VIDEO Magnificent Mother Does Not Have To Be Perfect

A mother called by God does not have to be perfect

This is great news!

Linda Huckins, of Malden, Massachusetts, tried perfection one day, on the day her daughter got married. As she tells the story, she went to the front of the church to light one of the three candles. “Not realizing the potential hazard, I got too close and set my acrylic nail on fire.

Trying not to ruin my daughter’s big day, I calmly lit the candle from my flaming nail and then, like a gunslinger with his six-shooter, I blew it out. Needless to say, my blackened nail was the talk of the reception!” (Linda Huckins, Malden, Massachusetts. “Rolling Down the Aisle,” Christian Reader).

Dr. Benjamin Carson, renowned surgeon at Johns Hopkins, tells a moving story about his mother. Mrs. Carson insisted that Ben and his brother Curtis write a book report every couple of weeks. This wasn’t for school – this was for their mom. Ben and Curtis dutifully obeyed.

About the time he was in junior high, Ben finally realized something quite shocking. His mom couldn’t read. For years Ben had read books and scratched out reports, assuming that his mom was checking every word. But she didn’t have a clue what he was saying.

Now consider this: Raised by an illiterate mother, Ben grew up to be a world-famous surgeon who was featured in many articles and was the author of several books. His illiterate mom didn’t twist her hands over her lack of learning and give up hope of raising intelligent boys. Instead, she gave her boys what she had – interest, accountability, and the courage to demand extra work. (Gifted Hands, 1990, Ben Carson).

Despite the fact that she was the mother of Jesus, Mary wasn’t perfect! When Jesus performed his first miracle, Mary’s conversation is the most unusual part of the water-turned-into-wine story.

Jesus said to Mary, “Woman, why do you involve me?” It’s not my time! Two things: First, a word to children … Don’t try this at home! Second, think of the awkwardness of this situation. Mary’s request and conversation with Jesus appears to be out of line with what Jesus was ready to do. Though Jesus performed the miracle, there’s a feeling that he did so in part because his mother put him on the spot.

If that’s not a clear indication of Mary’s imperfection, a second case is.

While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

If Mary had understood the task of Jesus, would she have tried to interrupt him, or even agree with his unbelieving brothers that his ministry needed to be tempered. Stopping the ministry of Jesus, even for a little white? That was a mistake on Mary’s part.

You’ve made mistakes in the past, you’ll certainly make a mistake or two today, and you’ll make more mistakes tomorrow. Through it all, God will love you, work with you, and accept you. Through it all, your task of mothering, or of grand-mothering, will be accomplished.

How many women have been discouraged by the last few words of Proverbs? It is there that the author writes of the perfect woman. There are 22 lines in the poem, and each one of them begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. It’s an acrostic poem that speaks of an imaginary woman. She never sleeps, and she always works. OK, so that’s the part of the poem that is reality. But in the poem, she manages a fleet of ships, she runs a farm, she manages a staff, she sews like a fashion expert, she cooks, cleans, and home-schools her children. She has a feast waiting on her husband when he arrives home from his much-less demanding job, and she needs no car pool whatsoever. She simply puts on her Super-mother cape and flies her children to their next appointment.

If we were to see in English what we can’t see in Hebrew, perhaps it would be a poem that said, “A is for the Apple pie she bakes; B is for the babies she loves; C is for the cleaning of the house;” right on down to “Z is for the Zoo she manages in the back yard.” Any woman who tries to emulate the woman of Proverbs 31 will understand the first line that says, “A wife like this … who can find her?!”


Mothers are perhaps the most powerful and influential force on the face of the earth. In this Adrian Rogers message, you will learn five principles from the life of Hannah to help you raise godly children.


Forever Love

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.  1 John 4:16

Years ago, my four-year-old son gave me a framed wooden heart mounted on a metal plate with the word forever painted in its center. “I love you forever, Mommy,” he said.

I thanked him with a hug. “I love you more.”

That priceless gift still assures me of my son’s never-ending love. On tough days, God uses that sweet present to comfort and encourage me as He affirms I’m deeply loved.

The frame also reminds me of the gift of God’s everlasting love, as expressed throughout His Word and confirmed by His Spirit. We can trust God’s unchanging goodness and sing grateful praises that confirm His enduring love, as the psalmist does (Psalm 136:1). We can exalt the Lord as greater than and above all (vv. 2–3), as we reflect on His endless wonders and unlimited understanding (vv. 4–5). The God who loves us forever is the conscious and caring Maker of the heavens and earth, who maintains control of time itself (vv. 6–9).

We can rejoice because the everlasting love the psalmist sang about is the same continuing love our all-powerful Creator and Sustainer pours into the lives of His children today. No matter what we’re facing, the One who made us and remains with us strengthens us by asserting He loves us unconditionally and completely. Thank You, God, for the countless reminders of Your endless and life-transforming love!

By:  Xochitl Dixon

Reflect & Pray

How has God assured you of His love? How has He strengthened your faith?

