If

If

I am afraid to speak the truth, lest I lose affection,

or lest the one concerned should say, “You do not understand,”

or because I fear to lose my reputation for kindness;

if I put my own good name before the other’s hightest good,

then I know nothing of Calvary love.

By Amy Carmichael

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!

Sep 14, 2012 - Motherhood    No Comments

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“If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, why would we ask those who do not fear the Lord to teach our children?” Doug Phillips