The Love of the Father

 

It’s hard to explain the love of a mother to someone. I’ve never known an instant love like the kind I have for my boys. It’s a messy and beautiful love. One minute it’s all smiles and the next you need a trip to Wal-Mart.

Now, if you can, imagine how much our Father loves your child. It’s something I haven’t yet grasped. He loves them a thousand more times than we do. That’s a fierce love, y’all.

So why can’t we trust Him with our child?

That’s a loaded question and I think we all struggle with it. I encourage you to think of how much the Father loves your child. We can trust that He knows what He’s diong with our children. We can pray for His will in their lives and trust He has their best in mind. Our love for them is only a smidgen of His for them.

Father, You are such a loving Father. Thank You for reassuring us of Your love for our children. Help us to trust Your will for them and realse them to You. We want to trust you with our children and with their lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


 



We love him, because He first loved us.
I John 4:19

Serving In Marriage

 

We live in an all about me culture. “Do what makes you happy!” is a phrase we hear a lot, even concerning our marriages. It’s a 50/50 mentality, instead of a 100/100 in our society.

In reality we should be concerned with serving not being served.

In our marriages, we should be seeking to serve our husbands. We have to drain out the vioces that say otherwise. It will take the power of the Spirit to accomplish being a servant.

If you feel that your husband isn’t a servant, don’t focus on that. Ask the father to show you where you lack in servanthood and He will show you ways to serve. Pray for your man. Pray that the Father would deal with his heart, as he deals with yours. Don’t be the norm when it comes to your marriage, be the exception.

Father, thank You for the example of servanthood. Thank you for showing us how to serve in our marriages. Help us to die to our flesh and yield to Your Spirit. May we be an example to those around us and let Your light shine thourgh us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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And whosoever of you will be the chiefest shall be servant of all.
Mark 10:44

Spring In the Dead of Winter

 

We’ve had the strangest Winter here in the deep South. It’s been mild with spurts of very cold days and nights. The mild Winter has deceived all the plants. As I drive around and even look out my windows, there are beautiful azaleas, blossoming trees, and fruit springing forth.

I mean it’s Winter and the whole county looks like Spring. Looking at our bush full of budding blueberries the Spirit spoke something to me.

Life springs forth even in the coldest Winter.

During some of the most difficullt times in my life, the Father breathed life within me. In the dark he can remove the ugly within our hearts. He can bring forth something so glorious during the Winter seasons in our lives. We just have to trust, wait, and allow Him to do His work.

Don’t discount the beautiful when you feel lifeless, the Father can do mighty things when all hope seems gone. Life can spring forth even in Winter.

 

Father, seasons of life can be hard and seem to last forever. The Winter months of life can leave us feeling helpless and hopeless. Help us to yield to Your Spirit and stay in communion with You. Help our vision to be corrected so we can learn and see more clear. May we hold onto You, our only hope. In Jesus’ name, Amen.



To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Word-Filled Wednesday

 

Discouragement can plague everyone from time to time. It even happens to those who have a strong relationship with the Father. David was a great man of God, yet he was discouraged from time to time.

In this scripture, he speaks of being down and murmuring. Life can definitely cause us to want to murmur. Messy houses, arguing children, or unmet expectations can build up and we become discouraged.

When that happens, we have to do what David did- encourage ourselves. He poses the question to himself, “Why are you down and mourning?” Then he answers, “Hope in God. I will praise Him because he is my salvtaion and deliverance.”

He began to remember the faithfulness of his Father.

We can encourage ourselves by doing just what David did- recalling the faithfulness of God. His acts and testimonies throughout our life is to help our faith grow. All the trials and joys in life should help build a trust in the Father.

Next time you’re tempted to murmur, start counting those blessings and soon you’ll be lifted up.



 

Father, thank You for being faithful to us. Help us to cling to You and put our hope in You. Help us to look back on our lives and recall Your acts of faithfulness. When life is more than we can bear, help us to trust you. May we encourage ourselves with Your words and good deeds. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


 

Caught More Than Taught

 

I’ve been thinking on this quote for a little while now. Respect is something that used to be high on the list in our society. It was taught at home, in schools, at the work force, and in our churches. It was expected of children, as well as adults. Somewhere along the lines we stopped teaching it and requiring it.

Our Pastor says this a lot, “What we want our children to learn is more caught than taught.” So maybe the adults stopped treating one another with respect and the children stopped doing it also. Our children will mimick us, so we might as well learn that early on and start modeling good behavior.

If children don’t see their parents treating each other with respect, you can just about count on them modeling that behavior. If they’re not guided to treat siblllings, peers, and adults with respect, then they won’t do it naturally. They are born with a sin nature, like us all.

So have we, as adults, dropped the ball? Are we teaching our children, with our behavior, how to be disrespectful to those around them? We have a serious responsibility and charge from God to raise our children to His standards.

Love God and love your neighbor.

