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Motherhood Comes In Many Forms

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I’ve been traveling overseas for two weeks and I’m in places that don’t allow use of WordPress.  Yes, there are places in the world that restrict use of any social media tools for fear of what the rest of the world might find out about them I’m guessing.   That’s an entirely different blog entry for another time.   My intention was to publish this entry on  Mother’s Day.  Unfortunately, it couldn’t happen, but the message remains the same no matter what day of the year it is.

knitting_649Psalm 139:13-16

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

As I’ve mentioned in other writings, it’s quite amazing to me how many times the words of God’s unfailing love are mentioned in the Psalms.  Unfailing is some seriously deep love. God surrounds His children with love from the moment He knits them together.

They are so precious that He laces them carefully into a protected cocoon safe and harbored from storms until it is time for them to venture out into the world.  The cocoon is the divine creation within a woman that nestles and tenderly holds a baby while God’s plan for development unfolds.

Through a mom, God’s creation is surrounded in warmth and tightly woven in love.  The gentle form is able to move around and try things out, but is continuously embraced with protection.  Through God’s provision mothers offer sustenance and nutrients that help His  masterpieces to grow in ways we can’t really understand.

God must have an amazing trust in mothers that He would give his children to be carried inside of them for any length of time…any length of time. God proves His unfailing love time and time again.  Sometimes women might forget to acknowledge how important our role is in fulfilling His plans.

God occasionally places His precious bundles into mothering hands outside of the womb.  Sometimes God creates motherhood through less traditional means.  Of course, when He goes this route it is equally as important to bring His plans to light and these women are trusted in similar fashion. These mothers are just as precious to Him.  They also provide warmth, nurture, safety and love.  They are the knitting around His precious children on this earth.  They have impact beyond what we can imagine.

Somehow we are all mothers.  Not always in the traditional sense, but in a way that makes sense to God so His plans are carried out. He loves all of His children and all of his mothers the same so Happy Mothers Day to ALL women because in some way God allows you the gift of caring for His precious hand-formed creations and loves you deeply for it.

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Through It All

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I came to know of Andre Crouch from years of singing contemporary Christian music. He’s probably best classified in the Gospel music genre, but I’m a suburban Lutheran girl so we call it contemporary Christian. Andre’s music has been a source of inspiration for me certainly because of his musical stylings, but mostly because of his message.

Today I was thinking of a friend I’ve known for years who lives in China. She became a Christian a few years back though I’m not certain she really understands it all. I try to share a thought here or there at the appropriate times, but I just let the Holy Spirit take care of it mostly. She wrote me that her husband just passed away. He had been ill for some time but was improving. All of the sudden his worn out body gave up. I provided a weak message of my sorrow for her her though an email. I didn’t know what to say. My heart aches because I know how much she misses her husband already. Then today one of my favorite Andre Crouch songs popped into my head and I decided this will be my gift to her.

I pray this video and the Psalm I’ve featured below will give you strength and comfort through the trials you are walking through this day.  Thank you for your beautiful gift, Andre.

Psalm 138

I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I will sing praises to You before the gods.
I will bow down toward Your holy temple
And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.
On the day I called, You answered me;
You made me bold with strength in my soul.

All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O Lord,
When they have heard the words of Your mouth.
And they will sing of the ways of the Lord,
For great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is exalted,
Yet He regards the lowly,
But the haughty He knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

 

Center of It- Chris August

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Psalm 86: 1-10
Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help. Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God. Be merciful, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly. Give me happiness, O Lord, for my life depends on you. O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask your aid. Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord; hear my urgent cry. I will call to you whenever trouble strikes, and you will answer me. Nowhere among the pagan gods is there a god like you, O Lord. There are no other miracles like yours. All the nations- and you made each one-will come and bow before you Lord; they will praise your great and holy name. For you are great and perform great miracles. You alone are God.

Truth and dare

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Who or what is your giant today? What wave is out there just laughing at you. What noise is confusing you so you can not hear Him speak. The truth is there. Be bold and courageous. Knock down the giant and calm the wave-you can do it.

Psalm 138 2b: I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.

3: When I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me the strength I need.

Unfailing Love

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Unfailing love..always able to supply more, inexhaustible, constant, unflagging, incapable of error, infallible, not failing,not giving way, not falling short of expectation, completely dependable, inexhaustible, endless, always reliable, certain.

This isn’t meant to make you feel bad.  It’s meant to provide true understanding of what unfailing love really is.  We probably all have at least one person for whom we believe we have unfailing love.  I do.  In fact, I’m blessed to think I have more than one person.  Then I read the definitions.  I haven’t always been dependable for those people.   Sometimes I have fallen short of their expectations.  There have been days when I didn’t think I could supply more love.  Sometimes it’s been exhausting to love these people.  This doesn’t mean I don’t love them.  I think it means I’m mortal.  I’m human.  I’m of this world.

I can think of people who I said I love you to with the deepest emotion and sincerity imaginable.  Today I couldn’t tell you where they live.

