One child was in one room, one in the other. Both were in trouble deep. I had sent them to their respective rooms in order to calm my mind and decide what questions needed to be asked to help each one search his own heart. I have learned that I am unable to see their hearts, completely. And neither are they.
“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:9-10
There is One who can see our hearts, and we must lead our children to Him. My children and yours are receiving a strong message in today’s culture to follow their own hearts. I don’t know about your house, but in my house that leads to arguing, selfishness, and loneliness. And certainly not happy children or families.
I leaned in, focused intently on the big blue eyes trying to avoid my gaze as my son squirmed. This is your most important work, my soul shouted. Give it all you have. Take the time and train this amazing heart. Don’t be afraid. Watch it transform as I give you wisdom to lead.
But a heart before God is not only a heart examined, but also a heart restored, cleansed, made new. Rather than seeing a perfect mother who is a bastion of godliness with all the answers, I want my children to see the work of a merciful God who takes the ugliness of my heart and transforms it into something beautiful.
Will you take the time with me to learn the art of heart search? It will be time well spent.
Pause and ask God to examine their hearts.
Pray for the right questions to ask them, helping them see the root of their behavior.
Proceed with humility as you lead them to respond to what they learn about themselves.
Practice these steps daily with your own heart.
A heart submitted to God, brought to Him daily for examination, becomes a heart that can be followed. (Click to Tweet)
A heart before God is not only a heart examined, but also a heart restored, cleansed, made new. (Click to Tweet)