Day 98

Last February we flew from Dallas to Anaheim with our son Gus who was three at the time and our daughter Beau who was nine months old.  It was a long day, but we were all pumped about going to Disney Land the next morning!  We unpacked our suitcases, packed our lunches for the next day, and put the kids to bed.  We had a suite so the kids slept in the front part of the room, Gus on the fold out couch and Beau in a little pack n play.

Around 3 a.m. my husband Josh and I who were sleeping in the connecting bedroom hear the door to the hall way opening and closing.  Josh jumps up and finds our three year old Gus trying to get out of the room.  Thank goodness for the top door locks!  Josh put him in bed with us and the next morning we asked him what he was doing trying to leave in the middle of the night.  He told us that he heard Mickey Mouse saying to him, “get up, it’s time to go to Disney Land!”  He even used his best Mickey voice when explaining to us what he thought he heard.

We let him know it wasn’t Mickey and that it wasn’t safe to leave the hotel room without mom and dad.  I heard this verse the other day and it reminded me of that situation.

Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

We of course want to guard our hearts from things that are evil like immorality, complaining, and disobedience, but we also have to guard our hearts from the lies that the enemy tells us.

Satan is a liar and he’s pretty good at it.  He is the father of lies.  He knows how to disguise his voice and if your heart isn’t guarded his lies will find a way in.

Above all else we are to guard our heart.  How do we do that?

Philippians 4:7 (Rick Renner’s Greek Breakdown) And the peace of God—a peace so wonderful that it cannot be compared to any other type of peace; a peace that stands in a category by itself and rises far above and goes beyond anything the human mind could ever think, reason, imagine, or produce by itself—will stand at the entrance of your heart and mind, working like a guard to control, monitor, and screen everything that tries to access your mind, heart, and emotions.

Trying to guard your heart on your own is impossible.  So let the peace of God do it’s job.  Hire it as the full time guard of your heart, you won’t be disappointed with it’s performance.  It was designed to help you decipher truth from lies.

Gus really thought he heard Mickey that night, so much so he was about to head off to Disney Land without us at 3 a.m. in his pajamas with no shoes on.  Thankfully, he had a guard.  The top lock on the door kept him from getting out.  You have a guard.  The peace of God is like the top lock on the door to your heart, and it will keep the lies of the enemy from getting in.  Present every thought to the guard and if the guard doesn’t like it, then it’s not the voice you want to follow.

  1. The peace of God that guards my heart!
  2. Gus did not escape that night.
  3. Rick Renner’s Greek expertise.  He can really make a scripture come alive!
  4. The veterans who served our country in the past and the ones who are serving now!  The real heroes.
  5. Justin Haggard – my nephew, a Navy veteran.
  6. Courtney Haggard – my niece, a Navy veteran.
  7. Murle Wagner – my grandpa, a WW2 veteran.
  8. Harry Newsom – my grandpa, a WW2 veteran.
  9. Everyone slept great last night!
  10. Got to wake up my two sweet kids and send them on a scavenger hunt to let them know we were leaving for Disney World this afternoon.
  11. Gus & Beau loved their Disney PJs they found this morning.
  12. They loved the toys my mom sent them too.
  13. Gus was totally surprised!  He was not expecting it at all even though everything he found on the scavenger hunt was Disney related.
  14. We got the whole hunt on video.
  15. I was strong enough to load our huge, heavy suitcases by myself this morning since Josh had to be at church.
  16. God totally held back the severe thunder storms that were supposed to be in Dallas today.
  17. Nice relaxing morning.  Kids watched cartoons while I finished packing and checking all of my lists twice.
  18. The awesome customized Disney World maps we got from Disney.  Gus had fun studying them this morning and plotting out his day tomorrow.
  19. Flights were all on time!
  20. Kids were angels on both flights!
  21. All of Josh’s hard work finding fun shows for the kids to watch and loading them onto the iPod paid off!  They made the kids happy and the flights easy.
  22. A guy at the airport saw me and Beau looking for Cheetos at Subway and there was none left so he gave us his bag he hadn’t opened yet.
  23. All luggage arrived with us!
  24. We found our hotel without getting lost.
  25. Heard some sweet 90s hits on satellite radio.
  26. Kids both passed out as soon as got them into bed.
  27. The lady at the front desk gave me free wi-fi for a week, instead of charing me $9 a day!
  28. A VERY blessed, VERY smooth, VERY awesome travel day.

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