Today's Blessing

A wise mother keeps a tight reign on her tongue where as a foolish one blurts out a whole lot of nonsense. A prudent person listens more then they speak while a foolish individual will pour out all they know. Think before breaking the silence today sweet mom. You can’t retrieve one single word…

The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil. (Proverbs 15:28, NKJV)

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Dear Mom,

Is anxiety knocking at your door today? It happens sweet mom. God says, “Give me your cares and I’ll give you my peace.” To be honest, waiting for some answers to prayer can be agonizingly painful and to remain at rest in the process, is contrary to our natural way of thinking. Nonetheless, God tells us not to be anxious, worried or troubled. I remind myself often:

“Do not be anxious about anything… God will make a way.” I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27, NLT)

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Dear Mom,

After a very tiring day of meeting everyone’s needs, Jesus and His disciples escaped to the “peace of the sea”. At some point during the night, a storm arose and with Jesus so exhausted, He didn’t hear a thing. Sweet mom, can you identify? I’m sure you can. Once Jesus went to sleep, He stayed asleep. He was so drained. Isn’t it wonderful He understands our weariness? Jesus understands everything.

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest”. Mark 6:31

 

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Dear Mom,

Children often ‘act out’ as their only means of expressing “something is not right in my world.” As mothers, our reactions must be more mature than their outbursts. I heard a quote once that carried me through many troubles, “Blessed are the children whose parents have already grown up.” We need God every moment to keep us calm, sane and not act like a child ourselves. Whisper His Name next time you feel done in. He is right where you are.

“Love is patient and kind … is not irritable … endures through every circumstance”. 1 Corinthians 13

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Dear Mom,

A teenager’s cry: Who will love me just for me? Does anyone care? Can I ever be forgiven for being so dumb? Will I make it? Do I have what it takes to succeed in life? Dear sweet mom, you and I have both been there … be compassionate with your child. We are “training” them – they are not there yet. It will take 18+ years to complete your assignment, and then some. Love them with no strings attached and see what God will do.

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance” I Corinthians 13: 4-7

 

 

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Dear Mom,

I encourage you sweet Mom, refuse to be weighed down with past sins, failures and wrong choices; and don’t waste another minute feeling guilty. We beat ourselves up for things we should have done the, “woulda, coulda, shoulda” mentality. To move ahead – if it’s possible – ask forgiveness of others, embrace the present, and sprint towards your future. It’s a new day – fix what you can and move on. Choose the path of peace.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:24, NIV)

This World Is Not Our Home

This World Is Not Our Home

In the last few years’ peace around the globe has vanished. You don’t have to look far to realize, this world is not our home.

It seems every week there is another attack somewhere on our planet.

Where does one go that is safe anymore?

I have a husband who travels globally, yes, the world is a different place then even a few years ago.

How do you make sense of it all? How do we continue to live in such a volatile place with hostile people? People who cheat, steal, kill and lie.

And we know where lies come from … Jesus speaks directly to those who oppose the gospel in John. Kind of a harsh text but will explain a few things.

“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies”. John 8:44

Sums up who is at the crux of evil – the father of lies – the evil one.

As followers of Jesus, we should not be afraid. Jesus speaks to us:

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid”. John 14:27

A few years ago we had an overseas friend visit us for supper. She had lived through the civil war in Uganda and after the meal as we chatted over tea, I asked her, “How did you make it through such fear, suffering and terror?”

Softly she replied, “The just shall live by faith”. She simply believed she would live by God’s grace and did whatever it took to survive.

In our new age of terror – we do not have to be terrorized.

Jesus lived in an age where there was great upheaval as well. One day He comforted His disciples with these words:

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”. John 14:1-3

May you too be comforted as you read the words of Jesus.

Faith is keeping an unwavering confidence in God regardless of what is going on worldwide, or in our personal lives.

My friend was right.

“ … the just shall live by faith”.   Habakkuk 2:4

Today’s Prayer:

 Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for speaking peace to Your followers and for promising to be with us no matter what. You see what is going on in our world and in my life – I choose to live by faith, You will never leave me or forsake me.

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Dear Mom,

Life is full of delays of one sort or another. Be it a late start, crying babies, a red light or the dreaded irritation, the slowest line at the grocery store – something is always forcing us to slow down. Jesus says to us – rest awhile. As a busy mom, it’s almost impossible some days to find a minute to stop… however, if you don’t come apart – you’ll fall apart. Spend a few moments every day in God’s presence.

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest”. Mark 6:31

Lake Louise

Dear Mom,

While it is excellent to have a wise mentor or friend, God extends a friendship to you that is beyond compare. He listens intently, cares completely and knows what you should do in every circumstance. He has all wisdom, keeps your secrets and gives full support to your successes. There is no one more faithful. Express your love to Him while you drive to work or take your lunch or make lunches for your little people. Imagine you can see Him – He’s right with you.

       “Trust in the Lord at all times … pour out your heart before Him”.  Psalm 62:8 

 

Summer Rest

Dear Mom,

This summer, take a little time out to recharge. All too soon schedules and the oh-so-daily-routine will begin again, so take time to slow down. It would be nice to just float around on a catamaran, however, chances are that’s not possible 🙂 so … take the kids to a park or have a coffee and sit quietly on your lunch hour… your body and mind need to coast. You’ll never live this day or have this summer again. Enjoy.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven …”. Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Dear Mom,

As I trekked along a dusty path in a needy nation, my heart was steadily breaking. I could not help but think that Jesus came to set every captive free, bring relief to the afflicted and love to the downtrodden. In your world today sweet mom, there are women all around you that need a glimmer of hope. In your busy-ness, do not overlook them. Just a smile tells someone “you matter” – behind every heart is a secret sorrow, it’s so important to be kind.

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance” I Corinthians 13: 4-7