Heart Sparkle: A new phrase to add to your vocabulary

“What’s a heart sparkle?” 

“Huh? Heart sparkle?”

“Wait… what did you just say?”

I often get these three responses when, in the midst of a conversation, I start talking about – you guessed it – heart sparkles. If you’re reading this, you’re probably also wondering what exactly is a heart sparkle. Well, allow me to explain!  

A heart sparkle is an abstract term coined by a friend of another friend of mine to denote that moment a rush of admiration – due to talent, personality, comedic flair, love for Jesus etc. is felt for another person. It can be quality or a person. It doesn’t have to be a deep sort of admiration, but your heart might just –excuse me here– * sparkle* because you had a moment of “wow!” or “This person is really cool, I want to know them more” or “😍”. It’s an open term that you can personally define for yourself for whatever situation you’re in. I won’t get anymore specific, because I feel like it’s different for every person and every scenario. 

For many of us out there, it can be hard sometimes watching the people around you fall into relationships when you’re still that single friend, praying and asking God where the person of your dreams is at. This is where it’s incredibly easy to develop a couple heart sparkles (or more) into your emotional life and then feel a bit scatterbrained later when you feel guilty for having too many heart sparkles for xyz reasons, or that you’re being a “bad Christian” because idolatry might be in town,  or the  heart sparkles “don’t really match up” to your “standards.” All totally valid thoughts. But here are three things I learned about having heart sparkles: 

1. God Cares

He really does. If anything, what your heart desires is a reflection of Christ and his Kingdom, and what He ultimately created you for. He sees you, hears you and is waiting for the perfect time to waltz that perfect person into your life. The strongest piece of evidence for this is found in 1 Peter 5:7: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” Also, Jeremiah 29:11. 😎

2. No need to feel guilty

It is okay to have heart sparkles, no matter the number. Think of it this way: you found someone who has appreciative qualities that make them admirable and like-able. That’s a good thing. For them, but also for you too, because now you know what kind of positive qualities you would want in the special someone when the time comes.

3. They are great conversation starters (and continuers) 

I have to say, sharing your heart sparkles is a very effective way to break the ice with someone. I’m not saying to go and tell the world all your secrets, but often in a community of trusted brothers and sisters in Christ there are small groups/action groups/life groups [there are so many names for those 🤓] and from there, friendships sprout. You don’t even have to mention any specific names, but just the qualities you find admirable and that you have a heart sparkle for someone. The majority of the time people will understand – more often than not, other people will feel the same way about someone else and overall, it’s something great to bond over. 

Well, there you have it 🙂  I thought that this might’ve been a fun topic to blog about – I hope y’all enjoyed it!

Until next time,

Grace

Question of the day: What qualities do you appreciate about other people? Let me know in the comments below!

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