Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Prayer: Lord Father of heaven and earth, Thank you for granting me a loving, caring, and devoted mother. Thank you for all that she does and will do for me, the whole family, and your kingdom. Thank you for raining blessings over her and her home. Please, Lord, continue to bless her works and her heart. Thank you also for a wonderful mother-in-love that cares for me as her own. I have so grateful for the love of two mom's and recognize your blessing in these relationship. Lord, please bless those who are barren or have lost a child in the womb or in this life. These women are warriors, please give them strength and courage in your name. 

Mother's Day 

 This is a wonderful day once a year we we are reminded of the amazing works that our Mothers do for all of us. Everyone has a mother. We all know that not everyone knows their mother or may have lost their mother, but every single person alive has a mother to thank for granting them their God given life. This is so especially true in a day and age and world where women are told that it is okay to kill their baby in their wombs. Every person alive has a mother and God to thank that they were not victims of a horrific circumstance. Knowing this, it is so important for us to take time on this special day to remember those who are barren, have lost children in the womb, and those who have lost children in the world far too soon. I am sure that days like Mother's Day are raw for these women, so we want to be sure to support them and to bless them and to encourage them to seek God's will for their lives.

Mothers play such an important role in God's earthly and eternal plan. In the very beginning he made Adam a partner and she was called Eve. Most translations agree that Eve is derived from the Hebrew word haya, which means live or have life, or to give or restore life; quickening or revive, nourish or refresh. What a wonderful God-given name for the Mother of all mankind.
Genesis 3:20 - And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
From Eve forward, Mothers play a very important role in not only the physical but the spiritual lives of their children. They help to begin to lead their child on the spiritual journey for them to choose God on their own.  While long, I love the way that the following verse describes not only a woman and a wife but a Mother.

Proverbs 31:10-30 - A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Mother's do so much to keep the house running, educate the children, and assisting their husbands in their daily lives. Mother's, however, do not get the thanks and the praise that they deserve. While I believe that Mother's Day should happen much more frequently, I am glad that there is a day set aside to help all remember to say Thank You to their Mother's. God commands us to honor our mother's and father's many times throughout scripture; however, these jobs are so often forgotten.

Matthew 15:4-6 - For God said,'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.' But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, 'Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,' he is not to 'honor his father ' with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise-- "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
Exodus 20:12 - "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in 
the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Deuteronomy 5:16 - "Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

I know that I am completely guilty of not Thanking and Honoring my Mother as I should. This is the woman who gave me life, taught me to be successful, taught me to be strong, taught me to be a warrior, supported me when I was weak, fought for me when I was accused, and just all in all was/and is amazing! I should take more time more often to let her know how thankful and grateful I am in the way that I was raised. My mother fostered the gifts that God breathed in to me so that I would recognize those gifts and be able to use them fully. While I didn't understand until recently that I should be using these gifts every day for the Glory of God and for the Kingdom, without the fostering that my Mother did while I was growing up, I wouldn't have the strength and conviction to use the gifts now.

I was listening to my Church's call in radio show last week and someone called asking about how to honor their mother and father once they are married and have their own family with their own convictions. I thought that it was a fairly timely question and was eager for the response. I thought that the Pastor did a wonderful job. He mentioned a few verses, below. To summarize, he said that marriage breaks the cleave of child to parent and cleaves the wife and husband together to form a new family. While this new family may be convicted and directed differently for a different cause in the kingdom, it is important to still honor your mother and father. Honor, however, does not always mean obeying their directives. Sometimes, honor can be simply coming for council, listening to concerns, and even going against those concerns and using the cause as a way to discuss the Gospel and good news.

Proverbs 1:8-9 - Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
Genesis 2:24 - Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  
In everything that we do, we do for the Kingdom. Mother's are the very embodiment of this. They work hard, they sacrifice, and they educate. So, Thank You to all of the Moms out there that are training up their children to be Spiritual Warriors!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Where is He Going With This?

Prayer: Lord, please forgive me for not writing and honoring your wishes and the thoughts and desires that you give me. You know my heart and you know my life. Please give me the strength and boldness that I need to stay active and to stay on fire for you! I have so many things cursing through me that I need to get out. Lead this post where it should go! Amen

I can't believe that I have gone over a month without writing. I even missed an Easter post. I know that this blog isn't read by many, but it is a catharsis for my own soul. For the past month or so I have had a lot on my mind and a lot on my plate. This is no excuse, rather this is a confession. It is during those times when I should sit and reflect and write through my pain more often. Writing for me is a way that I connect with God. For some, it is writing poetry, writing a song, drawing, painting, singing, or sitting in silence. For me it is writing my thoughts or writing in prose. It is interesting, over the past couple months I have had a nagging need to write a song or a poem. I don't know why. I do not write songs. I do not write poems. I have no talent for those things on my own. Through God though? Absolutely. I just need to get out of His way and let Him work through me.

So, I have been thinking about this. Since November I have 97% only listened to Christian radio. I feel like this is what God has convicted me to do. I do not think that I am better, I do not think it is better, and I do not think secular radio is bad. I do however know that the conviction of my heart is to honor God by keeping my ears clean and keeping my mind on his love through this part of my life.

Well, anyways, in listening to the music I have been continually contemplating this weird desire on my heart and my mind. I have never, read NEVER, had a desire to write music or poetry. It just isn't me. So why now? Is this God laying a desire on my heart that I need to follow? It was really really interesting. Then, last night at mid-week service we were discussing 1 Samuel 22:1-2 and the way that David wrote Psalms while in a cave. He had wanted to run away from his problems and God said "Nope" and sent 400 people who were suffering to him. They needed help, they needed David's encouragement. I digress. So, at the end of service the Pastor is saying the closing prayer and God lays on his heart to pray for us to write what God is giving us. WHAT? Then, he asks someone in the room to stand up and read what they brought written down from God laying it on them. WHOA! 2 people ended up standing and reading. Is God telling me to get my booty in gear? I feel like yes.

This is not where today's post was supposed to go. I was going to write about Being Bold for Christ. I was going to write about getting out of the comfort zone. I guess stepping in to the world of creativity and artistry for me is outside my comfort zone. It is funny how many ways God can push you to do what he wants. God speaks in so many ways. Okay, I guess I need to do this. I need to see where this leads.

Is anyone reading this that has the music side of this conviction? I know that I am not musical and God has NOT gifted me with that talent or conviction.