Being a mother is one of God’s most gracious gifts!
I Samuel 1:27 “For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:”
Whether you are a mother through birth or adoption, whether God has allowed you to be a stepmother or foster mom, or God has added to your family through children-in-law, or just as a mentor and lover of other people’s children…
We here at Mom Heart want to wish you a Happy Mothers Day and let you know that YOU matter to the precious children placed in your care. On their behalf, thank you for what to do to invest in the next generation!
Photo Credit: Doug Reynolds Photography, Savannah, Georgia
Those who made me a mother–Sarah, 29; Nathan, 24; Joy, 18; Joel, 26
(This is one of my favorite pictures with all four in the mountains on our yearly family day!)
As I look upon the landscape of our culture, more than anything else, adults who love God with all of their hearts, who practice righteousness, who have a heart to reach others, who stand strong against the moral battles of this day, are what is most desperately needed in our world. God intended for righteousness to be passed on from one generation to the next by discipling those children who would become these adults. It would be they would effectively pass on God’s Kingdom messages and values and loyal allegiance to Him to those in their own generation. The key to building healthy, godly souls comes from growing to maturity in a home where this life of Christ is lived, breathed and taught.
Mothers were God’s finest idea of how such a legacy would be passed on each generation. Mothers were designed by Him to shape and influence the hearts of children who would become the next generation of godly leaders in the sanctuary of their own homes. Mothers have the capacity to inspire messages of truth and hope, to model love and servant leadership, to build mental and academic strength by overseeing the education of her children, to lead in faith and to build a haven of all that is good, true and beautiful.
Satan would love to obscure such an important calling so that generations could not be so well built. He would diminish marriage, having children, family, our walk with God and loyal love, the glue that holds all of these relationships together.
Yet, this is exactly why it is so important that mothers today receive instruction, encouragement, support and wisdom so that they can continue this great calling in their lifetime, so that history will mark her investment by the lives her children are enabled to lead.
As I approach my 60th birthday this summer, I have had to evaluate all of the wonderful blessings, experiences and accomplishments God has strewn across my path. However, I would say, one of my most fulfilling works of life, more of a blessing than I would ever have imagined, is to have built with Clay, these wonderful children into godly adults. What blessing and love God had in mind when He gifted me my children as the best work of faith I will probably ever do!
My prayer for you, this mother’s day, is that you will embrace your eternally significant role, and that you will know just how much your children are hoping you will be faithful to God. Your faithfulness insures that they may be trained in spiritual strength, moral excellence and the influence of righteousness. I pray that every day, you will have vision for understanding how very much each day of your faithful serving as a mom matters to God and to His wonderful plan to create us for this role.
I wish each of you a blessed Mother’s day. I pray my books will be of great encouragement and give you hope and confidence to become the mom He created you to be. May He bless and bless each of you with wisdom, strength and great joy! Read the Rest at I Take Joy and enter the Mother’s Day Giveaway Below.
And tell us, what book in the giveaway is your favorite? Why? We’re highlighting YOUR words all weekend long on Facebook and Twitter.
“Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the
week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene”
Because He arose, we will have a new life when our last breath on earth becomes our first, new breath in Heaven.
We’re gearing up and getting excited for the upcoming book studies that all of you are doing around the web through your blogs and in your own community! What a wonderful way to connect with one another and encourage each other.
Beginning January 29th, The Better Mom will be hosting Sarah Mae and Sally as they share their hearts with you and those gathered within your group. What you’ll want to do each week you post about the book is to link back here to the Better Mom on Tuesday and/or Thursday so you and your readers can get that extra dose of mom encouragement straight from the authors.
Want to lead a group but don’t how to start? We want to help you any way we can because we really believe in this message and don’t want it to remain just a message, but become a movement!!!
The book includes:
- study questions at the end of each chapter
- “Your Turn” Challenges
- Links and QR codes to videos of Sally and Sarah for further insights
You still have time to gather a group and lead a study!! Grab your mama friends and mama mentors!
“Be still and know I am God” Psalm 46:10
The weeks leading up to Christmas found me teetering between fear and peace. One of my daughters was awaiting the results of a breast biopsy; my husband was scheduled for surgery to repair a separated shoulder that occurred earlier in the year, and that same week I was supposed to have a bilateral nerve block for chronic lower back pain. As the week progressed, however, I also began experiencing the most excruciating tooth and jaw pain. I went in for an emergency root canal and was sent home on antibiotics unable to eat on one side of my mouth, as there was an infection. Tragedy occupied the headline news.
John 16:33 “I have told you this so that in me you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Thankfully both biopsies came back nonmalignant and my husband came out of surgery with very little pain. My older daughters and in-laws arrived safely I couldn’t be happier as I am with those I love. Despite my back and tooth pain I’m reminded that in my weakness He is strong. My plans for the perfect dreamy Christmas needed to be surrendered. My daughter Courtney said, “you might not always be able to choose your circumstance but you can choose your response.”