In Proverbs 23:7, we see an exhortation to guard our minds and hearts: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” What does this mean to me as a mother? Because I am a mother, I repeat myriad simple duties day in and day out: the meals, the dishes, the diapers, the homework, the laundry, the commute, the carpool, the story-time. I can find myself slipping into cruise-control. Initially this is not so bad—not a mental state of positive evil. It is not the tasks themselves that are the issue. It is simply that my thoughts can slide into a monotonous, neutral territory. My mind begins to wander into passivity and lose focus as I merely carry out what I am responsible for.
In this unfocused state of mind, my heart becomes more susceptible to the fleeting distractions of material things, my own basic appetites, or the temptation of the enemy to view my trials and purpose through a limited, narrow lens. My strength of purpose and passion as a leader in my home can spiral downward if I am not aware of where my mind and heart are dwelling. I can begin to feel aimless, and from there, I can even experience a sinking into a cocktail of spiritual ailments: discouragement, confusion, anxiety, and doubt.
Reading Proverbs 4:23, I see how important it is to guard my focus: “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” The remedy is clearly to re-focus on Christ. I must remember to practice the awareness of the presence of God. He has put his spirit within. I can direct my thoughts toward reveling in gratitude for all he has done in my life and all he plans to do. I can contemplate his deep love—Jesus comes to commune daily. I can meditate on his sacred Scripture which spells out anchoring, ancient truth. He is the lover of souls, desiring that his mamas flow in his life-giving love!
“So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn, and he will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth” (Hos 6:3).