Happy Mother’s Day!!! Today I am thankful for my Mom, who will be 90 in a couple months. I thank the Lord for giving me a Mom who believed in the Lord and raised me up to believe and trust in Him also. She is an amazing woman and Mom to this day.
I am also thankful for my “sisters”. God created women to be different than men so that when we come together in a marriage we complement each other. God created women with interests and desires that can only be fulfilled through a relationship with other women. Isn’t that amazing? He created us to desire close friendships. He created women with feelings and compassion's that only another woman could really deep down understand.
Then I want to thank the Lord for my children who He gave me to be a Mother to. I am so blessed with my 5 children and who they are as individuals. They are now full fledged adults that are raising amazing children themselves. But no matter how old they are a mother’s heart loves them just as much today as when they were little ones. It’s almost hard to explain or understand but I thank the Lord daily for my wonderful blessings. I also thank Him for the spouses my children chose and feel so blessed to have 10 children to love. Then there are the 22 grandchildren that touch my heart like nothing I can explain. My heart is so full of love for all my family, I would have never thought I could really love so many people so deeply. I know it’s all because of the Lord and His love working through me.
Today I want to write to Moms and women in general. Even if you are not a Mom in the physical most women were created with a mother’s heart to love and nurture others. I have a heart to minister to other moms and especially young women as I believe we all have a very special call on our lives from the Lord and it can seem to get lost in real life. During this time we are in you have the opportunity to impart love and truth into your children’s hearts and lives like never before. If the Word is truth and true, which it is, the younger generations will face much harder situations than we are now. As they see your faith in Him, your strength in Him, it will give them an example to follow.
When I was 10 my Dad passed away suddenly. Naturally, my Mom had some very hard times. My brothers and I watched her trust the Lord, put all her faith in Him and stand strong and courageous to provide for us 3 kids. We never once saw her waiver in her relationship with Jesus. She taught us His Word with her words and actions. Then 13 years later I was in the exact same situation, a young widow with 3 children. Her example was what got me through this time when she didn’t live close enough to help me. No one knew what to say to help me. Few knew how to console a 23 year old widow. But I remembered my Mom’s words and example. It was a blessing and God given gift to me. We never know what is ahead but we do know our children and others are watching us and how we deal with situations.
What you say, what you do, the little ones and others are watching. All of us as moms, grandmas and women are in a place in history most of us have not experienced before. Our focus now, rather on the truths of the Lord or on the things and fears of world, is going to affect our children’s lives. We have the joy to give our children the greatest gift – the gift of example as we trust and serve the Lord. The gift of showing them that His faith is working through us. These young ones already have such a great faith – the faith of a child. We can help keep that strong by not squelching it with what we say and do. What if you are struggling with all this change and situations yourself? This is your/our chance to stop, look to the Lord and seek His wisdom and let Him show us what to do next. This is where older moms and women need to minister and encourage the younger women. “the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children.” Titus 2:3-4 This is where we can come together in praying for each other. Prayer is something we can always do and it can’t be taken away us. As moms and women we have “one of those days” sometimes often. There’s no such thing as a perfect mom, grandma, person. That’s why we need to know Him first and His unconditional love for us. We need to believe who we were created to be because He became our sacrifice for sin, then was buried and rose again giving us a new identity in Him. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 NKJV
We need each other. We weren’t created to be alone and not help one another. The mandates put on us during this situation in our country will cause some frustrations inside our heart because we are going against His Word and our own hearts. The great thing is that He’s aware of what’s happening in our world and He will give each of us creative ideas on how to pray with others, share with other women and moms and encourage one another. He’s still the victory in all this and “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NKJV
Right now I believe the Lord is encouraging women and moms to stand strong, stand firm and listen to His words for you and your family. Your purpose hasn’t vanished with this mess. Actually, this time has enhanced your purpose and call. You can see clearer what your ministry is when the world slowed down a bit. As a mom your ministry to raise up your children may look different after this time. You may be learning things from Him you want to share with others. None of us will come away from this season in our lives the same and that includes our children. It’s our choice to come away rejoicing and thankful for all we have gleaned from these circumstances. Our other choice would be to choose to be angry and bitter. Others are watching no matter which choice we make.
I think my main point of all this is that right now we are history makers and world changers. What we say and do now will make a difference 10 years from now because our children will many times do what they see us do. Others are also seeding into your child’s life and heart, some very good things and there are things that they are seeing and hearing now that is not good. As their mom you have the God given ability to “Train up a child in the way he should go, teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. AMP Father’s and others have a part in this but only moms can give their children certain things. The gifts and love of a mom are like nothing else they will receive in their lives. These are changing times. For myself, I’ve had time for many heart to heart talks with my heavenly Father. What seemed so important a couple months ago doesn’t matter as much now. He’s changing some of my thoughts and desires, telling me to have courage and strength to go forward in Him. It’s time for all of us as women to go deeper in Him so we can do all He has for us to do. Being passive, unstable and unsure are not good character traits for the days ahead. “Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; And she smiles at the future knowing that she and her family are prepared. She opens her mouth in skillful and godly wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue, giving counsel and instruction. She looks well to how things go in her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed, happy, prosperous, to be admired; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying, “Many daughters have done nobly, and well, with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness, but you excel them all.” Charm and grace are deceptive, and superficial beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord, reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31: 25-30 AMP
Here are some verses that tell us how powerful the faith of our children is: “Lord, your name is so great and powerful! People everywhere see your splendor. Your glorious majesty streams from the heavens, filling the earth with the fame of your name! You have built a stronghold by the songs of babies. Strength rises up with the chorus of singing children. This kind of praise has the power to shut Satan’s mouth. Childlike worship will silence the madness of those who oppose you.” Psalm 8:1-2 Passion I think these are awesome verses. Singing children and childlike faith shuts the mouth of the enemy! Children are gifted and blessed by God as much as we are but still need guidance and training. As we train them with His Word and our love for the Lord flowing through us, we can learn from their faith. I pray this encourages you to be all God created you to be to encourage, train and love others! Happy Mother’s Day blessed women of God!!!