VIDEO The Woman God Wants Her to Be – Mother’s Day Song


This song and video is dedicated to my wife first, then to all moms who are out there giving their lives for this high calling!

This song is supposed to encourage people, not make anyone feel bad or feel they have come up short.

A Higher Standard

I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me. PHILIPPIANS 3:14

Most of my life I’ve been a closet slob.… Then I got married.…

I enrolled in a twelve-step program for slobs. (“My name is Max, I hate to vacuum.”) A physical therapist helped me rediscover the muscles used for hanging shirts.… My nose was reintroduced to the fragrance of Pine Sol.…

Then came the moment of truth. Denalyn went out of town for a week. Initially I reverted to the old man. I figured I’d be a slob for six days and clean on the seventh. But something strange happened, a curious discomfort. I couldn’t relax with dirty dishes in the sink.

What had happened to me? Simple. I’d been exposed to a higher standard.

Isn’t that what has happened with us? … Before Christ our lives were out of control, sloppy, and indulgent. We didn’t even know we were slobs until we met him.… Suddenly we find ourselves wanting to do good. Go back to the old mess? Are you kidding?

In the Grip of Grace


When he tasted it, the water had become wine. JOHN 2:9

“Anyone who is having troubles should pray” (James 5:13). Have you taken your disappointments to God? You’ve shared them with your neighbor, your relatives, your friends. But have you taken them to God? James says, “Anyone who is having troubles should pray” (James 5:13).

Before you go anywhere else with your disappointments, go to God.

Maybe you don’t want to trouble God with your hurts. After all, he’s got famines and pestilence and wars; he won’t care about my little struggles, you think. Why don’t you let him decide that? He cared enough about a wedding to provide the wine. He cared enough about Peter’s tax payment to give him a coin. He cared enough about the woman at the well to give her answers. “He cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7).


Jesus’ Care for His Mother

“When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” (John 19:26-27)

These striking instructions from the Lord show His love and concern for His mother even when He was dying, for He knew that a sword was piercing through her own soul also, as Simeon had prophesied 33 years before (Luke 2:35).

It is uncertain as to why, when Jesus had various brothers and sisters (Matthew 13:55-56), He had to ask John to take care of His mother. During His earthly ministry, “neither did his brethren believe in him” (John 7:5), and it is possible that this had created a problem. If so, at least two of His brothers, James and Jude, later became believers, so perhaps this family division—if such it was—was later resolved.

In any case, at the cross, the Lord did ask John to treat Mary as his own mother, and Mary to rely on John as she would her own son. Despite the fact that John’s real mother was also there at the cross (Matthew 27:56), he gladly accepted this responsibility (no wonder Jesus loved him!).

She was evidently at John’s home on the morning of the resurrection. When John and Peter realized that Christ had been raised from the dead, they hurried “away again unto their own home” (John 20:10), no doubt to tell Mary the glad news. She was also with all the disciples in the upper room as they waited and prayed (Acts 1:14) until the Holy Spirit came to them on the day of Pentecost.

This is the final glimpse given to us in the Word of God of Mary, the mother of Jesus. We see her at prayer, safe in the care of John, knowing now that her beloved son, whose cruel death had brought her such pain, was also the eternal Son of God, raised from the dead, alive forevermore. HMM

All things are possible to him that believeth

“All things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23.)

THE “all things” do not always come simply for the asking, for the reason that God is ever seeking to teach us the way of faith, and in our training in the faith life there must be room for the trial of faith, the discipline of faith, the patience of faith, the courage of faith, and often many stages are passed before we really realize what is the end of faith, namely, the victory of faith.

Real moral fibre is developed through discipline of faith. You have made your request of God, but the answer does not come. What are you to do?

Keep on believing God’s Word; never be moved away from it by what you see or feel, and thus as you stand steady, enlarged power and experience is being developed. The fact of looking at the apparent contradiction as to God’s Word and being unmoved from your position of faith make you stronger on every other line.

Often God delays purposely, and the delay is just as much an answer to your prayer as is the fulfillment when it comes.

