Be Mine. This is a common little saying we see on those cute, little candy hearts this time of year. What does that mean though? Be Mine. Be my friend? Be my comfort? Be my helper? Be my love?
God has been so gracious and patient with me, teaching me lessons over and over. Do you feel like this? You learn the lesson, you've got it, you're growing. Then-somewhere along the way you just forget. Poof.
I want to share some lessons God has been burning into my heart these last few months.
Don't get so caught up in the work that you forget the worship and wonder of God. He wants you. Not your lists, not your spreadsheets, not your chores, not your errands, not your works. You. Spend time with your father in Heaven. Listen. Receive. Spend time with Jesus. Pull that Bible down from the shelf, out of your purse and read it.
Matthew 11:28 is a verse that is sitting on my desk as I sit and type you this message. "Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
Doesn't that sound so wonderful? Isn't that what we all want? To live freely and lightly and have real rest? We can have it. And our children can have it as well.
Do your children struggle with anxious hearts? Do they worry? Are they scared? When I was a little girl I worried about everything. Everything. What was for dinner? Are the doors locked? How am I going to get to practice? Did the dog get out again? Who is that stranger driving by me on my walk home? What if? What if? What if? I had nothing to comfort those anxieties except my parents telling me to stop worrying and it would all be ok.
Now as a mom, I see these same anxieties in my own daughter. I have to be honest; my flinch is to tell her to stop worrying and it will all be ok. But I have learned that when I bring God's word to the matter it is much more powerful than any false assurances I can give her. I don't know if everything is going to be ok. But this is what I do know: God is God and God is so good. God is with her. He is powerful. He will comfort her in any situation, worry or fear. He is hope and He is joy. What He says is true and real and for her. He is for her.
Scripture matters. It reveals to us who God is, His character, His heart and His plans. It shows us who we are; our character, our hearts and what God says is true about us.
I am humbled to be the Children's Director at New Valley. I love this church and I love your children, truly. The teachers and volunteers that come every Sunday love this church and your children. They plan for, prepare and pray for them by name. They leave their families early and stay late so that your children can hear the truths of the gospel and experience them in a loving community.
I want to encourage you, as I encourage myself and my own children, to BE. Be with God. Read what His word says is true and use that as you navigate through your busy days. He will strengthen you and be your friend. He will comfort you and be your love and He will give you every single thing you need.
Now whenever I see these cute, little candy hearts I will think of Jesus grabbing my hand and saying, "Be Mine."