Inspirational · Relationships · Spirituality

Matters of the Heart!

Welcome my friend! I recently made a comment to a fellow blogger, about being heart broken in a particular words were “it absolutely broke my heart“.

We often hear the following statements about the heart; heart attitude, heart ache, heart glad, desires of the heart, wears their heart on their sleeve, they put their heart into it, makes my heart sing…& the list could go on…

What are all these statements actually trying to say?

It’s a way to convey the seriousness & depth of the emotion we are feeling behind the words. If it involves the heart, the very core of life itself, than its of the utmost importance!

The Heart is what keeps everything alive!

It keeps the flow of oxygen & nutrients to nurture all within as without it there is no life for it is crucial to life itself!

Recently, one particular statement has stuck with me, as I seem to be hearing it at every turn…

Being true to one’s own heart’…

What does this actually mean?

It means to follow the core values, convictions, beliefs & choices of one’s life.

Being true in how we live our lives within the choices we have chosen.

I wholeheartedly agree with this statement, I need to live my life to the values & beliefs I have chosen!

Conversely I need to also respect the right for others to do the same & they too, need to demonstrate that mutual respect in return!

I totally understand & respect that God has given every person the freedom to choose how they will live their life.

It doesn’t mean they have to come & join me in my choices nor me in theirs.

This is what it means to have mutual love & respect for each other…

Of course I am not talking about any type of criminal behavior here, no one has the right or freedom to bring any type of harm to another whether that be physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually! Ever!

What we need to remember though

Is that each of us, will face the consequences of our own heart choices. Whether these will bring eternal blessings or not will be seen…

Because each of us will have to give an account for the chosen values, beliefs & actions of our individual lives before our Creator.

The most important heart choice we can ever choose is shared Here…

Joy of the heart

We are having our tea time with a difference today, so join me on a little outing as there’s someone I’d like you to meet.

We have been able to travel to the ferry terminal, not far from my little village, to cross the Harbour to a quaint Italian Cafè to meet with an old friend of mine.

She is waiting out front as we arrive…we order, mine is a Chai tea Latte made on almond milk & her’s a cappuccino.

We decide to have the Vanilla Bean Panna cotta with Berry sauce & fresh strawberries.

This friend & I have known each other over three decades & have been through the changing seasons of our lives together, giving & receiving much needed heartfelt support along the way.

We have mutual respect for each other & can laugh at the silly things in life.

We happily chat, drink & eat the delightful Panna cotta which is creamy smooth with the contrasting tartness of the strawberries & the sweetness of the berry sauce making a delectable combination.

My Chai latte is particularly good.

We share the above musings with her. And we discuss that we actually need to ask ourselves…if our own heart choices are nurturing our spirit’s or damaging them?

A question on which to ponder, don’t you think?

We are now traveling back across the Harbor, having said farewell to my dear friend.

I am enjoying this ride on the ferry with its rhythmic rocking across the waves, people quietly chatting around me & the sight of brightly colored sail boats on the harbor. I hope you have too my friend.

Until next time…


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58 thoughts on “Matters of the Heart!

  1. oh this picture drew me right in, Jennifer. pretty, simple, oh so inviting. a trip over the water to meet with a friend or two for a lovely meal sounds simply divine. maybe soon?

    Happy Valentine’s Day, friend …

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  2. Jennifer, what a beautiful post! Such wise thoughts to ponder, and yes especially to ponder the choices of our hearts! I must admit my curiosity got the best of me and I have visited all three rooms today!!! Such a unique and special idea, what a blessing! Your garden sounds absolutely heavenly, especially since I am looking at over a foot of snow piled up outside of my window! Happy Valentine’s Day to you sweet Friend!

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    1. Goodness Donna! A foot of snow how exciting! We don’t get snow here on the east coast even in our coldest of winters.
      I’m glad you enjoyed visiting my garden rooms. I think at times we need some fun & I’m curious too so I too would have had to check out all three 😉
      Happy Valentine’s Day my friend!


  3. You are so right, Jennifer, Our choices matter and can make a difference. You ask a most powerful question for us all to ponder – “Are our heart choices nurturing our spirit’s or damaging them?” May we be wise in our choices. So glad you linked up as you have given me something to think on today. Blessings!

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  4. What a delightful visit today! You invited us with such a beautiful warmth to get to “the heart of the matter” that showed so much understanding. (The beautiful garden flowers were especially special on this 22 degree day in Ohio with only snow on what will be our flower garden in the summer.) Your punch line question to consider was and is excellent! Thank you!

    Enjoy your summer weekend and Valentine’s Day!

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  5. I loved this little journey you have taken us on, Jennifer. What an inventive way to select our reading for today. I enjoyed reading about living with intention (or following your heart). I have a son and daughter-in-law whom I can look to for inspiration in this area. It is something I am always aware of, something I would like to improve in myself.

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    1. Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed our little bit of fun! How lovely that your son has found such a blessed love with his wife & that their life in living with intention is an inspiration to you. That must make your own heart burst with praise & gratitude Laurie. 😀


  6. Oh, to always be able to act on the truth that we all have different hearts and must live accordingly. We spend way too much time trying to control other people’s hearts rather than accepting them the way God created them!

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