Mother Of The Year Devotional

Peter Sank

The family sat gathered around the kitchen table as mom read the devotional message for the day. It was the story of Peter walking on the water.

After mom finished reading and after they prayed together, one of the kids surprised his mom with these words. “Hey guys,” he said, addressing everyone in the family. “I know why Peter sank.”

His mother had a doubtful look in her eye but gestured for him to continue. “It’s simple,” he said. “Peter quit lookin’ at Jesus.”

Yes, that is what happened. Peter took his eyes off of the Lord and instead focused on the wind and the waves. That’s when he started going under.

On that day Mom did not teach the lesson. One of her children was the teacher.

Think About It:

That simple explanation is true, not only for Peter but also for you. When you take your eyes off of Jesus and look at your situation, you may find yourself sinking. Keep your focus where it belongs—on the Lord.

Scripture Reference:

And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

Matthew 14:28‭-‬30 KJV

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The Don’t Look Back Plan

Looking back is a heart condition


The scriptures teach us that as a man thinks in his heart so is he (Proverbs 23:7). If we were to examine this closer we would be able to see that most of what we act out in life finds its origins in the thought life. Day after day whatever we ponder on, meditate on and dwell on becomes a reality sooner or later. Our thoughts are very powerful and will eventually determine the kind of future we will experience. Have you ever heard the saying, “Follow your heart?” Well, there is so much truth wrapped up in that saying and even the bible talks about our heart following our treasure. (Luke 12:34). Our heart was made to follow the ultimate treasure which is God himself but only Jesus could give us the heart to understand that, and without this understanding, we will end up chasing treasures of this world which are of lesser value.

Looking back and living in the past constantly is a clear indication that you believe your treasures are somehow still buried there. There is a woman in the bible that only went by the title of Lots wife and her heart was so caught up in the treasures of this world that she could not see the grand future God had planned out for her. I am sure many of you have heard of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the destruction of fire and brimstone that rained down and ruined them. Lot’s wife lived there with her family and though it was a place of much immorality and disgraces, her heart was very much tied to it. But because of the prayers of Abraham God was willing to save Lot and his family from the devastation. God allowed them enough time to escape with this instruction, “Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain.” (Genesis 19:17).

When I think back on my life I am so thankful that God did bring me out of many situations that would have only resulted in my destruction had I stayed there. In the moment of having to leave behind people, possessions and relationship we hold close and dear to us may seem like the most difficult thing to do. But when you put your trust in the One who knows best the present pain will eventually turn into the greatest gain in life. Lot’s wife’s treasure was so buried in the city she had to leave behind that she was not willing to trust God with the future. The bible tells us that as she was leaving the city she “Looked back” and was turned into a pillar of salt. The truth about looking back constantly and living in the past is that it will drain the very life from you. Let us heed the warning of God and make sure our heart is following Him.
Scripture References:
And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.  And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.  And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.  And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:  Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:  Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.  And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.  Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.  The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.  Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;  And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.  But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

Genesis 19:15‭-‬26 KJV

http://bible.com/1/gen.19.15-26.KJV

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Luke 12:34 KJV

http://bible.com/1/luk.12.34.KJV

The Don’t Look Back Plan

 

A New Start

Doesn’t a new start sound great? When life becomes difficult, when you have failed several times, when you mess up a perfect relationship, when you are bored of your job, your house, your friends, and family, a new start sounds absolutely exciting when we find ourselves stuck and in the mediocrities of life. Do you know what Jesus did on the cross over two thousand years ago enables you to have a new start even now? Though many believers know this truth, they still live beneath this truth every day because somehow the lie of the old life seems to envelop their souls. The truth is the enemy of our souls knows if he can keep us looking back we would make very little progress in the future God has for us.

All of us have a past and for some, it may be memorable, and for others, it may be horrible. Whatever the past looks like the enemy majors in causing us to indulge in what was. We serve a God that loves to plan ahead for His children, and scripture tells us that His plans are always good in the end. (Jeremiah 29:11). As a pastor, I am afforded the opportunity to minister to all types of people that range from young to old, mature and immature, strong and weak but what I have come to recognize is from the least to the greatest the most common issues among them all is letting go of the past.

I spent or should I say, “Wasted” a lot of time and energy on what was, and what could have been. But I am grateful for the present and the bright future that God has for us. I want to encourage you to take time through this plan to make a commitment to stop looking back at the negatives. Our memory is not the enemy but the way we use our memory will determine the detriment. When I look back on life it is for only moments of seeing what God did and how He brought me through. As you journey with me I want you to understand that a new start is available to you no matter where you’ve been or what you have done. Jesus died to save and give you a brand new start. I believe Jesus specializes in new beginnings and now I look at every disappointment, hurt and pain as a chance to birth something new. We do ourselves a great injustice and we lock God out when we choose to keep looking back in a negative way. We were made to move forward and it’s time to stop looking back.


Holy Spirit, help me from today to live my life with a view of what is ahead; help me to stop 

Scripture Reference: And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Ephesians 2:1‭-‬5 KJV

http://bible.com/1/eph.2.1-5.KJV

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV

http://bible.com/1/2co.5.17.KJV

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13‭-‬14 KJV

http://bible.com/1/php.3.13-14.KJV

Mother Of The Year Devotional Day 1

Under Her Wings

Even though I live on a farm, I have no experience whatsoever with hens and chicks. I do, however, have an idea of how a hen might feel (if indeed a hen can feel) when it comes to protecting her chicks. The hen has a nurturing nature, and she wants to keep her little ones safe. I think there’s actually a “motherhood thing” going on—not just a “chicken thing.” Perhaps what’s really going on is a Jesus thing.

The Lord has a nurturing nature when it comes to his children. He wants to guide you and keep you safe, to draw you close to him just as that hen does when she gathers her chicks under her wings. As a mom, you exhibit that same nature when you draw your children to your side—to the shelter of your presence.

Think About It:

As a mother, you know how heartbreaking it would be for your children to stay at arm’s length and resist the safety and love you provide. Are you keeping the Lord at a distance by rejecting his love and protection?

Scripture Reference:

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Matthew 23:37 KJV

http://bible.com/1/mat.23.37.KJV

Mighty Is The Lord

Praise ye the Lord : for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. Praise the Lord , O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion. For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee. He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly. He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow. He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the Lord .
Psalms 147:1‭-‬20 KJV

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