How do you stop sliding down that slippery slope? What do you have in your toolbox that re-awakens you to your purpose like smelling salts help regain consciousness?
I just heard an amazing illustration that brings my purpose and calling as a Mother back to the forefront of my mind. It has been such a blessing in my life that I have to share it. One of our pastor friends gave a sermon on Mother's Day, relating the task of Motherhood to a story found in Homer's "Odyssey." The story he told was that of Odysseus' encounter with the Sirens. Odysseus avoided the destruction of the beautiful call of the Sirens by having his men tie him to the mast. He begged them to untie him, but they just tied him tighter until the danger passed.
Wow, right?! I get chills every time I think of it. God has called us to this AWESOME purpose - to bind our children to the one thing that really matters: true Hope.
Let us hold TIGHTLY WITHOUT WAVERING
When they kick and scream, hold them tight. When they push the limits for the 80th time in one day, don't waver. When they're hurt and scared, bind them all the more. To what?
to the HOPE we affirm,
Tie them, hold them, unwaveringly connect them to the only hope that lasts. The hope we affirm - we proclaim, we pronounce, we attest - the only hope that makes all the battles worthwhile.
for GOD can be trusted to KEEP HIS PROMISE.
He promises rest for the weary. He promises strength to the weak. He promises he will continue the good work he began in us until completion. He promises he will return. He promises to hear us, to never leave nor forsake us. He promises that, IN HIM, we are victorious.
My children may try me. My heart will ache in the trials and struggles I navigate with them. I will have days that I'll be tempted to feel the fight is futile. And on those days, I will bind my children AND myself to the mast of hope with the words written on my heart: God can be trusted to keep his promise.
PRAY: Dear Lord, Thank you for being my mast. Let me know your promises full well so that I may bind my children to you with them, giving them the hope that will soothe, strengthen and protect them all the days of their lives. I love that you have called me to be a parent in your kingdom, not mine. Amen.
- Emily Krill
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