Disappointment threatened to crush my mother’s heart as I listened to the child’s tale of woe. Like shards of glass under bare feet, we pressed hard together into the painful event and shared tears. Helpless to reinvent history, I offered empathy and hugs and my own sorrow for this precious one’s heart ache.
It seemed to help.
Proverbs 25:20 “Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.”
Climbing under the covers, disappointment and compassion morphed into despair and helplessness. The enemy’s prowling paused with victim found. I know no mother whose heart does not burn with pain, whether physical or emotional, when one of her children hurts, but He Who is in me is greater than the other voice, and He reminded me that He was about His business. Pain and suffering is the Biblical route to growth – and He also reminded me that He loves my children more than I do, more than I can even imagine. And Comfort wrapped His arms around me, Peace filled me, and I whispered, “I trust You, please help me love him well as you grow him.”
And this morning, in the middle of too-many-ministry-projects going on, and mistakes-have-been-made awareness, I wept and begged Him to help me lead our organization. I confessed my ineptness and fear at what I sensed He planned to do, and with gratitude for all He has done, simply offered, “Show me Your way – whatever You want me to do, where ever You want us to go, I will go, but show me, please help me be a good leader!”
And I waited.
And I thought of Nehemiah – that’s it! I’ll read Nehemiah… wait, no, that’s not it. Enthusiasm deflated, and a sense of flatness before I even lifted the Book off the table.
And I waited.
Eventually, I picked up Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling,” and read today’s date. “Stop trying to work things out before their times have come. Accept the limitations of living one day at a time,” leaped of the pages at me. The chosen Scriptures for the day, Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven,” and John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
And then I opened my Bible. Today is March 29, so I was intent on reading Proverbs 29. I didn’t get there. For some reason, my Bible’s page marker was in Proverbs 25, even though yesterday, I read Proverbs 28, for the date. This is what the heading on Proverbs 25 said:
I nearly fell out of my chair. I started reading. Slowly. The answers to a number of issues we are dealing with in the ministry were right there in the verses.
Why was I surprised?
Because my faith is thin. Dear God, help me in my unbelief, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
As mothers, we are also leaders. Titus women in God’s Army, if you will, doing things differently than the culture, doing things His Way. We are called to make disciples of our children – we all have a ministry there, co-leading with our husbands our own little flock of sheep. And yes, before you get riled up, know I fully believe in submission to my husband, and no, I’m not a doormat in our marriage. More on that here.
Dare you today to believe that if you obey His Word, He will answer your prayers. Dare you to believe He is a Person with Whom you are to worship, yes, but One in Whom deep relationship, guidance, peace, comfort and answers to your questions will flow. He loves you. Dare you to beg Him to make you into someone who gets that so fully, other people notice and want to know what is different about you…and then, I dare you to introduce them to Him.
This is Everything.
Relationship with Him will improve literally every area of your life, including your marriage.
Glad you are here with us today! I love being on the journey with you.
Love to you,
What is Proverbs 28 saying to you today? Dare you to comment and share what Truth He reveals to you today with us, or with someone else!