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Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Mother's Sunday Thoughts..


Hello there everyone.. 
Today is the Lord's day and a beautiful sunny one it is here in Eastern Canada.. 

I thought perhaps I would share a little bit of what is on my heart with you all.. 

We had a lovely worship service this morning at church and the Lord's presence was so real..

I love services like that.. 
I leave strengthened and full of the joy of the Spirit.. 
I feel a sense of comfort knowing that all is under His control.. 

When we wake up tomorrow morning there is no promise of what the day may bring..

We here in North America live blessed lives but we still live and life still happens.. It can bring many forms.. 
We may have joy and sunshine and laughter or perhaps it will bring sorrow and pain and sadness..

I am so glad that I know the Lord and  He is there no matter what my day may bring..  
I don't need to look for him or go to a church or find a preacher ..
I can just call on His name and he is available and present.. 

As we look on the world events we see such turmoil.. 
The weather has gone mad and sin abounds on every side.. 
What used to be out of bounds is now acceptable and normal..
We are living in the last days and the signs are everywhere.. 

The home and the family are in a war to even stand upright.. 
There is so much against it .. 
Pressures of life and careers..
Materialism waves it's hands for a family's attention every day.. 
The media has taken over the family time in most homes.. 
Dinner time is almost unheard of and take out and meals on the go are the ordinary... 
School, sports and events take precedence over a families schedule ..

Where is God's place in all of this?
Have we made a place for the Creator of our lives?
Is He important enough to have a wedge out of our day? 
A sliver, even? 

The importance of church attendance is getting less every day and many families spend their Sundays in an arena or some type of pleasure.. 
This is the norm for most families in the world we are living in.. 
Computer games, sports and pleasure trips are what make the world go around  and parents feel that this is the best thing they can do for their kids.. 

Our oldest son said to me the other day that in raising their children that they only get one kick at the can and they had to do what they could to teach them about a life in Christ.. 
I thought about that and agreed whole heartily.. 
In looking back at the time that Terry and I had to raise our children it seems like it was over in a flash.. 
Today they are grown and have been gone for years and we as their parents had such a short time to teach them what was important.. 

Eternity... 

That is the most important thing there is.. 
And where will they spend it? 

Are we teaching them that the things of this world doesn't hold a candle to beauty and joy that a life in Christ gives.. 
That Jesus is coming soon and he tells us to be ready.. 

In Matthew 24:44
Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.. 

Are we preparing our children's minds and teaching them the precepts of God? 
Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.. 

We all love our children .. 
We want the best things that life has to hold for them.. 
We want love and joy and affection.. 
Freedom and a world of peace and life.. 
We would do anything to keep them safe and well.

But do we love them enough to tell them that Jesus Christ loves them too.. 
That He loved them first.. 
That He created them and made a place for them if they but give their hearts to His care.. 
He has made a way for them that they can be saved and live under his everlasting arm of love.. 
That he reaches for them and wants them for his own.. 

Do we show them that He is the most important thing in our life.. 
That Mama loves the Lord and is planning on spending eternity with Him.. 
That she wants her children there and will do what it takes to make sure they know the Lord, too.. 

As I look back on my life as a young mama I see so many things that I should have done and so wish I could change.. 

But we only had one kick at that can and what is done has been done.. 
Now all I can do is pray.. 

Pray that Christ will be their all in all ..
Pray that they will put Him first in their lives and homes.. 
Pray that they will be ready when the trumpet sounds.. 
Pray that they won't put off salvation and that they will make sure their life is what He would have it to be.. 
Pray that they will teach their children the ways of the Lord and that there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun and that the Bible is true.

And I can wrap my arms around them and tell them that as much as I love them that He loves them so much more.. 
That I have put them all in His hand and I trust that all will be well with their souls... 
And I can live my life as an example of Christ.. 
Until eternity that is what I can do.. 

I am so thankful for what the Lord has done and is doing in my children's hearts and lives today.. 
He is faithful.. 


I hope this has touched your hearts .. 

I know that so many of you who read this blog have Christ in your hearts and that you too realize that there is a need in our families to prepare our children for the coming of the Lord.. 

And I want to say that I am so thankful that one day so many years ago a man came to our little humble home and told us the Good News and that my parents gave their hearts to the Lord and brought us up to know Him.. 

God bless..
 Proverbs 30:5-6 - Every word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 





22 comments:

  1. Wow Faye Henry...that was a sermon within itself...Good Word! I feel as you do.. the end is near... Jesus is coming soon. I believe God has to look at this human race and be very sad and disappointed in how we have turned our hearts and minds aways from him and his ways... The world is an angry...self seeking...self indulgent place right now.. Lord help us! I feel such a sense of urgency in my Spirit... A need to teach and share truth..to share Jesus..To live simply so that I can.. I also have such conviction about so much around me..The world comes in so quickly.. We can be consumed before we know it.. May God forgive us and help us to look to him.. thank you for this powerful post.. God bless you as you seek to live for Him.. Powerful blessings to you this week.

