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Parenting and Our Good, Good Father.

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”–Matthew 5:48

Parenting is a topic often on my mind. It’s a huge responsibility, greater than anyone could ever imagine. The spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional

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health of a precious human being is at stake! When I reflect about becoming a parent someday, I’m filled with great joy. It’s one of the biggest dreams of my life. However, the reality sinks in that I am very much still a person “in process.” What is the prominent way that children learn character? By observing their parents–both their actions and whether their words make sense with the reality of their actions. When you become a parent, you’re going to have little eyes and ears observing everything you do and say. That goes for even when you don’t expect it. How can I expect a child to turn out a certain way when I myself am living in a different way? If my character isn’t matching what I hope the character of my child will match…How will I teach them? The good news is, we have God’s grace. Even in spite of our shortcomings, God’s grace can work in all circumstances. It’s still working on me, and will be each day until I die. I’ll never be a perfect parent–no parent on earth will be.

 

Yet, I had a very important realization: I can continually learn from THE perfect and best parent: our Heavenly Father! As I grow into a deeper relationship with God and come to know more and Who He is, I learn from His character. As I journey closer and closer (walking by faith) to the day that I become a parent,  I’m going to look at His character and see more of the type of parent I want to be. Most of all, I pray that I can give any child, any person that comes into my life, a glimpse into His deep love and Who He really is. 

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Book Review: Josiah’s Fire

I just finished reading one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. The book is called Josiah’s Fire, and is written by the mother of Josiah, Tahni Cullen.

Josiah means “the fire of the Lord.” Josiah truly grew to fit this name. Josiah was born in 2005 and developed as a typical child would.

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However, around the age of 2, his family members noticed that something was amiss. He lost all the words that he said before, and no longer made eye contact. He seemed unreachable. Eventually, he was diagnosed with autism. Josiah’s mom was heartbroken about this diagnosis, and especially heartbroken that she could no longer communicate with her son. However, Josiah later began to communicate in amazing ways. The family obtained an iPad. Josiah began to type what was going on in his head (though he was still seemingly learning to read)–and his parents were blown away.

Josiah’s writing’s revealed deep spiritual truths. His writings are beautiful and poetic. “Run to the dazzling river of life. You come out like a dry man, only saturated in plans.” This young boy, even less than 9 years old at the time many of the things were written, knew details about heaven, and details about family members he had never met. Little Josiah was even given messages and encouragements to bring to specific people. God even revealed to him the shopping mall where a witch would be, and Josiah asked his mom to take him there. Jesus gave Josiah a message to bring to the witch, a message telling her to turn from her current life and worship Him. Though he cannot speak, Josiah truly demonstrates God’s fire and brings a call for renewal. “God is demonstrating “father” in every movement of His life. Gentle Father, joyful one, bold in every way, but gentle toward people who are faced with sin.”

Autism and other disorders are very misunderstood. The people who live with these disorders are often viewed as if they are not intelligent. Josiah knocks this myth out of the water. It was interesting to read his insights and his frustrations about how his body did not do the things he wanted it to, and how he longed for healing and to communicate verbally again.

If you are struggling with your beliefs about God, or simply looking for an inspirational book. I would recommend this book. It’s a great read, though I did have to put it down a few (or a lot!) of times to ponder because the insights are so colossal! 

Have you read Josiah’s Fire? What are your thoughts?

Miracles of Motherhood

God likes to blow us away with miracles of motherhood. Infertility is so common in the Bible, not only a modern day trial. God performs many miracles and gives the childless a child. Not only that, but God performs a complete miracle to send His only Son to Earth! Jesus Christ is conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit!

There are many women longing for the gift of a husband and children. God’s word speaks to every generation. I believe that the miracles God performed in the Bible relating to motherhood can give hope to today’s generation. Infertility is sadly a very common cross. Additionally, women are getting married older than ever, which can cause some panic regarding the ability to attain pregnancy. Sometimes women feel they have waited too long for a spouse, and with relation to their “biological clock,” settle on the next best person to come along. Waiting on God’s best usually doesn’t come in our timing and can cause fear about the ability to have children. Take heart at the esteem that God has for motherhood, and the miracles the LORD has done for so many women in granting them their heart’s desire.       

