Archive: December, 2011

An Attitude of the Heart

 

The sounds of the season.

The smell of Scotch tape.

The smoothness of wrapping paper.

A couple of nights ago, I wrap the gifts and place them underneath our Christmas tree. Suddenly, after taking a swift inventory, my eight year old asks, “Mom, are those all the presents I’m getting?”

My heart sinks when I hear these words.

I begin to challenge myself with questions, “Where is my treasure? Is it tucked underneath an Evergreen tree? Where is my heart? Is it filled with longing for more? These are simple questions, yet the answers define what I live for and whom I serve.

It’s all about our heart attitude.

What’s the attitude of your heart today?

Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Jesus’ words are clear. The earthly treasures that seem significant will lose their sparkle. They will become dull, rusty, and moth eaten. But the treasures we deposit in heaven will last for eternity.

Christmas is a perfect time for heart inventory.

If your heart yearns for what lies beneath shiny tinsel and lights, the material will rule over you. “Though your riches may increase, don’t set your heart on them,” (see Psalm 62:10).

A.W. Tozer said, “Within the human heart things have taken over. God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.” Society seems confused about the definition of “used” and “served.” So often we serve the gift rather than the One who came as the gift. We have a tendency to pour our life’s savings into earthly treasures while putting the heavenly ones on lay-away.

Is your heart an issue this year?

Are your treasures misplaced?

I challenge myself this Christmas to be the example for my children…

A mother, 

A woman, 

A wife….

With a heart of contentment rather than one of dissatisfaction: a picture of what storing up heavenly treasures looks like. A picture they can model after for years to come.

Won’t you join me?

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When We Need Encouragement

“The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her,” Luke 1:35-38.

 

I remember the buzz in my stomach, when I learned of my first pregnancy. The excitement  rolled into one giant ball of elation. Only, I quickly found myself in a place I never thought I’d be ~ scared.

I didn’t know what to expect, even though I’d read the timeless pages of, “What to Expect When You Are Expecting.”

I didn’t know what labor would be like, even though I watched re-runs of TLC “Baby Stories.”

I didn’t know whether I’d measure up as a mom, even though everyone said I would.

Eight years ago, I met another pregnant woman and we became friends. She would have her baby six months before me. At my baby shower, she handed me a bag filled with all the birthing essentials ~ the glamorous stuff you don’t know you need: preparation H, tucks, sports bra, sitz bath salts, breast pads etc. She became a mentor and coach for me in areas I knew nothing about.

I bet Elizabeth acted as Mary’s mentor and coach as they were both pregnant at the same time, with two very special babies. Elizabeth being in her third trimester could represent the New Testament version of, “What to Expect When You Are Expecting.” Her advice and guidance probably brought comfort to a frightened servant girl. Perhaps they exchanged stories of how they became pregnant in supernatural ways. Maybe they shared in their amazement over the movement of their unborn children. Maybe Elizabeth encouraged Mary, “Yes, you measure up.” Elizabeth might have even given Mary some pointers on how to soothe a crying baby.

Nonetheless, I love the movement and sovereignty of God. He knows exactly what we need, when we need it. He knows when we need people to cheer us on in our adventures with Him. He knows following him in obedience isn’t always easy, but he wants to reassure us today and everyday that nothing is impossible with Him!

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