Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Letters from my heart

Dear parents,

Our children are wonderful gifts from God.  {Psalm 127:3-Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.}  He entrusted us to raise them well, protect them, and teach them about His love and His ways.  All too often, I see you throwing your children to the wolves of the world.  Turning a blind eye to things so that you will not go against the grain or so your children will "fit in" only causes them harm.  Please teach them that their worth comes from JESUS alone.  It is not found in their clothes, acceptance from others, or if they have a boyfriend/girlfriend.  Allowing them to go to parties where alcohol and people whom you know {or should know} are not good peers only sets them up for trouble.  Please open your eyes and cherish their futures.  Is it really worth sacrificing their sweet hearts to feel like the cool parent or the parent friend??  {Mark 9:42-Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.}

Dear people who look at the socioeconomic status of people rather than their hearts,

{1 Samuel 16:7-But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because I have rejected him.  Man does not see what the Lord sees, for man sees what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.}  My heart breaks and becomes angry when I see you judge someone on what they possess materially.  Recently, you hurt a dear friend of mine because she didn't live in the neighborhood with the humongous houses.  How shallow.  My friend's heart is so big that I don't know how it stays in her sweet body.  You know what, it actually doesn't.  The love she shares with everyone around her is endless.  She can't help but give the love of Jesus away.  When you judge someone based on material possessions, you are losing out on wonderful people.  Does it really matter the car someone drives, their address, or what brand of clothes they wear??  I pray for you.  I don't pray in a way that causes anger to rise up out of me.  Rather I pray that you will soon know what true love feels like.  It must be so painful and lonely to live and only see the outside.  {Matthew 6:19-20 - Don't collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.  But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don't break in and steal.}

Dear children of God who are striving daily to truly walk with Him and honor Him-

Truly walking with Jesus can completely change your life.  It is thrilling, refreshing, and so peaceful to trust in Him with all that you have every single day.  Yes, it can get lonely when you feel you are the only one truly trying to honor Him but don't give up.  He sees your faithfulness and obedience.  He looks at you and says, "Well done my good and faithful servant."   Continue to grow towards Him by reading your Bible daily, talking with Him throughout the day {prayer}, and honoring Him in all that you do, say, think, and choose for entertainment.  Each night when you lay your head down, may you know that you fought the good fight, finished your daily race honoring Him, and kept the faith {2 Timothy 4:7}.  Stand strong, dear friend!