Father, thank You for our children. Thank You that we can be good examples because that’s what You desire. Help us to teach dignity and respect to them. Help us to teach them with our actions not just our words. May we be respectful towads our husbands, children, and all we come in contact with daily. We want to instill traits in our children that please You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


 



Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Matthew 22:37-39

Don’t Let Bitterness Set In

 

 

Disagreements in marriage are almost inevitable. We won’t agree on everything because we’re not meant too. God made us all uniquely different. So when differences arrive in our marriages how do we handle them? It’s possible to disagree without becoming bitter overtime. One thing Satan would love to do is to cause distance and bitterness between a husband and wife.

It’s important that we strive not to let that happen. We have to be willing to reconcile with our man if the disagreement gets heated. If we don’t apologize or let him know we’re hurting, that will grow each time and create a barrier in our marriage.

The Father doesn’t desire that for our marriages. He knows we won’t agree, but He wants us to learn to lovingly disagree.

We have to stay aware of how each other is feeling so we don’t let bitterness take root.

Strive to be a respectful and forgiving wife. Our husband is our best friend, our confidant, our man. So don’t let bitterness build a wall, let love push You to reconcile.

Father, thank You for our men. Thank You for creating us different and bringing us together. Help us to be loving when we don’t agree and to stay aware of our words. Help us to talk about hurt feelings so bitterness doesn’t build up in our hearts. May we be ready and willing to forgive. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


 



 

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.
Ephesians 4:26-27

Thought Provoking Thursday- More Than Left Overs

 

recently had a Mama meltdown. After feeling the pressure of life, I just needed a good cry. I needed some encouragement. Being a wife and mom is hard work. You hear your name a thousand times a day it seems. You’re a cook, referee, doctor, teacher, and the cleaning lady, all in one. So it’s hard to find a minute to ourselves.

So after talking to my husband and a good friend, I was very encouraged. They both encouraged me to take time for myself so I can be refreshed. If we’re constantly giving without receiving, we’re going to be worn down. It’s hard for me because I love my family and don’t want to miss a second with them. In order to minister to them in our full capacity, we must receive and be refreshed.

The Father wants to fill us after we empty ourselves day after day.

Whether it’s grabbing a cup of coffee, reading your favorite book, or a warm bubble bath, make sure you take time to refresh yourself for your sake and your families.

Father, thank You for helping us to see we need to be refreshed so we can continue to minister. Thank You for our families. Refresh us and show us ways we can take time for ourselves. We desire to serve our families to the full capacity that You want. Strengthen us and renew us each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


 


 

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount upon wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

 

Word-Filled Wednesday

 

Have you ever looked back on your life and tried to recall those times you thought were horrible? I recently tried this and to my surprise, I found less than I expected.

There are some significantly hard times in my life, but a lot of them, I believe were viewed wrongly. Things that seemed horrible, I can’t recall now. Looking back through His lens they aren’t so horrible.

I think we tend to overact when things fall apart sometimes. It’s smooth sailing for awhile, then all a sudden the unexpected happens and we sink. It seems horrible, inconvenient, and unfair.

I have done this many times, but when I think back it really wasn’t that bad. I see how it actually worked out for my best. If you are in a time like that right now, stop and just thank the Father for something.

We learn to trust Him by believing He has our best interest in mind.



 

Father, You see all things. You know why circumstances come our way. Thank You for caring for us and for looking out for us. Give us wisdom to see what You’re doing in our lives. Open our eyes to Your will and way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


 

Perfecting Their View

Perfection

It’s something we all desire in some form or fashion.

Perfect houses…
Perfect husbands…
Perfect children…
Perfect lives…

Ah…to have the perfect children. Children who don’t fight with their siblings, who never disobey the rules, and who are always thankful. That’s a Mama’s dream come true, among many other things. Yet, it’s not a reality at all.

Children are little humans with the same sin nature as we have. Trying to form and mold them into perfection will exhaust us. It will also cause major damage to our children.

Instead of dreaming of perfect children, we can tell them of a perfect God.

We can tell our children about the perfect God we serve. We can encourage them to ask for His help at living their lives. We can take the pressure of perfection off of them and teach them how to lean on Him instead.

So what do ya say? Let’s point to our perfect Father in heaven for our children to look up too.

Father, thank You for being a perfect example for us. Thank You for our children and the privilege of raising them. Help us to remove the pressure of perfection from our children. May we point them to Your perfection. May they put their confidence in You and not themselves. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


 



Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 26:3

Growing In the Trenches

“The honeymon can’t last forever, honey.” That’s what I have heard many older wives tell the younger ones. After ten years of marriage, I can definitely agree with that. Honeymoons aren’t meant to last forever.

The easy times in life aren’t the times where we’ll grow. Our character can’t be tested if all we have our honeymoon days. The character of a husband and wife will be tested in the trials and in the valley.

We learn to truly be committed and faithful when it’s very hard. We learn what real love is during the trying times in our marriage.

The Father doesn’t take us in the valley without providing water and green grass though.

If you find yourself wondering why can’t marriage always be easy, just remember, the hard builds strong marriages if we allow it.

 

Father, thank You for our marriage. Thank You for using it to mold us to Your image. Even when we go through rough waters, steady us. Help us drink from Your well and hold on. May we let the trenches draw us closer to You and to one another. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Romans 12:12