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Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Shepherd Mom...Four Lessons I Learned from the Shepherd God, and then One

Today, we celebrate Mother's Day.  Yesteday, in the stillness of the dawn, in a quiet moment, with His gentle whisper to my soul, the Lord Jesus reminded me of the role I have as a mother.  As I sought, He showed, refocused my heart to this assignment of motherhood He entrusted to me. There have been too many distractions in my daily dose of activities recently; home, work, church, etc.  I haven't really focused on full attention to mothering with purpose.  My son used to be in the honor's list and principal's list.  Lately, just like me, his focus was also distracted and now he's not in both lists.  I haven't sat down enough with him these days to check his homeworks.  I was home but not completely present, busy with other mundane home chores that really were not the high priorities with eternal value.

Yesterday, in my my quiet time, reading God's Word, reflecting, listening, I was directed to Isaiah 40:11 (NLT) and as a mother, I want to share to the mothers who are reading this what God taught me.

He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart.
He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.

In this passage, God is showing His love, as a good Shepherd for His children, His flock. He gives us a picture how He shepherds us.  We, as mothers, are shepherds to our children.We are given such a huge responsibility to raise up those precious souls.  Apart from God, we can do nothing. But thankfully, He provides wisdom and ways for us to nurture the flock He so loved.  In the midst of our own messes as moms, God's faithful hands hold  us tight to carry out His work in the lives of our children.

Here are the four lessons I learned:

1.  Feeds His flock


> What am I feeding my child with?

Call to action:

> Feed spiritual food: (Scripture reading, Scripture memory)

2.  Carries the lambs in His arms


>  How do I carry my child in my arms?

Call to action:

> Be inspiring and encouraging to my child when he's discouraged, frustrated, disappointed

3.  Holds them close to His heart


> In what ways do I hold my child close to my heart?

Call to action:

> Love my child unconditionally
> Pray for my child unceasingly

4.  Gently leads the mothersheep with their young


> Am I gently leading my child?

Call to action:

> Be gentle and kind as I lead and instruct my child in the ways of God

On another note, there was one lesson that struck me in John 21:15-22 when the Lord Jesus asked Peter after His resurrection, if he loved Him. Three times He asked and in those three questions He gave Peter these three commands:

1. Feed my lambs
2.  Take care of my sheep
3.  Feed my sheep

Then He told Peter to follow Him. Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple whom the Lord loved.  Peter asked the Lord, "What about him, Lord?" The Lord replied,

“If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”
In this passage, I learned that as a shepherd mom, feeding the lamb, taking care of the sheep, feeding the sheep God entrusted to me, I must not turn around and compare my self from other shepherd moms and their flock.  Each shepherd mom has her own flock, uniquely entrusted by God. As a shepherd mom, I must treasure and nurture the special flock, specifically assigned and especially placed in my care.  
To all the shepherd moms, Happy Mother's Day and let our Shepherd God, our Father, help us take care of the flock He entrusted to us.

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Flawed. Broken. Wretched sinner. Forgiven. Embraced by the grace and love of God through Jesus Christ. I'm married for fourteen years with my artist husband Val and blessed with a fascinating son Gideon who's 13 years old and we reside in Illinois, United States. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from the Royal Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines Since then I've been in the Broadcasting industry, Marketing and Real Estate. I'm currently working in the Outreach Department of a faith-based not-for-profit Christian organization. I love journaling, gardening, reading,picnicking with my two boys in summer, enjoying nature and savoring the beauty that God made available for our consumption. But most importantly, before the sun sneaks out of the horizon, I love reading the Bible, praising and praying to the One who loves me and created me and gifted me to be more than what the eyes can see! ! I want to make sure I come up first before the rays come out and listen to what God has to say for the day! I live on purpose! Each day is a gift! Live it for Jesus!

bOoks in my list to read

  • Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
  • the me i want to be by John Ortberg
  • Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

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