Wide as the Ocean
When Eve woke up to life, she was in her garden home. God had the home ready for her. This was to be her life. This is where she would bring life into the world and raise children to influence the world. This is where she would work and find fulfillment in all the gifts God had given her. It was not a place of restriction, but joy, freedom, and productivity. And this is His plan for you, dear mother. This is your life, too.
You are a “keeper at home” (Titus 2:5). Oops! That’s not in the Bible, is it? Yes, it’s still there, unless you cut it out. But, it is not restricting! Its vastness is as wide as the ocean and as high as the stars.
The home is a birthing center, a mothering/nurturing center, a training and education center, a praise and worship center, a prayer center, an eating center, a cultural development center, a social center, a hospitality center, a counseling center, a health center, an industry center, a garden center, and a convalescent center! And this is just the beginning. Nancy
It’s Love that Counts
What makes a believer truly godly? I was impacted today by the fact that you can have wisdom, knowledge, a strong prayer life, the respect of your church and neighbors, the most generous heart, a good marriage and well-disciplined children, but if you lack love, you are truly lacking.
Paul confessed, "If I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing" (I Corinthians 13:2 NASB). Michelle
I am doing a Great Work!
When Nehemiah came back from Babylon to build up the wall of Jerusalem, he encountered many adversaries. They were determined to stop his building project. They wanted to thwart God’s purposes. On one occasion, they tried to get him to come down from the wall and meet them in the “plain of Ono.”
But Nehemiah did not come down. He did not stop building! He sent a message saying, “I AM DOING A GREAT WORK, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3).
Mother, you are doing a great work. When your adversaries try to stop you, don’t be tempted. Confess out loud, “I AM DOING A GREAT WORK, SO THAT I CANNOT COME DOWN.” Don’t come down from your high calling. That's the whole purpose of the enemy--to stop you from building a strong marriage and family. Don't you let him. Nancy
Parenting like God
I love how God reveals Himself as our Father through the utter dependence of a child on a parent. My baby looks to me for everything--safety, protection, nourishment, love, encouragement, comfort, cleansing, understanding, security, and more. It is an amazing analogy of how we truly need God and how we must rely on Him for all things. The best part is, unlike me, He never fails His children! Michelle
A Full House
I read recently that the home is the emptiest place in America during the day. God never intended the home to be empty. Jesus told the parable of the man who made a big banquet and told his servant to “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23).
This is a picture of God’s house. He wants His home to be filled, and, of course, because we are to be like Him, He wants our homes to be filled too.
Not only filled with furniture and décor, but filled with people. He wants them to be filled with family togetherness--food, feasting, friendship, fellowship, and fun.
When a mother leaves her home and the family members scatter each day, the home is fragmented. The home is meant to be the strength of the nation where the family learns to work and grow stronger in God together. Nancy
Little by Little
Today, I held my tongue and responded with patience to a child instead. One small victory at a time! Little by little we grow, don't we? What is your victory today? Michelle
“My people… have forgotten their resting place” (Jeremiah 50:6). Do you sometimes forget that you have a resting place? Our 21st century lives are so frantically busy that often we live in a state of turmoil instead of a state of rest. But your Savior, Jesus Christ, wants you to live and abide in Him, which is a place of rest because He lives in rest. Nothing takes Him by surprise. Nothing gets Him upset. He doesn’t get into a stew and worry Himself sick. He is in control of all things and every detail of your life.
In the midst of the whirlwind of life all around you, your soul can live in rest. They hymn says,
There is a place of quiet rest,
Near to the heart of God,
A place where sin cannot molest,
Near to the heart of God.
Why not live a restfully busy life instead of a frantically busy life? Nancy
Savor each Moment
The moments in life pass ever so quickly, with or without our consent. We have little control over each day, why not enjoy the ride? Let's savor every moment of the day as a gift from God! Michelle