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Losing Our Identity

2 Corinthians 10:12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. One of the hardest things to do when you are unhappy, bored or disouraged is to not compare your life with someone else's. Some have called it a comparison trap. Oftentimes when we are idle or restless in our own lives, we seem to notice what is going on and into the lives of others. When this happens we lose our own identity. It's not wise to compare yourself to another person or your life to their life.  Don't fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others. You are exactly the way you are supposed to be. Don't let the weakness in you affect the greatness in you. You have been given all that you need to be the success that God desires for you. Settle down and settle in to that best version of you that we all want to see. You are amazing!

Incredible Moms

I've seen and heard many things over the last few days: special Mothers Day poems, merchandise and a variety of momisms. Momisms are those things that only your mom can say. Some of my favorites that I read were "you're going to put your eye out with that thing!" or "look at me when I'm talking to you!" And the infamous one we have all heard, "you'll understand that better when you have kids of your own". The latter rings very true in my life today. As a father of three children, I find myself reaching way back in my memory to try and grab ahold of some of those wonderful words of wisdom that came from mom. I wish I would have wrote some of them down!
Mom's have learned how to endure pain for the joy of something greater. They always have compassion and always believe the best of their children even when their children fall short. They nurture, guide, comfort and encourage. 
My mom's favorite scripture is found in 3 John 4 where it says, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." Mom's want their children to walk in truth because it is the truth that they know which will set them free. And freedom is what every child always seems to pursue!
This weekend, take a few moments to remember some of the momisms you heard. Give her call. If she has left temporarily to be with the Lord until you see her again, offer up a prayer of thanks for all that she helped you through. Celebrate her life for she is the one who brought you yours!
To my mom, thanks for always pushing me forward and helping me up when I tripped and fell! I pray that you have an incredible Mothers Day Weekend!