Strength • Devotion #4: Mother

The second Sunday of May is always Mother’s Day, but I want to start a petition for Mother’s to be celebrated more than once a year! If you are a young mom or know a young mom, I think you understand why I want to petition for this. I have a cousin who has three boys under the age of five and I do not know how she does it. How does she ever find time to relax? I do not think she does! Whether it is keeping them occupied, feeding them, keeping them out of trouble, cleaning up messes, or one of million things required of a young mom, there is so much to do with young kids. In addition to the physical needs of kids, there are also emotional, sociological, and spiritual needs. It is caring for them when they have been hurt, are feeling sad, or are lashing out at a sibling, to name a few. I genuinely do not know how Mothers find the strength to do it all. Mothers are not appreciated enough!

My mom (along with my dad) raised me and my two younger siblings who happen to be twins. While I am thankful for all the physical things she did for me, I am beyond thankful for the way she met my spiritual and emotional needs. She gave me strength in my weakest moments. She was always there; some days it was crying with me when I did not make the middle school basketball team, other days it was disciplining me for the way I treated my siblings, and still other days it was grappling with the difficult facts of leaving the church where you grew up where everyone was like family.

In 2 Timothy chapter 1, Paul is writing to his friend and spiritual apprentice, Timothy. Throughout the letter, Paul encourages Timothy to stand firm in the face of false teachers and to look to Christ as his foundation. Before getting there though, in his greeting to Timothy he said this is 1:5, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.” He sees in Timothy a sincere faith, a faith that was passed down from his grandmother and mother. As you read this you may be mourning that your mother does not know Christ or you may relate to Timothy and me, having a mother who raised you in Christ and constantly pointed you to Him. No matter which party you are in, your mother has affected you in deep ways.

If your mother, like Timothy’s, has been used by God to bring you to Himself, take a few moments, and thank God for her. Reach out to her and thank her for the ways that God used her! If your mother does not know Christ, take a few moments, and pray that God would bring her to a saving knowledge of Himself.

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