My hairdresser asked me last week if I had any New Year’s resolutions?
He had resolved to master Thai cooking, call his mom every day, and get more sleep – excellent ideas all. I told him that I was trying to examine my heart more regularly: I hoped to be a more generous mother, and a kinder wife.
“How do you examine your heart?” he said.
If you’ve been wondering the same thing, or would like to start, here’s a mid-week quiz to get you moving in the right direction.
1. What is it you wish you had more of at this point in life?
e) depending on the day, chocolate might be an acceptable answer.
For where your treasure is, sister, there will your heart be also.
2. What is it that you fear most right now?
a) being invisible and insignificant
b) being vulnerable or exposed
c) being left behind or left out
d) being mocked or dismissed
e) being poor
Those who know your name will trust in you.
For you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
In Him, nations will place their hope.
3. How much are you worrying?
a) a good bit
b) a great deal
c) all the freakin’ time
d) I worry in my sleep
e) enough for a hundred women!
Who of you by worry can add a single hour to your life?
Don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.
Is anything too hard for the LORD?
4. Where is it dark or crooked in your life?
a) my relationship(s)
b) my work
c) my emotional/mental state
d) my addictions/compulsions
e) my past
And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not;
I will lead them in paths that they have not known:
I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight;
These things I will do unto them, I I will not forsake them.
4. What burdens you?
a) the bills
b) my babies, or lack thereof
c) my body
d) my boyfriend
e) ________ (insert something that starts with a “b”. (please, not ‘boobs’)
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;
In the morning, I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation…
5(a). Are you listening to God’s living word to you every day? Y/N
For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
5(b). If not, why not?
a) I’d rather be anxious
b) I’d rather be burdened
c) I’d rather be fearful
d) I’d rather be worrying
e) I’d rather be _______ (insert something honest here).
Offer right sacrifices, and trust in the LORD.
6. What are right sacrifices?
I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me!
Blessed are you who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for you will be filled!
There is one who sees clearly into our hearts, and still he draws near.
He is not far.
His burden is light.
Rest in his care for you.