There is no such long list from the Lord Mommy !!! 🚫

“There is a common lie that floats around in mommy culture today and that is the lie that “‘Good’ moms do XYZ…”. We see this most often in the context of the mommy wars, where one group of mamas will regularly pit themselves against another group of mamas if they differ on issues of vaccination, breast-feeding, co-sleeping, education, family dynamics and activities, or birth methods.

There are many problems which arise as a result of this mommy war culture but just one is the problem of wrongly thinking that God has set forth, in His Word, a particular standard of what it means to be a “good” mom in each of those areas. The truth of the matter? He hasn’t.

In fact, I have good news for you, mama. The mile-long laundry list of expectations, standards, and laws regularly placed upon you by this culture as to what constitutes as “good” mothering choices is far, far longer than the list of things the Lord actually does ask us moms to do in His Word.

While the culture says you must make one particular choice on how to feed, birth, clothe, train, disciple, love, and educate your children, the Lord in His Word gives us no such list of standards. While the mommy culture says we “must” breastfeed (or not, depending on who you ask!), the Word of God sets forth no such law. While the culture says we “must” homeschool (or not!), the Word of God sets forth no such standard. While the culture says we “must” co-sleep (or not!), the Lord is silent on that issue.

The reality is this: all God has asked of us mamas is that we train our children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6), speak to them of His Word (Deuteronomy 6:6-7), love them (Titus 2:4), and raise them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). That’s it! The rest is up to you. The rest is up to how He individually leads and directs you (James 1:5) to parent your own unique children according to your own unique family dynamics.

You have freedom, mama. Turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the laws of mommy culture and instead fix your eyes and ears on Christ. He died to provide you with freedom (Galatians 5:1). Walk in that freedom and enjoy it, even in the midst of your motherhood.”

Bible verses to captivate those mommy war thoughts immediately! 👇🏼

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” ~ James 1:5 NIV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” ~ Proverbs 22:6 NIV

“See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.” ~ Deuteronomy 12:32 NIV

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” ~ Galatians 5:16-18 NIV

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I Surrender

I Surrender

“If worship’s like perfume, I’ll pour mine out on you

For there is none as deserving of my love like you

So take my hand and draw me into you

I want to be swept away, lost in love for you

All to you, I surrender

Everything, every part of me

All to you, I surrender

All of my dreams, all of me

I surrender” ~ Jesus Culture

This morning as I heard these lyrics I couldn’t help but position myself the best way I know how. I couldn’t help but humble myself and lay flat out in the presences of God. In the mist of God blessing us on a daily from the smallest blessing to the largest, there is still that one thing God is waiting for us to surrender but to Him.

It could be to surrender your life 💯 to Him again like the beginning.

It could be your job.

It could be your plans.

It could be your hopes.

It could be your children.

It could be your family.

It could be your marriage.

It could be friendships.

It could be your own thoughts.

It could be your dreams.

It could be….anything !

It could be anything but God wants it all! He knows what is afflicting you and what’s weighing you down. He knows what’s best for you and what you need. He knows the plans for your life and He wants you to receive it all when your ready to. He is a good God and He will remain a good God!

He is good when you don’t receive answers.

He is good when you are being processed.

He is good when everyone is not treating you accordingly.

He is good even if everyone loves you.

He is good when everything is falling apart.

He is good when nothing makes sense.

He is good even in your doubts.

He is good even when you believe he isn’t.

God is good all the time. He is faithful.

In those moments where we surrender the worse part of our being, He still loves us! He still wants to delight in us. He still hears us. He still comes to our rescue. He still cleans us. He still works with us. He will always be a “I will still do this” type of God.

But we must humble ourselves to the Lord and surrender voluntarily our deepest secrets and desires. Sometimes our next breakthrough, blessing, and answer is just a surrender away.

If God tells us to cast our burdens and thoughts to Him is because He can do something with it. He could transform it! His hands are the best ones for your life!

How much is worked in us?

“How much of faith, hope, and love is worked in us when we try to convince somebody else? It is not our business to convince other people, that is the insistence of a merely intellectual, unspiritual life. The Spirit of God will do the convicting when we are in the relationship where we simply convey God’s word. We exploit the word of God in order to fit it into some view of our own that we have generated; but when it comes to the great calm peace and rest of the Lord Jesus, we can easily test where we are.

