Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
Ellie has just recently started boycotting bows! It’s been a month long mourning session for me. Luckily,it’s a slow boycott. If I can get the bow in her hair at just the right moment when she is distracted I get a few hours to bask in pure joy! And you bet I bask! Mostly, she just wants the bow out when she’s running around and it’s annoyingly flapping on her head. It wasn’t too long ago that she would wake up in a panic screaming that her bow fell out and begging me to put it back in. (check out my blog post Bow Cupcakes Tears)
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This past week Ellie walked in the living room declaring that she was going to give all her bows to Abbie, a friend at church. While it’s a sweet gesture it ain’t about to happen. Sorry Abbie! I got some Jeremiah 29:11 kinda plans for her bow collection. I’m currently looking for a trunk for the end of her bed to fill up with all her bows and other accessories to one day pass down to the first girl grandchild in our family. However, there is a big chunk of my heart praying that this boycott is a phase. The bow season cannot be ending so soon! I can pass on clothes, shoes and toys to friends but I just simply can’t let go of the bows. To be totally honest, I dread the moment I carry them to the attic.
Isn’t it funny how tightly we hold on to certain things in life? We cling to things far greater than possessions like bows. We hold onto things like past hurt, unforgiveness, anger, regrets, secret struggles, fears and troubled relationships. Maybe worse! You name it and we have it stored in the attic of our hearts!
We hold on, filling up our attic with things that are only hurting us. We forget that there will soon be another generation who walk through our attic and possibly inherits all that is in it. They will inherit the anger, secret struggles, pain, regrets, troubled relationships and so on. We get to choose now to break the cycle. We get to choose what we will pass down to the ones who we love. What are we filling the attic in our hearts with? Every attic has “treasure.” Is your treasure worth being found by others? We can’t be perfect. We will struggle but let our children see us fight those battles with Jesus so as they grow they will know how to fight their battles with Him and Him alone. Dig deep in your heart and ask Jesus to show you any broken treasure that you have stored up. Then, let it go! Give it to Jesus. When those you love open the attic of your heart let them see healing, restoration, freedom, peace and wholeness. When they open your attic let them see that Jesus was there working!