First things first

It was time for a heart lesson this morning.  Summer has been tons of fun, and with tons of fun comes some late night, late nights equal tired little ones, tired little ones equals more-than-usually selfish hearts.  With this in mind, it was time for a heart to heart – discussion, consequences, but more importantly, tuning into the Spirit’s teaching.  I was reminded of this at one of the “pool time chats” by my friend Sandy.  She was discussing with her son the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within and the listening (or tuning) out of His guidance.  If you have asked the Lord to be Lord of your life, this same concept applies to you.  My Bible says that when we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive ALL of Him, not just a part.  Pretty powerful stuff.  We tend to be a forgetful people.

Heart lesson #1.  Our youngest child has been struggling with her feelings of anger, injustice, and just how deal with these intense feelings.  After gentle talk #551, I simply gave her an instruction – talk to Jesus.  After said talk, I asked, what did you hear Jesus say?  She replied, “To be kind Mommy.”  As she sat on my lap, we began talking about a cup.  I attempted to share a visual of a cup that was getting filled up at the refrigerator (a task she accomplishes daily), yet instead of filling up with water, it fills up with anger.  After the cup is full, what happens to the anger?  It spills out, feelings are hurt, things get broken.  We talked about asking Jesus to empty our cup, in essence, to poke a hole and drain out the anger from the bottom.  AND, instead of leaving us empty he replaces our anger, or fill us up with something else instead.  Something that helps us to be kind to others, even when we don’t feel like it.  Something that eludes us in times of strong feelings… love.

Heart Lesson #2 – priorities.  Our middle child has been struggling with ungratefulness, one that spills out in whining and complaining, in essence a struggle with contentment (don’t we all!)  This morning, she just couldn’t decide what she wanted to do, not satisfied with any of her choices.  So, I gave her a suggestion.  It was met with more resistance.  I kindly reminded her of reasons perhaps why she was so unsatisfied.  Had she started the day thinking of Jesus, talking with Him, even singing (her favorite)?  Nope, and wasn’t even going to give it a chance.  After some more discussion, she retrieved a book, randomly flipped to a page, and read these verses out loud.

And this hope will never disappoint us, because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts.  God gave us his love through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to us.  Romans 5:5

But dear friends, use your most holy faith to build yourselves up strong.  Pray with the Holy Spirit.  Keep yourselves in God’s love.  Jude 20-21

I sat in awe.  A personal lesson for each girl, directed by the One who loves them with all that He is… the Almighty, the All-Knowing, the All-Seeing, the Lover of their souls.

I physically saw a change.  I physically heard a tone in their voice.  I witnessed a transformation, though not a perfect day,their hearts were set back on track… just where they long to be and somehow had lost their way… the Amazing Almighty…

Are you asking to be poured?  Are you talking with your Savior today?  It might just transform your day…


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