Saturday, May 6, 2006

Mother's Day

My Mom -- The main reason I celebrate Mother's Day!

Teighlor Elissa -- my beautiful daughter, my 1st gift from God, and my 2nd reason for celebrating Mother's Day!

Alec Michael -- my little boy, my reason for being a baseball mom, and my 3rd reason for celebrating!

In Proverbs 31, God has given us a picture of the type of mother Christian women can become—loving, supportive, generous, and wise in word and deed. Surrender to the leading of the Holy Spirit is the key to being transformed as God desires.

Becoming a godly mother begins with the marital relationship. The Lord calls women to demonstrate "noble character," lovingly and generously meeting their husband's needs. The Spirit of God will help believers mature past self-centeredness to the point where a spouse's best interests can have top priority. (Philippians 2:3) For those who parent alone, God will teach this principle in other ways.

The second step involves learning to be consistent in offering forgiveness, acceptance, and agape love. The Lord wants us to parent as He does. He will reveal how to adapt actions and attitudes—as well as schedules—to the maturing ages of the children. He also guides parents in how to lead them toward Christ.

Third, He will provide the skills needed for managing the home. He knows that a positive, godly environment helps families to flourish. As mothers submit to Him, He will train them to be trustworthy, diligent, and disciplined.

Finally, our heavenly Father will provide the compassionate hearts that look beyond one's family to recognize the needs of others and offer help as He directs.

God sees in His own daughters the makings of "majestic" mothers who influence their children for Christ. Place yourself under the Spirit's control so that your family will be blessed with godly leadership. (In Touch Ministries)

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