Sleep alluded me last night. No reason really. I was just awake. To make some use of my time, I prayed for my sweet husband, family & friends, the season...and I listened to my children. Their sweet breaths in and out, their occasional snore...and their dreams.
It's tradition in our home that when Dad's on a business trip...I have company in the bed. They snuggle in and we talk or watch a movie until it's time to go to sleep. This was one of those nights. But last night I, lying awake afforded me a privileged to see into their hearts.
"...for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." Matthew 12:34b
"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart;" Matthew 15:18a
"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." Luke 6:45
Last night I heard what was stored up in the hearts of my children. Upset in his dream, I listened to him defend right from wrong...my heart was blessed. "You can't punch a group of girls! You CAN'T punch a group of girls!" No matter what was going on in that dream he knew what was happening, or about to happen, was wrong. Chivalry...even in his sleep.
Both of my children spoke truth in their dreams. Out of the abundance of their hearts flowed words of Life.
I wish I could remember the other words they spoke that touched me as I listened. But their words have slipped through the crevices of my sleep-robbed thoughts this morning.
I pray that what pours forth from my lips during my waking hours are testimony to my Lord and Saviour. That HE fills my heart into the deep places so that from His abundance flows my mouth with words of Life, Healing, Joy, Peace...
What do your lips reveal about the abundance of your heart? Is it Life or Death?