Sunday, May 8, 2011

God & Mom

"I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and now, I am sure, dwells in you" (2 Timothy 1:5).

What an encouragement it is to have Godly mother's, grandmothers, and other women that God has brought into our lives, to encourage us, to love us and nurture us, like only a mother can.  Being a mom is hard-work, time consuming, and can become very discouraging.  No, I don't know this from first-hand experience, because well, I'm not a mom!  But I have had the privileged opportunity to see God use some incredible women in this truly unique role.

From my own mother, to whom I am forever thankful for and grateful to, to several other women that God has used to love me, shape me, and challenge me, and further on to my wife, who is the greatest blessing a child could ever hope, wish, pray for, or imagine!  They are encouragers, yet at times, whether they ever realize, notice, or admit, also need encouragement.

So, as a mother's day blessing, I pray that you join me in this word of encouragement to all of the mothers in our lives; that God would continue to greatly encourage them...

...with His PRESENCE.  Mom's can't be everywhere at all times, but God is.  He is with you when you are crying out for peace.  He's with you when you wonder if anyone really notices all that you do.  He's there with you early in the morning when you are spending time with just Him, and He's with you throughout the day until you close your eyes for the last time.  And even then, He's right there beside you, holding together all of the things that you feared my fall a part.

...with His POWER.  Though it may seem this way, mom's really can't do it all.  It's OK, you were never meant to.  His power is great and more than able to strengthen you for every task that He has called you to do.  When you are weak, He is strong.  His strength is made perfect in you weakness.  You can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you!

...with His Peace.  Mom's get discouraged, too.  It happens when you give in to the busyness of the day, when the "to do" list seems so much greater than the "to done" list.  It occurs when those you love really do begin to go down their own path, and good or bad, you worry about them and hope that you really did all that you could do.  Don't worry.  Give them to Him.  He loves them more than you ever could.  And He is the God of ALL peace.  A peace that passes all understanding; a calm that doesn't make sense.  Rest, today, in the peace of God.

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