When children mess up most God fearing parents will give them some kind of discipline, like a time-out, to allow them to reflect on what they've done wrong and confess, hopefully.
Well, moms need a time-out too! We mess up some times and need to reflect on our actions so we have an opportunity to confess our sins and repent of them. We also like to know we're not the only ones who mess up. So, we feel like being prayed for by others who are not afraid of sharing their mistakes and learn from them too. If you find that you've messed up, take a time-out alone with God to confess your sins of commission and omission. He is faithful and just to forgive us, if we repent.
IF you are anywhere near me, I invite you to come for a time of fellowship where you can share your failures and be refreshed with fellowship by like minded women of faith. Click on the link below for more information.
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Are You "Just a Mom"?
Read more below to find out!
Here in New Jersey, if you leave out any kind of low preservative or non-preserved food, it will begin to grow mold and become spoiled, for almost anyone to eat.
I love having fresh homemade or store baked and bought bread! Unfortunately, here in the middle of summer, if I take it home and leave it out, in a shelf or on a counter top, for a couple of days or so; or even if I put it in the fridge and leave it there too long, it will rot!
I have come to find out, the hard way, that it can get very hot and muggy in July and August in New Jersey; and that’s an understatement! If you’ve ever lived anywhere there is high humidity and heat, you know that fresh food doesn’t last very long, so you have to eat it right away, if you want to enjoy it.
This made me think of another kind of bread that I really enjoy, without end; my daily “Living Bread”!
If I don’t make the time to read God’s word by myself or with my kids, I tend to get stale in my walk with him; and my kids start to act “rotten”.
To stay alive, people have to eat. So, if I want to live, I have to eat physical food. BUT, if I want to stay alive and connected to God, I must also “eat” of the spiritual bread that He has given me!
John 6:35 says, “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty”.
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:48)
John 6:51 says, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
Has your “daily bread” gotten stale? Would you like to receive your daily bread? Go to www.peacewithgod.net to find out more or contact me.
"Get Your Daily Bread and Eat it Too!" Blog Post from 8/8/15
"Just a Mom" Blog Post from 6/25/15
Have you ever been to a “Living History Museum”? I went to one, more recently. It was in Williamsburg, Virginia. The once bustling town, of the great American Revolution, is brought back to life by re-enactors and the actual buildings of its past. I remember thinking how exciting it would be to be able to be there when the founders of our country talked about the vision they had for our country, to be set free from oppression and taxes of the King of England. Our family had a great time enjoying many of the activities they offered to make you feel like you were really there. We were enjoying the very blessings of their hard work. Before that, when our youngest was about one year old, we went to a town in California where one of the Gold Rush Town’s existed. My girls and I dressed ourselves in cute prairie aprons and bonnets, walked along the dusty dirt roads and panned for gold. It was nostalgic and so much fun!
In both of these places there were people dressed in a specific time period of the past, acting as if it was still the same year and day they were portraying. You got to see how they lived back then, and it wasn’t always pretty. They had families to take care of, jobs to do and hopes and dreams for a better future. If we were really living in those times, would we be so happy to be there? Or would we wish things were different?
Today I want to give you something to think about by showing you my “Living History Museum”!
I have an idea in my mind of how I would like to have my home run more efficiently, look nicer, feel more comfy and cozy, and especially smell more pleasant, or be less stinky (in odor and attitude).
But, as much as I try to keep my home peaceful, orderly and clean, it always has its way of getting disorganized and dirty all over again. And, the kids aren’t always happy doing what I’ve asked them to do (imagine that!). My husband doesn’t always come home at the “right time” for dinner, or agree with everything I have to say; or just what I would like him to say either (what’s up with that?!?) Just kidding.
Day after day I clean, try to reorganize, declutter, and correct my children in love, and thankfully wake up to another one of God’s mercies, just to have to do it all over again in a day or a week or even less (Ahhhh!).
Why do we as moms, or people for that matter, keep trying to do this?
