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Encouraging Sermons for Mothers

8 Nov

It is my prayer that these sermons and messages would be as much of an encouragement to you as they have been to me.  Each of these sermons/messages are 45 minutes – 1 hour long.   These are just a few that I’ve come across in the past several months.  I’m sure I will add to this list as time goes on.

Honoring the Biblical call of Motherhood – John Piper

A Woman who Fears the Lord is to be Praised – John Piper

Saved Through Motherhood, Part 1 –  Mark Driscoll

Saved Through Motherhood, Part 2, Mark Driscoll

Revive Our Hearts Series: This is Nancy Leigh Demoss’ radio show.  There have been several series’ on motherhood, this is their most recent series on motherhood.

A Call to Intentional Mothering with Holly Elliff:  (You can read the transcripts or click on “Listen” to hear the show)

The Beauty of Motherhood

Grace and Power for Mothers

The Power of a Mother’s Prayer

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Carolyn’s Story

24 Aug

I just came across a tribute that Carolyn Mahaney’s daughters wrote about her and I had to share it on here! It literally brought me to tears. This is exactly what I hope and pray Zoe will think of me one day, this is exactly what I believe every woman should strive for. Check out here story here.

Proverbs 31:10-31

20 Aug

I have been listening to/reading Nancy Leigh Demoss’ series on the Biblical Womanhood over at Revive Our Hearts Radio. Yesterday I listened to, “A Biblical View of Womanhood”, and today it is “A Virtuous Woman”. This is a series that was originally done in February 2007. It is available for anyone to do at any time and you can find it here: The Counter-Cultural Woman: A Fresh Look at Proverbs 31. It begins with, “The Most Important Lesson”.

I have read through Proverbs 31 many times, especially within the last 3 years as I’ve been a married woman. I’ve always had a difficult time understanding what some of these things mean, which is why I am doing this study. I thank the Lord for Proverbs 31. It is a beautiful portrait of true womanhood! I can only hope and pray that I will at least somewhat emuIate the Proverbs 31 woman in the years to come. I am so excited to study this passage over the next month or so.

I am so encouraged by Nancy’s teaching. God is the focus of her studies, which is so refreshing to hear.

Here is the portion of Proverbs 31 where it gives instruction for Mothers:

Proverbs 31:10-31 (NLT)

10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.
19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm clothes.
22 She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

A Prayer for Women

18 Aug


by Pastor John Piper

My earnest challenge and prayer for you is . . .

. . . That all of your life—in whatever calling—be devoted to the glory of God.

. . . That the promises of Christ be trusted so fully that peace and joy and strength fill your soul to overflowing.

 

. . . That this fullness of God overflow in daily acts of love so that people might see your good deeds and give glory to your Father in Heaven.

 

. . . That you be women of the Book, who love and study and obey the Bible in every area of its teaching; that meditation on biblical truth be the source of hope and faith; that you continue to grow in understanding through all the chapters of your life, never thinking that study and growth are only for others.

 

. . . That you be women of prayer, so that the Word of God will be opened to you, and so the power of faith and holiness will descend upon you; that your spiritual influence may increase at home and at church and in the world.

 

. . . That you be women who have a deep grasp of the sovereign grace of God which undergirds all these spiritual processes; and that you be deep thinkers about the doctrines of grace, and even deeper lovers of these things.

 

. . . That you be totally committed to ministry, whatever your specific calling; that you not fritter away your time on soaps or women’s magazines or unimportant hobbies or shopping; that you redeem the time for Christ and his Kingdom. Continue reading

Help Meet Book Study – Taking A Break

17 Mar

I have come to the conclusion that I cannot do a weekly update on this book. We recently started a new Bible study on Daniel with our home group. So that, combined with the Help Meet book, and my daily Isaiah study for church is quite a bit for me, especially since I rarely find time to sit down and read these days. I will pick back up on this study at another time within the year.

Created to be His Help Meet – Ch. 6. The Beginning of Wisdom

3 Mar
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” Psalm 111:10
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” Proverbs 9:10
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs 1:7

I like how Debi puts states it, “A Christian life without fear is a religious life without a living God.” It seems so easy to fear God, yet we all get wrapped up in lives lived without fear. We place our faith in our religious practices, our spirituality, our own interpretations and conclusions. We become perfectly content with ourselves that we begin to lack in our fear of the LORD. This brings us in a place where we do not fear God and we do not realize that only HE has the truth. If our actions and decisions are not made based on what God has already spoken through His Word (the Bible) we are not fearing Him enough to trust that what He says is best.

What I take from this chapter:

We cannot only read parts of the Bible and not the Bible in its entirety. This is disobedience and lack of fear of the LORD. Example: The Crazy Lady – she obviously had some knowledge of the Bible, but not accurate or thorough knowledge of truth. She also ignored all parts that discussed the wife’s submission to her husband.

We cannot base our lives around “a word” we receive from the LORD. That is, words we “hear” the Lord speak to us. God does speak to men, however when He speaks it is never in contradiction with the words He has already spoken. To receive a contradictory “word from the Lord” and say with certainty that it is from the LORD is blasphemous. It is to say that our emotions, thoughts, and opinions ARE the LORD, thus putting words in His mouth. It appears to be trusting the LORD but it really is trusting in yourself. It is to say, “This is what I think, therefore it must be from the Lord.” That is such a dangerous way to think. Wisdom (knowledge of truth) comes from the LORD. This is why I believe we should never say, “The Lord told me to do this.” If that “word” you speak turns out to simply be from YOU, you will have put words into the LORD’s mouth. I believe the only time you can say, “The LORD says this..” is if it is not, in any way, contradictory to what the Bible says.

Only through fear of the LORD comes wisdom and only through that wisdom can the truth be seen.

As a woman I am a very emotional and my thoughts and opinions are strong. I know that these emotions can influence my behaviors and actions. If I am unable to discern what is from the LORD and what is from demons and sinful nature, I am in a whole heap of trouble because then any “word from the Lord” that I receive is not trustworthy. To have the discernment that I need to know that what I learn is from the LORD, I need to begin with a fear of the LORD and pray daily for wisdom. That is where true knowledge of the things of God comes from.

“No woman has ever been happy and fulfilled who neglected to obey God in regard to her role as a help meet.”

I absolutely agree with her on this statement. Not just because I have seen it repeatedly (even within my own family) but simply because I know that disobeying God brings discontentment.

Goals of the Week:

1) Pray for Wisdom daily.
2) Work on being joyful and having a merry heart.
3) Discover any bitterness I may have towards my husband and get rid of it.
4) Help my husband. Help my husband. AND…Help my husband.
5) Find the definition for the word odious. (Proverbs 30:21-23)

One more thought…

I wonder what happened to the Crazy Lady.

Study – To be Continued

Help Meet Participants…

26 Feb

Now you can add your posts to the list all on your own! I finally figured out Mr. Linky. Woohoo! Scroll down to the previous Created to be His Help Meet book study post and you’ll see what I mean.