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,

All the books in the world doesn’t prepare you for the reality of parenting. Thankfully, we have a Heavenly Father who understands us, and understands our children perfectly. I was talking to a mom with identical twins, and she said in amazement, “Every day I am in awe, they look exactly alike, but their personalities are completely different. I have to handle, even these two, individually.” I marvel at God’s creativity, we are truly, distinct masterpieces. You, sweet mom, are one-of-a-kind and fearfully and wonderfully made. God approves of you.

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. (Psalm 139: 13,14, NLT)

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Dear Mom,

If you are completely burnt out – often up until the wee hours of the morning trying to accomplish all your tasks, I pray that God renews your strength today. The Bible says when we are weak and completely spent, He is so incredibly strong. In a sense, we absorb the strength of the Lord, the “joy” of the Lord is our strength! Sweet mom, God is looking after you – rest earlier tonight and sleep well – He is watching over you.

In vain you rise early and stay up late … for he grants sleep to those He loves. (Psalm 127:2, NIV)

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Dear Mom,

There is a purpose for everything under the sun. A time to work and a time to relax. A time to laugh and a time to cry. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to speak and a time to be quiet. A time to destroy and a time to repair. Sweet mom, what season are you in? Is it baby time? Or primary schooling years? (or both!) Is it the teenage season? Or college years? (or both!) Maybe you are in the empty nest season and your children have their own lives. Our life resembles a book, and is divided into chapters, and each chapter is a “time.” God is with us in every season, and each day we breathe, is a gift.

To everything there is a season. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, NIV)

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I watched a fascinating documentary.

A lone polar bear was caught in a quick spring thaw.

This big fella had been enjoying the end of winter; relaxing in the sun and frolicking on the ice, until the warm sun caught him by surprise and the ice starting melting beneath him.

What was his welcomed friend one minute, became his dreaded enemy the next.

Realizing his grave problem and clearly bewildered, how would he survive now? He kept lumbering from ice flow to ice flow in a desperate search to spot land. Now too weak to even catch his food, hunger became his enemy as well.

With no other options for strength, he slowed his pace to barely moving.

Occasionally, he would look up trying to spot land – and lay back down again, disappointed. He was losing hope.

Eventually, after floating for days – he saw his desired haven in the distance. Bravely, leaving his piece of ice, he drifted towards shore.

Sometimes we are caught unawares too. Something seems innocent enough, when suddenly things change and we find ourselves in trouble.

From time to time, we all live on thin ice. Our enemy, is out to kill, steal and destroy and he never lets up.

God’s word gives us a warning:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8, 9 (NKJV)

Now that we have His warning, we also have His promise.

“For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)

God always has a solution to every problem. Trust Him – and you will make it.

Today’s Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I often feel like I’m on “thin ice”. Please make me alert to the enemy’s tactics of discouragement. Deliver me from evil I pray”.

 

A minute for moms

Dear Mom,

During a fierce fire storm in Fort McMurray, Canada, I listened to a young man’s story, as he watched everything he owned go up in flames. “I felt like Job,” he said. “Who, like me, lost everything, and amidst my devastation, I heard God whisper, “Will you still trust Me?” With a heart soft towards his Heavenly Father, he responded, “Yes Lord, I will still trust you.” May we always do the same.

Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times…pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us (a fortress and a high tower). (Psalm 62:8, AB)

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Dear Mom,

As hard as it is, don’t be discouraged in your child’s maturity progress. Every child develops at a different rate. Ask any farmer and they will tell you: seeds – generally – grow – slow. As you patiently wait and water, (often with tears) you can expect a good harvest. Proverbs 31, is not an impossible dream, but an example of seeds planted well, and in due time, a harvest was reaped. Read those verses before you sleep tonight and be encouraged.

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. (Proverbs 31:28,29, NKJV)

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Dear Mom,

Everyone needs a great friend, especially a mom. We dream about someone who is loyal, trustworthy and kind. A friend you can open up your heart too, and they will hold it gently. We visualize a friend who would never leave us under any circumstances, someone who completely understands everything about us. Sweet Mom, there is only one friend such as this, and His Name is Jesus. Even though we can’t see Him, we can feel Him…God gave Him to us, because He knew, we needed someone just like Him. Talk to Him today.

A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24, NKJV)

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Dear Mom,

Perhaps you have just received some disappointing news. Disappointments are so hard. Be assured sweet mom, nothing takes God by surprise. He often corrects situations in roundabout ways, so be patient and see how everything turns out. One thing for sure, God will never leave you; He is on your side. He can make a way and you can make it through.

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms”. Deuteronomy 33:27

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Dear Mom,

God is looking for mothers who are looking for Him. With your solitary life, God can do abundantly, more than you can imagine. The Bible says, Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8) What an invitation! Just draw near. When I was a young mom with a houseful of kids, I couldn’t go a day without asking for His help. Sweet Mom, every day, take a few moments to, “Draw near to God,” and pray.

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. (2 Chronicles 16:9, NKJV)

Dear Mom,

We just don’t like it when our kids complain about making their beds, or emptying the garbage or some other chore you ask them to do. Did you know the Bible says to do everything without complaining? It actually says that… and maybe we should do it ourselves! God’s word is so practical; even down to doing things without grumbling. What a great principle for ourselves and to teach to our children.

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. (Philippians 2:14,15, NLT)