Mother’s Day

may9 012Golden Celebration bud for my mom.

Good Morning

Why God Made Mothers

God knew that everybody needs
Someone to show the way,
He knew that babies need someone
To care for them each day . . .
He knew they needed someone sweet
To sooth their baby cries,
To teach them how to walk and talk,
And sing them lullabies. . .
That’s why God made Mothers.

He knew small children need someone
To lend a guiding hand,
To answer all their questions
And to smile and understand,
Someone to read them storybooks,
To teach them wrong from right,
To show them wonderful new games.
And hear their prayers at night . .
that’s why God made Mothers.

And then throughout their childhood years,
God knew that children need
Someone to smile at them with pride,
Encourage each new deed.
As they grow up and all their lives,
God new that everywhere
All Children need a Mother’s heart
To understand and care,
And that’s why God made Mothers.
Robin St. John

2 Timothy 1:5
When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

Thankful for God’s plan to create Mothers.
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

May 14, Today’s thought — Mother in Zion

My beautiful Mother’s day Flowers

Good  Morning,

Ponderings from Sunday morning’s Mother’s Day lesson:

Judges 4:4 -5  And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.  And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.

Judges 5:7 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

The Brother told us of Deborah, the judge and mother in Israel, how god led her and guided her as she and Barak led the children of Isael in battle. He told how the battle was won and how the betrayer was slain by another woman, Jael.

There was a need in the early church for the care of widows, guidelines were set so the neediest and most worthy could receive care.

1Timothy 5:1-3 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. Honour widows that are widows indeed.

1Timothy 5:9-10 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

I was sitting between Emily and Mary, (Aaron’s family were sitting on the other side of Emily). After 1 Timothy 5:10 was read Emily said ‘You’ve done all that.’

What a high standard to try to reach, a mother in Israel.

I thought, I didn’t start serving God thinking that one day I might be a widow and over 60 years old and I needed to do all these things so I would qualify for care if I needed it.

I started serving God:
by being obedient to what I knew to do
by being a help when there was I need
by being hospitable more than once when asked to open our home to strangers as they became established in our community
by thankfully participating in the ordinance services
by praying for the afflicted

When I started serving God, I just doing my best to be a help and not a hindrance in the congregation.

That is all God asks of us — do what you can as well as you can.
God will strengthen and perfect us as the potter does the clay,
creating a mother in Israel.

Now I am over sixty.
I am not a widow.
I don’t consider my job done.

My desire remains the same.
but now I can say. . .
I want to be a help, as a mother in Israel.

Trust God for our day . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

Published in: on May 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mothering, Yesterday and Today

I’ve been ask to bring a lesson to the Young Married class, so I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking of mothers and parenting. How I was as a young mother so confident that I knew what I was doing and yet so selfish! How I saw so many things as black and white, because that is where I felt secure. Looking back, I’d like to think I’d change a lot of things, but I really wouldn’t be able to because then I would not have been who I was, and  I could only work with what I knew and what I thought was expected of me.

Mothers today have so many choices that I don’t think I had. With those choices comes insecurity, too. Am I making the right decision? Am I doing enough? Can I fulfill my expectations and dreams for my family?

I wrote a comment on this blog.
http://www.incourage.me/2011/10/tiger-mothers-or-the-making-of-velveteen-mothers.html

I wanted to write it here, it is my prayer for today’s mothers.

Dear Mothers, my heart is full for mothers
Mothers so hard on themselves,
Mothers so tender,
Mothers so clearly wanting with their whole hearts to do it all and to do it all right
Mothers who look back and see clearly — it is called hind sight
Mothers who look forward through a glass darkly — it is called faith
Mothers who must take one day at a time trusting God to fill the gap between what I am doing and what I want to be doing — we are just not capable by ourselves.
Some days, yes, tigers, coming quickly “to their temples” shaking the doors, getting their attention, making it, oh, so plain the need of the moment.
Some days, we are that velvet comforter, wrapping, holding, nurturing, healing, still not in our own strength but in God’s comfort by which we are selves are comforted.
Remember to everything “there is a season” and all seasons are covered by grace and all seasons are to be filled with thanks.

I’m still growing in grace, still learning,still thankful for God’s plan for mothers.

I just Love this picture!

(pictures found by googling ‘mothering pictures- thanks )

Published in: on October 25, 2011 at 11:44 am  Comments (1)