Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” …
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
A Triumphant Mom
Author: Janet Perez Eckles
I sat on the edge of the bed, wrinkled tissue in hand. “Why me?”
I had asked that question with every tick tock of the clock during sleepless nights.
At 31, a hereditary retinal disease robbed my eyesight completely. It pulled a dark curtain of devastation and sorrow into my life and erased any hope I had of being a productive mom to my three, five, and seven-year-old sons.
One day, as self-pity was visiting again, a close friend called.
“Just checking on you,” she said. “How are you doing?”
I wasn’t doing. My life looked dark in every way and the tasks of a blind mom were too much for me.
“Okay, I guess,” I lied.
Then she said something profound. Something that opened the eyes of my heart and changed everything.
“If you think about it,” she said, “your kids are really God’s children. He is their Father and He’s in charge of all big and small things.”
I wiped my tears, inhaled a deep sigh, and let that truth sink into my heart. It brought the encouragement I needed to sweep away those “poor-me” notions, and sparked a renewed passion to care for my sons.
Now with a brighter outlook and a sweet love for my role as their mom, I compiled my own list of what makes a “good” mom:
- A Mom who knows mistakes will be corrected in the hands of a loving God.
- A Mom who goes to sleep at night with dishes still in the sink, but a bedtime story in her kid’s heart.
- A Mom who knows perfection will happen on the other side of heaven.
- A Mom who sees her kid’s weaknesses and still smiles at his strengths.
- A Mom who places guilt in the garbage disposal of life.
- A Mom who leaves fingerprints on the glass door to place an imprint of love in her kid’s heart.
- A Mom who looks in the mirror and smiles because she is molding one of the leaders of tomorrow.
- A Mom who picks shoes off the floor, thankful her kids can walk.
- A Mom who listens to endless chatter, thankful her kids can talk.
- A Mom who’s signed a partnership with God.
- A Mom who stirs this sweetener in the coffee cup of her heart: “I can do all things through the Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
And while she drops exhausted in bed at the end of the day, truth shines through: It’s not the items checked off on the to-do list, accomplishments managed, the applause never heard or the help always needed; but it’s the certainty that echoes in her heart, that her true greatness is in the Father’s eyes, her sorrows are in His heart and her triumphs are in His plans.
His Resurrection Destiny
Our Lord’s Cross is the gateway into His life. His resurrection means that He has the power to convey His life to me. When I was born again, I received the very life of the risen Lord from Jesus Himself.
Christ’s resurrection destiny— His foreordained purpose— was to bring “many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10). The fulfilling of His destiny gives Him the right to make us sons and daughters of God. We never have exactly the same relationship to God that the Son of God has, but we are brought by the Son into the relation of sonship. When our Lord rose from the dead, He rose to an absolutely new life— a life He had never lived before He was God Incarnate. He rose to a life that had never been before. And what His resurrection means for us is that we are raised to His risen life, not to our old life. One day we will have a body like His glorious body, but we can know here and now the power and effectiveness of His resurrection and can “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). Paul’s determined purpose was to “know Him and the power of His resurrection” (Philippians 3:10).
Jesus prayed, “…as You have given Him authority over all flesh that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him” (John 17:2). The term Holy Spirit is actually another name for the experience of eternal life working in human beings here and now. The Holy Spirit is the deity of God who continues to apply the power of the atonement by the Cross of Christ to our lives. Thank God for the glorious and majestic truth that His Spirit can work the very nature of Jesus into us, if we will only obey Him.
|April 6, 2018
When People Hurt Your Heart
MICAH MADDOX, COMPEL Member AND She Speaks Graduate
“For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.” Psalm 27:5 (NIV)
I scooted closer to my mother as I felt the power of God in my 6-year-old body. Moved by my daddy’s preaching, I could sense God’s power within me as a little child. Then things changed … when I began to realize my dad, the pastor, was not all I thought he was.His choices proved something much different.
Ponytail swinging, ruffles bouncing and giggles abounding, I ran into life as a 6-year-old girl without a problem in the world. Then suddenly right before my eyes, everything I knew about God shattered. I woke up to a new home with one bedroom that I shared with my brother and my mom. Dad was gone.
I could give you the gory details, but perhaps you’ve heard stories like mine. A man of God makes a bad choice that causes him to lose his ministry, his family and what could have been his future.
Though this sounds heart-wrenching and dreadfully sorrowful, God has redeemed my story and my life. He’s taken something that easily could have sent my brother, my mother and me into a life of despair and transformed it into a beautiful picture of His grace.
Thankfully I had a faithful, godly mother who pointed me to God’s Word. She reminded me often that “God didn’t bring us this far to leave us.”
And then came Clay, a man only God could have chosen to rescue us. He walked into our lives and adopted us. He gave us a new name and new identity. He taught us godly men don’t have to stand on a stage to be heard, but they can sit in the life of a child who is desperate for love and let God’s light shine brightly in that small place.
By God’s grace, today both my brother and I serve in church ministry. We’ve been given the gift of being able to share our story so others might see that God is bigger than the pain of this world. When sin threatens to take everything comfortable away, God offers the grace, mercy and comfort we truly need.
People will make mistakes and hurt your heart deeply, but I want to offer you this truth: “God didn’t bring you this far to leave you.” He has a plan greater than we will ever know. Don’t let someone else’s mistakes make you someone you never intended to be.
I don’t know what you have been through in your life, but I know this: God is faithful. He binds up wounds when we think we will never heal. He mends our hearts when we think they are too broken to bind. And He offers His grace when life gives us so much more than we can handle alone.
God is not done with your life. He can take the most broken and bruised and transform it into the most beautiful. “For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock” (Psalm 27:5).
Dear heavenly Father, when I feel betrayed and alone, help me know You are near. When it seems things will never work out and life feels broken, give me hope to press on and peace to pursue You more. I need You today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.