On motherhood as a good work

Sometimes the Bible provides brilliant gems of applicable teaching in places where you least expect it.  One of those, for me, was 1 Timothy 5:9-10:

Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.

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Healing medicine for our anxious minds

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,” Proverbs 12:25 says.  For those of us who struggle with anxiety of any sort, we know all too well how true this is.

The world offers many suggestions to lift us from our anxieties, things like exercise, meditation, taking medicine or supplements, and laughter. Things like these are helpful and good; many are from hand of God.  However, I must confess: I sometimes reach for these as a pick-me-up or a quick-fix; they become my go-to form of therapy.  And while they might offer me some relief, beneath the surface, those anxieties are still there.

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“Far be it from you, Lord!”

“Far be it from you, Lord!

Have you ever said something like this to God?

“Far be it from you, Lord…
… to allow those innocent people to suffer like that.”
… to allow this sickness.”
… to allow me to suffer with this ‘thorn in the flesh.'”
… to put my family through this fiery trial.”
… to say ‘no’ to my prayer.”

I must admit that some of these statements sound pretty familiar, for I have have heard them in my own prayers at times. We suffer or see those we love suffering. We long for things to be made right, for everything to be “all better.” But they’re not (yet), and we become angry or hurt or confused, and we say, “Why, God? Far be it from you to allow this suffering!

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