From Our Hearts to Yours
His mother used to make him a little robe.
1 Samuel 2:19
How does a woman who loves God and her family fill her days when her nest is empty?
That’s the challenge Hannah faced. After her many years of suffering, grief, and prayer, God graced Hannah with a son (1 Samuel 1 tells the whole story). As she loved and trained Samuel, her days were happy, full, and rich. But she had wanted a baby so badly that she vowed to “give him to the Lord all the days of his life” if she got pregnant. Because her love for God was genuine, Hannah kept her promise and took her young son to the house of the Lord.
So how does a mom fill her days when her children have moved out? Rather than give in to sadness, Hannah worked on long-distance love. Each year she made Samuel a robe and took it to him. Hannah, whose life was such an exquisite weaving, became a weaver herself-making clothing for the next generation.
Imagine the rich variety of colors she carefully selected for Samuel’s warm and beautiful coats. And imagine the memories she rehearsed before the Lord-memories of lessons she’d learned from the Lord through the years. And don’t you think Hannah, who prayed so fervently for a son, prayed for him also as she made his robes?
What can you do today to love your children and grandchildren across the miles? As a loving, praying mom after God’s own heart, reach out to your children today-and every day!-with your prayers and your love. Call, write, text, send emails, give gifts (large and small) — and always tell them you love them.
Take care of yourself—it’s part of God’s plan for you!
When you don’t exercise, your back goes out. When you’re not careful about what you eat, you lack energy and develop health concerns. When you don’t get the proper sleep, you’re wrung out for days.
I think you get the picture! It’s dangerous to neglect your health. After all, there’s physical energy involved in living out God’s priorities in your life. Nurture your ability to serve your family and God by taking care of yourself with a little extra discipline and planning. The Bible says your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. And Galatians 5:23 says to develop self-control. It’s for your good and for your life—and for your loved ones at home.
Lord, when I replace unhealthy habits with healthy ones, I better serve You, my family, and my purpose in Your will. Help me to care for my body-this temple of the Holy Spirit-so I possess greater energy for honoring Your plan and priorities, and blessing those around me. Amen.
Eve… was the mother of all living.
“Guilty!” God pronounced after Adam’s wife listened to the tempter, ate of the forbidden tree, and involved her husband in rebellion. It reverberated in Eve’s heart and mind. There was no doubt about her guilt. But as darkness settled in, she heard Adam declare, “Your name shall be called ‘Eve… the mother of all living.'” With these words Eve glimpsed a fresh ray of light.
Having been given a name filled with promise, Eve realized she, the guilty sinner, could still serve her gracious and forgiving God. How? By bearing Adam’s children and becoming the mother of many generations (1 Corinthians 11:12). Her name reflected the role she would play in spiritual history.
“Eve.” From death sprang life. From darkness, light. From the curse, a blessing. From a sentence of death, hope for the future. From the stinging despair of defeat, the strength of budding faith. Eve was the mother of all living!
Do you know your life counts too? True, you share Eve’s sentence of physical death (Romans 5:12). But you also have life to give and pass on! How?
- You give life through your physical efforts to care for others.
- You share spiritual life by telling others about Jesus.
- You are the life of your home, bringing the sparkle of laughter and joy to others.
- You pass physical life on to your children.
- You can pass the potential for eternal life on to your children by teaching them the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Feed your spiritual life by sending your roots deep into God’s love. The energy of life, the purpose of life, all you have of life to pass on is from the Lord!
There’s nothing more important than the value of spending as much time as possible with our children. We have the awesome privilege and joy of loving them and molding them in godly directions. Here’s a list of 10 ways you can love your children:
- Teach them and train them.
- Do not provoke them (Ephesians 6:4).
- Talk to God about your kids.
- Talk to them about God.
- Read up on mothering.
- Read to your children.
- Teach them to pray.
- Take care of them.
- Tell them about Jesus.
- Do your best to model godliness.
A very wise person said, “If we don’t set aside ungodliness today—it will show up in our children tomorrow.”
Lord, I love my children! Help me care for them just as You care for me-consistently, compassionately, and creatively. And help me daily to point them to You. Amen.