Hoping this day finds you and yours quite well and filled with great joy this day. Time seems to be passing truly fast. Mother’s day 2014 seemed like it was just yesterday and here it is again.
Joyce Meyer remarked today in her radio broadcast that she could not preach what she preaches had she not learned from the furnaces of affliction. As it relates to family, especially children, I must say that for me the burning of the fires of affliction regarding a prodigal child, or children, is the most difficult testing of patience and unconditional love. For me it is harder than financial loss because the momentary (and I must say momentary because this I truly know … I serve God who is able to restore: Joel 2:25 “I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten” and reconcile and works all things out together (Romans 8:28 ) for the good of those who love him and serve him) loss allows for an opening of the condemnation of one’s heart, and the condemnation comes in the voice of … you must not have been a good mother, or, you must not have shown enough love, or, it must be me for why would they act the way they do, or, have I done what scripture says in Colossians 3:21 “exasperated my children so that they have [lost] heart.” But I recall 1 John 3:20-21 and my hope is renewed “For if [my] heart condemns, God is greater than [my] heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if [my] heart condemn [me] not, then [I] have confidence toward God.” (Hallelujah!)
Yesterday on a church bulletin I read – whether she does, or she doesn’t … she is still your mother. Proverbs 30:11 reads “There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother.” More and more I hear of prodigal children and the pain and prayers of, especially, the mothers for the return of the hearts of their children for it is written in Malachi 4:6 He will restore the hearts of the [mothers] to their children and the hearts of the children to their [mothers], so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.” It is also written in Proverbs 27:5-6 Open rebuke is better than love that is hidden. Faithful are the wounds of a friend … And I have great faith for is it not also written in Proverbs 31:28 [My] children arise up, and call [me] blessed; (Hallelujah!) For those of you with prodigals, longing to hear the voice of your child, or children on this upcoming Mother’s Day, know that God will return their hearts unto you. He is faithful.
Alas, as it is written in James 1:2-8 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. …
Here’s some Scripture for you to chew on.
Ephesians 6:1-3 – Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
Proverbs 6:20 – My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother;
Proverbs 23:22 – Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old.
Psalm 131:2 – Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother; My soul is like a weaned child within me.
Psalm 139:13 – For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.
Proverbs 1:8 – My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother;
Proverbs 30:17 – The eye that mocks a father And scorns a mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it.
Proverbs 10:1 – The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
Proverbs 15:20 – A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother.
Proverbs 19:26 – He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach
Matthew 15:4 – For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’
We are all children, and there is nothing like a mother’s love, and there is nothing that can stand in the way of a praying mother for her children! All Praise, and Honor and Glory to God who is the strength of my strength! Have a blessed, safe and memorable Mother’s day weekend. For those traveling, May God’s traveling grace abound in you and may His angels travel with and protect you. Blessings in Christ!! In Jesus name, Amen and Amen.
Submitted via email distribution May 07, 2015.