Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Mothers

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.
Defence:
What you'd better have around de yard if you're going to let the children play outside.
Drooling:
How teething babies wash their chins.
Dumbwaiter:
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
Feedback:
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.
Grandparents:
The people who think your children are wonderful even though they're sure you're not raising them right.
Hearsay:
What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.
Impregnable:
A woman whose memory of labour is still vivid.
Independent:
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.
Prenatal:
When your life was still somewhat your own.
Prepared childbirth:
A contradiction in terms.
Puddle:
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.
Sterilize:
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.
Verbal:
Able to whine in words
Whodunit:
None of the kids that live in your house.

Here’s some other words godly mothers use:

Prayer

‘…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)

Praise

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.

Persist

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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