A few years back, I wrote these words while experiencing an afternoon of solitude and silence with the Lord: “Stop looking down, in, up. Start looking forward, at.” I was convicted by my tendency to avert my gaze from others. I confessed my preference to deliberately look away, be self-absorbed, or even at times to look to God to avoid looking at others. God’s word to me was very clear: “Look at people. Notice their circumstances. Consider what I may want to do for them through you.”
What about you? Do you have genuine admiration for a woman of faith? Praise God! Affirm and bless her. But be careful not to give celebrity status to an individual. Instead, focus on the gospel message demonstrated by the person and work of Christ. Blessing is available for all who respond to God’s message with repentance and obedience. Jesus said so himself.
On this Mother’s Day, I thank God for a mom who, with ordinary faithfulness, showed me a wise way to live in relationship to Him and others.
When I awoke, I knew that today was the day. A deadline was looming and this was the only day I had to accomplish the task. I awoke with a sense of resolve. Then I opened my eyes. My eyes took in the reality of my current surroundings and a lump began to form in the back of my throat. My mind began a mental rundown of my “to do” list for the next 24 hours and tears began to form in my eyes