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Dear Friends,

There is a verse in Proverbs that instructs us to ‘above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’  Here, we are reminded that it is our heart that must be the focus.  We can find ourselves feeling defeated and disappointed with ourselves, others, circumstances and even God.  We are tempted to right this wrong by investing precious time, resources and plain hard work into changing our actions, our words, our behaviour, our appearance and the list goes on.  Without diligence, we can become lost on this futile venture.  Our focus must be on our heart.  This is the place where change begins and flows from.  Our heart is closest to us but can be a part of us that is left abandoned far from where we are.  It can be ignored, denied and silenced.

With the endless supply of distractions that surround us it’s not always easy to prioritise our heart but, it is essential to our growth and beneficial for both us and those around us.  Jesus is able to heal your hurt.  He is able to bring change in your life.  He is not only able but willing.

Spend time nurturing your heart.  Create an internal environment that is conducive to growth.  Guard your heart – be mindful of what your heart ingests.  Be selective of what or who allow privileged access to your heart.  I encourage you to invite the one who loves you most, Jesus, to lead the way in your life.  He is reliable and trustworthy.  He is the giver of life.  He is our healer.  He is our provider.  He is our creator.

Dare to gift yourself a heart check, give it the love it deserves, the time it needs and the nurturing it desires.  I trust that in doing this you will see a natural flow of grace, love, forgiveness, patience, perseverance and faith in your life.

Our latest Praise Letter is available to download.  Click on Newsletters and look for 03/2022 Praise Letter.  We hope you are encouraged and inspired by all that God has been doing through Sherwood.

Chantal Kemsley