Since February is “heart” month, both in terms of remembering the people you love on Valentine’s Day, and in also remembering to sustain a healthy heart, I thought I’d share this excerpt from my devotional book, called “Wellspring.”

We talk about how to keep our hearts healthy at least in the physical sense. We recognize the sadness of heart disease as it destroys people’s lives. As true as it is in our physical nature, it’s also true in the spiritual sense. What are we doing to avoid spiritual heart disease? What are we doing to strengthen our hearts for God on a daily basis?

The heart muscle pumps as long as it can no matter how we take care of it. The problem comes in when we neglect it for too long, when we eat all the wrong things and avoid exercise, or when we act as though what we do has no real consequence.  The truth is that what we do matters, especially in matters of the heart.

That heart-thumping evangelist Jonathan Edwards said this: “See that your chief study be about your heart: that there God’s image may be planted; that there His interests be advanced…that there the love of holiness grows.”

The heart has a big job to do. Today and every day, check in with your spirit and make sure your heart is being nourished. Ask God to keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. That way, you’ll always have a healthy heart.

Let’s pray today that God gives each of us a healthy and loving heart, the kind that keeps our spirit pumping with joy!