Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Motherhood: Participation in God’s Plan
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord” (Ephesians 6: 7)
The first person to place their eyes on you, the first word you say, the one who watches/nurtures you daily to see you grow into an adult is none other than your Mother. Amongst the all the individuals that are placed in your life, a mother personally knows their child’s strengths and shortcomings. Mothers are essential in instilling in us basic life principles to include our spiritual growth as well as nurturing us to become our full potential as individuals. God has handpicked each individual in your family for a reason. Mothers serve in so many different ways, not only within their family but also in their community and career.
God has designed mothers with unique characteristics and qualities that no one else can replace. God has created this role to mold us to become strong in our faith as Christians. Eve, Hannah, Jochebed, are just a few examples of different women who taught us different lessons from a mother’s perspective. Eve had the challenge of dealing with Satan trying to ruin her family life. Hannah earnestly prayed to have a family, she approached God with a genuine concern, seeked his guidance and God answered her prayer. She made a vow to God that she would dedicate her child for God’s purposes. It was because of her dedication that God blessed her with Samuel who later became a prophet. Jochebed placed Moses upbringing into the hands of another woman. She wanted to give him a life and in an attempt to rescue him from knew he would be placed in a good environment, and as a result he became a great leader. Ruth, as a widow kept her relationship with Naomi, her mother-in-law because she cared. God saw her heart to take care of Naomi and ended up blessing her with a new family. All these women had a heart to serve their families and ultimately serve God. They all were given blessings as a result of their obedience to God.
Think of all the women role models in your life, mother, grandmother, aunts, cousins, friends; how have they shaped your perspectives on life and challenged you to grow in your faith? These role models have given us so much guidance at such crucial times in our life. Let us thank God for creating such unique mothers who give us life.
Prayer: Thank you for the faith that you have taught through our Mothers, continue to nurture them to serve us in ways according to your will.
Thought for the day: When you serve others, God will bless you abundantly.
Debby Abraham, Bethel MTC, Philadelphia
Theme of the week: Motherhood: Participation in God's plan