~"Mother's Day" in our western society honors the natural mothers, and rightfully so. But let's take time today to also honor our Spiritual Mothers and Sisters.
~As I reflect upon my life, I think of the many women that God has used to help shape, mold and speak His love and wisdom into my life.
~It is often so easy to focus upon the natural, but the scripture from Isaiah tells us that MORE are the children of the barren than of the married and that they will go on to possess the land! This scripture speaks of a spiritual inheritance, and that He who began a good work in us will carry it to completion until the Day of Christ Jesus.
~For many women, Mother's Day in the natural is just plain excruciatingly painful. But what about the Kingdom impact? Who have we led to Christ? Who have we encouraged in the Lord? For whom have we loved and prayed hope into them when hope and love were gone? Who has the Lord used to do this for us in our own lives?
~Mothering - gives life/births and provides the unconditional love and nurturing (and correction!) along the way ~ a quality of never giving up ~ an ability to protect and defend ~ taking someone into our arms to cushion the hurt ~ providing wise counsel (even when it may be uninvited!) ~ raising them to be out on their own - to let go, but to always be there ~ praying for the impossible in their lives ~always has spiritual food in the refrigerator! ~ offers liquid prayers before Our Father that God stores in His bottles in Heaven ~ takes in the lost and the forsaken, and says, "I will love you....Though your mother and father forsake you, I will receive you." ~ suffers long ~ sees qualities in us that others don't ~ sometimes uses the "because I said so", card! ~sometimes smiles over the hurts ~extends arms and heart...And finally: Mothering - Is God with skin on. ~Mothering - points us ever to the Cross.
~Who are (have been) the spiritual mothers in your life?...Thank God for them! Maybe you still have an opportunity to thank them if they are still on the earth....
~To whom are you a spiritual mother?...Thank God! For the spiritual impact will be far greater than anything you could ever imagine! We will never see the full impact in our lifetime on this earth, because the impact is eternal and will continue until the Day of Christ Jesus! Praise God!
Happy Mother's Day!
Love always, Crista