Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mothers, You are Mighty

Mother's Day Video: Mighty

Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there. :)

This is Kingdom work, shaping the precious little souls God has entrusted into your care! Please know that you are beautiful, amazing and strong, and doing something of infinite, eternal value!

Thank you for shaping our future.

Thank you for loving and loving and loving.

Thank you for giving of yourself every day, feeding those hungry mouths, clothing those precious little bodies, caring for every need, kissing boo-boos, cleaning up messes, correcting and disciplining, teaching and playing.

All these daily tasks, all this daily loving and giving, all of this matters. What you do for these little ones echoes in eternity. You are doing sacred work. You are changing the world, one precious life at a time.

God bless you! Be encouraged!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Be Still. A Prayer for Peace.

Be Still - Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger & Bethel Music

The last few days, I've been thinking a lot on the phrase "Be still and know that I am God" (Ps 46:10) and this morning I was listening to the above song from Bethel. It's been in my head as I've been pondering on this verse and really longing in my heart to truly be still.

This was my prayer this morning that I wrote in my notebook and I felt nudged to share it here...

Yes, God, teach me to look into Your eyes, to be still and rest in You, to be still and KNOW that You are God alone, to stop trying to "do" it all but to "be still" in my heart and watch You work. Teach me to release my worries and cares into Your hands and let You resolve it, let You carry me through, to do my assignment only, to listen and know my part and leave the rest to You. God help me to have the wisdom to live skillfully! Let me be known as someone who can fix anything!

Jesus, HELP! Help me to release the burdens that are not mine to carry, let me put them back in Your capable, strong, loving, tender hands. You've got this. I can rest (Ps 62:1). It's not for me to do it all, but let me do my part well and then rest and trust in you. Thank You, Jesus, for Your burden is easy and light (Matt 11:30). It is what I was made to carry and You make it comfortable and easy. I can do this with You, for You take most of it, all of it really, and You support me in my tasks and lead and guide me (Ps 31:3).

Yes, let me walk in Your Presence. Let me soak and rest in Your Peace (Eph 2:14). Let it cover me. Let it fill me. Let it surround me. Let it ooze out of me and slop onto all those around me. Peace, peace, peace, PEACE. No fear, no worries, no anxiety. Just You. Just Peace. You've got this! You are with us (Ps 23:4) and nothing is too hard for You (Jeremiah 32:17)! Nothing is impossible with You (Luke 1:37)! So I bind fear, anxiety, worry, and in their place I bless PEACE, trust, and rest, overwhelming and overflowing, transcending all understanding, guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:6-7). AMEN!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

You are loved. You are enough.

A couple weeks ago, on a particularly bad day, I was beating myself up about not getting enough done, not being productive enough, not being significant enough, whatever. So when Nathaniel got home, I took Seth upstairs, fed him, and then just enjoyed his company, while he smiled and made his baby noises.

While I was watching Seth, teary-eyed and not liking myself much, God broke into my thoughts. What is Seth doing that you love him so much? Checking off that to-do list? Accomplishing lots? More tears. Because the answer in my heart was nothing. I don't love my baby for what he does or who he might be someday. I love him for the simple fact that he is mine. Seth is my child, and my love for him is so fierce and deep and nothing will ever change it.

In the midst of my hurt, God wanted to remind me that His perfect love is like that but even better. Not because of any good I'm accomplishing or any other nonsense that I come up with of what I should be or should do. He loves me because I am His. He loves you because you are His.

Today, rest in His love. Know that you are so loved and that you are enough, because you are His precious and beloved child.

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God bless deeper revelations and greater knowledge of His great love for us. Amen!