As I was driving to the emergency room with one of our children recently, I found myself praying:
God, this parenting thing was so much easier when they were little, dependent upon and attached to me nonstop. There was less opportunity for drama when all they did was play, sleep, poop, and nurse. Now that they have the ability to feed themselves, dress themselves, entertain themselves, run around and fall off of playground equipment, this mothering thing and watching them become individuals is HARD. When did they stop needing my hand to guide them at every single step?
When did taking God at His Word every single minute of every single day become the only thing holding me together?
Recently God has been teaching me about my heart and maturity. Just like my mind is prone to wander and needs to be reset throughout the day to what is “lovely, pure, honorable and true,” so also does my heart need to be protected against what I allow in.
As Jesus was speaking to his disciples at the Last Supper He offered them this little gem:
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27 NASB).
I love this mini warning: Do NOT LET your heart be troubled and DO NOT LET it be fearful.
We allow so many things into our hearts over the course of our lives…. over the course of a single day.
Curious as to what I have been letting in? You can find the rest of this post at the 2 to 1 Conference blog… my new writing hangout.
Come visit and let me know what you have allowed into your heart lately…
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