My calm, sweet little girl has caught a coughing virus. It is keeping us all up at night. The dr. prescribed her with some mild steroids to help her asthma which is going crazy with the cough. Nice weather + 10 days of school left + beautiful weather + confinement to the couch + asthma medicine + no sleep at night = calm child bouncing off the walls = crazy mommy. HA! 🙂
This is a prayer priority of mine, so when this devotional came in my inbox I had to share.
This from Bible Gateway NIV Devotions for Moms
Someone once remarked, “The closer we get to someone, the more our impression will depend upon who they are rather than what they do.” Counterfeits don’t fool many, especially family members. If we want our families to adopt the spiritual principles we believe in, we’ll have to model them with sincerity. Living this kind of life out before our husbands and children and the world means showing them the “real thing” and not just some semblance.
When Joel writes about rending our hearts and not our garments, this is what he means. Anyone can look like they belong to God on the outside, tearing their outer garments in grief about their sinful state the way an Old Testament priest might. But those with genuine faith rend their hearts. They open their hearts to God and to others for inspection.
We can’t fake it with our kids. We won’t be able to fool our husbands. The longer they live with us, the more their impression will be of who we truly are, not just what we do.
This is not my wisdom, but it was in my inbox this morning and I had to share! This is a mom devotional from Bible Gateway.
Additional Scripture Readings: Joshua 24:15; Proverbs 2:1–6
When we think of the wise, we might picture esteemed scholars padding through hallowed halls of learning. In their hushed offices and remote library stacks, they seem to have a monopoly on wisdom and understanding.
But where does wisdom really come from? How do moms like you and me wise up?
From living life well. Wisdom grows when moms and dads make careful choices about their priorities and the amount of time they spend with their children. It arises when arguments are settled with sane solutions and siblings are coaxed to peace. It develops when families work together to squeeze extras from meager incomes. It blossoms when celebrations mark special achievements. Most of all, wisdom comes from living all of life’s days with an attitude of desiring and working toward God’s best in our families.
Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come from hallowed halls of learning. Sure, learned folks are smart enough. But the truly wise are those who learn to live life well, day in and day out.