have you asked Jesus to come to win your heart over?