Sunday, 18 August 2019

M Michele's Musings

God’s Gift – Unconditional Love and Prayer

There are two sitcoms on television that my husband regularly watches and loves, “The Goldberg’s” and “The Middle.”  Each sitcom is about family, their day-to-day struggles, home life and their interactions with one another.  At the end of each program there is always a “lesson learned.”  The two mom’s in those shows are as opposite as they can be.  Beverly Goldberg is a stay at home mom who seemingly has it all together.

She is the almost “perfect” mother; cleaning, cooking for her family and catering to their needs.  However, she often goes to extremes for her children which cause some embarrassing situations.  Then there is Frankie Heck in “The Middle,” who doesn’t have it all together, she lives her life on the fly.  Her house is always a mess, the kids never get to school on time, she doesn’t always make it for school functions, she can barely get meals together and they often eat take-out.  Frankie tries hard and she wants to be a perfect mom but never seems to reach that goal.  

What these two TV moms have in common is absolute unconditional love with determination and willingness to go the extra mile for their children.  Most mothers there are fall somewhere between the two extremes portrayed in these two sitcoms.  And God gave every mother this exceptional, unconditional love for her children.  The unconditional love of a mother is the perfect picture of how God loves us.

Though none of us are perfect moms we can still love, care, kiss away hurts, nurture, mentor, guide, tend and help our children throughout life.  We can listen, be attentive, laugh and cry with our children.  Whether we are perfect or not, and despite failures, we can be the source of love to our children displaying God’s unconditional love in their lives.    

Perhaps the most important thing a mother can do for her children is to pray for them.  Prayer is a gift that has lasting benefits for both mothers and children.  I am reminded of Hannah’s story in the Bible.  Hannah’s greatest desire was to be a mother.  She prayed for a child, vowing to give the child to the Lord.  God did indeed bless her with a son.  Hannah named the child Samuel.  Hannah kept her vow and when Samuel was weaned she brought him to live in the care of Eli, the High Priest.  Thereafter, she visited him yearly.  

Hannah not only trusted God to give her a child, she completely trusted God with her child. In Hannah’s fulfillment of her vow we see a complete trust in God’s ability to take care of that which she entrusted to Him.  We also see that God honored Hannah’s prayers and that His mighty hand directed Samuel’s life throughout his childhood despite the separation between mother and son.  Samuel became a great prophet of Israel, anointing the first two kings, Saul and David.    
   
Like Hannah, mothers can and should dedicate their children to the Lord and pray for them daily.  A mother’s prayers will reach the Heart of God.  A faithful mother can be assured that God is always working behind the scenes on her children’s behalf.  A mother’s love is strong and often a reflection of God’s love.  However, God’s love surpasses even a true mother’s love and keeps safe those entrusted to Him.         

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Love in Christ, Michele

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

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