Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mothers - A Gift from Above

Mothers are very special's almost as if God designed them to be His special helpers because they take on so many tasks. When I think of a person being God's hands and feet on earth, Mothers come to mind. Even if you've never birthed a child, you may have mother-like qualities, and for that, the world is a better place.

Becoming a Mother has changed my life in several ways. I've learned that I was pretty selfish before, but there is no way you can be selfish with little humans depending on you. (Well, I guess you can. You can secretly eat snacks by sending the kids off on a wild goose chase. For example, you can say, "Go find my other house shoe." All the while, you have it. That's enough time for you to scarf down a couple of cookies before they return saying that they couldn't find them. haha. Not saying this is something I do, but just wanted to point out that you could possibly still be selfish, but not in a way that is harmful to the kids. Most of your time, money and energy goes to them and there is no room to be selfish there.) I've also learned that God speaks to me through many of my daily interactions with my children. And because of that, I penned my recently released devotional, "The Life Your Spirit Craves for Mommies." I hope you'll pick up a copy for yourself or for another special woman in your life. 

Below is an excerpt from my book. You may purchase a paperback copy here: E-books here:

Week 5 - Always There

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. (Psalm 139:7-8)

On several occasions, I have muddled through my purse to search for something, only to find a toy or half-eaten snack that belongs to one of my children. Or I have simply placed a hand in a jacket pocket for comfort, and felt something else that belonged to one of them. Purse, car, or any other place that they’ve been,  generally something in it reminds me that they’ve been around. These little reminders of them put a smile on my face, reminding me of the joy that comes with being their mommy.
God is everywhere and He often lets us know this in little ways as well. It could be a prayer that you’ve whispered to Him. He shows He is there and He listens by confirming that through a conversation or a sermon at church. An answered request of which you’ve mentioned to no one but Him. Maybe you’ve had a rough day and He sends someone along to encourage you. Or a song on the radio speaks to your heart at just the right moment.
It is such a joyful time when we experience God’s little reminders. No matter where we are or what we’re up to, He is always there. There is no place that we can go that He is not. There is no greater joy in knowing that God is omnipresent and that He is constantly proving that and His love for us.

Prayer: Father in Heaven, I feel an unexplainable joy in receiving reminders from You, knowing that You are forever with me and that You love me. Thank You for the ways in which You show that You care. Even in knowing everything about me, You still love me and have chosen me for Your purpose. I am eternally grateful and will forever praise Your Holy name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Further study: Psalm 139

Sunday, January 3, 2016

You Hear What You Want to Hear

I’m always amazed at how my toddler and kindergartener seem to have trouble hearing me call their names from time to time. Maybe it’s because they know I’m about to ask them to do something they don’t want to do. Turn off the television. Clean their rooms. Pick up their toys. Get ready for a bath. Get ready for naptime or bedtime.

However, I never have problems getting their attention when it comes to snacks. The same deaf ear that needed to hear their names twenty times just ten minutes before doesn’t even require a call to them when they hear the pantry door opening. The rattling of a bag of potato chips or the rumbling of a bag of goldfish always seems to grab their attention instantly, without me saying a word. Sometimes it’s almost as if they can sense that I’m near the pantry before they make a beeline to my side making snack requests.

I laugh at the thought of this but it reminds me of us as children of God. When it comes to the voice of God leading us to do things that we’re uncomfortable with, we’re hesitant. That hesitant spirit will often dissipate if the calling was for something we’ve been praying for or something we deem we need from God. My mom often had a saying, “You hear what you want to hear,” when I didn’t do what she asked of me.

I encourage you to join me in committing to moving with same haste to the voice of God regardless of what He is asking of us. Let’s choose to be obedient and willing to follow the Word and Ways of God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I often fall short when it comes to being obedient to Your voice. I ask that You give me a willing heart to follow You in everything, whether I am uncomfortable or content. I want to be all that You desire of me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.