Inspirational Readings to Encourage Moms
Thanks for stopping by. I want you to know I understand how tough your job is. I've juggled the schedules, worked outside the home to help make ends meet when I'd rather have been with my children and felt like walking out on the whole shebang more than once. I've felt the spectrum of emotions from unappreciated to unimaginably blessed, and I know that the greatest gift I ever got as a mom was the gift of the Holy Spirit.
These readings are designed to help you through the tough days of your life as well as the blessed ones. They're written to draw you closer to Christ so you can stay close to the Holy Spirit and walk in the abundance Jesus promised.
DEVOTIONS YOU'LL FIND BELOW
- And the Forecast Calls for More Snow
- Snow Days are Driving Me Crazy
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And the Forecast Calls for More Snow
Exodus 20:8-11 & 31:14-17 and Mark 2:23-28
I remember a time more than 20 years ago. All three girls were in school and I was working full time. I had taken on starting a children's church in our home congregation and "Crossroads to Glory" was in her 2nd or 3rd year (which meant I was rehearsing at least 4 hours a week and performing at least 2 weekends each month). Looking back, I'm thinking to myself, "were you CRAZY or what?!?"
One Friday or Saturday evening, the band had made arrangements to go to a Christian concert in Pittsburgh. We were all really looking forward to going, except I was exhausted and really didn't see much end to my hectic life anywhere in site. Part of me just wanted to say, "go on without me, I'm just going to hang out here tonight." But I didn't want to miss the fellowship and didn't want Steve and the girls to miss just because of me.
I remember on the day of the concert I woke up not feeling too well and by mid-afternoon I knew for sure that I had a serious case of the stomach flu. I wasn't going anywhere. Everyone left and at one point I found myself sitting on the floor in the bathroom with my head over the toilet. That's when it hit me (I have these crazy revelations at the strangest times). There was a purpose in the Sabbath.
Now, don't get me wrong, I NEVER missed church, almost to the point I was terribly prideful of the fact. But as I sat there on the floor getting nothing done, (because as you can imagine, when I'd originally thought about staying home, it was so that I could catch up on all the things that weren't getting done) I realized it had been a long time since I'd had a Sabbath.
When we read about the Sabbath in the Old Testament, it sounds like God is being pretty demanding and even a bit unrealistic. However, after spending a good bit of time pondering this Sabbath thing (much of it while I was hanging my head over the toilet), I realize that God's severe threats in Exodus were only to emphasize how important it is for us to have some time for rest and relaxation. My musing also causes me to wonder if "put to death" isn't more a warning of what we are doing to ourselves when we ignore our need for a Sabbath.
And now, the snow is falling again as I write this. There's a good chance that meetings will be postponed, lessons will be cancelled and you may even have be able to call off work with little to no repercussions. By now, I realize we're all pretty tired of the snow, but perhaps, much like my flu, this snow is really a beautiful gift from God so that we may experience Sabbath.
Jesus reminded the legalistic Pharisees that God created Sabbath for us. God obviously didn't need Sabbath, but He knew we would. He knew, He knows, that we work hard, love big and serve others. Our Savior understands that there are many who depend on us, and much won't get done if we don't do it. But even more, our Brother wants us to be healthy, blessed, relaxed in a low stress life. God created us for His pleasure, and if we don't take some Sabbath time to enjoy life and praise Him, our Creator can't really enjoy us. So, be thankful for the snow. Enjoy the quiet. Make your snow day your Sabbath.
Snow Days Are Driving Me Crazy
The kids are home everyday. Currently it's snow, but sooner or later it will be Summer vacation. Either way, these days offer a tremendous opportunity.
When school is in session, it's so difficult to spend much time helping our children grow closer to Christ. By the time they go to school, come home, do homework, spend any time at all at some sort of practice and then have a bit of free time to wind down, there's little time left for anything.
But even if you have to work all day, the lack of homework and other extra-curricula activities offer some time to spend implementing this piece of scripture.
18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.
Of course in order to truly carry these words out to the end, you'll need to be sure to work on verse 18. "Fix God's Word in your heart and mind." How do you do that? God suggests you tie them on your hands and foreheads. Do you have a piece of jewelry that reminds you to fix yourself on Jesus Christ? Perhaps post-its on your refrigerator or cubicle would help. I have a friend who used to (and may still) hang scripture all around her house (and our work place). The mirror in the restroom at the work would have random verses that changed every couple of weeks.
After you find a way to fix God's words in your heart, then you can teach them to your children. God's recommendation is to talk to your children about His word every time you sit down, when you're walking along the road (or driving), just before they go to bed and as soon as they get up in the morning. In other words find ways to work a message of Jesus Christ into every moment of your life.
They key to really make this work is to not make it a chore, but an enjoyable part of your day. When your child does something that makes you laugh ask him, "Do you think you made God laugh?" Talk about the fact that we are precious to God. He calls us His children. So obviously what makes our parents laugh must make God laugh! When your child won't go to bed ask her what God must think about it. Remind her that the Bible says to honor our parents, so it must make God very sad and disappointed when we don't do what Mom and Dad asks.
God gave us an awesome responsibility when He gave us children. The greatest gift we can ever give to them is to help them find true love and freedom in Jesus Christ. Use these slower paced days to build that foundation.