Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The "Art" of a Child

Proverbs 3:1-4

My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you prosperity.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.

Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.

This was Madeline's imaginative idea of how to use the stickers she found in Olivia's secret stash. For Olivia, it was unacceptable! Until 2 minutes later when it was brilliant. For me, it was a real-life object lesson. My mind immediately went to this verse about writing God's law on my heart.

Lately I've needed more than just God's Word in my hands, on my mind or even in memory. I've needed it deep within my heart so I could rely on it when times got rough.

You know how sometimes we know something in our heads, something as simple as "God will always take care of me." But life happens, and it's in those times that even simple truths run into a little bit of trouble making their way from our brains down to our hearts. You know that place.....where thoughts collide with emotions. The place that often succumbs to worry, fear or discouragement in spite of what we know to be true.

I need God's word to penetrate my heart in a way that overcomes my fears. In an absolutely real way, that takes away my feelings of being overwhelmed. In the way that instills in my very being WHO God is and WHAT He is capable of doing.

So in times like these, when life is not all smooth sailing, and the seas are more than just a little choppy, my prayer will be that the Holy Spirit would write God's truths on my heart in permanent marker (or as they say in California, with a sharpie). That those truths would be forever imprinted there and not even the storms of life will be able to wash them away.

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Debra said...


He will be faithful to still your heart and give you peace in the midst of life's storms. This was a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing it with us WFW!

God bless you!

Mokihana said...

Thanks for a great post and a wonderful photo... Just found your blog through WFW and am so glad I did!

Audie said...

What a beautiful post! And a beautiful scripture! I understand completely about needing it deep down in your heart, because those emotions do fog up our brains....but praise God He is so GREAT to give us His word! Happy WFW! (I'm a little backed up on my blog....working on that though! :) )
Thanks for stopping by today, and I'm glad that the post was able to encourage someone. It's so amazing to me, even still, how the Lord uses us in ways we never even know!

I also wanted to let you know that you've been 'tagged'! I was tagged a couple days ago, and of course am late in responding to it! But you can view my post here.

In Christ' Love,

Groovewoman said...

OH What a Beautiful and precious illustration of that verse! I absolutely love it! And she is a cutie pie, even with the ink all over her! :D

Thank you for stopping by my page today! Have a WONDERFUL DAY!

Nancie said...

Hi Rebecca, this is such a sweet visual for a great verse! May God write His Words in our hearts and enable us to cling unto His precious promises. His Words are great comfort to us at all times. May God continue to strengthen you with His Words in all that you are going through. I am praying for you. Your daughters are such sweeties :) Thanks for sharing with us.

Amydeanne said...

awww what a great choice for wFW!