In the letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul says in verse 1:17 “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance.” As I prepare to become a Father, there are moments that sober the whole experience. Expecting a child is exciting and new for me. There are, however, moments that break through with such clarity, substance, and conviction that I am sure the presence Jesus is manifest in the room with us. The moment we heard our babies heartbeat was one of them. A heartbeat is more than a noise; a heartbeat is proof of a heart & a beating heart is proof of life. What has already come alive in our little baby, is at the center of all of our struggles, joys, and pain: our hearts. Paul prays for the church in Ephesus, not to just see, but to see with their hearts, because the heart is central to the struggle. Jesus said in Luke 6:45: “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his hearthis mouth speaks.” Life happens on the inside, and then oozes its way to the outside. If we allow the good things God has given us to make our hearts beat, they will find their way out of our hearts and into our lives. However, if we allow sin and brokenness to be at the center of our hearts, it will work it’s way out … breaking & messing up stuff on the way out. The heart is where the battle is. What’s winning the battle in your heart? When people hear your heart beating, what are they hearing? +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Also … I will post a video tomorrow that shows our visit to the doctor and you can hear the heart beat!!!!