4Ts For Your Heart
Stop wasting time in relationships that are ultimately going nowhere! This book provides a Simple, step by step approach to evaluating your relationships properly. Four God given, God exampled ways to heavenly outcomes.
The concept of relationships began with God himself. From the very beginning, God gave examples of what’s needed for relational prosperity. He proved that Time spent in preparation , Talking-communications openly & honestly, Truth maintained and Trust forever heightened are the four pillars of a sustainable and successful relationship.
The Purpose of the Heart Journal
Because our days are full of stress and strife it has become more difficult to decipher the true cause of many of life’s anxieties, concerns and often fears. It is many of these unknowns that result in verbal outbursts, unexplained depression, and even physical illnesses. It is the daily outward pressures that cause multiple inward battles. Ephesians 6:12 tell us that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but that there is a constant skirmish going on in the spiritual and very real realm of the soul.” the end of each day ancient philosophers would keep track of what happened during the day, what they did well and what they did badly. The idea is this – if you want to change yourself and get rid of immoral behavior and bad habits you first have to track yourself. We humans are such forgetful and unconscious creatures we often don’t always realize exactly what we’ve said, who we are, how we’re behaving and how we felt during the period of behavior. This is why we need to keep track of ourselves.
Epictus, for example, said “if you have a bad temper, count the days on which you don’t lose your temper, and if you manage to do it for 30 days then you can consider yourself to be making progress.” If you suffer from depression or anxiety and consult a cognitive therapist, they will probably suggest that you keep a journal to keep track of your thoughts and habits, to bring more self-awareness into it and allow you to see the progress that you are making. You may have a day when your spirits are low, but you can look back and see that actually you have made a lot of progress from say, three months.
This one practical exercise that the ancients used is still really useful today. Another ancient, Albert Einstein quoted, “insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting a different result.” If we’re tired of the results we’re currently getting, we need to change the things we’re doing. To do that, we must first realize what we’re doing, then honestly evaluate our actions. To do this, we must be able to recall what we’re doing, when we’re doing it and why – thus, the journal.
For many, a journal usually begins at the first day of the New Year or some other significant day. Today is your significant day! Today is the day you start listening to what’s going on in your heart of hearts. As you faithfully take note of your thoughts and feelings, you’ll be able to make adjustments by applying the Word of God to your actions. “To thine own self be true,” will be your guideline as you fill the pages of this heart journal. You will discover that as you read over the Scriptures that apply to each page and combine them with the truth of your thoughts and feelings, the Holy Spirit will speak to your heart. If you listen and take heed, true change will come about. Please do not ignore the warning signs. As you read and reflect the on the words you write, give heed to the soft voice of the Holy Spirit who will begin to lead and guide you. Your own words will become therapeutic and things you’ve never seen or paid attention to before will come to the surface.
My hope and prayer is that once these items have surfaced you will make the appropriate inward and outward adjustments that will lead to an ultimate change in your life.