Mother’s Prayers

 

My little brother Ross and his playmate came into the house one afternoon to get a drink of water. As they passed the bedroom, they heard Mama praying. Ross’ playmate asked, “What’s she doin’ in there?” Ross replied, “Oh, don’t pay no ‘tention to her. She’s always praying.”

I have often wondered where I would be in life if it weren’t for a mother who knew how to pray. I have faced a life of sick children, divorce, financial problems, church splits, deaths in the family. Through it all, Mother was my most faithful prayer partner.

Maybe you don’t know what to pray for your children. Start with the easy stuff. Does your child have nightmares? Pray for sweet sleep. Does she need help in school? Pray for wisdom and favor with her teacher. Is your teenager showing rebellion? Pray for God to surround him with Christian friends who can be a good influence on him.

The time to start praying for your children is before they are born, but if you didn’t start then, it is never too late. Are your children grown? Perhaps you were not in church when they were young. Is there any hope? The good news is that prayer for your children is as effective when they are grown as when they were small. When the jailer in Philippi asked Paul, “What must I do to be saved?” Paul answered “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” Acts 16:31NIV.

Praying your family into the kingdom of God requires more effort when they are grown and it is harder to see immediate results, but it is worth it.

“Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded. There is hope for your future. Your children will return to their own land.” Jeremiah 31:16 New International Version.

God is faithful to His word and He will see that you are rewarded.  The greatest thing a mother can do for her children is pray for them.

 

Payday is Coming

 

How do you get paid? By the job? By the month? In tips? Once a week?  My first job was working after school at the Hotel Vinita Coffee Shop, which I began in the fall of 1965. From then till June, 2003, when I started drawing a monthly check, I received a paycheck every two weeks at each job I held.

God has a payday system in place in the universe. Spring is the season of planting, summer is the time of growth, fall is the time of harvest, and winter is the time of rest and reflection.

However, God doesn’t always pay on Friday. He promises us that we will be rewarded but some rewards are given here and some in heaven. Don’t give up just because you don’t see any results. Each seed has a germination time, growth time, a flowering time, seed-setting time, then the harvest. Some corn and tomatoes ripen by 4th of July, but some not until August.

In 2 Corinthians 9:10 says “Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.”

“Now” means at this very moment in time, not the past, not the future. What God is doing for us is in the “Now.” However time is always Now to the eternal God, so His ‘now’ and your ‘now’ may not be the same.

God is the source of the seed which we plant and the food we eat. He gives us enough seed to plant and enough to make into bread to eat. God will multiply the seed you have sown, not the seed you have eaten. It all depends on your sowing. Galatians 6:7, 9 says, “whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Keep sowing, because harvest time is coming some day.

 

 

Free Indeed

 

Mom bought my first bicycle for my eighth birthday from a neighbor girl for ten dollars. It only took a few minutes to learn to ride it, since I had practiced a little on my sister’s bike.

I was excited about my freedom, even though Mother marked out just how far I could go on our little neighborhood street. At first I couldn’t even go to the ends of the block, but had to stop and turn around at the end of Mrs. Samples’ yard.

When I stood up on the pedals and “pumped” hard, the bike flew and I was riding the wind, with my hair blowing out behind me. I had never enjoyed such freedom. I felt all grown up, able to go where I wanted to go, and as far as I wanted to go, at least as far as Mom would let me go.

When I got my driver’s license and first car, I experienced the same freedom, but better than ever. Of course, my mom put restrictions on my driving too, just as she had with my bicycling. I wasn’t allowed to drive out of the city limits, and when I did, she always found out. I never knew if the Lord told her or one of her lady friends.

We Americans treasure our freedom, but freedom comes with boundaries. My freedom ends where yours begins. We also have joint freedoms, freedoms that we all share. Our freedoms in the United States are based on a document that we treasure as the authority in our country—the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution defines our freedoms and who has those freedoms and who does not.

We Christians treasure our freedom too, freedom based on another document—the Bible. The Bible sets forth the basis of our freedoms, defines those freedoms, and states who has those freedoms and who does not. The basis of our freedom in Christ is His death, burial, and resurrection.

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 the New King James Version.