Because we are intrinsically made by our creator, God, to need law, order and beauty in our lives. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have hope in anything ever being made right, like it was before sin entered into this world.
Today, if you are feeling stuck in the same “time period” in your living museum or home, remember that there are seasons in life, and they all come to pass. The bible promises that!
“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens” Ecclesiastes 3:1
So, if you are like me right now, trying to keep your kids from hurting each other, doing yet another load of laundry, preparing something for dinner, but you’re not sure what; wondering if your husband will come home in time to eat dinner with the family or not, don’t give up!
Before we know it, this season of our lives will come to pass and we will be like the visitors of the “Living History Museums” in our day today, wishing we could live in that era and have those once so happy moments like “it used to be”, or as our memory fails us, how we used to remember them.
Don’t let the present and temporary pain you’re experiencing now blur your vision, hopes and dreams for the future of you and your family.
Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”Proverbs 4:25-27
IF this is you and you want help, ask God to help you, and then talk with someone you trust and ask for prayer. IF you know of a bible study or woman’s group in your area, or at church, get plugged in and share with others your heart (without tearing down your husband or kids}. You have to take responsibility for your actions too.
Finally, if you are in my area (currently Denver, Colorado, USA and would like to come to one of my “Ladies Time-Out” gatherings, email me from my website by using the contact form on this page (see below).
Please let me know if you were blessed by this post. I would love to know if you feel, or have felt the same before. Share some insight too, if you can!
In the trenches of life with you,
Socorro Gill - Confessions of a Mother's Heart
Motherhood, Education, Faith & Family
In the motion picture, “Mom’s Night Out” there is a very intriguing natural event that a couple of the main characters find fascinating. In the midst of their daily mundane life they are drawn in to a live streaming of the life of a new mother eagle caring for its young. They seem to almost envy or want to be the calm and seemingly happy bird.
After watching the movie several times now, I have come to the conclusion that maybe the reason why they are drawn to it is because they envy her. The mama eagle is “just” doing her job and at the same time they are also trying to do theirs, but they don’t know how to find that peace and contentment that this creature has almost mastered. It seems that they can’t figure out that it is what she was called to do by her creator and that is why she doesn’t appear to be struggling, unlike at least one of them. (Light bulb moment!)
The mama eagle is being “just a mom”, yet she looks majestic and at the same time content at what she is doing. She is doing one of the main things she was created to do and she is not wrestling with it.
God has a purpose and a plan for everything He’s created even though we don’t always understand it. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
How many of us don’t get it? How many of us struggle with being “just a mom” because we doubt that it is what God called us to do as one of our primary purposes? He gave us the ability to bring life into this world, yet we sometimes feel like there has to be more to our life than just being a mom. Isn’t it enough that we hold the future in our hands and have the privilege of molding and shaping them into the image of Christ, like God made us in His image, to reflect Himself to the world?
Moms, I challenge you to not doubt that God has other plans for you, but to first and foremost embrace, like the mama eagle, the present situation that He has enabled you to be in and to truly love the children and spouse that Providence has allowed, by focusing on that “job” first. Then, as time, energy and providence allows, seek God’s further will in your life by prayer and supplication, what He might have for you to do when the more time consuming years of mothering slow down a bit .
That is how we will find fulfillment in our daily happenings and live the life that He has called us to!
As I watched them watch the bird,I came to realize that there are many moms in similar situations who feel the same way. They haven’t found what the natural world around us already has, their purpose and acceptance of their role in this world, hence, contentment.
Because of that restlessness, we as moms, sometimes end up looking for fulfillment outside of our “nest” at the cost of our babies. Unfortunately, we have also damaged our family life in the process.
But, there is hope! If we realize that is where we are at, then we can still do something about it. We can stop and reevaluate our situation and start from there, moving ahead and not looking back. God’s mercies are new every day! So let us start afresh! With God’s help and the empowering of the Holy Spirit we can do that!
Living History Museum