Tough & Tender

The heart


is a curious

and beautiful

and complex



With our hearts we feel the depths

and the heights


and all that is between


It is the core,

and it is to be guarded


But how do we guard it

without becoming calloused?


And how do we sense

without becoming overly-sensitive?


How is it that we can be strong of heart,

and at the same time



All in christ



All in Christ



And it all begins


with a heart


to Jesus


Only He can bring strength

and tenderness

to co-exist within us


Allowing His Words to penetrate

any hardness of heart


we let Him soften

the callouses


As we become tender to His Spirit


our softness and sensitivity toward people

will grow deep

and beautiful

and sincere


Forgiveness and grace

will flow

and heal

and bless


Then there is His strength

welling up


We allow His Words

and His presence

to strengthen

our weakness


We believe HIM

and take our thoughts captive to His Spirit


We are strong in Him!

We KNOW that He is God!


Strength of heart develops

when our focus is on HIS strength

in us


not our own


And we let His peace

RULE in our hearts


Let it rule


Which means surrender to His will

and trusting Him

with everything



and tenderness

can live in the same heart


through Christ,

the strongest

and most tender


Loving with quiet goodness,

fighting for us

with all passion

and strength



~ Susie Stewart


And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

– Colossians 3:15 (NLT)


And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

– Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT)


Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

– Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)


For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

– Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)


So let God work His will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and He’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.

– James 4:7-9 (MSG)


They won’t be afraid of bad news; their hearts are steady because they trust the Lord.

– Psalm 112:7 (NCV)


I have pursued You with my whole heart; do not let me stray from Your commands.

– Psalm 119:10 (VOICE)


Don’t put on a show just because they are looking (as if you were a people pleaser); but as a slave of the Anointed, do the will of God from your heart.

– Ephesians 6:6 (VOICE)


Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

– Psalm 27:14 (NIV)


Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

– Matthew 11:29 (NIV)


I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

– Psalm 119:11 (NIV)


A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.

– Proverbs 14:30 (AMPC)


Photo by Susie Stewart



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  1. So beautiful…His tenderness ❤


  2. This reads like a flowing song…. wonderfully written and true to the heart of Christ. Thanks!


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