Lysa stated our treasure in life should be to "have a heart that rest in His presence" (pp. 136). I have experienced this, I wish I could say I live this daily but I don't. To get to this point you have to get out of your comfort zone and I am not very good at this on most days. I like being in control of my life. There have been times I sat my eyes on something and I succeeded to get what I wanted whether it was God's plans or not.
I have resigned from being a mother twice in the last month or two, not because the kids have done something drastically wrong, but just because I no longer felt like dealing with those things that irritate me such as the bickering and intolerance they have shown towards each other. I wonder where they have learned that (ouch!).
I love my husband and I don't think I would ever be able to breath if he wasn't in my life but what does it say in Matthew 22:30 "At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven"-am I interrupting this right? I know my heart will be different in heaven but I don't want to not be Joe's wife even there...but my family is not mine, it is His and He has placed them in my life to "manage", not control, but provide for and take care of.
This treasure becomes reality when we start viewing everything as God's. When we do this "we come to understand that we are giving up what was never ours to begin with, we're walking in radical obedience" (pp. 137). I am weak in this area of ownership but I want to be radically obedient..to the point of changing my attitude in this-now!
I leave you with Lysa's prayer from pp. 137:
Lord, help me to lower my head past my selfishness and pride, past desiring others to serve me and on to serving others, past wanting more and on to giving more, past me in search of You. Help me to always desire the lowered head, full of Your fruit and consumed with Your presence. Help me be forever mindful of my ministry at home as well as the ministry opportunities that wait beyond my own mailbox.
How appropriate following mothers day...don't you think?
In His Graces~Pamela