Lord, cleanse me of anything that breaks your heart…
Have you ever prayed a prayer such as this? Let me tell you, while this prayer is quite needful, it can also be painful. As a Christian mom in my late thirties, sometimes I’m pretty set in my ways. Right now I’m raising toddlers to teens and everything in between. It is easy to get into a “rut,” and almost go through the motions of life. This can be a dangerous place to be.
Sometimes I can even become complacent with my walk with God. Friends, this should never be so! As believers, we should always be seeking, always be trusting. When complacency sneaks in, my walk with the Father slows to a crawl and I begin to look and act more like the world.
A healthy relationship with the Lord takes time and effort. It involves sanctification and cleansing.
It involves a willingness on our part to give up things that aren’t pleasing to Him.
Ah, this is tough to talk about. It is tough to be stretched thin while our hands clutch into a world whose ways are opposite of the ways of the Lord.
Ladies, this year I have felt a true spiritual cleansing take place in my life. My marriage is starting to look different. Our homeschool looks different. Academics no longer are the most important thing. Sure, education is incredibly needful, but I no longer include humanistic teaching in our home. I’ve even felt the need to censor our Abeka worksheets to an extent. Our television looks different. The thought of commercials coming into our home literally makes me want to vomit. I’ve basically thrown my make up, nail polish, and hair color out the window. Our food looks different. Our holidays look vastly different. My faith looks different.
And it all started with a prayer. Lord, cleanse me of anything that breaks your heart…
After a week of borderline unhappiness, yesterday I reflected on how easily the ways of the world can creep in. In “American Mainstream Christianity,” the going is easy and you pretty much look like the world. But is this true faith? I really don’t think so.
So let us embrace becoming peculiar. Let us embrace a deep walk with our loving Father which is made possible through His Son.
Sanctification is a good thing, and in my experience it is much easier to come through His refining fire while our eyes are fixed on Him. I want to become a woman of wisdom. I want a meek and quiet spirit. While by no means am I there yet, I hope and pray that the Lord will continue to help me and cleanse me of things that break His heart. I believe this is the key.
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