Impressions of the heart

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road. When you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Impress them upon your children. This means that God’s commands should be so integral, so much a part of my own life that my children will learn God’s commands in the way I live out my life, the way I treat them. That is how they will learn. By watching me, emulating me.

But is that really what I am doing? Are they seeing me live out my faith, live it with abandon? Am I talking about God, about faith, about His commands, as I wake, as I lie down? Are they on my heart, at every moment, at every point during the day?

In short, no. I fail, I fall. I do not seep myself in His word, in His commands. I do not make the time each and every day, to learn to grow, to have His commands written on my heart. I am easily distracted from spending time being molded, shaped, hardening my heart from being able to take an impression upon it.

My children are learning, growing with me. As my husband and I journey in faith, we share what we can, do what we can, to teach and instruct. And thankfully, there is grace. An abundant grace. Grace that pours out, that flows from a wooden cross. Nail scarred hands reach out in love, and lift us when we are weak in faith, weak of heart.

This, this, is what I want to impress on my children. The love, the mercy, the grace that is found in His commands. The freedom that loosens the chains of a sinful world. This is what I want to think upon as I wake, as I lie down. This is what I  want pressed deeply into my heart.

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