Storing the Good in My Heart

Meditations in Motion

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” – Luke 6:45

Sometimes I must be reminded to store up good in my heart. I will keep the hugs, the family and friends, the beauty of a sunset, the soothing sound of raindrops hitting the windowpanes, the joy, in my heart.

I will forget the sleights, the words of anger, the discouragement, the sighs of discontent.

I want only good to come from my mouth.

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63 comments

  1. This is a great item for resolve–I cringe when I think about some of the words that are probably imprinted on my kids’ memories, long forgotten by me, said in haste or frustration, but forever part of their script. We can’t change the past, but we sure can change the future.

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  2. I used to misinterpret this quote and others like it, thinking it meant people were either good or bad. But now I know in my bones that we all have both within us. It’s like the story of the two wolves fighting inside each of us: one is good, the other is evil. Which one wins? The one you feed.

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  3. Beautiful words here, Laurie. They remind me of verses I’ve learned over the years regarding my words. This verse came to mind as I read your post: Psalm 19:14—

    “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    Be acceptable in Your sight,
    O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”

    Thanks for the reminder to choose to store the good in my heart. This is so important!

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  4. I love that passage from Luke, in fact, I scribbled it on a piece of paper recently. One of my goals for 2019 is to cultivate relationships and community- to focus on the joy and happiness found in those relationships, my goal to focus less and less on the sighs of discontent!
    Thank you for stopping by Words that Inspire this week!

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  5. Thanks so much for this reminder! My prayer is to not take anything for granted but hold all things close to my heart as I give it all back to God in praise! Enjoyed being your neighbor on #DestinationInspiration today. 🙂

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  6. It’s so easy sometimes for those words of anger, discontent and discouragement to slip out. So important to store up what’s good in our heart and try to focus on those things instead. #ablogginggoodtime

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  7. Such a good reminder. I read once and have kept the thought — that we need to proactively put the good stuff into our hearts and minds. Be on the offense instead of only playing defense as we experience life. It takes work and intentionality, doesn’t it?

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    • Yes, what a good way to put it – play offense rather than defense. Living an intentional life is what it is all about! I have been thinking about intentionality more this year.

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  8. It’s easy to remember the bad stuff, but to call to mind all the goodness and blessings God has given us, that takes intention. And it is SO worth the effort! Blessings!

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  9. If only it could always be that way, but sometimes the badness escapes from our mouths I think despite the best of intentions. I always try but I know sometimes I am weak. But my husband and I do have a rule that we try to stick by which is if you can’t say something nice about someone then don’t say anything at all. #ablogginggoodtime

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  10. Keeping the good….oh what a great scripture. As I age, I don’t like that the bad memories try to outweigh the good. I have many good ones, and so many blessings that I wasn’t even aware of in my life that God blessed me with, but seems the bad pop in so easily. I shush them away quickly because they can ruin a perfectly good day. Have a great week ahead and so enjoy your stopping by Peabea Scribbles. 🙂

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    • Focusing on the good thoughts and memories is a wonderful way to live your life. The longer we live, the more likely it is that we have encountered sorrow or pain. Not letting the bad memories tarnish our present is the best attitude! You have a great week too, Peabea.

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  11. So very perfect! Though hard to remember in the hurtful times, when we come around a little it is so much better to let it go, and store up those happy times instead. This I feel like is what contentment is most about. Choosing to see the things that we are thankful for and holding on to those and being happy with that!

    Thank you so much for linking up with us this week!

    Blessings,

    Amy

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    • Yes, I need to remind myself many times that what comes out of my mouth should reflect what is in my heart. If only I could learn to count to 10 before I speak!

      Thank you for the chance to link up! Blessings to you.

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  12. That quote is a good way to sum up toxic people and to understand what is happening when we interact with one. It’s also a nice way to look at our own behaviors and actions towards others and ourselves. #ABloggingGoodTime

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  13. I really like this, it is true isn’t it. Makes you think and makes me glad I say good things which then hopefully reflects a good heart. Thank you for sharing with #ABloggingGoodTime

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