Where your treasure is, there also is your heart

Matthew 6:19-21 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust desroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.  Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.  Wherever your treasure  is, there the desires of your heart will be also.”


We spend so much time trying to keep up with the Jones’ in our society that we have forgotten what real treasure is.  Treasures are not things.  They are people and memories and moments that create make us better human beings.  I am trying to begin a more simple way of life.  It is hard.  I have to many different things stored up in this house, that if we had to pack it all up and move, it would be embarrassing.   I have toys that my children are too old for or haven’t played with in years.  Clothes from when they were infants.  Dance trophies from my childhood.  Adam’s baseball card collection.  I could go on and on.  I will not get rid of some of those things, because of the joy the memory of them brings.  My boys one day will cherish that baseball card collection.  I am trying to make quality time a part of my days with my children.  It doesn’t have to be hours of activities, it can be just a few moments of snuggling.  Building Star Wars Lego’s.  Reading a book together, play a game, watch a movie, paint Avery’s nails.  We can sit down at the table and eat a meal together.  Just make these moments happen. 


Challenge:  Spend time with someone you love.  Read a book, cook dinner together, watch a movie, eat a meal together.  It can be simple, just make a point of doing something each day with someone you care about. 


By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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