Rest your soul through reflective journaling,
and worshiping the Creator who
longs for intimacy with each of us!
Think of those who have brought you the bouquet of friendship in your life. Perhaps their presence brightened a dark season before shifting elsewhere or maybe they remained for decades to sweeten your path. Pause to consider five qualities that marked them specifically, making them a good friend who loved you well.
Because we are made in God’s image, whatever we find that is good, pure, lovely, and delightful in humanity and creation, can be spoken of infinitely more so when describing the Lord. (Philippians 4:8-9) Have you considered the Lord God as your friend?
What is your heart response to that question? Do you lean in with curiosity, hunger for greater depth, or inwardly shudder at the thought of being “friends” with the God of the universe? Take that heart response to the Lord and talk with Him about it, listening for His reply. Since that’s what friends do, talk with each other!
Return to those qualities that endeared you to your most wonderful friends and consider how much more precious and perfect they are when found in the heart of God! Doesn’t that offer of friendship by His Spirit stir your heart to want deeper friendship with Him?! There is none like Him! And only He can build us up to hold out the loveliest friendship to others, even those we may initially feel don’t deserve the gift. Oh goodness, do we see the gospel there?! (*written by Rebecca Adams)
On Wednesday, Brenda observed motherhood to be with purpose and for a purpose, meaning this role of “She” was intentionally designed by a loving Creator for reaching a specific goal and fulfilling a specific need.
Down through the ages, mothers have carried an incredibly critical role in raising up the next generation, not simply by childbirth, but by teaching, training, and imparting values to the generation coming behind her. From the Garden of Eden, part of Eve’s purpose in mothering was to lead the way in training up the lineage from whom would eventually come the One who would crush Satan’s head. (Genesis 3:15, Matthew 1:1-17)
Glancing at the mother of Jesus, we find a woman whose faith crowned her with being “highly favored” by the Lord (Luke 1:28) as He chose her to teach and train infant Jesus through toddlerhood, elementary, and awkward teenage years until He set out on His Father’s purpose. As you consider your mother, or those who mother-mentored you, how did she help equip you to live out your purpose today?
I know, sister, some of us had challenging, complex, or perhaps no relationship at all with our mothers. Bring these griefs to the Lord who can bring comfort and healing! Consider how you might show honor to your mother or a mother-like-mentor this week! The mothering role, purposefully fitted for She, is one we each are responsible to consider how we can purposefully live out, even if we don’t have children of our own.
Prayer is central to our ministry as believers in Jesus as we carry eachother’s burdens and intercede for one another. Our team is honored to share the work of praying alongside you!