In my own journey of gratitude, I seem to frequently visit Psalms. Psalms is like balm to a weary soul. The book of the Bible reveals that the only ultimate answer to trouble, grief, pain and loss is a constant returning to God in worship and gratitude. Every other semi solution proves empty and short-lived, incapable of infusing real hope into life's unbearable situations.
"Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God;for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God (Psalm 43:5). "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever" (73:26). "For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning" (30:5).
Your heart may be crying out, "Oh God, let it be morning!" Keep hoping in Him until the day finally dawns. Even in the darkest night you can still experience His peace and rest, knowing that the joy of the morning is ahead.
This past week, I have been experiencing some intense spiritual warfare. When I have gone to bed at night, the enemy has attacked night after night, using my fears against me. I cry out "In the Name of Jesus, Go! Leave this house. We do not want you here! God, I want to feel your presence in my room. Send your mighty angels around this house to protect my children and I." Still feeling fear, I have slept with my Bible in my arms almost every night this week. My "sword" is ready to do battle if need be. I have never had anything like this happen. I feel that God is allowing me a glimpse of the spiritual battle going on around me so that I know how to do battle for my husband and children. I am now praying for my marriage, my husband and my children like never before. The enemy wants to devour them. God wants them to love and serve Him. I know how to pray and what to pray for them.
I have experienced joy through this. I am grateful for God's protection. I am grateful for God's power and strength. If it weren't for my LORD, I would have been slaughtered by the enemy long ago.
My admonition to you is this:
Resolve not to let your joy level be determined by the presence or absence of storms, but by the presence of God. choose to be joyful in Him today!
"Show me your way , oh Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." -Psalm 25:4-5 My Mission for this BLOG is to bring glory to God as I share what He is teaching me as I raise my children for Him. I want to encourage mothers all around the world to hang in there! Motherhood is tough, challenging and gritty. But through Christ's strength and the support of other moms who are in the trenches, I will keep pressing towards the goal to raise Godly children. Please feel free to leave comments. It blesses me so much! You can also email me at email@example.com
I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball