Today is my mother's 70th birthday. Despite everything my mother has endured, she is here. Life is a gift that is meant to be celebrated daily. It's easy to get distracted by headlines and hashtags. It's easy to take life for granted. It's easy to forget the daily blessings God continues to provide. If you woke up this morning, you're blessed. If you have clothes on your back and food to eat, you're blessed. If you have a roof over your head, you're blessed. If you have a job and money in your pocket, you're blessed. If you have a degree of health, you're blessed. Be blessed and know that today is a blessing.
Filtering by Tag: strength
I heard a preacher say that, “on the other side of your pain is success.” Most of us would choose a life free from pain and adversity. We would choose a life that doesn’t require any courage under fire. Interesting enough, it’s in the fire that we find out how much we can endure. It is in our weakness, we find our strength. It is in challenging times, we find our fortitude.
Merit. Morals. Morality. Strength. Courage. Standards. All of these words come to mind when I think of virtue. My imagination takes me to the time of Ladies and Lords, a time when chivalry was the norm. The four classic cardinal virtues are temperance, prudence, courage, and justice. Christianity derives the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and love from 1 Corinthians. Love being the greatest of these. What virtues do we esteem? Do we still have morals and standards or is chaos the norm? Do we not respect each other? Have we lost our virtue? Has it slipped away from us under the guise of being politically correct? How do we get it back?
"Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all." -Gilbert K. Chesterton
1. intensity of feeling or expression
2. intense heat
The Bible talks about having a fervent mind, effectual fervent prayers, and possessing a fervent spirit. Our thoughts should be passionate and deliberate. Our prayers should be a profession of our faith. Our spirit should be expectant. I say should because some of us have lost our intensity. Our passionate flames are smoldering. We are still on fire, but our flames can be extinguished by disappointment. Fan the flames. Ignite your passion. Renew your strength. Change your mind. Raise your expectation. Pray effectual fervent prayers. Love fervently.
"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." -Maya Angelou
Sometimes, we just need a reminder of who we are and what we are really capable of accomplishing in this life. Truthfully, we don't really find out what we can endure until we have to endure the unthinkable. We are stronger than we think. We have grit. We have strength. We have steadfastness. We have perseverance.
Motherhood means something different to me these days. I used to define motherhood as someone who has given birth, or someone who has adopted children. However, my own personal journey has given me a few more insights. Motherhood begins with a choice. It is a choice to bring forth life, as well as a choice to nurture the life someone else has given. I made a choice to do the latter, and hopefully one day will do the former.
Motherhood is about tenacity. It is a job you never retire from. You never get a vacation, or a PTO day. The reward is often delayed. The routine is mundane. The laundry is endless. The volume is always high, but it is worth it.
I have a profound new respect for my own mother. Her tenacity is endless. Her prayers ceaseless. Her love limitless. Happy Mother's Day Mattie Mae, and to all the mothers everywhere. You are needed. You are appreciated. You are loved. You are beautiful. You are passionate. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are wise. You are blessed.