EARLY MOTHER’S DAY
How do you become a great mother?
You start by being the woman God called you to be right now.
You start cultivating fruit of love, patience, gentleness, self-control.
You become educated — not just with degrees, but also through travel and reading and meeting new people and learning new things.
You cultivate a career — not just with the work you do for pay, but the true work you are meant to do in this world, your passions, your purpose for being here.
You love the children already in your life, your nieces and nephews and your friends’ kids, the kids in your neighborhood and community.
And, you love and support their parents.
You choose to be all that God made you to be.
You take good care of the body, mind, and spirit He gave you.
You persevere in this life-long pursuit.
And, then you have something amazing to offer a child: an example of how to live.
A living example.
An example set long before a child is ever born.
This is how you become a great mother.
I am blessed to know many great mothers….and some of them have never given birth.
Today’s Thought: IMPACT
Broke a dish in the kitchen one day.
Cleaned it up.
Then, days later I found a small fragment several feet away in another room.
Made me think about the powerful impact of dropping that plate.
Made me think about the powerful impact of our words, our actions, our lives.
The hurtful things we say and do reach farther than we think.
We damage people in ways that we can’t imagine.
The loving things we say and do reach farther than we think.
We bless people in ways that we can’t imagine.
Our words, our actions, our thoughts, our lives are so powerful.
They reach farther than we can see.
by Kimberly Taylor
Up late working
Up early working
Because I have a goal
Because I want to achieve it
Because I’m free
I look at my brown skin
I run my hand through my beautiful, thick nappy hair
And I think of how tired my foremothers and forefathers must have been
From can’t see to can’t see
Because they were not free
I am thankful for their strength and courage
I am proud to be evidence of their survival
I know that God is faithful
His will can be obstructed but never stopped
It marches forward in truth
Freedom that is priceless because it is never, ever, free.
TODAY’S THOUGHT: READY, SET, GO!
Sometimes I have so much to do and I’m anxious to hop to it! I’m so worried that I won’t get it all done that I’m tempted to just jump into the day without consulting the One who made this day. The One who knows the beginning and the end of this day. To give into this temptation would be foolish and dangerous. It’s like jumping on a motorcycle with no time to put on a helmet. It’s like jumping in the car and driving with no time to figure out the destination. It’s like showing up to a marathon race without training, with no water, and no running shoes.
We don’t save time by being unprepared and unequipped for the tasks we are rushing to perform. It is essential that we start at the beginning. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1). So, let’s always start there – let’s always start at the beginning! Let’s trust that the God who made this day and who made us will equip us to accomplish everything of importance.