Scripture To Refresh The Weary Mom Of A Prodigal

I thought I would share with you some scripture that helped to encourage me during the absence of my prodigal son. The Word of God has been such an encouragement to me during this difficult time and I pray it will be to you as well. Let God’s Word wash you clean and minister to your soul. I wrote my scripture on index cards to flash myself whenever I felt discouraged and I encourage you to do the same!

*Psalm 56:8 Thou tellest my wanderings; put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

*Psalm 147:3 He healeth the brokenhearted and bindeth up their wounds.

Psalm 34;18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 71:20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shall bring me up again from the depths of the eaeth.

Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made unto God.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

Probverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the begining of knowledge: but fools despise sisdom an instructiion.

Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, i shall come forth as gold.

Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with glory that shall be revealed in us.

Let’s encourage each other in the Lord! Have you experienced the pain of a prodigal child? Please testify and share practical tips to encourage other sisters in the Lord! Leave a reply below!



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Scripture For The Weary Mom

Tired mom you cannot rely on your own strength to do your job! Sometimes you will get tired, weak, and frustrated from laying your life down for others..from staying up late..for getting up early..for dealing with temper tantrums.. piles of dishes…and laundry. Through all the trials and tribulations of life it’s easy to lose our focus..our purpose…our goal.. of raising Godly children!

Whenever discouragement kicks in it is time to fight back with filling your heart and soul with God’s living word. Dig deep, push yourself into a deeper walk with Christ, more reading of His word, and scripture memory. Push hard and you will push on through to the other side of this! The victory! The peace! The refocus! Remember it is only for a season!

Scriptures To Meditate On:

Philippians 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Psalms 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

Psalms 18:32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Proverbs 16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.

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Using Biblical Hospitality As A Family Ministry

Hospitality is a great way for Christian families to communicate the love and goodness of Christ to the world and the people around them! By dying to our own pleasures and wants and instead yielding our time to serving others we can experience the true joy and peace that comes from honoring and blessing others with our service.

Most people underestimate the impact of hospitality. They see it merely as a task like having someone over for a meal, or inviting a guest over for the night. But it is SO much more!! It is a silent form of witnessing! It is another way to win others for Christ, and to strengthen and build new relationships. It’s a form of ministry that a family can do together. It is a dying ministry that is often overlooked but equally important as passing out tracts, going door to door witnessing, and street preaching!

By showing hospitality to others specifically unbelievers, a family gives a living example of the gospel to everyone they welcome into their home! By allowing people into our lives and seeing the interaction, love, and respect you give your spouse, we are revealing what a Godly marriage looks likes (notice I didn’t say perfect). We are demonstrating a living example of the love between Christ and His Bride to those around us!

When a family works together in love to bless, honor, and show hospitality to others it beautifully shows the world Christ’s example of having a servants heart! By welcoming others into our lives they are able to see Christs light shining from our families. They will see that your different and when they ask you how you do it…and they will …because of His light shining through you… You are able to cheerfully share with them your testimony for Christ!

It’s a new year and I challenge you to start it out with a new frame of mind! Begin to see hospitality as a form of witnessing!

  • Invite one family over for a meal a month.
  • Keep a notebook and right down the date of the first time you welcome another family into your home (thank you Rachel Holmes for your great example)!
  • Pull that notebook out at the end of every year and praise God for the relationships He has helped you to build, the lives you have encouraged, and the brothers and sisters you have won for Him!

Build relationships! Transform lives! Be that living example of God’s grace , love, and mercy! The world is searching for answers for all their problems–be that light that will keep pointing them back to Christ!

How many families will yours win for Christ this year?

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Self: The Ultimate Sacrifice To Raising A Godly Family

I once heard a story about two women visiting together on the front porch. One a older mother whose small children were quietly playing at her feet, and the other a young newlywed. After observing the small children playing at hers friends feet she said, “I would give my life for children like that.”

The older mother smiled and wisely said”That’s exactly what it takes.”

Ever since I first heard that story, it’s meaning spoke so loudly to me about the sacrifice it takes to raise children for Gods glory! Biblical motherhood means sacrifice, selfless love, faithful dedication, and a generational mindset. 

I am not here to serve myself… I am not here to be put on a pedestal…I am not here merely for my own needs and wants…

 I am here to to help build a kingdom with my husband–Gods kingdom and that starts with my children. I am here to build a culture–God’s culture and that starts with my children!

However, there is a price to building that kingdom and it starts with self–myself to be exact! If you are not ready to pay that price, no amount of encouragement, no self help book, no tv interview, NO NOTHING can give you that joy of motherhood. The cost is high and it is the same cost that it takes to be a follower of Christ. Daily I am to die to myself and serve my family. Daily I must give up present satisfaction for eternal rewards. I must think about how each move I make, things I let in my home, routines, traditions will effect future generations of my family. I must carefully consider what I am sowing into to them lest I reap it in my children, or my grandchildren. 

  • Am I sowing  laziness  or diligence?
  • Am I teaching them to check out or endure?
  • Am I teaching them to be idle or busy?
  • Am I sowing entertainment or bible studies?
  • Am I helping them to grow in Christ or just get through the day?
  • Am I allowing them to see my walk with the Lord or hiding my faith?

Let’s face it Motherhood is a tough job. Daily I invest in the lives of my family who may never fully appreciate or realize all that I do for them…all that I give up…there may never be a thank you or acknowledgement of all it takes on my part to keep it all afloat. But with the grace of God I will press on towards the mark for the price of the high calling of Jesus Christ. I will not give up. I will fight the good fight and I will raise Godly children for Him!

Scriptures To Reflect On:

Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Luke 9:23 – And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Galatians 5:24 – And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Mark 8:35 – For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

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2016 New Year New Focus And Our Family Meeting

First thing New Years Morning after our family Bible study my husband declared a family meeting! He wanted to start 2016 off on the right track and for our family that meant slowing down, putting our focus on God first and then planning our family goals!

The New Year is the perfect time to reflect on the previous year and decide what worked and what didn’t for yourself and your family. My husband took this time to rework our family chore chart and decide who would be getting different jobs, who needed to be challenged more, and who needed to show more discipline.

It is such a great feeling when he takes charge and shares with us honestly about his vision and goals for us. I can’t help but to feel excited and safe knowing that he cares genuinely about the direction our family is heading and has taken the time to slow down, and see the big picture! To make sure that we get on track and stay on track! I left the family meeting feeling encouraged and excited about a fresh approach to doing things!

Did you set any new goals for your family for 2016? I would love to hear your stories!

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