Today's Blessing

You are set apart by God. You are precious. You are set apart by God. Your life has value. You are set apart by God. He loves you. You are set apart by God. You are important. You are set apart by God. He knows your name. You are set apart by God. You are not just a wife, mother or friend, you are set apart by God for Himself.

You can be sure of this: The LORD set apart the godly for himself. The LORD will answer when I call to him. (Psalm 4:3, NLT)

 

 I have many favourite verses, and this is one of them: “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart”.

Can you imagine all the things Mary had to ponder? All the things she had to think about and mull over and couldn’t tell anyone? From the moment of this unprecedented conception, until Jesus, her son’s, resurrection – her heart must have overflowed with questions, queries, misunderstandings, wonderings, unexplainable happenings, so many day-to-day’s that she didn’t understand – and all she could do was – ponder.

How do I explain to the other children that Jesus’ father is really God?

Will my other kids accept the fact that Jesus is divine?

Do I treat the ‘Son of God’ different than my other children?

How do I raise this child? This promised child. God’s Son?

Why did God choose me, I wonder?

Am I up for the task?

Remember, Mary had no idea what was in store for this Son of hers. She didn’t receive the whole picture. When the angel asked her to take part in this unprecedented plan, she simply said – yes, without knowing, one day her heart would be crushed to pieces.

Mary just lived, ordinarily. Doing day to day stuff. Just like you and me.

But, she pondered. The Bible says, she ‘pondered and treasured’ all these things in her heart.

So how can we apply that scripture?

Pondering gives you time to speak respectively and intelligently… rather than, well you know… losing it and letting useless words flow like a river. Therefore, pondering is a virtue! An asset worth striving for!

And ‘treasuring’, I love that phrase. That means, all those beautiful life moments, the ‘treasure filled ones’ – we simply tuck them away in our heart for sweet reflection.

Mary. She’s in heaven right now, sweet Mary. She’s worshipping the very Child she bore on that Christmas morn. And, soon, those of us who acknowledge Jesus as the Saviour of the world, we will be worshipping Him too.

He’s coming again! Soon!

Merry Christmas!

Recently, I had the great joy and privilege of being present at the birth of my son and daughter-in-law’s fifth child.

As I witnessed this precious soul, labouring to bring forth another child – I thought of the young Mary. Did she too experience labour pains? Did she too, almost die – to give birth? Or was it somehow divine? Did Joseph deliver this Christ child? This Child of promise? No doubt he had never witnessed a birth. How did he even know what to do? Was there another mother close by that helped? Did he rummage through their things, to find “swaddling” clothes? Did he look around and quickly clean out a cow’s feeder, the manager – to place his newborn son? I wonder…

So many ponderings of that first Christmas.

What we do know is, Mary lived through the birthing process and Jesus was born. Certainly not with the pomp deserving of a King, but humbly, quietly – exactly like He comes to us today.

And today, Jesus still speaks. “I was born. And 33 years later, I died. For you. To take away your sins. To reconcile you back to a Holy God.”

His question to us is: “Will you love me back? Will you live for me? Will you trust me even when my ways are puzzling?”

Heart searching questions as we close out 2019 and begin another year, another decade.

My answer is: “Yes, Jesus! A thousand times YES! I will love you back. I will trust You and live for You! Yes, yes, Jesus!”

You can make that your commitment for 2020! Or… make that promise to the Lord today!

“Yes, Yes, Jesus! Thank you for Christmas… for coming… I choose YOU!”

 

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Dear Mom,

Miriam was a very courageous mother of the Bible. Completely hiding her baby boy from tyrants, she devised a plan to save her son. It worked. Her little boy was rescued by a queen and grew up in a palace. In fact, he changed the course of history – his name was Moses. Dear sweet mom, you never know what God has in store for YOUR child. Pray, be wise and stay strong for your children.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”. Galatians 6:9 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mom,

God knows the secrets of the heart. Everything you have ever done or even thought of doing, God is aware; there is no hiding from Him. He loves us sweet mom, regardless of our failures and foolish choices. I know it’s hard for our minds to comprehend that Jesus simply forgives us when we ask. He is so kind and merciful. As this old year draws to a close and a new year stretches before us – put the past in the past and mark “ancient history”.  Receive Christ’s forgiveness and move on.  Jesus can make us “whiter than snow”.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. 1 John 1:9

 

Dear Mom,

Know today you are set apart by God. To be “set apart” means you are not ordinary, not just another mother on the roster of life. God has no favourites and regardless of your mistakes, in His eyes, you are number one. Sometimes you may feel inadequate, or not up for the task; allow me to encourage you today, YOU have what it takes. You are called, anointed and equipped; with God on your side, you can be an exceptional mom!

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease”. Lamentations 3: 22.23

 

Dear Mom,

Whenever you are not focused on your immediate task “pray”; which in simple terms means “commune with God”. Develop the habit of conversing, mulling over situations and asking God’s opinion on all matters. You will find your personal relationship with God maturing, your faith strengthened and a trust developing in your Creator which cannot be shaken. I pray this for you. Talk to your Father which is in heaven … often … throughout your day – such sweet communion.

“Pray without ceasing …”. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

 

 

Dear Mom,

You probably have done this: thrown a stone into the water and observed the ripples; they flitter on and on. Sweet mom, I know you’ve noticed, the current of your life affects everyone around you. As a mom of five, I came to the realization very early on, that my words would never be forgotten; consequently, I’d better keep a tight rein on my tongue! Keep a diligent watch on your “outflow,” God will help you keep your words good.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up. (Ephesians 4:29, NIV)

 

 

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Dear Mom,

As mothers, we are often pulled in many different directions. If you have little ones, you’re physically exhausted and if you have big ones, your mentally exhausted, and if you have both, – your physically and mentally worn out. From time to time, we need to take a step back, and ask God about our schedules. What it is God wants us to do, or not do? Sometimes our hectic agendas contribute to our exhaustion, simply because we can’t say no. Enlist God’s help and stay as balanced as possible.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30, NKJV)

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Dear Mom,

It had been a rainy fall and the field was laden with pumpkins. Usually, as a family, we all gathered them together, but on this particular day no one wanted to help. Irritated, I stomped out to the muddy field myself. I hadn’t gone too far when my foot caught on a pumpkin vine and down I went – head first in the mud. I ate humble pie that day; especially when I walked in the house and past my five kids – all covered in mud! Note to self: don’t do that again.

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. (James 1:19, NLT)

 

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Dear Mom,

God wanted your children on planet earth, and gave them to you. They need you to believe in them sweet mom, and sometimes you will be the only one that does. Allow me to encourage you, always defend your offspring, fight for them, and if they are struggling in the process of growing up, never lose sight of what they can be. God loves them more than you do, and as you pray, God is working behind the scenes. He loves them. He loves you and He cares. Love never fails.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour other, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails”. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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