March 31, 2008

Treasures, Part II

I wrote a little while back about a series that I had the privilege of recently sharing at our church. Here is part two on the topic of 'Encouragement for a Mother's Heart'.

II Cor. 4: 7-8, 16-18. The Bible says we have this TREASURE (the light of God & the knowledge of Him) in jars of clay. What an encouragement! It also means that we are clay. Destructible and sometimes fragile. In other words, we cannot hold it together all of the time. Hmmm....think about that for a minute.

But, the same chapter later says that this treasure is a power within that is renewing us daily. Not just at salvation, but daily. This treasure is timeless, indestructible, strong and most important...eternal.

So, for us that means we are not to solely depend on what can fail us: our own wisdom, our own strength, even our own 'good' that we do as Mothers. As wonderful as it may be, it is not's CLAY! It may be here today and gone tomorrow because we are human. We have mood swings, bad days and good days. We are not even to focus on our 'light and momentary troubles' (though they hardly ever feel that way do they?). We may be hard pressed, but don't have to be crushed. We may be perplexed, but don't have to feel abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

Because He is renewing us daily! Therefore, we CAN keep moving forward in a confidence---not on us, but on HIM. Our motherhood is not dependent on whether or not we can do it all, have it all together, or play the part correctly. It's about His power at work within this jar of clay. That's what gets the job done & keeps us moving forward.

He is also transforming us. However, I'm not sure that we are to focus on the transformation needed. Be aware of it, but don't be consumed by it. Otherwise we are striving and not dependent on God. FOCUS on the treasure! Focus on HIM! And, He will bring about the transformation we need as Mothers. HE will work on us---our job is to keep focus on Him.

So have you lost focus dear mothers? Feeling hard pressed or perplexed? Focus on the treasure--and let Him renew you & transform you.
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