Honor thy mother

The role of mother is so important that God made sure his son had one. I believe that the thought of Mother’s Day creates strong and varied emotions in everyone. The expectations for a mother are so vast that no one could meet them all. A mother is expected to take care of the home, her spouse ( Significant Other) the children and any pets brought into the fold. She cooks, cleans, does laundry, car pools kids from one event to the other, cares for the pets and many times the automobile as well. Some are required to maintain the lawn and snow and any gardens present. Pay the bills, buy the groceries and make everybody happy, al before and while she holds down a full or part time job. Mom is required to be your counselor, teacher, preacher and motivator. Ahh, I forgot she also has dreams and ambitions of her own.

In the course of trying to be everything for everybody she often times neglects who she is , what she wants and what she needs. Stop and look at your mom, all the things she did for you, and remember, every person is different, has different needs and requires something different to be happy and we expect mom to know those things.

Honor the women in your life today, the journey is never as easy as they make it seem!

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:1-3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/eph.6.1-3.kjv

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Moms

To all my friends and family who are without their mothers, I feel you. This time of year makes many of us reflect on our mothers, the missed events and missed happy moments. I am normally very sad when I realize that my mom never got to meet Devion, Nyla or Zoey, she would have loved them. I think about the missed moments when she was alive and I was busy or mad or distracted. I say this to say, enjoy your mother while you have her, don’t sweat the small things, don’t try to change them because they don’t fit your vision of what your mother Should Be! Enjoy your Mother, find a way to forgive her for whatever happened in the past. You already survived your childhood and it didn’t kill you but made you stronger. We blame our Mothers for so many of our issues and really you did not come with instructions, there is no video on YouTube or anything on Pinterest. We all could tell many stories about where our mother and/or father did not meet our expectations but let’s use that knowledge to be better parents and not to hold a grudge. Ok I’m done…

Listen to your father. Without him, you would never have been born. Respect your mother, even when she is old. Truth, wisdom, learning, and understanding are worth paying money for. They are worth far too much to ever sell. The father of a good person is very happy. A wise child brings him joy. Make both of your parents happy. Give your mother that same joy. (Proverbs 23:22-25 ERV)

Watch where you point!

You ever went to God and pointed at something or someone for him to fix it/them? You just know that your explanation will allow God to see how much they need him, how much work they need. As you are explaining to God he does something so amazing, he stops everything to hear you. He immediately looks at the finger you have pointing at that thing and then he concentrates on the other 3 fingers and the thumb that are pointing your way.

“The Lord is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭34:18‬ ‭GNT‬‬

http://bible.com/68/psa.34.18.gnt

The thing I love about God is he never leaves you the same way he found you. He gets down in your heart and starts to heal those things that caused you to react negatively. He brushes up against your pain and creates a new spirit in you so things don’t aggravate you anymore. He fixes you and trusts that you will know he will fix the person you are pointing to IN HIS TIME! So in the meantime trust the process!

“Create a pure heart in me, O God, and put a new and loyal spirit in me.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭51:10‬ ‭GNT‬‬

http://bible.com/68/psa.51.10.gnt

A question for her

How do you feel when you see me?

You know who you are,

You know what you’ve done.

When you see me are you reminded?

Do I remind you of a love you lost?

A friend you betrayed or a hurt you caused?

Do I remind you of Love denied, of guilty pleasure?

Do I ever cross your mind?

I see you whenever I see you. I see the hurt, the pain and the destruction. I see you

when I see you and I wonder if your heart is broken and I want to provide a way for it to heal.

I wonder if your Spirit is low and I want to tell you, it’s ok, I survived you and I want you to survive too.

I want to tell you I forgive you for your part in my pain, and to let you know I’ve grown because of it.

I pray that God will heal that place in you that caused you to hurt me. I pray that you will have strength to resist the enemy the next time temptation comes knocking on your door.

I pray that all of us are better for the lesson you helped us to learn. I place no blame at your door or anger at your presence for I know one thing is true: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/rom.8.28.kjv

I’m good!

Love is enough

““As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

‭‭John‬ ‭15:9-12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/jhn.15.9-12.niv

Wow, all I have to do is love my fellow man? I don’t have to fix them, change them and make them grow up? NO, love them, that is the commandment from Jesus himself.

We won’t always agree on things, we may not see eye to eye or even believe in the same stuff. Some of us are caught up in religious rituals and sacraments and have some rules we beehive we have to follow but at the end of the day, if I never light a candle, cross my arms correctly or step to the right on time, God will still love me. Jesus will still love me and I am still forgiven.