To “rest in the Lord” is the perfection of inward activity. In the ordinary reasoning of man it means sitting with folded arms and letting God do everything; in reality it is being so absolutely stayed on God that we are free to do the active work of men without fuss. The times God works most wonderfully are the times we never think about it.

Reflection Questions: How much of my unrest comes from trying to create peace on my terms rather than God’s? Which part of the peace-making process belongs to God and which to me?”

Promises

“But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.” ~ Psalms 37:11 NIV

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.” ~ Psalms 37:7-8 NIV

Motherhood 💗

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” ~ Ephesians 2:10 NIV

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:18-20 NIV

“Have you ever heard someone say that motherhood is a woman’s highest calling? I certainly have. Whole books and blog posts have even been written that were centered around this idea. For a long time, I personally believed that statement to be true. But I don’t, any longer. Interestingly, what I have found is that as I have reoriented my thinking around what my actual highest calling is in life as a Christ-follower, motherhood has had infused into it so much more purpose than it ever had before, back when I merely believed mothering, on its own, was my ultimate calling.

If motherhood is not our ultimate highest calling, though, then what is? I find it to be two-fold: to be an image bearer of God (Genesis 1:26-28) and to be an ambassador of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), living our lives as Great Commission workers (Matthew 28:18-20).

Why is this important? Well, it’s important for several reasons! I don’t know about you, but when I wrongly view motherhood as my ultimate purpose in life, I begin to base my identity in a place it was never meant to be based—in motherhood itself. When that happens, my identity (rather than being placed in the firm foundation of who I am in Christ) is easily shaken—on the good days I feel like the most amazing mom ever, while on the bad days I find myself drowning in despair. Likewise, when I am wrongly viewing motherhood as being my ultimate calling, I begin to think my ultimate fulfillment is to come from being a mother, as well. Then when I experience a hard day with my kids and find myself not enjoying motherhood very much in that moment, I begin to feel shaken, wondering what I am doing wrong if my fulfillment is to actually come from mothering. 

No, mama, motherhood on its own is not to be seen as your highest calling. Your ultimate calling is to image God to the world and to spread His gospel. And that? That is what then makes motherhood such life-changing, important, and worthwhile work. When we understand motherhood to simply be one of many different ways we live out our primary calling as  ministers of the gospel sharing the good news with all, then we understand its worth and find ourselves excited about the journey ahead.”

Moving Beyond the Truth You Once Knew

“The book of Acts is quite complicated. It is an expression of man’s first attempt to carry out the mandate of God without the physical presence of God there to steer him. It is the trial flight of the new apostles as they step into leadership. More importantly, they are in a position to bring to fruition what their Leader has spoken. 

There is a great gulf between what a leader speaks and what a student understands. Just because something is taught does not mean that the lesson is learned. There are people who do not hear what is said; then, there are people who hear what they wanted the teacher to say. People don’t really get the message all at once. The apostles are grappling to see how they have successfully attained an adequate understanding of the Word of God they received. You cannot teach what you do not understand. 

The apostles are now under the direction of the Holy Spirit. The Christ that was with them is now in them. The voice surrounding them now speaks from the inside. The problem with the voice on the inside is that it is not the only voice that speaks. When God speaks from within, you have to filter because there are other voices speaking also – the voices of your past, your history, your religious tradition, your own opinion and ideology. It is easy to confuse the voice of God with all those other voices. 

The apostles are learning to differentiate what is God and what is them; what is God and what is their teaching; what is God and what is their personal proclivities; what is God and what is religion. Understanding God and the difference in those voices is a process that they consistently contend with. They find themselves disagreeing amongst themselves with what they heard. And the disagreements become intense and exciting. Preachers today are still debating texts. It is good to know that even those who heard Jesus directly, heard different ideas and grappled to understand. This is great news because if God were easily understood and easily diagnosed, He would not be God. God cannot be explained through intellectualism. If He could be explained, He would not be God. Anything that can be explained, can be managed; God cannot. He must be experienced; revealed; walked out in our lives and in our circumstances. Little by little, God weans us from the elementary, fundamental ideologies that started us on our way, and we graduate from faith to faith, and from glory to glory in our understanding of Him if we are not afraid to let go of what we once held as truth. You have to be willing to move beyond the truth that you were taught before…But moving beyond can be so difficult.”

Below are some bible verses that go more in depth on the topic.

“In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” ~Acts 1:1-14

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” ~Isaiah 55:8-9

“In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” ~Hebrews 5:12-14

“Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,” ~Hebrews 6:1

God Supplies All Your Needs

A devotional about God’s promise to us!

