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Making My Heart Expand // Featured Guest Writer – Robin Duncan

I am thrilled to introduce this week’s featured guest writer, Robin of Living My Portion. I originally happened upon Robin’s blog during the 31 days of writing in October. She has a beautiful heart for the Lord and I am excited to get to know her more through blogging. Please be sure to leave Robin a comment here, and stop by her blog and have a look around.


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February seems a great month to talk about the heart. Not the candy conversation kind of heart, but our inner being. The place inside all of us that defines who we are.

I have two favorite sayings about the heart. One is something a dear friend says when something good happens. She says,

“that just makes my heart expand.”

The other quote is by Corrie Ten Boom. Of the heart, she says,

“God never measures the mind… He always puts His tape measure on the HEART.”

God never measures the mind...He always puts His tape measure on the HEART. @duncan_rc Click To Tweet

What does that mean? I don’t have the honor of asking her directly what she means and I’ll be honest and say that, though I searched, I could not find the context of her quote. I have to guess on Ms. Ten Boom’s meaning and I believe that as followers of Christ, just as Scripture says, we are to love others and we are to show love to them. God in His infinite wisdom and grace really doesn’t care how much we know…He cares about our heart. He cares how we love.

I’m a bit of a word nerd so I looked up what Webster has to say about the heart. Concerning the human body, it is defined as “primary organ of the blood’s motion…” As a general definition, Webster defines heart as:

The chief part; the vital part; the vigorous or efficacious part…The seat of the affections and passions, as of love, joy, grief, enmity, courage, pleasure etc.

To sum it up. It’s who we are.

The heart is also important in our life as a Christ follower. God’s Word says in Matthew 12:32 that “…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” And in John 7:38, we read, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

It seems that our heart is pretty important. After all, don’t we invite Christ into our heart when we ask Him to be our personal Lord and Savior? Our heart is His home.

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When looking for verses about the heart I came across many times in God’s Word that the heart is mentioned but this one in Luke stood out:

They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32)

Have you ever felt what the disciples felt? A burning within as you listen for God to speak to you? A burning within you as you open God’s Word?

That’s the “heart expanding” that my friend speaks of.

Many things can “make my heart expand.” My kids laughing and singing…My man holding my hand…A hug from a friend…Kind words from friends and loved ones. But spending time in prayer and reading God’s Word – those are the best things to expand your heart.

Seeing God working among His people is another thing that can expand my heart. I just love sitting in Bible study and folks connecting over Scripture. Hebrews 4:12 says:

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Isn’t that beautiful?

To think that every time we open His Word, He is speaking to us. There are days, I admit, that I simply read a passage to say I had my daily Bible reading. And then there are those days that I want to stay right in the Scripture all day. I want to read, meditate, and listen for Him to speak directly to me.

Tough times come. Our “hearts” are broken over loss, disappointment, betrayal. God’s Word is the remedy for those times. Time in fellowship with Him is the remedy for those times. Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…”

So as February moves along and the busyness of life takes its toll on me, I know I need to rest and allow Him to “expand” my heart. My hope is that this will ignite in me a desire to pass it on. To love well. To serve others well.

What about you? What makes your heart “expand”?

Joy to You!

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RobinRobin is a South Carolina girl, born and raised.  She has been married to her minister husband for almost 21 years. They have two beautiful children and are a homeschooling family.  She loves to spend time in God’s word and has a desire to help her children, and others, grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.   While many activities consume her days, she enjoys time with family and friends more than anything.  Robin blogs about what the Lord is teaching her and their homeschool journey over at LivingMyPortion. You can also connect with Robin on Twitter and Google+.

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Natalie @messymom
    February 24, 2016 at 9:05 am

    This encourages me to really dig into God’s Word and allow him to expand my heart. Thank you for reminding me how vital this is.

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    Betsy de Cruz
    February 24, 2016 at 9:40 am

    What a beautiful reflection on our hearts, Robin. So good to meet you here at Barbie’s today. I like your friend’s expression, “That just makes my heart expand.” My family, spending quality time with them, coffee with a friend, reading a good book, time in God’s Word. All those make my heart expand.

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      Robin Duncan
      February 24, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you Betsy. Reading a good book is on my list too. Nice to meet you.

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    Trudy
    February 24, 2016 at 9:47 am

    The thought of the deep, unfathomable love Jesus has for us expands my heart. That He would even suffer such agony and die in our place is beyond amazing. Thank you, Robin and Barbie.

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      Robin Duncan
      February 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Oh Trudy, I love the way you put that…”the deep, unfathomable love Jesus has for us…” I love that! It’s so true!!! Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your heart with me. May the Lord bless you.

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    Tara
    February 24, 2016 at 11:28 am

    It is so important to remember to take time for ourselves. I am a bit of a word nerd too! 😛

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    Robin Duncan
    February 24, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Tara. Yes, time for ourselves is important. lately I am finding that I want that time alone to be in God’s Word. Thanks for commenting. have a blessed evening.

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    Carrie
    February 24, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    When my children are good to each other – and when they don’t realize I’m listening or watching – that is what makes my heart expand. Those in-between moments, a sibling reading to the other, my son whistling as he takes a bath. Heart melting. I feel grateful for them and thank God for the privilege of being their mom. Lovely post, Robin!

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    Robin Duncan
    February 24, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Thank you Carrie. Yes, our kids can certainly expand our heart…to bursting sometimes. I appreciate your kind words. Have a blessed evening.

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    Ruthie Gray
    February 25, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Love that quote by Corrie Ten Boom – that’s one I’ve never heard before. Yes, we can know a lot, but how we really feel is measured by the heart. I also liked the reference to the disciples – their hearts burned within them. And yes, I have experienced that heart expansion many times, usually as a result of being STILL and listening!!!!

    I appreciated your message, Robin, and thanks, Barbie, for sharing on 31 Dayers!

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    Robin Duncan
    February 28, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks Ruthie for stopping by. Yes to being still and listening. It’s often so hard to do but oh so important. Have a blessed Sunday!

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    Christine Leeb
    March 1, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I love this post. Jesus living in our hearts can’t help but expand them, right? It’s so easy for our hearts to be closed off and kept “safe”, but then we aren’t living His calling for us. God opened my eyes to the busyness of my heart and how I needed to make more room to hear Him and so I take a Sabbath every Sunday–no computer, phone, internet, NOTHING! Just me and the Lord…oh and my crazy, chaotic, silly family!

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      Robin Duncan
      March 1, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Thank you Christine. You are 100% right. I, too, am busy and have a very hard time slowing down. I like your practice of intentionally taking the Sabbath. Something for me to strive for. Thanks for reading. Hope you have a day full of the Lord’s goodness!

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