Two posts in one day, is this allowed!?
If not, I’ll have to be forgiven because I’m new to the blogging world. So, sorry blogging gurus, I know this must make you cringe. Real quick, I just wanted to share the reason behind the name of this blog – “De Todo Corazon”. This is Spanish for, With All My Heart.
The other day I was talking casually with someone about the faith (which I tend to do a lot, especially now a days) and she asked me, “yeah so whats your life verse? You know, the one you feel particularly drawn to? The one that just pretty much is your go-to? What is it?”
I got to thinking, but I didn’t have to think too hard. There is one verse that has kept showing up in my life: Proverbs 3:5-6. It goes a little like this: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
I remember the first time it made its appearance. I was 5, getting ready for what had been the biggest moment of my life until that point, kindergarten graduation! My teacher handed me a pen with a giant cotton ball glued to the end. The little fluff ball was wearing some pretty cock-eyed googley eyes and a black graduation cap made out of construction paper. Along the side of it was this verse. There isn’t much I remember about elementary school, but you know those solid memories you have when you think back to a particular time of your life? Yeah that’s one of them! I kept reading it to myself, not really knowing what it meant but feeling super warm and fuzzy inside because A) everyone seemed to want to hug me that day and B) my teacher had given me a present! And who doesn’t love presents?
As I got older, that verse kept coming to me whenever I felt anxious. It was like my security blanket. I’d start to panic, take a deep breath, mentally recite it to myself, and then let out a sigh of relief. Once I got to college and realllyyyyy needed it, I conveniently forgot about it (human hearts — we are so stubborn at times). However, Jesus never completely lets you abandon Him and a beautiful FOCUS missionary left me a parting gift — a small wooden thingy with this verse imprinted on the front!
Later when I moved out, guess what I got as a gift!? Another wooden thingy with this verse on it + a wall decal of it. So really I just can’t get away from it. It’s the first thing I see in the morning and the last thing before I go to bed. (Jesus knows I need to be constantly reminded). As I sat down to try to decipher if this blog thing was a good idea, that verse came to my mind again. I really tried to put it into practice.
Trusting in the Lord with ALL your heart means bringing Him the small questions too. Because, at first I felt silly asking Him about this, and praying about it even. “It’s just a blog ” my mind kept saying. BUTTTT — nugget of wisdom moment — Jesus wants you to go to Him with everything my friends. Not just the big life decisions. Like really go to Him. Even if you feel silly. Just say it. Ask it. Do it. Promise it brings a smile to His face!
So there you have it pals. The short history behind the name of this blog! I’m also super big on using the phrase “my heart” so yeah. Hearts are a thing for me. Aaaaand you learned a Spanish phrase in the process! So even if you read up to this point without feeling like you took anything away, there’s that.