We come in all shapes and sizes, and are expected to wear many hat's in life.
The daily demands of life call us to be worker, mother, teacher, nurse and prayer warrior. No matter what career position we may hold there is one position that is most important of all. It is the role of a "certain woman," some known to us, some unknown. How many times we speak of the woman at the well, and the bleeding woman in Bible study and do we realize what an impact they have had in the gospel? Luke, the servant and physician documents them well. Their names do not matter...but their actions do! They are women of the Bible who have left their mark -some are anonymous women who nonetheless bring their faith and gifts to do their part in service to His ministry. They display devotion and leadership.
Peter's mother-in-law, who Jesus healed from sickness, immediately rose and began to "serve" him. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Susanna, had accompanied Jesus during his ministry and supported him out of their private means. Phoebe, Lydia, and Tabitha the seamstress.
But on this MOTHER'S DAY I cannot help but think of Hannah...how our hearts can relate to a woman longing for a child.(1Samuel) Hannah had to endure the burden, the snickering, I am sure because she could not give her husband a son. But her burden was replaced with blessing because she was obedient. Prayerfully she trusted. When she bore her son, Samuel, she kept her promise and dedicated him to the Lord.
MOTHERHOOD is a chance for us to show our children what God's love is really like!
We cannot underestimate the influence that a mother has on a child, in all stages of life. To spiritually influence that child to know, love and trust Jesus. This God-less culture we live in will continually try to draw them away from our influence, and how heartbreaking it is when it does happen.
The apostle Paul reminds us that mother's and grandmothers have a great influence on a family. Timothy had the benefit of being taught the faith by his mother and grandmother. Paul tells him, "I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also" (2 Timothy 1:5).
These two female caregivers are praised and acknowledged for the excellent example they provided at home to young Timothy. His father was a gentile and not a believer in Jesus Christ. Yet, they were able to make a difference in teaching Timothy as a boy, after which he would grow up to be one of the early ministers of the Church and a faithful companion and coworker alongside Paul. They did this in spite of the negative influences and living in a gentile nation.The positive choices Lois made certainly benefited her descendants.
We will have obstacles thrown at us....but we can defeat the world as a GODLY WOMEN who PRAYS, ASKS, TRUSTS & SERVES. As a child, can you remember a time when a parent or older relative said, "Jump, I will catch you!" You trusted, leaped, and they caught you! Well, we must have that trust in Christ. Leap into the arms of Christ, prayerfully ask for His help as Hannah did, and trust God in all things. If we do His will, He will bless our lives.
He will help us through all the stages of our child's life.
Early years when we are the steadfast teacher. - Proverbs 29:17
Early teens when we are the coach, set rules but must encourage.
Later teens when we are the counselor and apply scripture to their lives.
Young adult years, when we help guide them in choices. Mistakes are made, but they learn to lean on God.
Adult years, when we are the "caring consultant." Offering wisdom in their lives.
Timothy's mother & grandmother wanted the best for him -- to live for God -- and I and you desire that for our children.
Have a blessed MOTHER'S DAY...for you are a "certain" woman, in His service!
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