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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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April 1, 2014 - How Heavy Is Your Heart?

By Peggie Bohanon

The Bible uses the word "heart" as an all-inclusive way of referring to our spirit, mind and soul — the seat of our emotions, thoughts, desires and will. Sometimes it's light as a feather, as we tiptoe through life with joyful spirits, creative minds and uplifted spirits. Those are the good days!

As surely as that heart muscle beats within your body, the burdens are sure to come. Responsibilities of family, work, church, home, and school all weigh us down. Sometimes it overwhelms us.

Our hearts grow heavy when the responsibilities and concerns of life move down into our spirits — when anger, depression, false guilt or fear overwhelm us, weighing us down in discouragement, defeat and despair. Ever been there?

Beyond the natural reactions of our bodies and emotions to stress, we also must deal with a spiritual element. Satan, the father of lies, loves to load down Christians with emotional weights too heavy to carry, then delights in our dilemma. He's a "heavy heart" specialist, and he's good at what he does. So is there a real Heart Doctor in the house?

Yes. He's the heavenly Heart Specialist, and He's always present to help and heal your heavy heart today. He is still "The Great Healer" for the mind, the soul and the spirit, as well as the body. Come to Him with that burdened, heavy heart. It may be weighed down with anger, depression, false guilt or fear. Regardless, bring it to the Lord and let Him lift the load.

"When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I" (Psalm 61:2, NKJV).

Prayer: "Lord, my heart is heavy today with emotions for which there are no words. You see deep within me; You know what I feel and why I feel it. Great Physician, lift the heavy weight within my heart this day. Replace the load with Your love, peace and joy. I trust You, Healer of my heart. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

— Peggie Bohanon attends Central Assembly of God in Springfield, Mo., and publishes a variety of devotional resources at



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