Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

I’m back after finishing all that needed to be done. Although the semester has ended, I still have obligations and must prioritize my day. Unfortunately, last week this took last place on my list. I enjoy writing and sharing here, but I have to make sure that this does not interfere with my devotional time or conflict with my duties as a wife, mom, etc.

Th woke me this morning to the smells of breakfast cooking downstairs. . . cinnamon rolls, bacon, and eggs. He was so excited for me to walk down the stairs, and once I reached the bottom step, I quickly knew why. TJ had taken a piece of the boys' artwork and had it framed. Th’s was a butterfly and Ta’s was his hand prints. I also received a book I have been wanting written by a woman who came and spoke at our church back in 2004. She spoke on how to study the Bible, and last year, turned her “notes” into a book, and I can’t wait to read it. It is titled “What Do I Know about My God?” by Mardi Collier. I just started a different bible study on parenting so once I complete it, I’ll begin hers.

The one I am doing is very tough for me. Although I am only on the second chapter, the Lord has convicted me since the beginning pages. I am thankful, however, that He continues to show me areas in my life that I need to improve, and I have begun the “spiritual sweat” that is needed to make the changes. Just as exercise is hard work, so is changing to be more like Christ. But, again like exercise, when we reach our desired the goal, the hard work is well worth the effort.

Our pastor preached a wonderful service for mothers today. I cried, not only because of the personal bible study I am doing, but because of the hymn we sang at the end of the service. I am including the words, and I think it describes many of the circumstances I have faced not only as a mother, but as a human being. I pray the truth of 1 Peter 5:7 will touch your life as it has touched mine: Cast all your cares upon him; for he cares for you.

“Does Jesus Care” by Frank E. Graeff

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

Refrain: Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Refrain: Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?

Refrain: Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye”
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks—
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

Refrain: Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

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