Superhero Mom. NOT.

The Promise: My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

 

While mom is taking care of everyone, who is taking care of mom? I venture to say that our Heavenly Father is of course.

He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them–he remains faithful forever.  Psalm 146:6

He often takes care of us through people, particularly women coming alongside one another to listen, laugh and lift each other up in prayer.

Let’s face it, if we were perfect we wouldn’t need a Savior.  Although the “Superhero Mom” moniker is really flattering, most of us are living under the crippling effects of kryptonite (sin nature) more so than any supernatural power.

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Breaking News!  In our weakness, God is strong.

Join The Praying Mothers’ Club this summer as we launch “Superhero Mom. Not.”, a unique online prayer circle where we embrace our weaknesses while calling on the power of God through prayer.

Each week we will post a human condition(a weakness) and a related God-centered prayer as a launching pad to invite the power of God into our humanness and our homes.

There are 2 ways to join our virtual prayer circle and that’s via The Praying Mothers’ Club Facebook page or this blog.  Feel free to share, repost and comment on either site using #prayingmothersclub, #youarenotalone, #superheromomnot #2Cor12:9

For more encouragement throughout the week, visit us on Instagram:  prayingmothersclub.

I look forward to praying together this summer and watching God work to empower us to live super-naturally in the power of His might.

You are not alone.

Check out a short film I made making light of one of my weaknesses as a new mom.  See if you can guess what it is. If so, can you also relate?

 

 

 

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On The Road To Persistence

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The Promise
 “…You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth.”
(Isaiah 62:6,7)

My 3 and 5-year-old sons, like most kids, are experts at tiring my husband and I out with requests for things we’ve already told them they could have (at a later time) and/or things we’ve told them they canNOT have. (period).  Naturally unrelenting, they persist well after we’ve said “no” or “yes”!

I admit their persistence is effective but not always.  No means no (most of the time) and sometimes a ‘yes’ turns into a ‘no’ unless they prove patience. Quite frankly, It’s annoying to hear the constant questions and reminders. In fact, I stopped telling my kids things until the last minute so I wouldn’t have to hear about it nonstop.

God does not seem to  subscribe to my parenting choice at all.  According to Isaiah 62: 6 and 7, the Lord welcomes an unrelenting heart from His children.  He invites those who believe in Him to also call on Him unceasingly to fulfill His promises.  God actually takes pleasure in our persistence.

“To take no rest and give him no rest” until His Word is established requires great faith.

Although baffled by my sons’ one track minds, I could stand to appreciate their childlike persistence.  It will serve me well to exercise that kind of faith when I am undone by unanswered prayers and yet-to-be filled promises, when I contemplate giving up because I doubt God hears me or wonder if He has forgotten about me.

It’s refreshing to have permission to be persistent in those times.  It is in some way an answer to the unanswered prayers- Keep Praying.  It is a word of hope that actually points to His plans for me- Never Give Up.   So imagine my delight, when my eyes were opened to many examples throughout the bible that encourage persistence

I have made a list of some of them below.  May they build your faith and mine on the road to persistence.

  • Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Matthew 15:21-28.
    This is one of my fave scriptures. It’s a sobering picture of persistence in the face of rejection and denial. This mom’s cool-headed response to what most would identify as insulting remarks worthy of offense is admirable. Even Jesus couldn’t deny her after it.

 

  • Then Jesus answered her, O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you wish. And her daughter was cured from that moment. Matthew 15:28 AMP 

 

  • “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should ALWAYS pray and NOT give up.” Luke 18:1

 

  • “And the Lord said… And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?” Luke 18:6-7

 

  • “I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.”  Luke 11:5-8 

 

  • “Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for it is daybreak.’ But Jacob replied, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’ “. Genesis 32:26

 

  • …Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
How have you been encouraged by God’s Word to stay the course?
 
Thank you for reading.

A Time to Fight: Winning

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The Promise:

“Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for it is daybreak.’  But Jacob replied, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’ “.

 

“…Then he blessed him there.” Genesis 32:26 and 29

Jacob, a known hustler and cheater was smart and cunning. He was always thinking of ways to get ahead-to get out of and to get away with.  If Jacob was the brain, then his brother, Esau was the brute.  Jacob had swindled Esau out of his birthright and inheritance years earlier.  As a result, he was on the run from a sure fight with his brother and had just used a trick up his sleeve to avoid imminent confrontation with Esau earlier that day. Jacob was smart but I never made him out to be very physical.  All alone and afraid for his life, suddenly he’s in a wrestling match with a strange man and he is WINNING?!

The story of Jacob wrestling with a strange man until daybreak has always been an enigma for me.  Even so, I love this story.

  • It illustrates the type of faith needed to hold on to the promises of God for my life in the face of challenge.  A faith that requires all of me.
  • It’s a sobering reminder that anything worth having is worth fighting for- and asking for.  Jacob’s reply,  “I will not let you go unless you bless me” thrusts any neutrality in my prayer life into gear.
  • It gives me the permission I need to be persistent, bold and audacious when I feel like giving up. Fear and timidity is not from God.  He encourages us to pursue Him with great confidence and with great boldness. 

