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Friday, June 11, 2010

Biblical Motherhood: Week One/Day Five Time With Purpose

(You can read the introduction to this 8 week study here. You can also click the tag at the bottom of this post and all of the Biblical Motherhood posts will be shown to you.)

Time With Purpose

Please ask the Lord to speak to you today, and to show you that He will fulfill His good plan for your life! And that He will fulfill you in it!
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them,” Ephesians 2:10.

In Matthew 8:14,15 we read of the circumstance of a woman who was in total need of the Lord. He, by touching her, healed her life. What was her thankful response?

Where are you in need of a life-giving, healing touch from Jesus?

Where we are willing to admit our failure or insufficiency, Jesus can heal us. Where He heals us, we can love Him by serving others in love!

Please write the characteristics of an unfaithful woman here according to Proverbs 7:11.

In contrast, where and how does the teaching of children occur? See Deuteronomy 6:7.

Micah was a prophet sent by God to the people who were called God’s people, but who had turned away from loving Him. In Micah 2:9 we find how they viewed home life: “The women of My people you cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children you have taken away My glory forever.” We have a society that feels the same way and presses women to do the same, to leave their pleasant homes, a place God has called women to manage, and in so doing, their children are affected in their view of the reality of the Living God. This is why many women feel pressure and criticism as they leave the workplace to come home – from the inside as well as from without. The Spirit of God whispers to us His desire for us to be about His business, to raise up our children unto Him, and we must fight a battle to believe Him before we can rest in this truth.

You may be a mother who must be out of the home in order to make ends meet in a single-parent household, in case of illness, or another reason, and though your desire may be to stay home, you are unable. Jesus sees your heart. He will provide as you call on Him to make your time at home effective, and He will help you to teach your children the reality of the God who created all things.

It takes a determination in all women to believe God and rely upon His promises for this daily, privileged work. It is a work of the heart that is continual, around the clock, a work of love that grows and matures as we grow in the Lord.

We often hear that little girls speak when little boys often enjoy making noises instead, and that women generally have more words to say than men. From Deuteronomy 6:7, why do you think God gives an abundance of words to women?

Please list the traits of the tendency of women when we lose vision of our First Love, Jesus (1 Timothy 5:13):

That which is a gift from God intended to instruct and build others up can at times be used in our flesh by the enemy to destroy. Often where we are strongly gifted, we can do the greatest damage as well. Your children desperately need to be taught of the Lord by you. Jesus gave you the very children you have by His will. He doesn’t make mistakes. God doesn’t expect you to be perfect! But when you understand that He is perfect, and believe that He is for you, not against you, you will be able to do the work He gives you wholeheartedly as unto Him, and He will use even the mistakes you make, the times you sin against Him. In the process, your life will become about knowing and trusting God more through His Word, and His life will begin to flow through you to your family. They will see Him at work in you, and they will know God in a new way because of the changes in your life!

Every day counts. Every day. In the routine of fixing beds, cooking meals, washing dishes, reading together, going to the market, planning a new project, washing laundry, weeding the garden, feeding the dog or cat, Jesus will make Himself glorified. He will make His glory, His reality, known to you and to others through the days that He gives you to live. You will begin to have greater integrity so that even when no one is watching or will hear of your activities, you will be about teaching your children Jesus. It will become less about what you do or own and more about Who He is. Your time will take on a purpose for the unseen realm, for the Kingdom of God, not just for the earth. Your time is an investment to be used wisely. “He who wins souls is wise,” Proverbs 11:30.

What does God list as the basic necessities of physical life? See 1 Timothy 6:8.

As a help meet (equal to the task, sufficient) for your husband, part of your work includes supplying these to your family, working with what God provides through your husband.

The last phrase of 1 Timothy 6:17 speaks of God’s heart on even the most basic of our needs. Please write it here:

It is so right to enjoy the everyday tasks that make up life as we know it! To cook healthy meals and provide clothing for our family members is the privilege of a mother. It is part of our role, not less than, but different than our husband’s role in the family. Yet because we are citizens of a Kingdom we cannot yet see, these physical things are a picture of unseen realities for us.

Reading John 6:32-35 and 1 Peter 2:2, what does Jesus long for us to understand as we eat our toasted bagel in the morning, for example, or make sandwiches for lunch, and pour glasses of milk for our children?

Please look up Romans 2:4 and note what it is that leads you, your husband, and your children to repent (to agree with God):

In motherhood, the routine you choose to clean your home, the organization you use as you make supper, and what you do to spend time together are really methods. While they are important, it is not so much how you do it, but why you do it.

Your time has a purpose. Love the Lord your God, and enjoy Him, and He will work in you to love your family to Jesus. Love them by how you serve them. It doesn’t go unnoticed.

“And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me,”” Matthew 25:40.

Let’s close this study time together in prayer!

Lord Jesus, You are the King. Your eyes see everything, and You are intensely interested in the way I live among those you have given me right here at home. Thank You that You have told me You care for me, and that You will give me Your heart for my family if I will only ask, and then stay close to You. All we have, even our very lives belong to You. I have nothing that didn’t come from You, so I am actually a steward of what You own and have lent to me for this time, this place. I have used my mouth to say things that were not intended to lead my loved ones to Your kindness. Please change my heart so that I long for Your words to flow from me to them. I have put more attention on our daily needs than to the strength we truly need from Your Word. Here I am, Lord. You gave Yourself for me. I will trust in You for all I need to give myself to You. Thank You for Your blood, shed for me. Because of You, I can pray. A-men.

1 comment:

Jean-Luc Picard said...

You have written some remarkable posts this week, Nic.