Now, to give you the full picture I should let you know that I was standing at the kitchen island deep in thought making out my grocery shopping list (which is no small feat for a family of eight and requires a significant amount of concentration). My first thought was to say "Oh, there it is" with a half hearted tone and return to my very important grocery list (said with much sarcasm of course).
I turn to see him holding up a toy stethoscope in his dimpled little fingers, looking up at me with his big blue eyes and the Lord spoke to me in that moment.
"Allison", I heard him whisper to my heart, "find that little heart, gain that little heart, and keep it...at all cost!". I took a deep breath to help contain the tears that were welling up inside of me, pushed the grocery list aside, turned to this precious child who was asking for my love, accceptance, and attention and found his heart. I couldn't help but smile, as I listened to his little heart beating, at the powerful message that he had just delivered without knowing it.
The Lord had been speaking to me about gaining the hearts of my children for several weeks. He first pricked my heart on the issue when I read a blog post by Josh Harris, where he re-posted (haha...this modern age) from a homeschooling father's blog. Josh's blog is entitled "Homeschooling Blindspots" and is quite powerful. Here is the link. http://www.joshharris.com/2011/09/homeschool_blindspots.php
You see, I too was homeshooled. As I read this blog, I could relate as a child who had been homeschooled. I felt myself saying "yep, yep, those are blindspots". Then, I came to number nine in the list "Not Cultivating a Loving Relationship With Our Children" and BAM!...I was convicted. Was I cultivating a loving relationship with my children? I have to admit that I had never thought about it in those terms before. I read it over and over again allowing it to really sink in. I then emailed the list to my husband, who, amazingly enough, was also homeshooled.
Since that day, the Lord has been sending this same message to me through sermons, books, conversations with my husband and other dear friends, emails, blogs, and now...from the very mouth of one of the little blessings that He has entrusted to my care. Here is one of the quotes that has really meant a great deal to me recently from The Resolution for Men, p. 105-106.
"People tend to embrace the teaching and beliefs of those who love them the most. And your children are no different. They are much more likely to accept the truth you teach if you deliver it to them within a loving, heart-to-heart relationship. Whoever has their heart has their ears. . . .