I believe that an open heart is one full of love, gratitude and expectation. Whether things are going well in life or not, when we resolve to have a heart pointed towards God, we can rest in knowing that God is with us and the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth.
Joshua, Caleb, and David were three followers of God described as having a “different” kind of heart – one that was unwavering in its belief that God was all-powerful and faithful.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.Deuteronomy 6:5
God Examines the Heart Overall
Throughout scripture we are called to love, seek (Hebrews 11:6), and serve God with our whole heart – our entire being. A person may appear to say and do all the right things on the outside and might even gain the accolades of fellow humans, but while “Man looks at the outward appearance, the Lord looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7b
Open Heart SVG was created to remind us to seek to love God with our entire heart, mind, and soul. (Matthew 22:37)
Most of the designs are scripture-based but all of the designs are made with the intention of developing an ever-deepening awareness of God through the Holy Spirit and sharing that awareness with others on the foundation of love.
Keeping the Word Before Us
Ultimately, Open Heart SVG & Design Studio helps keep the word of God before us. Although the designs involve creative work and lead to creative projects, they act as a reminder of who we are as believers and what we strive to become as we grow closer to God.
“Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance.”I Chronicles 10:13
We can live in the natural world, yet die a spiritual death if we are not constantly making ourselves aware of God’s presence. I admittedly allowed emotions to erupt in response to increased video coverage of racial injustice in the United States. [I won’t even link to any of it here because I do not want to trigger anyone.]
For a full week I experienced intense emotions, and I even sent strong emails to two individuals (to whom I have since apologized). But what I came to realize during that time was that I was focusing more on the problem and less on God. I was spending less time praying and studying scripture, and it became evident through my actions.
Eventually I decided to spend an entire day with God – praying, digging into scripture, noticing. Since then I have regained inner peace. Injustices still exist, and I will do all that I can to help in the way I was created to, but I do not think that I will be of any significant help to anyone if I am not anchored in God’s word while relying on the Holy Spirit for guidance.
So I believe that my designs act as little reminders and that any and all reminders of God as out foundation are essential to our daily walk as believers.
I hope this post has offered some insight into the heart behind Open Heart SVG & Design Studio.
A lot of my personal faith development is infused into product offerings and blog posts. And any future offerings – free or paid – will involve the same process with the ultimate goal being to keep God at the forefront.
6.28.20 note: If you are struggling with reconciling injustices and faith this article might be of help.