Monday, September 7, 2015

POWERFUL IN BATTLE

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A bit of encouragement for my mom friends by way of Hebrews 11 & 12.

Let's be honest.
Sometimes being a Mom feels like this:

. . . who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.

.....conquered kingdoms and mountains of laundry....administered justice at the dinner table.....quenched the fury of the flames of sibling squabbles.....escaped the edge of the sword that is bedtime....powerful in battle for honesty and kindness.....routed a few neighborhood armies.....


In all this, we cling to faith and promises and strength, remembering Jesus.

Consider Jesus, who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Motherhood is a high calling, a demanding vocation. And God doesn't waste it!
Moms are constantly in a season of serious training for righteousness and peace.

God disciplines {trains!} us for our good, in order that we may share in His holiness. No discipline {training} seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

So we make sure to take a moment here and there to meet with Jesus. (And make one more cup of coffee!)

Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.

 
And we pursue the hearts of our children--so that they may some day find the grace of God. This is our highest aim and joy!

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God.
  
Whether you're in the midst of "administering justice" 24/7 or if you feel like you just barely "escaped the edge of the sword" today, remember that our "weakness [can be] turned to strength." And all the mothers said, Amen! (Let it be so!)

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