Krista Lynn Campbell

matters of the heart

The thick envelope exposed the secret. In addition to a donation request, the American Heart Association enclosed return address labels decorated for Valentine’s Day.

Be Mine” and “With Love” written across red and gold hearts adorned each sticky label. Reminders to be kind to my heart, go easy on the chocolate, and spread some love to VISA, AT&T, and Met-Ed.

Matters of the heart fuel the sale of roses and chocolate in February. Hallmark inquires: Will you be my Valentine? 

But an 8-year-old girl’s love for her father goes deeper. Rosmeiry lives in the Dominican Republic and understands matters of the heart in the purest sense. In her recent letter, she asked for prayer, not for her, but for her father.

Pray for my Dad to know Jesus.”

At her young age, she captured the most important matter concerning every heart. A simple question with eternal consequences. Do you know Jesus? 

In the New Testament, Saul generated disruption until his heart encountered Jesus. Under the blinding light on a Damascus road, the Great Physician performed a matter-of-the-heart surgery. Hate and evil removed; Love and Light added.

Saul, now Paul, finally knew peace and love because he knew Jesus. Paul’s Spirit-inspired words explain the simplicity of knowing Jesus.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 NIV

Matters of the heart are life-changing. They endure; unlike candy, roses, and decorated address labels.

Rosmeiry understands the matter of her father’s heart. He needs to know Jesus. This February, I pray her father will declare with his mouth, believe in his heart, and know Jesus.

Each month throughout 2019, I’ll share how a child encouraged or challenged me. Each one has blessed me.

February 2019: Pray so others will know Jesus like Rosmeiry’s father.

January 2019:  Joy, thanks to a handsome charro.

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