Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Turning Hearts

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:26 – 27 (NIV)

One thing that I have learned over the years of being a mom, is that nothing we do, makes any difference if our children's hearts are not turned to God.  

We must set standards, discipline, give wisdom and guidelines - say NO! (By the way mom and dad, it really is ok to say NO!) We are given the task to protect our children from things we know will hurt them, bad environments, bad friends and bad situations.  We must parent!  However, in that parenting, if we are not praying - begging God to change the hearts of our children we are failing them.  

There is however, this thing called free will that get's in our way - because just as the Father who loves us more than life allows us to choose, we must also watch our children choose.  And our prayer is that God will change their heart to a new heart - a soft and fleshy heart totally surrendered to Him.  But there will be those children who fight it with all their might.  I know!  I have had one.  

Regardless of what we see, our knees remain bent to the One who can work the best for our children.  

Jesus, I pray for my sons (and daughters) that you will give them hearts fresh and new.  Take any hardening of their hearts and turn it towards You.  I pray that You guide me and give me wisdom on how to steer them towards you.  Show me how to impart Your Word into their daily lives. May they have long days, because they follow your commands! Amen.

Just for my girls:  
Guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23

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