Lord, bless mothers everywhere every single day. Help them experience how much You love them. How You are always with them. And how You offer healing, wholeness and help when they need it most.
Lord, enable them to hear the holy calling You have placed on their lives. Allow them to live this calling out with their unique gifts and graces. And empower them to share Your unconditional love with their children – in both their best and worst moments, their joy and sorrow, and in their youth and old age.
Lord, bless all for whom this is a painful day. Too many mothers have hurt their children and too many children have hurt their mothers. Too many mothers grieve the loss of their children and too many children grieve the loss of their mothers. And too many mothers live with suffocating guilt and too many children live with guilt as well.
Lord, bring to all who hurt, Your healing. To all who are filled with regrets, Your grace. And to all whose pain causes them to feel there is little to look forward to, Your hope.
We pray this in the strong name of Jesus.
You need Jesus on your best days to help remind you that you can’t do life on your own. You need Jesus on those days when life’s giving you a beating to help you remember just how precious you are to him. You need Jesus on those days when you mess up to enable you to experience that you get another chance. Come to think of it, you need Jesus all the time. And nothing gives Jesus more joy than for you to tell him that.
Sometimes it hits me like a ton of bricks. The fact that I sometimes am so focused on what I want God to do for me that I hardly have any energy left to be concerned with what God wants from me. What is more, and this is really difficult to admit, it happens a whole lot more often than it does not. But this reality is not the final word, it is just the first word. Because the final word is the Good News of the Gospel, and how Jesus saves me from myself as he embraces me with unconditional love that truly transforms me so it becomes a whole lot less about me and a whole lot more about God.
Some days are just…..days. Nothing terribly bad has happened. You’re happy, but not necessarily bursting with joy. And as far as you can tell, nothing life-changing looms is on the horizon. Instead, you are filled with a holy contentment that is characterized by knowing your life is a gift from God, by experiencing how much God loves you even when you are unlovable and by living as Jesus’ disciple in everything you do all day long. Cherish days like this. Enjoy every moment. And know that holy contentment is yet another manifestation of the richness of God’s amazing grace.
“This is the day the Lord has made!” Even if your day is difficult or painful, God is in it with you all day in every way. This means you can live a new life even if the circumstances of your old life haven’t changed. So get to work living. Lean into God whose love embraces you just as you are, heals you and transforms you from the inside-out. Celebrate all the glory moments you see throughout the day by praising God. And share the grace you have been so blessed to receive with those who need it just like you. After all, there’s no better way to thank God for the gift of this day than by living God’s way.
Take time today to look deeply into the heart of Jesus. In part, to understand God more fully. In part to discover more clearly who you are. But most importantly of all, to allow the fullness of God’s love to fill your heart to overflowing. Doing this will unleash you to live your life in a new way even if your life situation seems unchanged because you will have a deeper love for God, find more compassion for others and fall in love with yourself like God already has. Yes, take time today to look deeply into the heart of Jesus and take a step into the life God longs for you to live.