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My heart is stirred by these words. As I sit and consider the things I spend my time thinking about, pondering, dwelling on.  Is God pleased? Is He comfortable in my thoughts?

As I examine my own heart, I also have to question myself regarding my children. What do I allow and encourage THEM to dwell on? What do I permit them to listen to or to watch?

Matthew 6:22 says “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.

As a mother I have to ask the question, am I being the covering for their minds that God has called me to be? Am I being a blinder for their eyes when it’s necessary? The minds of our children can either be a place where the Holy Spirit resides, or they can be a play ground for the devil and his schemes. What they see, hear and ponder as children will take root and grow with them into adulthood. What type of seeds are being planted?

We hear a lot of talk in Christian circles about shaping our children’s hearts, their characters, their wills. How often do we talk about protecting their minds? You see, what goes into the mind will ultimately affect their hearts, which in turn will affect their wills, which leads to the shaping of their characters.

When are we going to fully grasp that the culture of our day seeks to steal our children, not only from us, but from God.

My heart is saddened by what is being allowed and invited into Christian homes all over our nation. The movies we watch, the music we allow, the internet access that’s given so freely. Parents now decide if their children should watch a movie based on how many curse words it has. “It only has 3 or 4 bad words.” they say “It’s not TOO bad!!” – Are you kidding me?

What offends God should offend us! When His most precious name is cursed and taken in vain, it should repulse us. It should cause us to become angry. It should affect us so deeply that we are unable to watch, listen to, or look at those things.

Remember, the eyes are the lamp of the body! When light enters, light dwells. When darkness enters, darkness dwells. What fellowship can light have with darkness? NONE! With each curse word, inappropriate picture and act of violence our children are exposed to, pieces of their hearts are being torn away, and a new seeds are being planted.

Moms, I beg of you. Do not be complacent. Be a guard for the hearts and minds of your children. Just as Noah built an ark to shield his family from judgment, we should also be making a safe place out of our homes; an ‘ark’ so to speak. If we are not willing to step up, be proactive and be a shield for their eyes and minds, then we should not be surprised when our child walks away from the God we raised them to serve. It doesn’t happen overnight. The seeds that are planted in childhood will grow into weeds, and eventually choke out their faith, right under your nose.

As mothers we can show our children the value of dwelling on righteous things. Things that are true, lovely, noble, right, praiseworthy and excellent. Those good seeds planted in our own, and our children’s hearts will produce good fruit, sweet fruit, fruit that will last.

“Lord, help us to use wisdom when influencing our children. Help us to be a guard for their minds and a protector for their souls. Amen.”

Wickedness Abounds

This morning I am angry! Once again this country has shoved it’s fist in Gods face and said “we don’t want you!” Once again, we see a major retailer jumping on the bandwagon with so many others, drawing a line in the sand and setting themselves up against you; even celebrating their decision.

While the majority of our society is caving to the whims of the culture, I have to believe that there is a remnant of people who desire to put Gods word first, to stand for truth even if it means facing persecution and hatred. Today I am standing up and declaring ‘Here I am Lord, send me!”

I feel a little like Habakkuk when he cried out to You in Habakkuk 1:3-4

“Why do you make me look at injustice?
    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
    there is strife, and conflict abounds.
 Therefore the law is paralyzed,
    and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
    so that justice is perverted.

These are the days we are living in! As Moms I think sometimes we tend to freak out. We panic, “Lord, what do we do? It’s just not right!” As Gods people, do we stand by, or do we rise up?

I believe we are to be angry at what angers God. I believe we are to call sin for what it is. I don’t believe the answer is in boycotting or protesting. They do make a temporary difference, but they are not lasting. The answer is in Gods people, the church. Sin abounds and unfortunately the church is asleep.

As we see the day fast approaching when lawlessness abounds, and the righteous are hemmed in. May this be our prayer.

“Lord, help us to wake up! Help us to not be overwhelmed by the depravity of our culture. Help us to be a called out people. Help us to teach our children, not to be accepting of those things You despise. Help us to love people and guide them to Your truth, the truth that sets people free. Help us to diligently seek You. Help us to realize that the only change will be brought by a move of Your spirit. Help us, as Habakkuk did, to pray, to trust You, and ultimately rejoice in You, because You are in control. – Amen”