Every year I read through the book of Psalms. It’s enlightening, reinforcing, relieving.  This time I started to write down (yes the old-fashioned manual way) every verse that related to how God takes care of His people.  I needed that reassurance desperately in my life.  As I wrote over the days and weeks and months I realized a phrase used over and over.  God’s unfailing love.  I’m going to keep counting, but up to Psalm 119 the text mentions God’s unfailing love about 30 times.   That doesn’t include phrases like his “faithful love”.  Just His unfailing love.  God must feel that’s really important for us to know.  When we have done things we are ashamed to admit to we have His unfailing love.  When our pains and sorrow are at their greatest we have His unfailing love.  When those we love hurt us or leave us we have His unfailing love.  When we fall short of everyone’s expectations we have His unfailing love.  When we get ourselves into binds that seem impossible to get out of we have His unfailing love.  When we fail again.  When we can’t love ourselves or others…we have His unfailing love.  Over and over and over again we have that reassurance.  His promise to always supply more,  to be inexhaustible, constant, unflagging,  inerrant, infallible, not failing, not giving way, not falling short of expectation, completely dependable, inexhaustible, endless, always reliable and certain.  That’s God’s unfailing love…for us all.

Beyond Comprehension

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Do you know how many stars are in the Milky Way galaxy?  I’ve heard something like 200 billion. In Psalm 147 it says God counts the stars and knows them by name.  That’s 200 billion and that’s just in one galaxy.  In Psalm 139 we are told God knows the number of hairs on our head. There are over 7 billion people in the world right now. Some of us make it easier for Him to count hairs 🙂  but still.  Talk about being detail oriented.  He is amazing and that word doesn’t really describe the magnitude of his magnificence.

After a typical day of highs and lows, I finally laid down to rest.  Thoughts were darting through my head from the day’s activities.  A single tear fell from the corner of my eye.  I’ve put a little too much on my shoulders today.  Rather than lay there I decided to get up and read.  Of my many choices I opened the Psalms.  After I read one or two of them I’d be better- like medicine you know?

I read a powerful one that pulled me in for a few read-throughs.  It spoke to me where I am. I’m still counting up how many Psalms talk about God’s unfailing love.  It’s a continuous theme throughout.  That will be for another blog.  What struck me in Psalm 147 was God’s compassion for healing the brokenhearted and binding up their wounds and that His understanding of each of our situations is beyond comprehension.  So not only does he know the names of 200 billion stars, he knows the concerns of 7 billion people and the number of hairs on each of their heads. That leaves me awe-struck and comforted.  He saw my single tear fall from my eye.  Perhaps this Psalm was the binding he put on my wound.

Psalm 147:1-11

Praise the Lord!

How good to sing praises to our God!
How delightful and how fitting!
The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem
and bringing the exiles back to Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
and bandages their wounds.
He counts the stars
    and calls them all by name.
5 How great is our Lord! His power is absolute!
    His understanding is beyond comprehension!
The Lord supports the humble,
but he brings the wicked down into the dust.

Sing out your thanks to the Lord;
sing praises to our God with a harp.
He covers the heavens with clouds,
provides rain for the earth,
and makes the grass grow in mountain pastures.
He gives food to the wild animals
and feeds the young ravens when they cry.
10 He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse
or in human might.
11 No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him,
    those who put their hope in his unfailing love.

When the cards you are dealt make you want to fold

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I started out ready to write about something completely different.  As I opened up the silver box and got my fingers ready to tap I remembered I haven’t read my Psalm for the day.  I decided that I needed to do that first  (I’ve been working hard at starting my day with God first and it’s been a challenge).  I came to Psalm 109 and it spoke to me.  I’ve struggled with a number of issues, this year particularly, due to a job loss.  I have friends dealing with financial troubles,  the loss of loved ones and dealing with way too many to seem possible health issues.  As I read parts of Psalm 109 I felt an energy to deal with it all.   I decided maybe someone out there, who might stumble across this blog, needs a lift too.

In the Psalm when I read about “them” or “those who attack me” I associate that with my issue “du jour”.  I’m not making light of that.  There’s just so much going on and I have definitely felt the pressure.  Sometimes I feel so complicated and tightly wound. I just want to literally unwind the springs that are restricting me to breathe and enjoy the beauty that surrounds me.  I admit it’s hard. Even for a person with faith in Jesus.  I do find comfort in the writings of the Psalms.  They help me put it all into perspective.  Some days it’s easier than others of course. But there is one repeated sentiment  in the Psalms over and over and over…God’s unfailing love…for us all.

So this is God’s blessing for you today-

Psalm 109: 21-23

But deal well with me, O Sovereign Lord, for the sake of your own reputation!  (Now that’s a sales pitch if I ever heard one)  Rescue me because you are so faithful and good.  For I am poor and needy (I’ve lost a job, a friend, a spouse, I have cancer, a blood clot, my body aches, I’m anxious, I’m depressed, I’m lonely, I’m…) and my heart is full of pain.  I am fading like a shadow at dusk; I am falling like a grasshopper that is brushed aside.

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Help me, O Lord my God!  Save me because of your UNFAILING LOVE.  Let them ( loss, cancer, anxiousness, depression…) see that this is your doing, that you yourself have done it Lord.  Then let them curse me if they like , but you will bless me!  When they attack me, they will be disgraced!  But I, your servant, will go right on rejoicing!

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But I will give repeated thanks to the Lord, praising him to everyone.  For he stands by the needy ready to save those who condemn them.

Lord, today help us to remember your UNFAILING love and give us strength to face the “thems”, “those who attack” , the curses and the pressures to give in to the lies that surround us.