A Minute for Moms

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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Dear Mom,

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

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Dear Mom,

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

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Dear Mom,

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

 

Doing Good

There are needy people all around us.

You don’t have to look far to find someone to encourage.

While on his way to work one day, my son saw a man sleeping on a park bench.

A quick thought entered his mind, “I should leave him my lunch”.

Now when you’re in your early twenties to give your food away is a biggie! However, he didn’t debate this “inkling”, he just followed through with his first thought and left his bagged lunch by the sleeping man.

When his stomach growled around noon, my son went to the lunch room just to get a drink; and to his surprise saw a mountain of sandwiches on the table – leftovers from a morning meeting.

I know everything doesn’t always turn out good when we do something good, however, the point here is, God sees everything we do.

To Him, everything we do is a big deal.

We are Christ’s representatives on earth. He only has us.

Kind of sobering really – to think we are all He has.

Actually that’s really sobering.

Years ago I remember seeing a teenage girl sitting on a park bench with her head buried in her hands, obviously distraught. I had a couple of little kids in tow then and I didn’t stop. Yes, I was busy – but that busy? I still remember her.

Maybe she just needed someone to say, “God loves you, He cares for you”. I missed that opportunity and now decades later, I still remember and feel bad.

God’s word teaches us. “Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone …”. (Galatians 6:10)

Of course we have to use common sense and in this day and age of terror, I know we must be careful – however – our smile or kind word might be the only gesture someone receives which says, “you matter”.

Today’s Prayer:

Help me Lord – that whenever I have the opportunity, I will do good to everyone …”. (Galatians 6:10)

Amen.

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This day shouts, “start over” the old is gone and the new has come.

The apostle Paul in the Bible certainly understood the concept of “the old is gone and the new has begun”. He needed a “do-over”.

Read his story and you are quickly aware of his early beginnings. He was full of anger, pride and selfishness; he was one bad dude. Paul was so adamant against Christianity, he made it his goal to destroy as many believers as possible.

He stood by as the apostle Stephen was killed and did nothing. Consented to it actually.

He shut up followers of Jesus in prisons, he had them beaten and killed.

However, even someone like the apostle Paul can change, and change He did. Jesus saw something in Paul, and if channeled correctly – would turn the world upside down. Jesus met him in a vision and changed the trajectory of his life. We are still talking about the life of Paul.

Do you need a directional change? Need a “do-over?”

Like Paul, we cannot change the past, but we can change our end story. Paul dealt with his past in this way, “… but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead”. Philippians 3:13 (NLT)

Did you catch that, “this one thing?”

One thing, he had to put the past behind him and he said, “forget it” and moved on.

Are you dwelling on the past? Failures and wrongs? Even though Paul did despicable things, Jesus pursued him, saved him and gave him a future.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

Paul repented of his past and accepted Christ’s forgiveness … and you can too. I would encourage you today, surrender all your life to Jesus, past, present and future.

It’s the only way to live.

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive my sins and prepare my heart for eternity with You. Make me new – inside and out. I choose today to let the past go and keep my eyes locked on what lies ahead. You have only good plans for me!” Amen.