Inspired Reading: Daily Devotions for Christian Moms

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My Mom's beautiful note to me nearly 3 years ago.  Photo credit: Emelda De Coteau
My Mom’s beautiful note to me nearly 3 years ago.
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I believe there are times when books find us, becoming vertible lights, guide posts through life’s challenges.  A few weeks ago I discovered a devotional collection my mother gave me for Naima’s first Christmas (she was only 4 months old), How Deep A Mother’s Love… A Devotional Journey.

As I opened it, exhausted from the night before, I read her note to me and these lines stood out, almost as if Mom knew my feelings in this moment: “There will be days of delight and deep struggle. Remember, through it all, your help, your strength, comes from the Lord.”

As I lay there in the stillness of morning, ingesting the weight of her words, I thought of how God uses adversity to draw us closer to him. These devotionals are my solace, an anchor through the chaos and joy of motherhood.

Before Naima, I rarely sat still. Life, it seemed, could not move fast enough. I relentlessly chased experiences, hungry for an end to the mundane – art gallery openings, lectures, book readings, and of course, parties, lots of parties.

Then one cold late November night, nearly three years ago, three words (you are pregnant) transformed my life in ways I still struggle to understand. I am this precious little girl’s Mom.

In this new season, my soul yearns for the fullness only faith in God gives us. And so, I often begin the day (especially when Nai sleeps a little longer) quieting my mind and exploring passages of the bible I learned long ago. Of course now those verses I once recited as a child in Sunday School connect in a concrete way. The complexity of life – the adversities and struggles – do that to us. God is guiding us towards him; little by little, he seems to say, rest your weariness in me.

Here are some of my favorite devotional passages and verses of scripture highlighted in this book: 

” In the demanding world in which we live, financial prosperity can be a good thing, but spiritual prosperity is profoundly more important.”  (pg. 98)

“So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate times.” Galatians 6:9 (pg. 25)

“Sometimes patience is simply the price we pay for being responsible parents, and that’s exactly as it should be. After all, think how patient our Heavenly Father has been with us.” (pg. 143)

“But until God’s perfect plan is made known, we must walk in faith and never lose hope. And we must continue to trust Him. Always.” (pg. 134)

“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 HCSB (pg. 21)

A Mother’s Prayer:

“Lord let me be a mother who celebrates life. Let me rejoice in the gift of this day, and let me praise You for the gift of Your Son. Let me a joyful Christian, Lord, as I share Your Good News with friends, with family, and with the world. Amen.”  (pg. 212)

 

Love, A Daily Journey

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The highest grossing holiday after Christmas, Valentine’s Day, is officially over, but the daily journey of love, genuine love, is ongoing. Rabid consumption of romantic objects will not carry us from horrific U.S. led drone strikes, imperialism, nefarious global violence – particularly against women, girls and animals, climate change, economic inequality and a host of other atrocities.

It all begins and ultimately rests within love and “belief in God, yourself…” Carolyn Malachi, Grammy nominated artist sings in “Dumela.” When we abandon love, justice and hope are annihilated, compassion and empathy lost.

Love is simultaneously simple and profound, beautiful and unnerving, transformative and grounding.

Love is letting a fellow driver over in traffic jam when you prefer to keep going. It’s saying hello to someone who makes it especially challenging, or finding beauty in unlikely places and moments. This is love.

Not what you expected read, huh? Believe me it’s not what I thought I would write, but as I grow in a progressive Christian faith and relationship with my family – particularly our daughter Naima – I realize that love is ever evolving, presenting me with new ways to share and experience its power.

How do you love when it gets tough?

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Our daughter Naima
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The Gift of Solitude

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Americans are uncomfortable with silence. It unnerves us. In this era of ubiquitous technology, from smart phones to iPads, we are often in motion, seldom still, rarely listening.

Small talk, endless uncomfortable chatter, music, any sound to pierce the quietness. If we meet someone who is quiet or introverted they are characterized as abnormal, somehow deficient.

Yet the most creative and inspired among us are still, unafraid to listen and confront their own vulnerabilities.

Like so many of you, at times I stuff my mind with noise instead of embracing the cleansing power of stillness.

When you awake at 4am, tossing and turning, instead of turning on the radio or scanning Facebook, listen, begin to confront what you run from fiercely. Only through this kind of fearless exploration can one genuinely begin to evolve and transcend merely existing.

Further Exploration:
Thich Nhat Hanh and Walking Meditation