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{Week 11} Ministry of Motherhood Chapters 17 & 18 Commentary

Some weeks go smoothly and others don’t. This week I am having one of those weeks that nothing seems to go according to MY plan. I’m learning when this happens to just let go and follow God’s lead. Courtney and I tried to Skype Monday night but our connection was terrible and the quality……well there just wasn’t any. So unfortunately we don’t have a video for you today. On Tuesday my sweet OB-GYN changed my due date and made it a little sooner which totally threw me into MAJOR nesting mode and then Tuesday evening I found out that my dad was just diagnosed with cancer. I tell you all this because I never want you to think that Courtney and I live these perfect lives, have perfect children, perfect husbands and are perfect mothers and wives.

We aren’t.

I’m not.

I struggle.

I worry.

I cry.

I cling to Jesus and His plan for my life and the lives of my dear loved ones.

And you know what? I was given a precious gift this week. I was given a reminder to CHERISH the time I have with my loved ones NOW. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow. Cherish our time with them and be thankful for the time God has given them to us.

I was able to have dinner tonight with my dad and family and I soaked in the moment. I looked a little longer, paid attention a little better and squeezed a little tighter when we hugged good-by.

Tonight I soaked in the moment.

Tonight I was reminded that sometimes blessings come to us through sad news and tears.

Tonight I’m praying for healing, trusting in God’s plan and am thankful for the reminder to CHERISH all the loved ones God has placed in my life.

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Ok, enough about me let’s get back to discussing the Gift of Service- Chapters 17 & 18

I LOVE what Sally says on pg 181, “Giving our children the gift of service is not really a matter of teaching them what to do. It’s more a matter of helping them look at other people through Jesus’ eyes and respond as he did.”

Praying over our children, as well as ourselves, that we will see people the way Jesus sees them is so important. Over and over again in the bible we see Jesus reaching out and helping those who were considered social outcasts. We read that Jesus had compassion while the disciples wanted to send the hurting, seeking and helpless away.

Do you truly want to make a difference in this world? Then love others the way Jesus did. Serve others the way Jesus did.

Love without expecting it back.

Serve without expecting to be served in return.

“In the world of evangelical Christianity, where ‘strategic ministry’ is a common catch phrase and ‘moving with the movers’ is often held up as a principle of leadership, we need to be careful that we don’t become like the Pharisees. They were informed and educated men but useless to the cause of Christ precisely because they lacked compassion and humility.”- Sally Clarkson, pg 182

As mothers, we have to go further than just educating our children in the “Whys” of why we are called to serve others and instead just start doing it with them. Turning what they know into compassion. Moving from strictly head knowledge to heart knowledge. Simply knowing that we are called to serve others isn’t enough. We have to demonstrate it and do it with our families.

I believe we can make our “worlds” to clean and to perfect where we don’t encourage an environment where our children can develop hearts that are compassionate and humble towards others. Allowing our children to interact with others who are not like them either in looks, in needs, in abilities etc. helps them see others needs and allows them opportunities for compassion and mercy.

What are some ways you are teaching your children to serve others?

Next week we will finish the Gift of Service by reading chapters 19 & 20 as well as finish the Ministry of Motherhood book! I can’t believe it is almost over already!

For those of you who are wondering, Courtney and I will announce the fall session the following week……we are currently working on it right now.

Until next time…

Love God Greatly!

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  1. Dear Angela

    I feel with you and I am praying for your Dad and for your family. To enjoy every single moment in our lifes that is one thing we often forget about in our busy life as moms, but that is so important! I wish you that you can enjoy millions of more wonderful moments with your Dad!

    Greetings from Germany
    Katja

  2. Angela praying for you and your family. Thank you so much for that reminder to cherish the moments we do have because we are not promise tomorrow. Praying for you guys to cling to His Word!
    Love–Nicole Auld

  3. Deborah says:

    Angela, Please know I will be praying for you, your father, and the rest of your family. Praying for your father’s healing, and that the Holy Spirit give him wisdom to make all the decisions he must make for treatment at this time…praying for your strength, energy, and peace. I feel for you and how weary your body may be. I have six kiddos, and I know how tough those last months are when you are trying to care for the others, serve in a ministry, and all of life demands. May the Lord bless and keep you and your family today. Praying you and your girls are blessed with a great day…a fun day…enjoy these last few weeks of being a mama to just two blessings before that precious third is here. Thanks for the post today and your honesty.

  4. Your (Angela and Courtney) openness and honesty through this whole book study has been so great! I great to see two mothers so humble and open to share what is really going on. That I am not the only going though these things. I am not alone in this. It’s a testament to today’s verse John 15:13. You are true friends to all of us in this book study! Thank you for your commitment and perseverance during all that is going on!

  5. Oh you are SO faithful. Thank you for sharing what is going on in your life and family. We all appreciate so much your reflections and the organization of this book study… take care!

  6. Angela, I am praying for you. Blessing and strength to you and your family.

  7. Angela I’ll be praying for your family. My daddy passed last March from cancer and I remember all to well the moment we found out about it!

  8. Dear Angela… my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My father passed away 12 years ago from cancer too. God worked so many miracles in the last 6 months of his life.. the greatest one being that he gave his life over to God.

    I know that you trust in God’s purpose and plan in all things.. may He give strength to your family and I pray that your faith will see you through.

    Love & Blessings

  9. Lifting you and your Dad up to the Lord. So glad you let us know so we could all join you in praying for him. Hang in there and don’t forget to praise God in this storm (I know you are). Sometimes life feels like it is more than we can handle, and we need to completely lean on God (i know you are doing this too). Like Joyce Meyer says, “you are going through something, at least you are going through it.” Keep moving. Keep leaning on the Lord and eventually you will come out the other side. Much love, Cindy

  10. Dear friends!

    Your kindness overwhelms me tonight! Thank you for your prayers and sweet words of encouragement! :) How wonderful it is to experience the body of Christ in action. :) I feel so loved by you and wish I could give you each a hug tonight! :) Thanks for filling my “cup” up! :)

    Love God Greatly!
    -Angela

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