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  • The following are just a few of the stories of God making women mothers (against the odds) in the Bible.
  • Sarah is the wife of Abraham. She was very advanced in years, well past the age of childbearing. Years earlier, the Lord had made a covenant with Abraham (then Abram), telling him that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. Nothing seems to happen, and still Sarah and Abraham are childless. One fateful day, three visitors come to visit Abraham. One tells him that they will have a son. Sarah is hidden and listening the conversation. She laughs, thinking it impossible for her to have a child. The Lord tells Abraham: “Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (1 Gen. 18:14) Indeed, the word of God comes true, and Isaac is born. It didn’t matter that Sarah was way past childbearing years. God kept His promise.
  • Hannah is a wife of Elkanah in the first book of Samuel. Elkanah has another wife who has children. As for Hannah, the “Lord had closed her womb.” (1 Sam 1:6)  The other wife taunts Hannah about this, and Hannah herself is absolutely brokenhearted at her inability to have a child.  “In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.” (1 Sam 1:10) The priest Eli sees Hannah, and thinks she is drunk due to her behavior! That is the extent of her sadness. The priest blesses her and tells her that God will grant her her prayer. The family goes up to worship the next day, and after that husband and wife come together. God opens the womb of Hannah, and she conceives Samuel. Hannah dedicates the child to God. Samuel goes onto become a great man of God.
  • Elizabeth is the wife of Zechariah in the New Testament. Elizabeth was unable to have children. She and Zechariah were very old. An angel appears to Zechariah letting him know that they will have a son named John. “Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I know that what you say is true? I am an old man, and my wife is old, too.” (Luke 1:18) Zechariah is rendered mute until the birth of their son due to his inability to believe. Elizabeth gives birth to John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ. (And incidentally, also His cousin!)
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Do you think your motherhood is any less important to God than that of the women in the Bible?  Wait on God, and trust Him! Our miracles aren’t always wrapped up like we want them to be. He will work, though it may not come in the form of a positive pregnancy test. Nowadays it often comes in being led to a child (sometimes halfway across the world) who you just know that God is asking you to raise, or filling the important role of mother for the neighbor down the street without a mother figure. Spiritual motherhood is a vital role that women also fill by their prayers and teaching the Lord’s way by both word and example. (Yes, it is a very important form of motherhood in itself–one not focused on very much.) Believe His word and His promises! Be open to the ways He is working.

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”~Luke 1:45

Happy Mother’s Day to all mommas and all those women who are mothers at heart!

Mother’s Day & Mother Mary

A very happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! Please remember to pray for those women who are trying to have children but have been unable to due to infertility or failed adoptions, as well as other circumstances. Also remember those who have lost their mothers. This can be a difficult day for many.

ImageBesides the woman who gave birth to us, we have a heavenly mother. Catholics place a huge emphasis on Mary, the Mother of Jesus. She is, after all, the one whom God chose to give birth to His Son–to God Incarnate! That’s a huge deal. And Jesus gave her to the disciples, and consequently, to us, as He hung on the cross. Despite this, it can still be difficult for some of us to wrap our minds around devotion to Mary. A few months ago, I was able to view the film “Mary of Nazareth.” My devotion to Mary has been forever changed. Yes, really, the movie was that good! While I’m sure not everything was totally accurate, it really helped me to visualize the woman Mary was. I saw her deep faith against all odds, the scrutiny she faced for saying “yes” to God, resulting in pregnancy out of wedlock, and the connection and intense love and trust she had for the Lord. Her love for all others along her path was also evident, including those society detested. Mary was an absolutely amazing woman, and she loves all of us and hopes for us to know her Son. She is constantly interceding for us! Check out the film if there is a screening near you.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.