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Strength Through Storms

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It seems as though every time I turn on the news during the month of May, I hear the reports of storms and tornadoes across the nation. Without a doubt we are in the midst of storm season. During the storms of life, how do we maintain the hope that the sun will shine again? God’s Word brings comfort to our weary hearts. When our discouragements appear to be carrying us downstream, we have an anchor in Scripture.

Consider Jeremiah who was at his lowest point, yet he was able to look upward as he remembered the goodness of the Lord. Here’s what we read in Lamentations 3:

He has broken my teeth with gravel;
    he has trampled me in the dust.
17 I have been deprived of peace;
    I have forgotten what prosperity is.
18 So I say, “My splendor is gone
    and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
    the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them,
    and my soul is downcast within me.
21 Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.

Hope came to Jeremiah as he recalled the Lord’s great love. How do we recall the Lord’s great love for us? By reading His love letters! May your heart be encourage through the hope that He brings by the promises of love in His Word and by the comfort of His Spirit.

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Refreshing Rain

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 You gave abundant showers, O God;  you refreshed your weary inheritance.         Psalm 68:9

Dallas weather has been crazy lately. Although it seems as though we have had constant rain for weeks, we are actually thankful for it. When you’ve been through periods of draught, you learn to count the rain as a gift from God to renew and refresh the dry and thirsty land.

God is the giver of refreshing rain. In Psalm 68 we read that He gave abundant showers to the Israelites to refresh them. God provided for His people in the wilderness. He was the one who met their needs. Now, keep in mind He also allowed them to go through the wilderness and experience dry times in their lives.

There are times when we may feel weary physically or dried up emotionally or worn out spiritually. Although we may go through the wilderness, we also know that it will not last forever. God does not leave us alone in our dry times. Do not lose heart, for the God who allowed his people to dwell in the wilderness also sent abundant showers and refreshing rain to His weary inheritance. Look to the Lord. He is the one who offers restoration to tired souls. Ask Him for abundant showers to not only cleanse you, but to refresh and heal you.

Seed Planters

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As we celebrated Mother’s Day this last weekend, I love to think about moms as seed planters. Moms sow into the lives of the next generation through their words and example. ALL of us are seed planters as we bless and strengthen the people around us with our words of hope and love. Every day we have the opportunity to sow into the lives of others not only in conversation, but through social media and email as well.

What kind of seeds are you planting? The most fruitful seeds are sown with God’s grace-filled love toward others. If we have a righteous point we want to make, but do not sow the seeds with love, they most often will fall on deaf ears or rocky soil. Let us be planters of good words, lovingly and gracefully sowing the seeds of God’s word to the people around us.

Ask the Lord to love others through you today. It may be a stranger in the checkout line or a rebellious child or a difficult neighbor.  Love the one in front of you by planting good seeds that will grow into a beautiful harvest in the lives of others.

Happy planting.

National Day of Prayer

Almighty, all-powerful, all-knowing God, we praise You for your love and mercy. You are holy and sovereign.  You are good, and You are kind. Thank You for the blessings we have enjoyed in this nation. Thank you for your favor and kindness toward us, even though we do not deserve it.

Today, we come to You in humility recognizing our great need for You. We confess our sin, our hard hearts, our rebellious desires and our self-centered living. We confess we have not allowed You to be the center of our lives, and instead have allowed many idols to creep into our hearts.  We have lost our focus on You and replaced it with a focus on a multitude of interests which keep us distracted. Oh Lord, draw us back to You!

We ask for your protection and your watch-care over this great nation, as our forefathers once prayed. We ask for your continued mercy. Most important, we ask for revival. Turn our hearts back to you. Begin in the families; begin with the fathers.  Help parents to once again teach their children about your love and your goodness. Protect the children both born and unborn.  Heal our land. Our eyes are on You, as we recognize that You are our only hope.  Help us to teach our children to love You will all of their heart, soul, mind and strength and help us to do the same.  Help us to show love and forgiveness toward others as You have showed love and forgiveness toward us.

In Jesus Name we pray,  Amen.

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Where Has Motherhood Taken You?

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I was headed down the road called It’s All About Me – that is until the title of “Mom” was added to my resume. When our first daughter Grace was born, my world began to change for the better. Oh don’t get me wrong, I was stretched beyond my limits, but it was a good stretch (and I’m not just talking about my belly).

Motherhood has taken me down roads I never thought I would travel. It’s the toughest job I ever loved. Through the joy of caring about another person’s life more than my own, I’ve learned to:

Love deeply

Pray fervently

Think creatively

Live flexibly

Discipline wisely

Speak kindly

And most important, give generously of my time, energy and love.

Yes, being a mom has made me a better person as I’ve traveled down the road of selflessness and joy. Through it all, I have recognized my need for God’s strength, wisdom and patience as I pour myself into raising the next generation. What about you? What have you learned as you traveled down the delightful and sometimes frightful road of Motherhood?

For more encouragement as a mom, check out The Power of a Positive Mom