God, please help us to love You and others, as we become more confident in Your never-ending love for us

Sunday Reflection: The Blessing of Perspective

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the rhythms of daily life—jobs, family and social commitments, homes, to-do lists, and even time-consuming distractions. We go from one thing to the next, usually focused on earthly demands and pleasures. It can feel like a difficult tension sometimes, to get through each day with appropriate attention on godly priorities.

Thankfully, we’re not the first to navigate this, and Scripture offers direction. Paul reminded the Colossians to take an eternal perspective, setting their mind on “the things above” (Col. 3:1-2). And just a few verses after the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reminds us of precisely that: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21).

Think about it
•  Consider what it looks like to have an eternal perspective as you go about daily life. How can your job, chores, or commute help you focus on “things above,” as Paul encouraged? What else could you include?

• Contemplate any habits or practices that might help you redirect your attention to God’s promises. You might think of worship, prayer, serving others, or fasting. How often do you participate in these things?

Faith of Our Mothers

“When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” (2 Timothy 1:5)

The “dearly beloved son” (v. 2) of the apostle Paul was a young disciple whose strong and sincere Christian faith was due, more than anything else, to the lives and teachings of a godly mother and grandmother. As Paul wrote to Timothy in his last letter, “From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).

Timothy’s mother was a Christian Jew (Acts 16:1), but his father was a Greek who evidently was not a believer. In the ideal Christian home, the father is to assume spiritual leadership (Ephesians 5:22, 25; 6:4), but countless fathers, for some reason, are either unable or unwilling to do this. Many have been the homes where a mother or grandmother, usually by default, has had to assume this all-important responsibility, and the Christian world owes these godly women a great debt of gratitude. The writer himself was raised in such a home, and much of his own concern for the Word of God is due to the concerned dedication of a Christian mother and two Christian grandmothers.

It is significant that the fifth of God’s Ten Commandments requires children to honor their parents, and it is the only one of the 10 that carries a special promise: “Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth” (Ephesians 6:2-3). Every godly parent is worthy of real honor every day—not just once each year. And when a Christian mother, like Timothy’s mother, must assume all the responsibility for leading her children in the ways of God, she deserves very special praise. HMM

Uncreated One

O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

—Psalm 104:24

 

You may find this hard to believe, but God is just as far above an archangel as he is above a caterpillar. You know what a caterpillar is—it’s a little worm the size of your finger, with a fur coat. And of course, it’s not a very high-class thing. It’s never been out in society. It doesn’t amount to much—it’s just a worm. And you have to watch it very carefully to know whether it’s traveling west or east, because it looks the same all the way around. That’s a caterpillar.

An archangel, on the other hand, is that holy creature that we see beside the sea of God, in the presence of God’s throne. That mighty creature is a little higher than the angels, just as man was made for a time a little lower. That being can look upon the face of God with unveiled countenance. This is the archangel. It never was in sin, and no one knows how vast it might be. And yet God is just as far above that archangel as He is above the caterpillar.

Why? Because both the archangel and the caterpillar are creatures. And God is the uncreated One who had no beginning, the self-existent One who was never created, but who was simply God, who made all things. AOGII036-037

Lord, how awesome it is that You are infinitely far above me and yet You love me! I worship Your majesty and rest in Your love. Amen.

 

The Hour to Be Serious

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end.

—1 Peter 1:13

 

The spirit of the prophet is always subject to the prophet. When the Spirit of God moves into a man’s heart, He will never make a fool out of him. He will make the man happy but He will never make him silly.

He may make him sad with the woe and the weight of the world’s grief but He will never let him become a gloomy cynic. The Holy Spirit will make him warm-hearted and responsive but He will never cause him to do things of which he will be ashamed later.

Peter was not promoting or predicting a cold and lifeless and formal spirituality in the Christian Church when he advised believers to gird up the loins of their minds and be sober. He was saying to the early Christians as he hopes to say to us now: “Brethren, if ever there was an hour when we needed to be serious about our Christian faith, this is the hour!” ICH135

There is nothing so delightful as this consciousness of the very life and heart of Christ within us, the trust that springs spontaneously within our breast, the prayer that prays itself, and the song that sings its joyous triumph even when all around is dark and strange. CTBC, Vol. 6/164

 

Homeless

Matthew 25:40

 

He has no home except this grimy street

Which wears the winter like a shapeless shroud.

He has not friend, except the witless one

Who walks beside him through the thoughtless crowd.

 

He has not food but what his fingers find

Among the garbage which the dogs disdain.

He has not hope to help him through the day,

No one to ease the lonely night of pain.

 

Does no one care? Is not one moved enough

To throw a blanket round his bony form?

Will no one put some bread into his hand,

Protect his head against the stinging storm?

 

I care!… says Christ. I know what “homeless” means.

I’m with the hungry in the line for beans!

I know the pitted pavement of the street,

And Skid Row bears the imprint of My feet.

I’ve often had no place to lay My head;

At Bethlehem they borrowed Me a bed!

 

You want to find Me? Then you’d better come

And face the stinking of the slum,

Where men live daily wishing they were dead,

And give away their dignity for bread.

 

You have the gall to ask Me if I care?

Come down to Desp’rate Street, you’ll find Me there!

And grasp this truth, for it could set you free:

All that you do for them, you do for me.

John Gowans, O Lord Not More Verse!