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Heart Issues...Emergency Issues

     As mothers, we panic when we lose sight of our little one in the grocery store, hear the scream from the other room, feel the temperature rising in their little bodies, hear them bump their head from a fall, hand them the car keys, sweat it myfriendDebbie.com Alyson Sheddout until they return home safely, send them off to college . . . the list can go on and on. As a mother of teenagers down to toddlers, I live in a daily state of “casting my cares upon the Lord,” and plead daily for the mercies and protection of God over my beloved children. As mothers, I believe we shake the heavenlies with our intercession. We love our children that much.

     The Bible says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV). In our home, we have established that scraped knees, bumps on the head and fevers are important, but heart issues (spiritual heart issues, that is!) are of emergency status! There are at least 75 verses about the heart in Scripture, so it is clearly of utmost importance to God!

     Every day we meet one-on-one with one out of the eight children and ask, “How is your heart?” It is amazing the conversations that flow from that one question. Brad and I can sense when they are doing fine from the “well-spring,” or when it has become obvious that Bible-readings/devotional times are slipping. Sometimes, we sit there, and not much is said. At other times, the tears start flowing.

     The key is that we stay connected at all times at the heart level. Dear mother, this is a full-time job! It takes daily, intentional interactions with your children. Please do not make the assumption that because they are in church with you each week, or that they attend Sunday School, youth groups, or Wednesday night activities, that this ensures their hearts are toward the Lord Jesus. We have to stay vigilant all the time.

     Attend to the scraped knees, and put ice on the “boo-boos,” but get to the emergency room fast for the “spiritual” heart issues.

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