Kellie has been a friend and Mom Heart group leader for many years. Last weekend, she was part of a Leadership Intensive at Sally’s home in Colorado. Here are some of her thoughts on the exhortation we received from Sally.What is integrity? What does it look like in our daily lives as women, mothers and representatives of Christ?Last weekend at Sally’s leadership intensive we were encouraged to ponder our own lives of integrity. One specific question Sally asked was, “Are your lives consistent at home and in public?”The dictionary defines integrity as 1. The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. 2. The state of being whole and undivided.
As for you, if you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, just as I promised to your father David, saying, “You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.” 1 Kings 9:4-5
As a Mom Heart leader considering the question, I must ask myself if there are any ways in which my public and private lives are different from each other. In order to live "whole and undivided" in Christ, my actions and attitudes should match inside and outside my home.Am I quick to forgive a mom in my group from an offense but not my own children? Or what about vice versa?Am I having my own quiet times and seeking the Lord for direction in ministry as well as my home?Am I building up both my children and husband as well as my Mom Heart group members?Are there private sins that must be addressed in my own life?If we have integrity of heart and cherish obedience over compromise, 1 Kings offers us a reward. The heart of David, strengthened in the promises, ordinances, and statutes of God, yielded a harvest of Christ, who is on the throne of Israel forever!What a blessing I find this Autumn morning as I consider the ways of the Lord and integrity in my own life and Mom Heart Ministry.
Proverbs 2:6-7 tells us, For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those to walk in integrity.
May the Lord be your shield today as you walk in integrity.
Kellie and Sally at the Leadership Intensive