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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God is listening — are we?

With the murder of George Floyd on May 25th and all the discussion that has since come about, I am reminded of the story of Hagar, the Egyptian servant of Sarah.

Twice, Hagar found herself alone in the wilderness.  Twice, Hagar was looked down upon, mistreated, “dealt harshly with,” and cast away.  Twice, Hagar’s life and the life of her son were on the line.  Twice, Hagar was at the point of despair.  And twice, God intervened, because He saw and heard her affliction:

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