Monday, January 24, 2011

They Called Me Mama

It's the little things that bring joy to a mother's heart. One of those special, never to be duplicated, times for me was when each of my children said 'Mama' for the first time. It melted my heart when I realized for the first time that I hold a position in their lives that no one else can fill. That simple recognition instantly cemented our hearts together in such a way that I would willingly die for them.

It was at that point in motherhood that I truly realized how pleased our heavenly Father must feel when we recognize Him as Abba Father for the very first time. That is when our relationship with Him becomes personal, when we see Him as our Lord and Saviour. Our hearts are forever linked to the Father in such a way that He DID willingly die for us. When we have a close relationship with Christ we can 'ask and it will be given unto us, we can seek and we will find. We can knock and it will be opened unto us.' (Matt. 7:7) We can have the confidence of knowing that when we call on Him, His promises will not fail us. It says in 1 Samuel 12:22 that He 'will not forsake His people.'

Just like our relationship with our children changes over the years, so does our relationship with the Lord the longer we hold true to Him. Just like Mommy becomes Mom or Mother as our children grow older so do our names for our Heavenly Father change as well. He becomes Jehovah-Jireh, our Provider Genesis 22:14, Jehovah-Shalom, our Peace John 14:27, and Jehovah-Rophe, our Healer Psalm 147:3. These are not just names we call God but the true character of God that has been revealed to us through our walk with Him.

As mothers who want only the best for our children, there will still be times when we let them down. It is our obligation to introduce them to Someone who will never fail them. If we can steer our children, regardless of their ages, towards our Heavenly Father and teach them to rely on His guidance to chart their course then we will have done the greatest service of all for our children. We do not, nor ever will, have all the answers to life's problems, but if we can teach them to turn to the Lord for the answers and for direction in their lives then we will not have failed them. Deuteronomy 6:6 says "these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children."

 I encourage you to not be weary in well doing, if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, continue to diligently teach your children about the Lord. If you haven't accepted the Lord into your life in a personal way, please do so today. It will be the greatest gift you can give not only to yourself but to your children as well. God bless.

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