In the lives of all the great Bible characters, God worked thus. Abraham, Moses and Elijah were not great in the beginning, but were made great through the discipline of their faith, and only thus were they fitted for the positions to which God had called them.

For example, in the case of Joseph whom the Lord was training for the throne of Egypt, we read in the Psalms:

“The word of the Lord tried him.” It was not the prison life with its hard beds or poor food that tried him, but it was the word God had spoken into his heart in the early years concerning elevation and honor which were greater than his brethren were to receive; it was this which was ever before him, when every step in his career made it seem more and more impossible of fulfillment, until he was there imprisoned, and all in innocency, while others who were perhaps justly incarcerated, were released, and he was left to languish alone.

These were hours that tried his soul, but hours of spiritual growth and development, that, “when his word came” (the word of release), found him fitted for the delicate task of dealing with his wayward brethren, with a love and patience only surpassed by God Himself.

No amount of persecution tries like such experiences as these. When God has spoken of His purpose to do, and yet the days go on and He does not do it, that is truly hard; but it is a discipline of faith that will bring us into a knowledge of God which would otherwise be impossible.

Fear Not to dwell among heathen strangers

“Fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again.” Genesis 46:3,4

Jacob must have shuddered at the thought of leaving the land of his father’s sojourning, and dwelling among heathen strangers. It was a new scene, and likely to be a trying one: who shall venture among couriers of a foreign monarch without anxiety? Yet the way was evidently appointed for him, and therefore he resolved to go.

This is frequently the position of believers now—they are called to perils and temptations altogether untried: at such seasons let them imitate Jacob’s example by offering sacrifices of prayer unto God, and seeking His direction; let them not take a step until they have waited upon the Lord for His blessing: then they will have Jacob’s companion to be their friend and helper.

How blessed to feel assured that the Lord is with us in all our ways, and condescends to go down into our humiliations and banishments with us! Even beyond the ocean our Father’s love beams like the sun in its strength. We cannot hesitate to go where Jehovah promises His presence; even the valley of deathshade grows bright with the radiance of this assurance.

Marching onwards with faith in their God, believers shall have Jacob’s promise. They shall be brought up again, whether it be from the troubles of life or the chambers of death. Jacob’s seed came out of Egypt in due time, and so shall all the faithful pass unscathed through the tribulation of life, and the terror of death.

Let us exercise Jacob’s confidence. “Fear not,” is the Lord’s command and His divine encouragement to those who at His bidding are launching upon new seas; the divine presence and preservation forbid so much as one unbelieving fear. Without our God we should fear to move; but when He bids us to, it would be dangerous to tarry.

Go forward with God and fear not.

And will manifest myself to him

“And will manifest myself to him.” John 14:21

The Lord Jesus gives special revelations of Himself to His people. Even if Scripture did not declare this, there are many of the children of God who could testify the truth of it from their own experience. They have had manifestations of their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in a peculiar manner, such as no mere reading or hearing could afford.

In the biographies of eminent saints, you will find many instances recorded in which Jesus has been pleased, in a very special manner to speak to their souls, and to unfold the wonders of His person; yea, so have their souls been steeped in happiness that they have thought themselves to be in heaven, whereas they were not there, though they were well nigh on the threshold of it—for when Jesus manifests Himself to His people, it is heaven on earth; it is paradise in embryo; it is bliss begun.

Special manifestations of Christ exercise a holy influence on the believer’s heart. One effect will be humility. If a man says, “I have had such-and-such spiritual communications, I am a great man,” he has never had any communion with Jesus at all; for “God hath respect unto the lowly: but the proud He knoweth afar off.” He does not need to come near them to know them, and will never give them any visits of love.

Another effect will be happiness; for in God’s presence there are pleasures for evermore.

Holiness will be sure to follow. A man who has no holiness has never had this manifestation.

Some men profess a great deal; but we must not believe any one unless we see that his deeds answer to what he says. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked.” He will not bestow His favours upon the wicked: for while He will not cast away a perfect man, neither will He respect an evil doer.

Thus there will be three effects of nearness to Jesus—humility, happiness, and holiness. May God give them to thee, Christian!