Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty


Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

3rd April 2011

If you’ve been around mothers for any length of time, you know that they definitely have their own language. Here’s a dictionary to help you:

Bottle feeding:
An opportunity for Daddy to get up at 2 am too.
What you'd better have around de yard if you're going to let the children play outside.
How teething babies wash their chins.
One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.
Family planning:
The art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep you on the edge of financial disaster
The inevitable result when the baby doesn't appreciate the strained carrots.
Full name:
What you call your child when you're mad at him.
The people who think your children are wonderful even though they're sure you're not raising them right.
What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.
A woman whose memory of labour is still vivid.
How we want our children to be as long as they do everything we say.
Look out:
What it's too late for your child to do by the time you scream it.
When your life was still somewhat your own.
Prepared childbirth:
A contradiction in terms.
A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes into it.
Show off:
A child who is more talented than yours.
What you do to your first baby's dummy by boiling it and to your last baby's dummy by blowing on it.
Temper tantrums:
What you should keep to a minimum so as to not upset the children.
Two-minute warning:
When the baby's face turns red and she begins to make those familiar grunting noises.
Able to whine in words
None of the kids that live in your house.

Here’s some other words godly mothers use:


‘…Hannah stood up...wept much and prayed to the LORD. And she made a vow, saying, “O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life…’ (1 Samuel 1:9-11)

The time to begin praying for your children is before they’re born. Hannah is specifically praying that she would have a son, but in her prayer is a statement of commitment that this child would be raised for the Lord. And God answered her prayer:

“So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the LORD for him.” (V20)


Children need to know that their mums spend quality time in worship with God.

‘…Hannah…said: “My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. “There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God’. (1 Samuel 2:1-2)

Our children’s future is affected by the way we worship God.


It’s one thing to make that initial vow of dedication – it’s quite another to live it out throughout their lifetimes. Dedicating ourselves to our children’s future is not an easy task.

‘…Samuel was ministering before the LORD—a boy wearing a linen ephod. Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice’. (1 Samuel 2:18-19)

Of mothers John Killinger says in his book Lost in Wonder, Love, and Praise:

‘I believe in the love of all mothers, and its importance in the lives of the children they bear. It is stronger than steel, softer than down, and more resilient than a green sapling on the hillside. It closes wounds, melts disappointments, and enables the weakest child to stand tall and straight in the fields of adversity. I believe that this love, even at its best, is only a shadow of the love of God, a dark reflection of all that we can expect of him, both in this life and the next. And I believe that one of the most beautiful sights in the world is a mother who lets this greater love flow through her to her child, blessing the world with the tenderness of her touch and the tears of her joy’

Have a good week thanking God for godly mothers and for their prayer, praise and persistence in raising their children for the Lord.

Pastor Barry

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