Friday, April 20, 2007

Friday's Thoughts... Our Mother Shoulders

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:5-6
Oh, for more of the wisdom of Solomon, we cry, looking at the responsibilities placed on our mother shoulders and then at our limitations! How can we lead our children in straight paths when we ourselves have walked such a crooked road?
But God whose strength is made perfect in our weakness can use our very mistakes to show us a better way. Even Solomon himself uttered this prayer: "Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties...So give your servant a discerning heart." (1 Kings 3:7,9)
God honored Solomon's prayer, and in Ephesians 1:17 we are told that we today will be given "the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that (we) may know him better." To every believing Christian the Holy Spirit is promised, the Spirit who will lead us into all truth.
A Mother's Prayer
Father in heaven, make me wise,
So that my gaze may never meet
A question in my children's eyes.
God keep me always kind and sweet.
And patient too, before their need;
Let each vexation know its place,
Let gentleness be all my creed,
Let laughter live upon my face!
A mother's day is very long
There are so many things to do!
But never let me lose my song
Before the hardest day is through.
Margaret E. Sangster


Donnetta said...

Oh My... I can't tell you how much I needed these verses today!

We have had to make a very, very difficult decision on behalf of our daughter this week regarding possible treatment for her.

I have struggled so on what we needed to do and what I have already done. I am going to print these verses and cling to them as we move forward!!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful poem. I need to hang it on my fridge! Thank you for sharing it.

Susanne said...

Lovely poem and echoes sentiments in every Mother's heart!

Linda said...

This post just dove-tails with some of the things I've been thinking about lately. I am so thankful for wisdom from above and also for grace. My parenting days are over. I wish I had had a bit more wisdom. I am thankful that the Lord filled in the gaps of my mistakes with His unfailing grace.
This is such a beautifully written, heartfelt post Chris.

Anonymous said...

Isnt God awesome

Tammy said...

Chris...this was beautiful. It ministered to me so much....thank you!

Praise and Coffee said...

I chose you for the Thinking Blogger Award, come check it out.

Rachel Anne said...

"never let me lose my song" That is just beautiful.

Cyndi said...

"Let laughter live upon my face!" Oh, how I need that! Yesterday my computer screen went dark and I caught my reflection and I looked so... stern. I wouldn't want that face looking at me all day! It made me think about the "face" that my children see all day.

Okay, I needed the verses and I printed out the poem, too. This was a wonderful post, Chris!

D said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I've enjoyed reading yours today. What a wonderful poem. It brought me to tears...I so much want to be gentle and smiling at my lambies whenever possible. I hope you get your blog design soon. It's so fun! :-) Like redecorating the house or something!

Praise and Coffee said...

Amen, sister!