What is Heart-Care?
Heart-Care is simply a Holy Spirit led counseling session. It is a time to encounter inner healing of the soul where the broken parts of the heart can be made whole.
Heart-Care is a meeting that begins with connecting with the Master Gardener, Immanuel, the God that is always with us. Once connecting with that powerful place with the Father God, the Holy Spirit is able to lead and guide to the deep places of the wounded heart without a person having to relive traumatic memories from the past. Jesus goes straight to the issue by bringing an experience that is both powerful and life-changing. Instead of appealing to the logic of a person’s head – trying to find the problem and trying to convince the mind to change, Jesus brings His healing love to deep wounds creating lasting change. As brokenness is surrendered, the pain releases and the heart is awakened to wholehearted living and can flourish. The counselor’s primary purpose is to guide the session while God brings the freedom.
Can you benefit from a Heart-Care meeting?
Have you ever felt like there was a gap between what you knew to be true and the reality of where your heart was living? On the outside, you seem to be doing okay. You have the job, the family, the house, the church that finds the nodding approval on the world’s standards of success. Your head knows the truth about God’s promises. Your mouth even says them. But deep down, your heart knows there has got to be more. You could benefit from Heart-Care.
A part of you believes that Jesus has promised relationship, freedom, love, joy, peace, and abundant life through salvation. However, some days it feels that you white knuckle through life with a reality so far below that promised life.
The brokenness of the heart can manifest in all sorts of negative ways. Consequently, sometimes these ways are hard to identify as problems because we have learned great coping skills to manage.
Are you aware of conflicts in your Heart?
“A part of me believes…” Have you ever said that?
We say those things without even realizing that we are describing the conflicts within the aspects of our inner most being – our heart. Our head knows the facts about God, about people and about life. But some days our emotions just don’t feel the hope or the love or the peace. Why?
Did you know it is part of your God given heart design to be guarded? That part of our inner core operates from the subconscious part of our being to recognize if a situation is safe or not safe and will direct us to fight, flee, freeze or have faith. You may recall from biology class the amygdala.
Did you know that unprocessed painful or scary events are stored in the heart? Those events caused trauma to the inner sanctuary of your soul that is locked into time and space. It may have happened chronologically years ago, but to the traumatized heart, it is current. Big events are often given attention to be processed, but little events can be just as painful and are dismissed and ignored by the conscious mind, while subconsciously the pain is sending distress signals, and our heart remains guarded ready to fight, run or freeze to be safe. Over time trauma left untended will be stored in the body and give way to illness.
While a part of our heart will face the world with maturity and bravery, internally we may be experiencing the tumult of emotions that are eroding away at the strength we have to hold it together and one day, we snap under the pressure. A broken heart will only stay hidden for so long until it comes out of hiding and demands to be heard.
When our heart is in conflict, the feeling of internal disequilibrium will create a broken heart. Do you feel that perhaps you have internal conflicts?
Has your heart been devalued?
It has been said, “Common to every pain in the human heart is devaluing.” Can you see how being devalued could cause a broken heart?
Jesus said the Greatest Commandment was to “Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and love others like you love yourself.” Love means different things to different people. However, to be valued, to be treasured, to be important, to be worth it, means the same thing to everyone.
Now let’s consider if the Great Commandment said, “Value the Lord Your God with all your heart, your soul, your mind, your strength. Value others like you value yourself.”
What would life be like if every part of your heart believed that it was loved, it was cherished, and it was valued? What would life be like to be able to live from your whole-heart?
Heart-Care can identify those parts of our heart that are in pain from being devalued. Has your heart been devalued?
What are some areas of brokenness that we have accepted?
- Fear and anxiety
- Bitterness and jealousy
- Control and manipulation
- Distant connection to God or others
- Difficulty staying present in the moment
What are some outward signs of a hurting heart?
Some broken hearts constantly scream with pain.
- Eating disorders
- D.I.D. (Dissociative Identity Disorder)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Cycles of abuse
- Uncontrollable anger
No matter where a heart lies on the scale of brokenness—from the severely abused to those simply desiring deeper intimacy with God – a Heart-Care session will be a life-giving experience.
What does Jesus say about our broken hearts?
Jesus never intended for us to live with a broken heart.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me… He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted…” Luke 4:18-19
“Blessed are the suffering and oppressed, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.” Matthew 5:3
Have you ever considered our brokenness is a gift causing us to seek Him?
If we were not aware that we are lost, we would not know we need a Savior.
If we did not hurt, we would not need a Comforter. We would not need a Healer. We would not need a Deliverer. We would not need Him.
We would miss out on the real gift our brokenness gives:
Relationship with the King in His Kingdom.
Do you need Heart-Care?
Do you feel like you are stuck in the same hole digging out rocks and no matter how hard you try, the seeds you plant never take root? Does your life feels like it is on a bungee cord repeating patterns of stolen harvests, missed opportunities, fighting with shadows in the night, and frustrations that weaken your relationship with God and others?
Are you ready to change the season? Are you tired of being cold? Are you done being hot? Are you wishing for just a little rain in the desert of your soul?
Do you feel that this is your heart’s story?
Do you feel that it seems no matter what you tried, you just can’t seem to turn the page on certain behaviors, emotions, or belief systems?
Do you feel that you are constantly being dragged down by the pain of the past?
Do you feel that despite your best effort to change and experience freedom, the brokenness inside of your heart keeps causing all sorts of damage the longer it goes unhealed and it sabotages relationships, jobs, and dulls life?
Would you let Him love your heart to wholeness?
Schedule a time to meet with Master Gardener and His “hired hand” for Heart-Care.
Don’t wait another day!