Monday, September 17, 2007

He Holds you by the Hand

Positive Moms Devotional:
Remember when your precious little one was learning to walk? Perhaps some of you are looking forward to that day. First the young pre-walker begins to pull up on a couch or side table. Then as he begins to get his footing he looks out and begins to try to take those first few baby steps. There you are with arms open wide ready to help him. Now dear mom, I want you to picture God with His arms open wide ready to help you and cheer you on. He loves you with an everlasting love. Often we think of God up in Heaven with his arms crossed looking down at us and shaking his head. That’s not the picture God gives us in the Bible. No, quite the contrary. He knows all about us. He remembers we are dust, and yet He lovingly reaches out to help us with an Amazing Grace. Relish His love for you. He cares for you and wants to hold your hand as you stumble through this most challenging job of motherhood. Don’t try to do it on your own. Place your hands in His. Cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. Psalm 37:23, 24 says, “The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Thought they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” May you feel His arms of love embracing you and holding you as you walk through this week. I’m so glad you joined me this morning. Here is my prayer for you this week: Dear Gracious and Loving Heavenly Father, thank you that you hold us by your hand. Thank you that you love us and help us through this job of parenting. It is wonderful to know that we are not alone. We look to you this day and cast our cares upon you. Please Lord grant each mother reading this blog today strength, joy and patience. Praise you because You are the giver of all good things. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Parenting Tip: Look for ways to help your child take one more step in a positive direction, whether it is literally walking or perhaps learning a new skill or even growing spiritually. This week remember that your kids are young and learning. Have patience as our Heavenly Father has patience toward us. Ask God to give you insight in how to help your child learn one step at a time and ask Him for patience along the way.

Conversation Starter: If you could learn a new skill (riding a bike, painting, playing the piano, learning a new language, etc) what skill would you choose? What would be the first step in learning that skill? Who would you choose to help you or teach you?

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