Today's Blessing

Forgiveness is more than a pardon you give to others; it’s a gift you give yourself as well. Forgiveness involves honest soul searching – “I too have sinned and God has forgiven me, therefore I extend the same mercy to others”. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us how to pray. I pray the “Lord’s Prayer” several times a week – a good habit to follow.

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6: 12, NIV)

 

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Dear Mom,

Have you ever planted a “tree seed?” The instructions were to plant the seeds and when the seedlings start to mature, pick out the best two and discard the rest. Kind of shocking really, but that’s the instructions. I am relieved that God doesn’t select us that way, keep the best mothers and chuck the rest? I am so thankful that God keeps all His seedlings. He knows us inside and out, and sweet mom – and He loves us still.

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
(Psalm 139:16, NLT)

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Dear Mom,

A quick-tempered person finds themselves in all kinds of trouble. You either know someone with a short fuse, or sweet mom – it’s you! Oftentimes we bury hurt and pain, without ever taking the time to work through it, and unfortunately, that never works. Burying something alive means just that, it’s still alive. If I am describing you today, seek out wise counsel and if counselling isn’t available, go to the great Counsellor, and allow God to heal you from the inside out. He created you, so He knows how to fix everything that is eating away at your peace. Jesus loves you.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3, NIV)

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Dear Mom,

When my oldest child was 15, the others were 13, 11, 3, 2. Raising older ones, and little ones at the same time, felt like I was being s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d as a mother – somewhat similar to an elastic band. Perhaps you feel the same way today, s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d. We are not just moms, but consultants and counsellors, we’re always cooks and housekeepers, and then throw in a full-time job, and yes, moms can feel s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d. My best advice – stay close to Jesus. He said, “Come to me if you are weary and I will give you rest.” His promise and His invitation, is for you.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV)

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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)

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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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”.

 

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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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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)