Mother's Day

MOTHERS AND HEALING WORDS

I’m wearing the “Hero Mother” medal from Soviet Union days when mothers were encouraged to have more children by being awarded special medals. Mark (my husband) thought I should have this coveted award.

I’m wearing the “Hero Mother” medal from Soviet Union days when mothers were encouraged to have more children by being awarded special medals. Mark (my husband) thought I should have this coveted award.

What a wonderful day of celebration has just passed for all of us mothers. I am sharing with you a wonderful article that I hope will be an encouragement to every mom.

Mothers perhaps have more opportunity than most other people to refine the words we speak because of the varied situations we face every day. However, “having opportunities” and “taking opportunities” can have two completely different results. Without God’s wisdom filling and ruling our souls we easily miss our chances to grow in refining the words we speak so that they are helpful, truthful, and God honoring.

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18 “What did you say yesterday that brought healing? that pierced like a sword?” Kathleen Nielson

Won’t you plan to join us this Thursday morning as we encourage one another from the book of Proverbs to use our tongue in a manner that brings glory to God with everyone in our life.

THE BEAUTY OF FEARING GOD

This little fern shows a bit of God’s beauty in the world around us.  But, He desires a far greater beauty in our lives.

This little fern shows a bit of God’s beauty in the world around us. But, He desires a far greater beauty in our lives.

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”

(Proverbs 31:30)

We cannot improve upon God’s clear description concerning a mother, or any woman who will be praised; “..a woman who fears the LORD,…” As I have immersed myself in the study of Proverbs, one thing stands out above everything else; fearing God results in wisdom and great glory to our amazing Creator. So appropriate for the week approaching Mother’s Day would be the deepening of our understanding of the need to have reverential awe towards God. To often “charm” and “beauty” catch our attention as desirable. But, God connects them with deceitfulness and vanity; both of which in the short and long term dishonor our amazing pure and holy God. But, humbly following God results in good mothers, happy wives, and peaceful souls. Surely, this is the real source of beauty in life. This brings to my mind these great verses. “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.” (1 Peter 3:3-4)

In preparing for Thursday morning’s Bible study consider these thoughts and see how they tie into our lesson “Do You Want Wisdom?” Maybe we actually are not that passionate about fearing God. Let’s discuss that point on Thursday and encourage one another to be in awe of God.

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

BEING STILL AND MOTHER'S DAY

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Displayed on the wall of our family room is this wonderful picture of our family taken about 3 years ago; at the bottom of the frame are all the little ones that have been added since then with question marks for sweet babies that are on their way.  Having raised eight children I know how crazy busy a mom's life can be.  Days filled to the brim and overflowing with laundry, cleaning, cooking, shopping, and endless questions from and input into young lives. So, how is sanity and stability maintained during such intense times?

The most stabilizing time of the day for me during the 41 years we had children at home, and even now with a busy "empty nest," was and is to have quality quiet time alone with the Lord--reading the Bible, praying, and just thinking about Him and His ways.  My soul thrives on this habit and a thriving soul gives life to life.  No one is exempt from needing such richness in their soul.  But, realize that it cannot be gained any other way--there are no shortcuts, or substitutes.

May this be your best Mother's Day ever because of time spent alone with the Lord.  Psalm 46:10a  "Be still, and know that I am God."  Joshua 1:8  "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."

No coffee at my house this Thursday--but, on Friday we will be leaving the church at 10 to go to Yorleny's home in Lakewood.  Bring a "brunchy" dish to share.