Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is amazing. She is amazing because of God. God gave her the strength to live a life full of indescribable joy and indescribable heartache. None of us can comprehend the courage she needed. No one can comprehend being the parent of God. However, Mary is not God, she is not Jesus, you cannot get to Heaven by praying to Mary. Jesus Himself tells us that He is the only way. THE ONLY WAY. Please know that while Mary should be honored, she should not be an idol and she cannot be a replacement for Jesus. He is the WAY…follow HIM and He will make your paths straight.
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.
I recently watched the movie, Step Mom, as I was running on the elliptical and it got to me. As a mom, I guess I take it personally. I do not like how through the whole movie Julia Roberts (the step-mom to be) is portrayed as the underdog. I fully believe that a mom who loves her children and is an active part of their lives should not have to compete with another for the title of mom. I am not a supporter of divorce at all, but if the situation happens and another comes into the picture, of course you don’t want a battle between your children and the new person…that wouldn’t be fair for anyone. I just pray that people begin to take marriage more seriously and these situations do not “need” to happen. I guess for me, the worst part of the movie is when the mom knew she was dying and was talking about her kids’ futures. The step mom tells this dying woman that she fears her step daughter will be thinking of her (the mom) on her wedding day. How selfish. If anything should happen to me that I couldn’t be there on any of my children’s wedding day, I would take it as a personal failure if they didn’t think of me. Of course, the mom’s fear is that she will be replaced and her daughter won’t think of her or wish her to be there. So sad. Before I was a mom, I liked this movie a lot more. Now that I am a mama bear…hmmm…maybe it just strikes a little too close to the heart.
My daughter officially turned 7 yesterday. Cannot believe it! She was a bit confused that after 2 parties, one with the family and one with friends, that she turned 7 on a day with no celebration. 😉 We did give her our gifts and sang to her with a leftover cupcake from her friend party, but her actual birthday was definitely much lower key than earlier in the week. I look at her and see how much she is like me when I was her age. She is beginning to get into music, loves writing and just got her first diary. Though it is bittersweet watching her grow up, it is definitely a blessing and a wonderful journey.
A peek at her cupcakes:
Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her.
Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day! Whether you are a mom, have a mom, have a child, sister, wife, daughter, etc. This is a special day for so many! And for those of you that feel pain today I pray that you may see God’s richest and fullest blessings in your life and that your heart may heal.