I spent Sunday morning with my favorite high school girls. You’ve heard me talk about them before. They are the same bunch of girls I’ve watched grow since they were in 6th grade. Those precious girls are going to be seniors next year and I can’t even fathom what all that means. Sunday I gave them homework. If you know a teen then you know that homework is a 4-letter word. There was an audible laugh that ensued when I said, “This week you have homework.”
“Really, Mrs. Felicia?”
“This week let’s read Psalm 119.”
“Oh, just one verse? 1:19?”
“No, All of 119… one hundred and nineteen, people. 1-1-9.”
“That is Loooong!”
And when I got home I started to receive messages asking me what that homework was agin. My heart leaped for joy! I know they listen, but sometimes I wonder if what we are saying is going somewhere. Over the years I’ve watched these girls transform into beautiful young women but their hearts have blossomed with the beauty of God which is overwhelming and wonderful.
My prayer is that I have a heart like theirs sometimes. A heart full of wonder, life, hope and peace. What’s more, is that I pray for them, for us, that we have a heart like His. A heart that doesn’t wander. A heart that beats the truth, life, hope, wonder, peace and love of God.
So, it would only be appropriate that in Psalm 119 I found verse 10. With that I was reminded of the real reason we are here and anyone is that ministers to students. Then my mind goes to my boys. Those precious boys who innocently love God and worship him freely. Oh, to have a heart like theirs! A heart that is unashamed and unafraid in every single instance.
They are listening. Sometimes it may not be overtly obvious, but God is amazing and his love is never failing. Even when we can’t reach, He can.
“With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!” Psalm 119:10
Today I start an exciting journey in Chicago learning more about Awana, a ministry our church uses to help minister to the hearts of my own children. Today I’m going remembering that God is greater and has big plans for these little people! It’s my prayer that they relentlessly pursue a heart like His all the days of their lives!