Tuesday, June 22, 2010

“The Law is for the proud and the Gospel for the brokenhearted."

- Martin Luther, quoted on monergism.com

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Right View of Trials in Motherhood

If you are a mother, hopefully you received the gracious gift from our church leadership entitled Motherhood by Brenda Payne recently. I would encourage you to read this short, but very helpful booklet if you have not.

At times we can be discouraged as mothers...we struggle and endure trials through this very important season of life. Payne says, "When trouble comes, it puts the squeeze on your heart, and whatever is in your heart will be revealed in your words, your actions, and your attitudes. Even your motives will become apparent."

She goes on to say these encouraging words:

James says that all our trials are designed to bring about spiritual maturity. In other words, don't waste your trials. Your mothering mayhem is a means to further your sanctification. "Consider it joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" James 1:2-4). This way of thinking challenges your natural assumption that where there are trials, there is misery. Because you are a Christian mother, God wants you to think differently about your trials. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. " This is not a cliche; it is a promise! God is up to something really good in the midst of your trouble--He is conforming you more and more into the image of Christ! In the end, that will be worth every conceivable trial you could ever face.