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This one's for the weary mom. Which includes probably every mom at some point, amIright? (Or we could widen it even further and include every woman ever at some point....weariness is a natural human experience, I think.)
I was reading in my devotional yesterday morning and a passage from 2 Thessalonians caught my attention. After some journaling and this little outline thing that I do:
. . . a beautiful picture of encouragement and hope started to emerge.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the Truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
We are saved through:
* sanctifying work of the Spirit
* belief in the Truth (adherence to, trust in, and reliance on)
* the Gospel (amen!)
We are saved so that:
* obtain and share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)
SO THEN.....stand firm and
hold fast to the teachings passed on
And now for the encouraging part.
May Jesus and God the Father
--who loves us
and by His grace gives us eternal encouragement (everlasting consolation)
and good (well-founded) hope
May this God
* comfort and encourage your hearts
* strengthen you (make you steadfast and keep you unswerving)
in every good deed/work & word
We are not saved through our own efforts. Just the Spirit, the Truth and the Gospel.
We are not saved for our own glory, but for the glory of Jesus Christ.
We are saved so that we may stand firm and hold fast.
And this standing firm and holding fast, which on some days feels almost impossible, is only by the power of our Jesus and God the Father. This is the very Father who loves us and by His amazing grace gives us eternal encouragement (you can't have much more encouragement than that!) and solid hope.
This same God is able to comfort and encourage our hearts. I know as a mother, there are many days that my heart doesn't feel very encouraged, but God is able to do this for me! And He also strengthens us in every good work and word. It's His enabling that makes us steadfast and unswerving in our daily tasks: laundry, dishes, cleaning, diapers, speaking to little hearts....the (seemingly) mundane moments. He is there.
Let us hope in this God when we are weary.
May He enable us as mothers to stand firm, hold fast--allowing Him to encourage our hearts.
Note: I did further study on the passage using the Amplified Bible