Faith

Let me ask you…

Today was the beginning of another 5 week session in our “Young Moms Group” at church.  We meet every Friday morning for about an hour, and then the nursery is provided for a few extra hours so we can enjoy some child-free time!  This has really been something I’ve come to enjoy, and not because of the provided childcare (that’s a bonus)!  I love spending time with other ladies who are going through or have gone through the season I’m in right now and I leave with my soul feeling rested.

For the next 5 weeks we are discussing the book “Enemies of the Heart” by Andy Stanley. It’s a must read.  The book challenges me and causes me to look deeper within myself.  Today we discussed the first five chapters! Check out this excerpt from the very first chapter…

“How are things with your heart?  Not your career, your family, or your finances.  Your heart.  Chances are, you’ve never stopped to consider your heart.  And why should you?  There are meals to fix, calls to return, interviews to prepare for, and bills to pay.  If at the end of the day you’re all caught up with these thing sand someone asks, “How are things?” you can smile and sigh and say, “Fine.”  But this is a different question.  It’s a more important question.  And yes, it’s an awkward question.”

So, let me ask you.  How is your heart?  I had never really thought about it, but as I went about my day, I began to realize that as a wife, and a mom of three young children that my heart feels overwhelmed -most- of the time.  I feel like I’m being pulled in a hundred different directions and I’m trying to give my all to everyone constantly.  I know I can’t possibly be alone! I love this verse from Matthew 11:28-30…

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  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.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

It’s easy to live day after day being caught up in routine and forgetting about your purpose.  It’s also easy to focus on the long list of things you have to do and not think about the condition of your heart, or even worse…pretend as though your heart is alright!  Another thing Andy Stanley said in his book was, “pretending allows you to ignore the true condition of your heart”.  Friends, don’t be so busy pretending, and living out your life focusing on routine that you ignore the condition of your heart and allow it to seep into your personal life.  Ask God to help you, guard your heart, and become aware of the things in your life that steal your joy.

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