Good Morning! Whatever you have before you today, remember The One who goes before you. He is in control of all you are doing. “I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” Isaiah 45:2-3
Archives for April 2013
May what you are trying to accomplish as a mom be accomplished one step at a time, bit by little bit. Teaching, instructing, leading and guiding as a mother is a process that we take on without having had preparation or very little at best. We lead our children as well as we can while we are being led. We arrive on the scene green and get practiced quickly till we feel blue in the face, or red, purple, just name your color. At times, these teaching moments for us and our children take place while rocking in a glider, standing over the changing table or potty, while pushing a shopping cart at the store, driving in the car to and from activities, on the mattress’ edge, dialoguing before bedtime, or during a zillion other moments when we are mothering. Sometimes during the mundane moments, other times when we
In addition to reading the promises of God, PRAY the promises of God.
“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” Psalm 139:9-10
What are some promises/verses that are most encouraging to you or that you have found to be true?
Sometimes they come in waves, without warning but crash with such force…in other instances they can attack with a subtle, silent pressure with weight that feels too heavy to tolerate. Often hard to shake but not impossible, and can travel like a cold front passing through to its next victim. The source is not always known nor the remedy always found…the blues can be so blue-ish. Some can will them away or prevent them from penetrating into their souls. We all have our attempts at fix-its yet sometimes there’s a place and purpose for those blues. For in those hues and tones, we hear our voice and cries which can give us focus and redirection or a time to just be still with our thoughts and listen to what we need to hear. In them, there is someone who cares. He is the lifter of our heads and knows your heart and cares for you. “Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.” (Psalm 4:1) God hears your prayers today. Where do you need relief from the Blues? How might God be using your blues to show you His greater purpose in your circumstance?
“Settled” is not something we always feel yet there is lots of settling we do in our roles, huh mamas? Perhaps you have to settle for feeling tired all day because it was a hard night or settle for just not having the laundry folded, dishes washed or dishwasher emptied. You may have to settle for the disappointment of not being able to purchase something you’d like for your children because money is super tight, or settle for another evening putting the kids down yourself because your husband is working. Perhaps you are a single mom and have to settle for doing everything on your own. Maybe you have to settle for an old car that is just not running the way it once was, or settle for a meal that came out just so-so. Then there are the diagnoses we have to settle for when the test results are back from the doctor. Sometimes we settle for unfair treatment or someone’s best effort that we deem as merely standard. I am sure you can think of dozens of things you settle for in the course of a day. If we have a heart of gratitude, are we settling as much? If we focus on what we have, is that feeling of settling as strong? “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:10)
Where do you need to settle today in order to feel guided and at peace? How might God be calling you to settle where you are and what might He be asking you to trust Him with? An outcome? An answer? Peace of mind? May you settle well today, mama, and may you be held fast and guided so that settling takes on a fresh foundation.
Regardless of what is going on around you, may what and who is above, bring purpose and peace in all that you do today. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hand and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.” (Deut 6:4-9)
These words are known in Judaism as the “Shema,” the most common Jewish prayer that illustrates the Jewish peoples’ declaration of their faith and allegiance in the One true God. This prayer is often said upon rising in the morning and before turning in for the night. As a child, this was the first prayer I ever learned in my home and while attending Hebrew School–as an adult, it is a prayer I cherish having discovered the fulfilled prophecies of the promised Messiah written in the Old Testament scriptures.
No matter where you are on your faith journey, may you find peace in loving God despite all the ways we can get sidetracked, much like the Israelites did when Moses recited these words as a cornerstone for living. May your day be shaped by God’s love and filled with His Shalom, His peace.
I think we all have those moments when we feel alone–like we have been abandoned to our circumstances and there’s no way out. Remember that God is with you–through unfair hardships, unjust treatment, personal feelings of disappointment and hopes dashed, He is with you. Just like in the life of Joseph, God will extend kindness and graciousness right into your hardship. It is in those tough situations or during intense feelings when we often see more of God than when we are flying over pastures on our own accord–with a dependence and a peace that can enable us to soar even higher than we can in our humanness, in our own strength. “The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his (his master’s) eyes and became his attendant.” Gen 39:3-4 God still has a purpose for you even in the difficult moments of the day or in those longer seasons of suffering. May you find His favor–and the richness of His company, all the way through.