The Bible gives reference to the heart over 300 times. The heart makes us who we are. How does God view our heart? Think about these examples:
– 1 Samuel 16:7b – “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
– Psalm 139:23 – “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!”
– Proverbs 21:2 – “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.”
The heart is the true gauge of what is going on in our lives. Think about the words of Matthew 12:34b, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” What are we filling our hearts with daily? We need to fill our hearts with God’s Word. Take time each day to spend time with Him. Think about the aspects of God as He has blessed you and has seen you through trials.
We had a great Parent Seminar on April 16, help¬ing parents to understand the difference between heart training for motivation as opposed to behavior modification. Often, discipline of children involves a reward/punishment system focusing on changing behavior. As we look to God’s Word, God’s desire is to see our hearts transformed. Our parents learned strategies to help guide their children towards trans¬forming heart change.
We will hear from two families today who attended the Parent Seminar. These families have incorporated heart strategies in their respective homes with their children. We will also take time to pray for our fam¬ilies. No matter what your family situation, we are family at Wedgwood!