Thursday, February 18, 2010

Looking Up

I can't change myself, that's for sure! I'm so glad, though, that God is able to change me and that He's given me His Word that's living and active. The last couple weeks I've been seeking to meditate on some things to help me look upward rather than get overwhelmed by all that goes into being a mom. When my mind is filled with these truths, my day is so different! I'm trying to pray through these verses in the morning when I'm feeding Addie and then at little times throughout the day. Looking at God is SO much more encouraging than looking at myself!

What is my hope for being a mom today?
God gave His son to die for my sins; surely He will meet every other need that I have today.
-"He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:32


God is with me!
-"Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

In my own strength, I can do nothing but He is much stronger than me!
-"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5

-"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Cor. 12:9


How does my Lord parent His children?

He is patient and loving
-"The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love." Psalm 145:8

Jesus didn't grasp at His own rights; He humbled Himself and became a servant
-"who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant" Philippians 2:6,7

Jesus didn't demand that He be served, He gave up His life to serve that we might know God
-"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

Jesus had compassion on the people when they followed Him around; He knew they needed Him
-"When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things." Mark 6:34

What does God call me to do as a mom today?

To live for Christ and not myself
-"and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised." 2 Corinthians 5:15

To love my children with a tender, affectionate love to adorn the Gospel
-"and so train the young women to love their husbands and children...that the word of God may not be reviled." Titus 2:4,5

To teach God's Words to them
-"You shall teach them (God's Words) to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." Deuteronomy 11:19

To discipline them and instruct them
-"...do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4

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4 Responses to “Looking Up”

  1. this one is my favorite: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

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  2. Ya know, all those thoughts are very helpful even for a mom of many years, like me. Especially at this 'grama stage' of life. Thanks, Katie.

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  3. katie, i hope you don't mind, but i am copying and pasting this one so that i can print it out and read it during my quiet times. God is using you to minister to me in so many ways these days! here i am, much older than you, with 5 kids, and yet, i am learning so much from you!! thank you for your transparency and for being willing to share.
    ~patty r.

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  4. THIS IS SO GOOD KATIE!! Thanks for sharing it!

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