Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Reflections of Motherhood

I stole this from someone who stole this :)
I couldn’t resist sharing!



IF I COULD GO BACK BEFORE MASON WAS BORN I WOULD TELL MYSELF THAT I AM ONE OF THE BRAVIEST WOMEN I HAVE EVER MET, TO NEVER LOSE HOPE AND TO BE PREPARED BECAUSE LOVING A CHILD IS UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED!

What would you tell yourself?

Friday, May 13, 2011

A Heart that values being a Mother

"Do not forsake your mother's teaching"
Proverbs 1:8 NIV

"There is NO greater place of ministry, position or power than that of a mother".

I guess when I first became a christian these words wouldnt have spoken to me. I was not a Mom. God had not yet taught me the truth of this statement and honestly I probaly would have missed it.

I reflected upon these verses after Mason was "out of the woods"... Now what? I thought. I have a Husband, a home to manage, a child to raise and a full steam career ahead.... I reflected upon this possibility and it was completely foriegn to me.

God opened my eyes and turned my thoughts around.

When I became a mother I spent most of my prayer time and study time in the word with the headline of HEALING... Now that our life had calmed down and would be considered by most normal - I changed my time with the Lord. My headline shifted from "Healing" to "Motherhood as Ministry".

This passion grew from hearing comments about the "privilege" of being a mother, the awesome "responibility" of raising children for God, and the role of the Mother in training and discipling her little ones.

Pink Marker to the pages of scripture continued to teach, stir up and point out what I needed to discover as a mother.

A Passion for teaching God's Word:
We as mothers can do many things for our children, but teaching God's word must be our passion.
WHY? Because God's word has value for salvation and value for eternity.
The apostle Paul teaches that "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17)

Hearing - talking about Gods infidiate love...

The first step to this is putting yourself in check. You as a mother must have passion for God's word before you can share it with your children.
You must not care if it is the "in" thing or not... (Unfortuntely this can hold people back) and lastly you must make it a priority.

My Mom loves to send "forwards" from her e-mails... Confession - I usually dont read them. (sorry Mom)
Then I got one the other day with the headline "WHY DO YOU GO TO CHURCH"... For a second I thought - is she asking me this question???? What would I say?

Intriqued I opened the e-mail.

Here is what was inside: If you are spiritually alive, you will love this. If you are spiritually dead... You may not feel comfortable reding this. If you are spiritually curious, there is still hope!

Why go to Church?
A Church "goer" wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. 'I've gone for 30 years now,' he wrote, 'and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.'

This started a real controversy in the 'Letters to the Editor' column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
'I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this... They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work.
If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.
Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!' When you are DOWN to nothing.... God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, 'Jesus, could you get that for me?
NOTHING IS SO POTENT AS THE SILENT INFLUENCE OF A GOOD EXAMPLE

Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5


We all have a heart that values being a mother - We all want to do right for our children and sometimes that starts with spiritually nourishing yourself!

As mothers, you and I have countless, daily opportunites in our homes to plant God's word deeply in the minds and souls of our children. We just need to take advantages of those opportunities.

In Health,
 
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