Heavenly Mothers Speak Blessings- Day 13

 "Be thankful unto him, and bless his name."
Psalm 100:4

It is so easy when we are discouraged and overwhelmed to start lying. I have done it myself. When we were living in Mexico and dealing with children having seizures and our household running out of water and routine surgeries turning life threatening, there were a few moments when some real whoppers about how God felt about me and how I felt about life slipped right out of my mouth.

During this difficult time I had to immerse myself in the word of God so that I could speak the truth about my situation. The book, Lies Women Believe, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss was hugely helpful to me during this time. 
                                                            Lies Women Believe

As I began to meditate on what scripture said about my situation, I began to realize that my circumstances are not an indicator of how God feels about me. His word says, "Nothing can separate us from the love of God," (Romans 8:39, paraphrased). The truth about how God feels about us, according to Nancy Leigh DeMoss is that, "God's love for us is infinite and unconditional, we don't have to perform to earn his love and He always has our best interests at heart.

So how does believing that God loves us apply to mothering? Often, how we feel about God affects how we show love to our children. When we know that we are loved and accepted by God, we are free to love and encourage our children. We are no longer embarrassed when they do wrong, but neither are we so focused on our own pain that we neglect to train them in what is right. 

As we become more and more immersed in the love of God, we are free to love and encourage our children, to bless them with our words, even as we use our words to praise God for all that He has done for us. Our words can build up or tear down, our words can express thankfulness or ingratitude. What do you want your words to do?
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue,

And those who love it will eat its fruit."
Proverbs 18:21(NKJV)

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  1. Now I'm curious about why you lived in Mexico ;). You probably have already shared that on your blog. It's so empowering to know God's unconditional love--it gets us through the bumps and detours of parenting, that's for sure. Thank you for linking up!

    1. We were missionaries there for four years and still return yearly to help an orphanage. Thanks for visiting!

  2. What a beautiful series you are doing.