Hey Mama Monday: Are You Thankful, Mama?
It’s that time of year—so first of all, Happy Thanksgiving! Have you found the best deal on turkey and thought through your “gobble day” feast? We have. But in the midst of good food, lots of family, and a household of chatter, try to remember the real reason for this season, a time to give thanks to our Creator for all He has given us. His Son. His life. His LOVE. And if the thankful attitude just isn’t coming (from you or your littles), find some inspiration in these articles from The Old Schoolhouse ® Magazine:
And remember, Mama . . .
So much to be thankful for this beautiful Thanksgiving week. Look at this time last year. You have stretched. There have been trials, tribulations, problems, hurtful seasons, and pain. There has also been joy, new life, friends who have stayed closer than a brother, and blessings from the Lord’s hand so direct that you know without a doubt it was Him. Of course, it was Him.
You have grown. Your children have grown. The tapestry . . . more threads every day. It will gloriously hang about your shoulders when you are old, holding you tight. You will look back and see that while things were not always perfect and some things even done badly, God is the God of hope and peace, of love and second chances. The tapestry continues to weave under His watchful eye. He holds it up and continues to build up what He has purposed. He’s the Builder.
What will we be known for? Will our tapestry tell a story of perseverance, great trust in the Lord, and faithfulness to the end? That is our goal, Mama! But all of the greatest men and women of the Bible, even Abraham whom God referred to as “friend,” had rotten seasons, really rotten. They were far from perfect. But they did not give up. They were found faithful to the end. Endurance is the key, Mama. Look to your Redeemer.
And we, too, are made righteous through Christ. He makes clean our very core. The tapestry weaves and braids, moves in and out, winding, interlinking, twisting, looping and inter-folding—by His hands. This, faithful Mama, means His hand, as always, is on your head today.
Walk thankfully. You who are in Christ have a future that is good—very good. Leave your children squarely in His hands. Set your troubles at His feet. Cast your cares on Him, the One who cares for you. Joy comes in the morning.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” (Psalms 103:1-2)