I was at a wedding recently and heard the very-much-in-love couple repeat their vows. “For better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others”. I thought to myself, 'everyone starts out like this and then later, so many call it quits'. I believe I have the answer, “selfishness”. One or both people decided to put themselves first.
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… (I Corinthians 13: 4-7, NLT)
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
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
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.
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)
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)
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)
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
Whenever you are not sure what to do, set aside your own human reasoning and listen for the quiet voice of God. As you take a few moments each day to read your Bible, even learn a verse by heart during your commute – your day with go much better. God wants to guide you each day sweet mom; to partner with you, to help you in all your decisions, to give your problems – solutions. He’s with you and promises to never leave you. During my life, I’ve proved that promise to be 100% true.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go …”. Psalm 32:8
Naomi was in deep despair. First her husband died, and then her two sons. Can you imagine such a situation? Life was nothing but hardship for Naomi. However, God continued to write her story and weaved a remarkable turn of events. Over time, her daughter-in-law Ruth married a distant relative Boaz, and they had a son – whose lineage traces all the way to Jesus. God always has a plan – we can trust Him.
” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11
I trust you are reading your Bible each day. Everything you need to be a godly woman is written in God’s Word. Often we surf the net or read all kinds of books, trying to find a formula to live right, when it has already been written – we just need to read and obey. Sweet mom, take time to leaf through its pages and absorb eternal truth. God’s living word will change you.
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you”. Psalm 119:11