Don’t allow anybody to make you feel bad about how you choose to process religion. At the end of the day, if you love your fellowman, respect people and treat them with kindness, you are love.

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:7-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/1jn.4.7-8.niv

“If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:3-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/1co.13.3-7.niv

The Gentile woman had Great Faith!

Mathew 15 21-28 finds a Gentile woman who was looking for Jesus. She was beseeching Jesus to help her with her daughter, who was being tormented by demons. He did not say a word to her, and the disciples were telling Jesus to send her away. They felt like she was bothering Jesus and wanted her to be sent away.

Jesus told the woman that he was sent to help Gods people, the people of Israel. She did not let his words stop her request, she was persistent. This woman continued to worship him and plead with him to Help her.. Jesus says this,

“He answered her with this saying: “It is not right to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs.” The woman said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the pieces of food that fall from their master’s table.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:26-27‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/mat.15.26-27.erv

She was not accepting NO for an answer, her need was too great. This woman was determined to see her child made whole and restored. Jesus was concentrating on the people of Israel at this time in his walk, he had not yet died and become the savior for all people. It’s like she was asking him to do something he was not prepared for. This woman made a call on the future anointing of Jesus when she said, Lord help me!

He could not continue to ignore her cry. She believed that he was able to heal her daughter in spite of his current assignment. Her faith in his ability was so strong that he said,

“Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! You will get what you asked for.” And right then the woman’s daughter was healed.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:28‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/mat.15.28.erv

Ahhhhh, he told her it was her FAITH that made the difference. What are you believing God for? Do you know what he is able to do for you if you just BELIEVE? Are you willing to put your pride aside and make your need be known? Are you willing to trust in spite of what someone else believes? The crowd was trying to convince Jesus to ignore her because she was not who they believed she should be, but hallelujah her FAITH convinced Jesus.

“Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/heb.11.1.erv

They accept me, do you?

“What the law says is for those who are under the law. It stops anyone from making excuses. And it brings the whole world under God’s judgment, because no one can be made right with God by following the law. The law only shows us our sin.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:19-20‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/rom.3.19-20.erv

You ever wonder why kids always tend to find the of crowd of people that are normally called “The Bad Crowd”? Because they accept your kids, they let them in their life, love on them and fill the void that is left by so called “social norms”. When our kids become sullen or depressed or start to veer off the path we give up, we say stuff like I’m going to pray for them but it’s up to God, or we talk about how much pressure and strain they have put on the family. Instead of hugging and loving on our kids we beat them up with the law of the Lord.

““If you love only those who love you, should you get any special praise for doing that? No, even sinners love those who love them!”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:32‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/luk.6.32.erv

Many people who have come to know the word depend on it to chastise and correct because they have fallen in love with the law and the promises of God. We forget that God is able to do so much more with the law than we are. God uses the law with grace and mercy and meets us at our need. What God wants us to do is love his children.

“This is my command: Love each other.”

‭‭John‬ ‭15:17‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/jhn.15.17.erv

““I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other just as I loved you.”

‭‭John‬ ‭13:34‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/jhn.13.34.erv

Many people get beat up by life , make bad choices, have bad things happen to them or fall short of what WE expect of them. When they find themselves falling there is usually condemnation and emotional pain. Instead of reaching down to help them we remind them of what they should have done or could have done to avoid the fall. We tell them how good God is to us and boast how that thing did not happen to us. We stand in front of the church and give testimonies of how good God is and remind the people we deem failures that if they prayed the right prayer or knew the right scripture that God would love and bless them too. We don’t tell them about the struggles we had as new christians, we don’t tell them that we learned to pray because we were at rock bottom and had nothing to live for. We don’t tell them how we learned to remember the scriptures because the words of the scripture where the only words that kept us sane. We don’t share that our marriages have struggled through financial insecurities, infidelity and just plain ole apathy and that it’s by the grace of God that we are still married. We don’t tell them that our children and grandchildren have struggle in the same area and that it was prayer and fasting that allowed us to survive until God brought healing to the situation. We hide behind the word and don’t want to reveal our past because we don’t want to be judged. I pray that we all let go of our self righteousness and remember that is the Love of God that keeps us and if we share it, there will be no lure to the bad side.

“So these three things continue: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:13‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/1co.13.13.erv