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Treasures of the Heart

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Treasures of the Heart

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21

The other day I was having a conversation with another woman and it got me to thinking about this verse and the treasures of the heart. People generally take care of what they value. So what do you value? Where are the treasures of your heart placed? Look deep inside and discover what it is that really has your attention.

What is it that God has called you to be?  To do? Do you value what God has given you the responsibility to care for?

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Evaluating our lives from time to time can be very beneficial. Sometimes, we need to take time to really look at where we are at spiritually, emotionally, and physically. There have been a number of times in my life where I have needed to step back and question my motives and evaluate my life. Am I valuing the life that God has given me?

Last October, I was privileged again to be able to go to the women’s retreat that I traditionally attend each fall. Our Women’s Ministry Director, Gail McKenzie, touched on a subject that struck me as being so profound that I want to share a little bit with you now. I am not able to so eloquently put the words together, but I want to share the insight I received from her sermon.

Contentment

In the Garden of Eden, Eve was not content. She wanted something more than what God had given her. God had provided everything she needed and more. Life was perfect! And yet, she was not content with what she had. She was able to eat all the delicious fruits from the Garden that God had lovingly provided, and yet, the sight of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil intrigued her.

Instead of staying with her husband and honoring him, she decided to step out on her own and go her own way. She was “chasing other fruits.” And look where that got her. Pain and sorrow. She had misplaced the treasure of her heart, deciding that the fruit that was not hers to take was much better than what she had an abundance of.

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Are you chasing other fruits? Where is the treasure of your heart? Are you taking care of the precious things that God has provided you with? Or are you simply taking advantage of them? Instead of valuing the life you have, are you longing for something you think would be better?

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10 Comments

  1. Melissa, I'm fairly new to your site and blog. However, I just love it. This particular article really has me thinking. Many of us (me included) get complacent in our lives and, like Eve, really do take for granted all the blessings we have. I appreciate you pointing this out.
  2. Melissa, Thanks for all that you are doing to provide this site and all the encouragement. I have really enjoyed it - just learning my way around. I agree with your concepts in this teaching. As I was reading, I could see where the "Eve" in me would rise up. It's so easy to take for granted the small things in our lives - which are really the most important. It's also easy to think that another place or another circumstance would be better. Really loving the life God has given us and valuing those around us is such an important part of our walk with Him. Looking forward to your next post.
  3. Treasures of my heart....I really had not thought about this. just off the top of my head I treasure the LORD, I treasure the Bible, so I am trying to memorize, I treasure my husband and family, I treasure my friends and I treasure AVW for being there when the world goes out and things get tough and the junk piles on my family of friends and my treasured AVW precious ones are there to uphold the prayers and email the hand holds. OH I also treasure the good advice I get from my family of friends. I think there is a difference between treasuring and enjoying so I won't list the enjoys.
  4. What a beautiful article to read. This is something that my running partner and I often pray about. God has blessed me today with a happy heart, content and acceptance of what I can and cannot do. My treasure is Love. God has been working on me diligently these past couple of years, teaching me about Love.
  5. Thank you, Melissa. While child training, we discuss "heart issues". It's good to remember that we all have heart issues and it's important to evaluate on occassion. I'll be mediatating today on "Where's my heart? What's my treasure?"
  6. This article really makes me check the things in my life. Am I unconsciously chasing after other fruits? Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to reading more - and learning.
  7. Thanks so much for the wonderful reminder to learn contentment! I believe that most sins stem from a heart rooted in discontent and pridefulness. I appreciate the beautiful reminder and look forward to the remainder of the series!!!
  8. Excellent!! Well put and really opened my eyes to examine myself and see where my treasures are in my life. Thank you for writing, it is always a blessing!
  9. What a fabulous reminder for me to take "serious stock" of the blessings that God has provided for me. For more years than I'd wish to count, I acted very much like Eve - always searching for other treasures because I wasn't content with the ones in front of me. While I wish that I had learned these valuable lessons at a much younger age, at least I am now learning the error of my ways and discovering how to be content in heart and spirit. Thanks so much for sharing today! Carrie

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