I like the way the Matthew Henry Commentary applies this passage of scripture to prayer…

“When the spirit helpeth our infirmities, and our earnest and vast desires can scarcely find words to utter them, and we still mean more than we can express, then prayer is indeed wrestling with God. However tried or discouraged, we shall prevail; and prevailing with Him in prayer, we shall prevail against all enemies that strive with us. Nothing requires more vigour and unceasing exertion than wrestling. It is an emblem of the true spirit of faith and prayer. Jacob kept his ground; though the struggle continued long, this did not shake his faith, nor silence his prayer. He will have a blessing, and had rather have all his bone put out of joint than go away without one. Those who would have the blessing of Christ, must resolve to take no denial. The fervent prayer is the effectual prayer.”

I don’t know about you but that sure does give me hope to stay in the fight.

Lord give me and all who grace this page the unrelenting spirit of Jacob. Amen!

 

A Time to Pray: The Long Walk to Homeschool

 

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THE PROMISE:

Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand). Jeremiah 33:3 AMP

We walked around the block three times. By the fourth time, we knew we were walking into new territory. See I had been a stay-at-home mom for 4 1/2 years. My oldest son, now five, had launched us into the world of choosing kindergartens. After much research, charter school lotteries and open houses, we finally found a fit. A public elementary school with great academic reviews, near our home and very friendly, involved parents and principal. However,

AS WE DREW CLOSER TO THE REGISTRATION’S DUE DATE, MY HEART GREW FURTHER AWAY FROM THE IDEA OF TRADITIONAL SCHOOL.

I let my husband in on my thoughts as I continued to fill out the enrollment forms, get doctors’ signatures, and set up emergency contacts. A week before school would start, on the last day of enrollment, in front of the school, I faced a quandary. Do we send our son here for kindergarten or do we homeschool? The stakes were high. If we did not enroll him now, he lost his spot and there was no guarantee he would be chosen for the lottery again next year. Yet I did not feel at ease enrolling him. It was do or die. Well not really die but “do” or “do something else”.

Two weeks or so earlier I had devised a “wise and responsible” plan to send my son to public school for kindergarten and use the year as my “preparation” for homeschool to start in first grade. Sounds good, right? Yet I was uneasy. I knew that whatever choice we made, God would honor and bless. But that was not good enough. I wanted God’s best for our son and family and the nudge or discomfort in my heart tipped the scale toward prayer. So that we did. We walked and prayed around the area of the school until clarity surfaced.

CLARITY CAME IN PIECES OR SHOULD I SAY BLOCKS.

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First Walk Around: I am reminded of the bible story of Hannah in the book of I Samuel and her steadfast commitment to trusting God with her son.
This was not random. I had studied the story of Hannah for a Facebook page I started called “The Praying Mothers Club“. It was a case of God making his Word applicable to my life by connecting the dots with what I was studying. Hannah placed an incredible value on her relationship with God to literally give her young son away to His service. We could certainly begin to let go of the reins recognizing the capability of God to teach and instruct our son no matter what we chose to do. A layer of unrest dissolved under this revelation.

Second Walk Around: Strongholds were identified as the culprits to the unrest toward homeschool now. God was not saying ‘no’ to homeschool.
Oh the fears! Thoughts like: He will miss the first day of Kindergarten experience, being away from home experience, sitting at a desk experience, making friends experience. The “system” that is school is all I knew until 5 years ago when the concept of homeschooling was introduced to me as a new mom. I recoiled at the idea of it back then. Although I had only immersed myself in the homeschool world for approximately 6 months via conferences and informative, inspirational blogs like Simple Homeschool, iHomeschool Network, Home Education Council of America, etc.  and was sold out on the benefits, It was hard to let go of the only thing I knew for something new and untouched or unproven in my immediate life. However, another layer of unrest dissipated as light exposed the chains we were living with.

Third Walk Around: Naturally, we prayed to be free of those strongholds that were being disguised as precaution. All the experiences I was afraid he would miss slowly downsized under the mounting memories I envisioned we would make beyond the school building. A lifestyle of learning gained traction in my mind and heart. I looked forward to the good and bad of it all. I imagined it would be messy, disorderly, scary, adventurous, freeing, engaging and rewarding. The doubt was burning away and I was accepting the call. It did not mean all the fears were gone. But they were exposed and being lined up for the firing squad. However, they weren’t going down without a fight. (which I will share about in a later post). But the decision was no longer a difficult one.

Remember my “wise and responsible” plan to forego homeschool 1 year to “prepare”? It turned out to be a crutch to support my fears. I rationalized a way to stay in familiar territory. I was holding on to the old when God was showing me the new. It was just an excuse that could not hold up under the pressure of committed prayer.

By the fourth time we walked around, we knew life was about to shift.

WE KNEW WE HAD TO TAKE A STAND, GO FORWARD AND NOT LOOK BACK.

So, we walked into that school’s front office and withdrew our son’s name from their list. He was never officially enrolled so it wasn’t necessary from an administrative perspective but it was a necessary step for my husband and I to take into this new territory—- homeschool.

When I look back at the steps that lead us to this decision and the incredible fruit from it, I can not deny it as Plan A for my family and I.

The challenges are far from over. Now we have to live this decision out. YEP! The rubber has met the road, the fat has hit the grease, our money is where our mouth is… It’s on! And we are still praying. One. Step. At. A. Time.

How has God opened your eyes to changes you are afraid to make?