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Two Temples

TWO TEMPLES

A builder builded a temple,
He wrought it with grace and skill;
Pillars and groins and arches
All fashioned to work his will.
Men said, as they saw its beauty,
“It shall never know decay;
Great is thy skill, O builder!
Thy fame shall endure for aye.”

A mother builded a temple
With loving and infinite care,
Planning each arch with patience,
Laying each stone with prayer.
None praised her unceasing efforts,
None knew of her wondrous plan,
For the temple the mother builded
Was unseen by the eyes of man.

Gone is the builder’s temple,
Crumpled into the dust;
Low lies each stately pillar,
Food for consuming rust.
But the temple the mother builded
Will last while the ages roll,
For the beautiful unseen temple
Was a child’s immortal soul.

-Hattie Vose Hall

2013 Goals ~ The Simple Version

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that it is 2013. I don’t know if there is anyone else who struggles like I do, but it is easy for me to make goals for the new year but never follow through. This is mostly because I make my goals so complicated. This year I am determined that things are going to be different.

I have decided to make goals for this year, but I am keeping the actual goal very simple. I have these goals printed and posted a number of different places in my home – above my kitchen sink, in my planner, and in my Bible. There are six areas I want to focus on. Though the daily application of these goals is a bit more involved, these goals are the driving force and the foundation of the choices I make this year.

Be faithful in spending time with the Lord.

Be purposeful in growing in my relationship with my husband.

Be intentional about teaching and spending quality time with my Littles.

Be consistent in teaching and training the children in the fear of the Lord.

Be disciplined in carrying out daily tasks.

Be loving reaching out to those who are hurting.

Birth Control Quote

“And would you know my biggest concern with the flippant acceptance of birth control among Christians? That when we so easily and nonchalantly become the “authors of life”, able to prevent, plan and avoid altogether the gift that God would give us, we lose that sense of awe and reverence for God as the Creator and Author of life. And it is ONLY in this climate, where abortion thrives. The sanctity of life has been diminished because we have not properly acknowledged its Author. Sadly, we have played a part in this connection.”

Kelly Crawford

Sep 29, 2012 - Motherhood    No Comments

Loving The Unloveable Begins . . . At Home

This past week we’ve had evangelistic meetings at church. One of the messages was about reaching out to the unsaved. The main Scripture text was,

“And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.  And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.  And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?  But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” Matthew 9:9-12

While this point was not made, this is how the message spoke to me: I need to love the unlovable, and that begins at home with my own husband (while he’s usually perfect there are imperfect occasions!) and children.

Easy to do right? Well . . . I have been given by God a very difficult child. She either makes or breaks my day. She brings joy to our family or she brings division. This one child drains me all of my energy.

So often we talk about evangelism, great commission, or sharing the gospel we turn our focus to the “world” around us, but we never stop to look within our own homes. What about those difficult unsaved children within the wall of our own home? Do we love them? Do we see them as our mission field? Do we daily seek to show them the love of Jesus? Or do we say, “But these are my children. My mission field isn’t in the home. Fulfilling the great commission has nothing to do with my own children. I could never lead my children spiritually.”

Oh, dear mother. You have one of the greatest mission fields in the whole world.

You have been chosen by God to be the mother of your children. Whether there is one or ten, you were chosen to first show these little souls the love of Jesus, to guide and direct their hearts to the Heavenly Father.

The next time you are ready to “throw in the towel” with that difficult child, remember, God gave you this little one’s heart to shepherd, so lead gently.

Matthew 18:5 “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.”

When I am Weak . . . Then am I Strong

We all want to be super wife, super wife, and super mom. We want our children to always sit perfectly, act perfectly, and talk perfectly. We think our homes must be spotless and in perfect order at all times. The list goes on. Are you getting the “perfect” picture?

I know there are many times when I fall on my knees, tears streaming down my cheeks and I cry out to the Lord,
“Lord! I can’t do this. There are so many of them, and just one of me. Every time I turn around another little one needs me. Sometimes I don’t even remember what I was doing.
Lord, I just don’t know how to do all of this!!!”

BINGO!!!! This is exactly where the Lord wants me. Weak and needing Him.

II Corinthians 12:10 says, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

When I “feel” as if I can do it all, I don’t look to the Lord for help. I act as if I am sufficient in and of myself. but when I weak, and I can’t handle everything, the only place I can turn is to the Lord! I must run to His everlasting arms, seek His face, and let go of trying to control everything myself.

So the next time your children are crying during church or in the store and you just want to hide, remember to cry out to the Lord, lean on Him and He will strengthen you!

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