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Being A Mother

On my walk over to work this morning I was just reflecting on being a mother. My girls are away on summer vacation for two weeks visiting with their dad. Yes I’m in a blended family, my husband and I both have three children so we have six altogether and this is the first time that my girls have gone and are gonna be away for this amount of time. I was just thinking about how much I miss them. At the same time I was thinking about breakfast. I try to keep things in my office for a quick bite. Then I thought about how I didn’t have anything left in my cabinet because my youngest daughter would come over after school and she’s eaten up all of the snacks in my office. And I was just thinking about how much I missed them.
It caused me to reflect back and think that if I had known that I would have three kids and could love them so much I never would have believed it. I know when I was a young girl I played pretend and I dreamed of a husband and children but it was just my imagination. I don’t think I ever had the actual reality that those things would one day be real and here I am today. I have three kids!
I may not be the best mother in the world but I love my children. I spoil them, I chastised them. I get angry with them and I love them. I come running when they call. My son is a young adult know and so he calls more than the girls. And no matter how old he gets I come running when he calls. But I love them more through ever instance. I do each of these things because of my love for them.
This made me reflect and think about God’s love towards us. Because of his love for us, we have on the inside of us his love and the things we do for our children God does that and so much more for us. He loves us, he chastises us, he gets angry with us. He hurts when he has to chastise us at times, but he loves us with an unconditional love. And when we are away, we’ve gone outside of his will he yet still loves us. When we’re off doing other things he’s still right where he’s always been loving us. Kind of like I’m doing right now with my children. They are away, they’re doing what they want to do right now with their dad.
But I still love them. I’m still making plans for them. I’m still preparing them for their future. I’m still raising them up in holiness. I’m still being their mother. And I thank God that he loves us with an unconditional love. With that love, he nurtures us, he protects us, he cares for us, he provides for us, he keeps us safer then we can keep our own children. How because he is greater than anything we could ever be and he is omnipresent. His hand is mighty and strong. The song says He’s got the whole world in his hands. And what we as mothers cannot do for our children, our prayer request sent up to God can. Today I just want to take the time to say I cherish the relationship, intimacy, and the unconditional love that God has for us.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that you have given me the gift of being a mother and three gifts that call me mom. I do not take it for granted that you have entrusted me as the caretaker of these three little souls. Help me to know them in the spirit. To nurture them and train them up in holiness and righteousness and in the way that they should go. So that when they are older, what has been planted n the inside of them will be watered by you and in you they will never depart.
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My Everything

My everything

This song has been ringing in my spirit all day. I’ve had to listen to it several times today and each time there is an excitement that rises from the depths of me. Why? Because I resolve to glorify God no matter what my life looks like. No matter what God allows me to experience, I WILL WORSHIP HIM!!!

I have been up and I have been down. I have experienced blessings and lack. But through it all I am still here to say with God I persevered. I am still persevering and pressing on in the things of God.

Once my brother in Christ told me that I was resilient.
re·sil·ient
rəˈzilyənt/ adjective

1. (of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.
“babies are generally far more resilient than new parents realize”
synonyms: strong, tough, hardy; More
quick to recover, buoyant, irrepressiblequick to recover, buoyant, irrepressible
“young and resilient”
2. (of a substance or object) able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed.
“a shoe with resilient cushioning”
synonyms: flexible, pliable, supple; durable, hardwearing, stout, strong, sturdy, tough
“resilient materials”

I was going through a storm and it seemed like storm after storm was rolling through without a break in-between. And with each one I was hit hard and I cried for a short time, prayed and cried before God some more. But because of the hope I have in Jesus Christ, each time I was able to get up off the floor and face the trials with a smile on my face. Very few knew what I was facing, mainly just my brother in Christ who was and is a GREAT encouragement to me and my pastor.

Even now I take my issues and burdens to God in prayer, with tears in my eyes and a praise on my lips. Because I know that He is my true Comforter, Problem solver, Protector, Provider, my Everything.

Have you made Him your Everything? If you have not, try it, try Him…

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Judging With Evil Thoughts

Mechanical MindJames 2:1-4

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with the respect of persons.

2For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;

3And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:

4Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

Lesson:

God shows no favoritism. He does not treat one bad because he sins and the other good because he worships Him. He loves us all the same. Therefore we should treat each other in the same manor. That is living for the glory of God.

But we treat each other a certain way according to the life we live, the way we look and the material possessions we have. We treat the people that have money and earthly possessions with respect and the poor man that is dirty and homeless like he/she is not worthy enough to be in our presence. The word says that those are evil thoughts. We don’t believe that this is wrong but it is. Evil thoughts lead to evil actions.

How many of us see a homeless person or just a person suffering or going without, and we walk right pass them and they are asking for our help but we ignore them. The main phrase that comes from most peoples mouth is “I got mine, your better get yours” or ” If I can go out and work for myself so can you.” This is what you need to know, God blessed you with what you have so that you may be a blessing to someone else.

Think about this, what if it was you in the poor man’s position and you needed help. How many times do we ask God to help us? The same way we want Him to help us is the same way He wants us to help His people.

Let us change the way we think about each other. Let us show the same respect one to another. Judge not each other according to the possessions we have or have not. Start looking at each other as souls that need to be saved, hearts that need to be turned towards God.

I will leave you with this:

Phillippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

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