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  2. Beautiful post Faye ! I don't go to church but I do believe in the man upstairs as we call him lol It sounds like you did a good job of raising your children from what your son had said to you ! Yes these days family doesn't mean much to some but there are still those of us whose kids and families feel different then they do about that and love to be with their families and know in their hearts family is important and that I am grateful for ! Have a good evening !

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  3. This is such a good post-thank you so much for sharing your heart!

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  4. God bless you Faye.
    My heart is always encouraged to hear 'older' , wiser women like you.
    I too feel like I could maybe have been a better Mom...and my kids are still all at home...(sort of)
    but like they say hind sight 20 20...so by God's never ending grace I go and keep looking for joy in the midst of like you said very troubling times.
    Thank you Faye. May God bless you and yours...Lucy~

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  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We continue to pray for our adult children, daily and our 2 adorable grandchildren. Life flashes fast and children are grown....oh the sweet memories! Hugs my friend and have a blessed week!

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  6. That was so touching Faye,I am a believer and have thought these thoughts to My heart aches for my family and I will continue to pray for them..Donna

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  7. Thank you so very much Faye for this beautiful and touching post! God and prayer are the only things that are certain in this life.May God continue to bless you and your family.Hugs,Jen

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  8. What a lovely testimony....Thank You...God Bless ...You and Yours.

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  9. I so appreciate your thoughts in this post Faye and love that you share your faith with your readers. We, like you, have made mistakes in raising our children and we are praying for a child who has strayed to return to the fold. Our world is so full of sin and sorrow but I am thankful for the hope we have in Jesus as our saviour. Thank you for sharing. God bless you and your family richly. Pam

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  10. Heartwarming post Faye, I do enjoy our visits, Francine.

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  11. Beautiful post. I agree that it is important to teach our children about the coming of the Lord, but in a way in which it does not terrify them. I grew up in a Pentecostal church and had a Sunday school teacher who would try to scare us by saying that if we did not "behave" one morning we would wake up and our parents would be gone in the rapture. What a way to terrify young minds. I was probably 9 years old. I am almost 39 and still have moments where I remember the legalism that woman pounded into our heads.

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  12. Oh Faye - what a beautiful and encouraging post. thank you, thank you, thank you - for being faithful to share the Lord and for "teaching" and encouraging the younger to do the same.

    You are so a Titus 2 woman in my eyes..

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  13. Beautiful post. I am a mom of two young boys. I do get worried about the world they are going to go out into as they grow. It is hard. I keep my eyes on Jesus and do the best I can with HIS help.
    Thank you for the post.

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  14. Thank you for today's post. I always read and enjoy your blog but never post. Your words were what was on my heart and in my thoughts today, but I wasn't able to put them into words as beautifully and lovingly as you did. I worry about the world my children and their children will face. The persecutions they face even now for living God's way. You remind me to pray always never giving up. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  15. Such a sweet post that I enjoyed so much. You are so right. My husband and I were just talking about this very thing last night. We were discussing how different things are and people are and how anything is accepted now. I too can only pray we are doing our best with Darbee and hope that her love for the Lord continues as strong as it is now. Thank you for a wonderful post!

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  16. I needed to read this today, what a great post! I have been reading your blog the past year and I am
    grateful that I found it, as I feel Jesus here. We are living in a world where wrong is looked upon
    as right, and right is wrong, we are living in scary times! I want to thank you for being you and
    touching so many heart with your love!
    Have a Wonderful day!
    God Bless....
    Dee ( in the USA)

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  17. Wow, Faye, That touched my heart more than you will ever know. Oh, don't worry ....I think all of these thoughts everyday. My mind seems to work like yours.....but conveying it to the two of mine (Tim and Kimberly) makes me worry. I worry that I don't get it across to them right. Would you mind if I let them both read your post today? It would just enforce what I have been trying to say to them. This post was so deep and wonderful. I adored it.

    God bless you and yours, Faye. You are such a sweet believer in the Lord and we need you.
    S..

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  18. A beautiful post! We have three grown sons. Two who have a personal relationship with Christ Jesus, but one who has strayed and is not sure he is a believer. How can that be so when all three are raised in the very same household? We pray for him daily. We have planted a seed and can only hope that he comes back. I am thankful for all your dear words Faye. God Bless!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  20. So beautiful!!! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely post with us!
    I so wish that we lived closer and that we can meet up very soon!
    Lots of love and hugs!!!
    Jessica

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  21. Thank you Mrs. Henry, well said; Jesus told Peter that he would build his church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it. He also told Thomas that he is the way the truth and the life. This was good enough for the disciples and is for me and my house. I love America but I do not love what it has become, however I do know the end of the story of the word of God! As a born again Christian eternity is everything that real reality is. My favorite chapter in the Bible is Matthew chapter six favorite verse is Joshua 24 15 no matter how things are I have much rejoicing in my heart simply because what Christ has done for me. Thank you again for your encouraging post. May the Lord bless you and Mr. Henry as you serve him, your brother in the Lord!
    Roger Mayo

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