Topic: The Woman & Her Home (4)
Welcome to another impactful week. Motherhood is an awesome privilege; but, sadly, grossly mis-understood by many. God has given every woman the unique ability to nurture another human being into becoming what God has ordained him or her to be. Isn’t that a great privilege? However, it takes an understanding of this awesome role you have been called into, to make the most of it.
When God created the first family, He charged them to be fruitful, which means to be productive; to multiply, which means reproduce, develop and grow; and to replenish, which means to nurture and inspire (Genesis 1:28). All these commandments are embedded in a woman, but being a woman does not make you a mother.
Who then is a real mother, and what must she offer? After the creation of the woman, God was so satisfied with what He had done that He ended His work. He was so convinced that He has put a seal of perfection on all His creations, after creating Eve. Your presence as a woman, therefore, whether a mother, or mother to be, or mother-in-law, should bring rest to the people around you. So, every mother therefore must have the following characteristics:
- She should be able to provide comfort: This is one major characteristic mothers must possess. Even God in His Word reveals this when He said: As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you (Isaiah 66:13). Can you imagine the Almighty God comparing His comfort to that of a mother? That means, a mother’s touch and presence are meant to sooth, encourage, relief, bring joy, rest, help and love to her family. In some homes, where you can’t find rest, the mother of the home is the chief perpetrator of that discord. Mother, you are meant to be a peacemaker. In 2 Samuel 20:19, the Bible talks about a mother-in-Israel, who saved a city by her wisdom and brought peace to the land. You too, can bring peace, rest and comfort to your home, place of work and community.
- A real mother is a solution provider: She is a blessing and not a burden to her family. At the wedding at Cana of Galilee in John 2:5, Mary, the mother of Jesus, guided the servants, who lacked enough wine for the wedding, to the solution. She said: Whatsoever he (Christ) saith unto you, do it. Someone said about Martin Luther, “Behind the monk who shook the world was the influence of a mother.” What will be said of you?
- A child’s first teacher: There is a special link between a mother and the child she carried in her womb and breastfed at birth. This link gives the mother a unique position and tie with the child, which fathers don’t have, and can be used as a prayer contact for the proper development of that child. Susannah Wesley, mother of the well-known Methodist preacher John Wesley, spent one hour each day praying for her 17 children. She took each child aside for a full hour every week, to discuss spiritual matters. No investment made over your child’s life is wasted. Abraham Lincoln, a one-time President of the United States of America said, “All that I am, I owe to my angel mother.” Wouldn’t you desire to hear that being said of you?
There is an adage that says, “CHARITY begins at home”. A real mother will do well to initiate it in her home, if it is lacking. Stretch out your heart spiritually and pray for others. Don’t let your prayer focus be only on ‘me, myself and I.’ Stretch out your hands physically and give to others.
Furthermore, always look for an opportunity to be a blessing because giving is living. Give to the needy and not just to your friends. Feed the hungry and your children will never be hungry. Whenever you give to the needy, you are doing it for God and He will surely repay you (Proverbs19:17). Your children will learn these virtues from you and in addition, you will be sowing seeds into their lives. What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.
Until Christ becomes the Lord of your life, He cannot in anyway give you all the grace it takes to be a real mother. The Lord’s presence in your home is the first step to peace. Allow Jesus to come into your heart now and your story will change. You become born again by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus Christ as the Lord and Saviour of your life. If you are ready for this new birth experience, please say this prayer in faith: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).
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Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.