"I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes" (Psalm 101:2b-3a).

I can still picture my two little daughters playing their favorite game during recess time from homeschooling. With the "Little House" books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder as their inspiration, they loved becoming Mary and Laura whenever playing alone or with friends. Since we had read the entire series several times during our nightly story time, I shouldn't have been surprised this was their favorite game. Living in the heart of the Midwest made the stories even more alive in their imaginations.

Time and again I saw the influence of a story or book on the hearts and minds of my children. The literature they read was not only processed as information, but it also became the seedbed for their imaginations in play. Therefore, choosing the right books became crucially important, since their character development was affected by them. Thankfully, there was always one book we could rely on to communicate a message we wanted our children to hear. My young children never tired of hearing the Old Testament stories of Moses, Joseph, Gideon, Samson, David, and the like.

What about you? As a homeschooling parent, where do you go with your imagination when you have time for yourself? Does your imagination lead you into the spiritual truths you've learned from the Bible, or does it play tempting "what if" games with the ungodly mental pictures you've seen in magazines, books, movies, and TV? Today, the influences for evil in the world are everywhere, but God's Word exhorts us to take every thought captive to the mind of Christ, including our imaginations (2 Corinthians 10:5). Wouldn't you hate to imagine what you may become if you don't? "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death" (James 1:14-15).

Father, forgive me for using my imagination for evil instead of good. Expose those secret places in my thoughts that I think You don't see. Show me again how to meditate on Your Word to live in a way that pleases You. In Jesus' name, Amen.