“It’s so easy to become anxious about all the what-ifs tomorrow may, or may not, bring. But here, Jesus says exactly what to do in any given day or circumstance – seek God’s kingdom first and foremost. That means putting both palms up and saying “Okay, God, I trust You and believe that as I live out this day for Your glory and do what You lead me to do, You will provide everything You know I need.” That includes peace of mind that passes all understanding to rule in your heart.”

Bible Verses for reminder:

“Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes, who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil— they are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them.” ~ Isaiah 33:15-16 NIV

“He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.” ~ Psalms 111:5 NIV

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” ~ 2 Corinthians 9:10 NIV

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” ~ Matthew 6:33 NIV

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” ~ Psalms 23:1-6 NIV

Prayer of the day:

Father, I give You praise and thanksgiving as I walk in faith believing that every need I am tempted to worry about is already fulfilled. My life you have already written it from beginning to end. You know all and see all. May you help me water this mustard seed each day. You are good in very season and throughout every need. In you we have it all although we can’t see it but our souls knows it.

Mistakenly Miraculous!

Today’s devotional was too good not to share!

“Judah then said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, “Live as a widow in your father’s household until my son Shelah grows up.” For he thought, “He may die too, just like his brothers.” So Tamar went to live in her father’s household. After a long time Judah’s wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had recovered from his grief, he went up to Timnah, to the men who were shearing his sheep, and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went with him. When Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law is on his way to Timnah to shear his sheep,” she took off her widow’s clothes, covered herself with a veil to disguise herself, and then sat down at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah. For she saw that, though Shelah had now grown up, she had not been given to him as his wife. When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face. Not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, he went over to her by the roadside and said, “Come now, let me sleep with you.” “And what will you give me to sleep with you?” she asked. “I’ll send you a young goat from my flock,” he said. “Will you give me something as a pledge until you send it?” she asked. He said, “What pledge should I give you?” “Your seal and its cord, and the staff in your hand,” she answered. So he gave them to her and slept with her, and she became pregnant by him. After she left, she took off her veil and put on her widow’s clothes again. Meanwhile Judah sent the young goat by his friend the Adullamite in order to get his pledge back from the woman, but he did not find her. He asked the men who lived there, “Where is the shrine prostitute who was beside the road at Enaim?” “There hasn’t been any shrine prostitute here,” they said. So he went back to Judah and said, “I didn’t find her. Besides, the men who lived there said, ‘There hasn’t been any shrine prostitute here.’ ” Then Judah said, “Let her keep what she has, or we will become a laughingstock. After all, I did send her this young goat, but you didn’t find her.” About three months later Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant.” Judah said, “Bring her out and have her burned to death!” As she was being brought out, she sent a message to her father-in-law. “I am pregnant by the man who owns these,” she said. And she added, “See if you recognize whose seal and cord and staff these are.” Judah recognized them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not sleep with her again.” ~ Genesis 38:11-26 NIV

“When Judah’s third son, Shelah, was of age, he did not offer him to Tamar, the wife and widow of Judah’s eldest son, Er, to legitimize her, after Judah’s second son, Onan, refused to comply. Judah deceived her but thought it was for a good reason. He was afraid to lose another son. Like most people who have been broken, they avoid anything that might put them in a vulnerable position again. The problem with closing out the pain is you also close out the power. Closing out the burden inevitably closes out the blessing.

Tamar took the future into her own hands. She was destined to birth someone who would be in the lineage of the Messiah himself. Her one decision changed everything. She replaces her widow’s garments with clothing that suggest prostitution, veiling herself so that she is not recognizable. When Judah sees Tamar on the side of the road, he thinks she is a shrine (temple) prostitute and propositions her, and she became pregnant with twins.

Word gets to Judah about Tamar’s pregnancy, and he sentences her to death by burning. However, Tamar had prepared for what could have changed Christ’s story for all time. When she presented the artifacts Judah gave her in exchange for her services, they proved Judah’s guilt, and her sentence was retracted. In Judah’s defense and to his credit, he immediately admitted to committing the act when he realizes the children belong to him.

Tamar is pregnant with what Judah lost – two sons. Sometimes God will use strange situations to restore what you have lost. Had Judah burned the baby, he would have burned the answer to his prayers. God will find a way to give it back to you! At times, it is so unconventional that you do not recognize it to be God! God will turn your test into a testimony and make your mistake miraculous!”