Where’s your Treasure?

analogue-art-box-366791 3When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up to a mountainside, sat down, and taught his disciples: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth… For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.” (Mathew 6). Right after these words, is when he said, “Do not worry” and “Seek first his kingdom.”

When our “treasure” is Jesus, our hearts will be there also, and our worry will lessen.

What is our treasure? Where are our eyes and hearts consumed? I don’t want my kids’ treasure to be in clothes, worry, or momentary things. I want it to be in things like relationships, loving God and others, in joy and thankfulness. If that’s where I want their treasure and hearts to be, that’s where my heart should be also. Every day is a new opportunity to aim for that: “His mercies are new every morning.” (Lamentations 3:23)

“In this way, they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the LIFE THAT IS TRULY LIFE.” 1 Timothy 6:19:

Go to my blog page to find simple ways to encourage our kids’ treasure to be in things that last. Search “Freedom in Simplicity” and also “Women in the Bible” in the search box on the right sidebar (link in profile).

Lord, help us to release worry and a focus on temporal things. Give us wisdom to have our eyes set on things that matter. On our own, we can’t do this. We need you. Jesus, mold us, shape us, change us, make us more like you. As we hold on to the life that is truly life, I pray our kids would also. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

“Do not worry.” Jesus


Do you worry much? When I do this, I try to think of Jesus’ powerful words, “Do not worry.” This quote by Sissy Goff also encourages me to relax and not worry: “Fearful parents raise fearful kids.”

This idea was magnified at a playground. A boy stood at the top of a spider web climber and his mother told him multiple times, “Be careful!” (Isn’t it so easy to let those words roll off our tongues!). Then the boy fell between the ropes and cried. His mom comforted him. He bravely said, “I want to try again.” His mom said, “No, you just fell and got hurt.” The boy screamed and cried because he wanted to try again, but his mom wouldn’t let him. So they sat on the bench instead.

Maybe that was right for her son. I know all kids are different and have different needs. I do believe in trying something again if they fall so they’re not fearful, but I also know that can be hard as a parent. That scenario made me reflect on how often I say, “Be careful” or say it by my actions. It made me want to open my hands more so my kids aren’t afraid, but feel confident and capable. Most importantly, I want my kids to take to heart the powerful words of Jesus, “Do not worry” and to get their confidence from Him.

Lord, please replace our worries with your peace. I pray each person reading this would experience the power that comes from believing in you and going after your kingdom. Thank you, Lord, that you are far beyond the things of this world. Your love surpasses all. Your peace surpasses all. Your greatness surpasses all. Please lift up each person reading this now. You see them. You know them. You hear them. Lord, please come quickly to them and bless them immensely with the presence and power of your Spirit. Your Kingdom. Your Love. You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.