 

 

Singing My Song

SINGING MY SONG UNTO THE LORD

Years ago I frequently picked up my grandson after school. One time he chattered away as I drove along.

“MiMi, you know what my favorite song is?”

“No, what is it, honey? Sing it for me.”

“I can’t sing it.” Then he started saying the words. So I started singing it back to him. I couldn’t see his face, since he was in a car seat in the backseat, but he asked, “MiMi! How do you know my song?”

“His song” was written in 1989, twelve years before he was born. We sang it in 1995 for the March for Jesus. By then, many churches were singing that song, Lord, I Lift Your Name On High. The CCLI organization records which songs  are sung by large congregations each week and ranks them according to usage. In the top 100, Lord, I Lift Your Name On High is still being sung today.

I consider myself a pioneer in praise and worship music. Back in about 1979, while shopping in a Christian bookstore, I found a songbook called Scripture In Songs, published in 1978. We had already been singing scripture choruses in our church, so I bought two. The organist and I asked if we could use these songs and that began my entry into the praise and worship movement.

I can worship God by singing in any style of music—country gospel, contemporary, blues, jazz,  high-and-holy hymns. I can worship God anywhere, anytime, in any situation, surrounded by other Christians or alone in my living room. I can sing to a tape, while playing the piano or autoharp, or singing acappellaw—without  instruments.

In Ephesians 5:19, Paul said, “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

Just give me a good song, as long as it is a song with Bible-inspired words and a singable melody. I am a singer, born to worship the Lord in song.

The Word of God

Mama had an answer for any situation that came up. She based everything on the Word of God, so every time something came up, she called on her vast resources of the scriptures and spoke out with the wisdom God had given her.

She said, “It’s always good to have lots of friends.” Then to make more friends, the word of God says, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly.” Proverbs 18:24 NKJV.

Mama believed in having many friends. To do it, she always obeyed the scripture, and was friendly. She had friends in many different areas, such as in the church, at school, at work, in PTA and other clubs. She loved to say that she had belonged to every club in town.

Mother believed in the value of hard work. She lived by the scripture which says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10. Whatever she assigned us to do, she expected us to do it with everything within us. If we did the dishes, we were taught to do it correctly and well. If we took piano lessons, we were expected to practice until we could do each lesson well. Everything was to be done to the best of our ability, but she didn’t expect perfection, unless of course we were capable of perfection.

God spoke and the worlds were formed. He spoke every word into this world for a reason, for us, to bring us to Himself. He spoke the plan of salvation into existence and then told us all about it. He gave us the Word as the blueprint and the key.

We read in the Bible God’s word which says, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved,” Romans 10:10.

God sent His word not only to lead us to Him, but also to enable us to live for Him. The Word of God is our foundation.

Championship Wrestling

When I was a kid, my dad and granddad used to watch wrestling on TV on the weekends. They got so caught up in it that they were practically lying in the floor, wrestling each other, before it was over. Then they spent hours discussing the fine points of the game.
My husband used to watch WCW Wrestling, world championship wrestling. I enjoyed the way those muscle-bound boys acted. And that is all it is–an act. Acrobatics, gymnastics, and drama. They practice the best way to land a punch to get the most effect out of it with the least amount of hurt. The whole thing is rigged from the beginning; they know who is supposed to win.
Our little girl was about 3 during that time when we watched wrestling so much. If you asked her who was her favorite wrestler, she would take the stance with both hands in fists on her hips, legs spread out, like a wrestler, and in a deep voice shout, “King Kong Bundy.” We just loved it, and had her “perform” for everyone.
Christians are in a wrestling match, too, but most don’t even know it. Eph 6:12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against… the rulers of the darkness of this world.”
Satan hates your guts. He is out to get you. He hates everyone and he wants to see the entire human race destroyed. If it were not for the love and grace of God, we would all have been dead a long time ago.
Satan fights dirty. He kicks and gouges and bites. No timeouts. It is a “no holds barred free-for-all.” We are no match for the enemy, but he is no match for God. The only way we can win is to run to the winner–Jesus Christ.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 KJV.
The outcome of this wrestling match was rigged from the beginning. God wins, we win, Satan loses.