We should never take for granted the special time that we have with our
family. We never know when this precious gift will be taken away, so it
should be relished, nurtured and enjoyed each and every day. We sometimes
lose focus of the important things in life and look more at things that do
not matter. We must reassess what truly matters and come to the realization
that our family is most important and they are the ones that truly love us.
Think of your family this day and make an extra effort to do something
special where memories will be formed that will last a lifetime. (John 13:34)
I hope today's message encourages your heart to see that your family is
most important and the time spent with them is what will fill your heart
MY MOTHER'S HANDS
A few years ago, when my mother was visiting, she asked me to go shopping
with her because she needed a new dress. I don't normally like to go
shopping with other people, and I'm not a patient person, but we set off
for the mall together nonetheless.
We visited nearly every store that carried ladies' dresses, and my mother
tried on dress after dress, rejecting them all. As the day wore on, I grew
weary and my mother grew frustrated.
Finally, at our last stop, my mother tried on a lovely blue three-piece
dress. The blouse had a bow at the neckline, and as I stood in the dressing
room with her, I watched as she tried, with much difficulty, to tie the
bow. Her hands were so badly crippled from arthritis that she couldn't do
it. Immediately, my impatience gave way to an overwhelming wave of
compassion for her. I turned away to try and hide the tears that welled up
involuntarily. Regaining my composure, I turned back to tie the bow for
her. The dress was beautiful, and she bought it. Our shopping trip was
over, but the event was etched indelibly in my memory.
For the rest of the day, my mind kept returning to that moment in the
dressing room and to the vision of my mother's hands trying to tie that
bow. Those loving hands that had fed me, bathed me, dressed me, caressed
and comforted me, and, most of all, prayed for me, were now touching me in
the most remarkable manner.
Later in the evening, I went to my mother's room, took her hands in mine,
kissed them and, much to her surprise, told her that to me they were the
most beautiful hands in the world.
I'm so grateful that God let me see with new eyes what a precious,
priceless gift a loving, self-sacrificing mother is. I can only pray that
some day my hands, and my heart, will have earned such a beauty of their own.
By Bev Hulsizer
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved
us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God
so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any
time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected
Romans 12:9-10 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is
evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another
with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”
Hebrews 13:1-3 “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain
strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them
that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity as
being yourselves also in the body.”
1 Peter 3:8-11 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil
for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that
ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that
will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil,
and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good;
let him seek peace, and ensue it.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: A MOTHER'S CROWN
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Today’s Selected Testimony: PRODIGAL DAUGHTER
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony14.htm
In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry