Resurrecting Motherhood. Just the words strung together send a tingle down my spine. And yet it is the rumbling that began in my spirit three years ago? Frankly, I just haven’t had the courage to do anything to release it. And now, in the quarantined days of April 2020, I see the time is here and the I also see the very big Why.
So in the strength God gives, let’s begin a journey of Resurrecting Motherhood.
Today’s topic is Value.
What do you value?
Ask any woman or mom that question and we would rattle off various answers. But most of those answers would revolve around people.
We are relational at our core. It’s in our spiritual DNA. Think of how women nurture, work behind the scenes, coach and counsel in countless conversations, spark connection, make things hum and whistle.
Hmmm. . .this sounds like Holy Spirit, but we will come back to that.
Women are wired for relationship. So then. Ahem. Here we are today and our kids/ husbands/homes are DRIVING US FREAKING CRAZY. lol But seriously.
I really don’t think it is Too Much time together.
I think it is Too Little connection being finally revealed.
Did I mention that this journey might be a bit difficult? Just stay with me. God is taking us somewhere.
And our first bite of truth is about Value.
Lately, I’ve heard mom’s say honest and powerful truths:
I don’t know who I am now. My identity has been stripped.
I see my family doesn’t really like each other very much.
In my own house, and heart, I have been confronted with we don’t really know each other.
All of these, and so many more, have been flushed up by the shelter-at-home orders. God has a funny way of working, doesn’t He?
And just now, in the moment, the Spirit whispers, where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Have you read Matthew 6 lately. I just read it again. The Lord’s Prayer. The teaching on fasting. The teaching on giving. The teaching on serving God and mammon. Uhmm it’s loaded.
But I want to pay attention to this verse today:
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[c] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[d] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
God is telling us where His idea of value is. Heaven. Heaven’s ways. What does heaven value, treasure? People. Not bank accounts. Not houses. Not stuff. People.
When your kids say “Mom” for the billioneth time, when they spill it AGAIN, when you just need a moment to be alone, when you need a hug or a cry or a scream. . . you don’t need a sappy tidbit. You need a divine truth. Lean back into His Divine Presence.
He treasures YOU! He will show you how to treasure your kids.
And today, I want you to see the verse right before this passage:
“your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
He sees. He knows. He will provide you with what you need, moment by moment, if you will value what He values. He values relationship. He highly values connection. He has entrusted you with TODAY with your children and family. Keep your eye on Him today breathing in this prayer,
“Spirit, my ever-present Parent, you understand what is means to be with your kids 24/7. In the same way that You love me non-stop, without running away, or crushing me, strengthen me to love my kids. Give me the desire to be connected to them the way You desire to be connected to me. Thank You for seeing and rewarding my effort. Amen.”