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As I settle in to write tonight, I kind of feel…restless. I’ve been searching through the next few verses that mention “mother” but nothing is standing out to me to share! I’ve been praying all day for ideas from the Lord, but haven’t gotten much. I do know, however, that sometimes the Lord likes to make me wait until the last minute so I will keep asking, keep seeking and keep knocking. I’m going to just start writing and see what happens here tonight.
“The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”
My very incomplete thoughts and questions on this verse (ha!):
Being at the end of my own ideas, I’ve looked to Guzik’s Bible commentary on Genesis 3:20. He points out that as of this naming, Eve had no children.
Bam! There it is! (Thank You, Lord!)
‘Woman’ had yet no children, BUT her identity — her very name came from the fact that she was created to be a mother — mother of all living. God declared that she would have children and then Adam named her for that very role. God also spoke that her offspring would have purpose in the world – to defeat the devil!
What a promise – and what grace — although she had greatly sinned against God, He now promises that He will use Eve’s offspring to eventually crush the snake’s head!
Of course, Eve’s offspring that God was referring to was Jesus here, but isn’t it delightful when we read Romans 16:20 and realize that every mother’s child also has the chance to take part in this prophetic declaration?
“The power of Christ will soon crush satan underneath YOUR feet!”
Our children can also be part of the promise God gave to the first mother!
Oh Lord, thank You for the privilege mothers have in birthing children to be part of Your Kingdom – that we can partner with You in crushing the enemy’s head – both under our own feet and under our children’s! Hallelujah!
As I mentioned yesterday, this month I plan on doing 30 blog posts – one per day, with one day for leeway. I’m going to study the word “mother” in the Bible. I hope to learn and share with you insights from the word about this person, this role of “mother”. Each of us had a mother, is a mother, or knows someone who is a mother. Or, of course, a combination of all three! OK actually everyone HAD a mother at some point, whether or not you knew her. I am a mother myself. I am a mother to four – three on earth, one in heaven (miscarriage). I look forward to learning about God’s purpose for mothers!
So, let’s get started! I’ll give a few definitions first and explain its basic usage in the Bible using a concordance.*
The English definition of “mother” is as follows:
1.bring up (a child) with care and affection, look after kindly and protectively, sometimes excessively so.
2. give birth to
Synonyms: female parent, look after, care for, protect, nurse, raise, rear
In Strong’s Concordance, the Hebrew word for “mother” is #H517 ’em
In Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word for “mother” is #G3384 meter
In Bible study there is something called the “law of first mention”.
“The ‘law of first–mention‘ is the principle in the interpretation of Scripture which states that the first mention or occurrence of a subject in Scripture establishes an unchangeable pattern, with that subject remaining unchanged in the mind of God throughout Scripture.” (www.theamericanview.com/the-law-of-first-mention)
I had this law of first mention in mind when I searched to discover the first time the Lord had “mother” used in His Word.
Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
The first time mother is mentioned is to say that her son will leave her? Wha? Nothing about the importance of mothers? No explicit instruction? Not a description of how much laundry she will have to do? Or all the other household responsibilities of being a mother?
Nope. But what I do see here between the lines is pretty incredible. It’s clear that the focus is on what a man will do when he grows up. But when we zoom in on the role of both fathers and mothers in this Scripture, it is that one day, our children will leave us. And to me, the Lord is speaking through this Word as if to say, “Your job as a mother will end. Your purpose is to prepare your children to leave. Show him how to life live independently. Show him how to leave you and how to cleave to his wife. Don’t make them become dependent on all that you do for them. Remember, they will leave you to do life with their spouse.” Life selflessly? Yes – as we will see later down the road in this study. But this? The law of first mention declares that this is the unchangeable pattern that the Lord has set forth for both mothers and fathers. Your children will leave you. So help them get ready.
Something else I glean from this verse is that a man (the son) shall “hold fast to his wife“. No where in Scripture do we see mothers being called to “hold fast” to their children. Wives must hold fast to their husbands! “they shall become one flesh.“
Could it be that being a faithful, loving, and respectful wife is even more important than being a godly mother? Seems to me that here in Genesis 3:24 we see that our intimate role in our children’s lives ends, but being a wife lasts as long as you live. Maybe it’s not more “important,” but certainly longer lasting! Interesting!
We’ve all seen how mothers-in-law can have a hard time with this leaving and cleaving business. It’s no wonder. We’re so involved in our children’s lives that it’s easy to forget that they are to grow up and leave up. I’ve heard so many stories about mothers that have a hard time giving up their intimate friendship (or co-dependency) with their sons. It must be hard to give up that role to the new wife – but it’s what motherhood was designed for: it’s what God had in mind when He created man and woman in His image.
So I pray we will heed what the Lord established way back in Eden, and remember that one day our children will leave us; it’s our job to prepare both ourselves and our children for that day. Thank You Jesus for this little nugget of truth today.
“…a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
At the beginning of the year, I decided I was going to a 30 before 30 challenge. Yes – I turn 30 this year! One of my challenges was to write 30 blog posts in March.
HA- I just realized March actually has 31 days!
Anyway, I’ve been praying recently and have a strong sense that now is the time to blog again, to start writing again, to share myself again, to write and share about the Word of God again. I had been feeling this way when I suddenly realized that I had planned ahead of time that March would be the month of blogging! God and His perfect timing. Isn’t He fun!? So I thought to stop over here and I was shocked to find that it has been almost 6 months since I wrote a blog post! Admittedly, there was a LOT going on in that time period, and I have no regrets about not writing then, but I truly believe now is the time.
I’m going to go through March doing a word study on the word “mother” in the Bible. It’s actually part of a parenting study that I want to do in the Word — well, more like a family study. I want to study words like:
I haven’t done a word study in many, many years, so I am excited to start! Actually- I already did start! Last night. And my first finding really jump-started my mind and got me even more intrigued. Praise God. I always think things like, “Well, I already know what this study will show me.” Or “What else could I possibly learn about this?” Oh Jen, you know that you don’t know everything, right? Ha!
So here I am, about to embark on a journey that I pray will be enlightening and awesome and just plain interesting, too.
7The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.”
Lord I pray You will teach me through this word study. I pray it will be a blessing to all those who read. I pray You will speak through me and show me beautiful insights into Your grand design.
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This week I’ve wanted to run away from life. To hide in the shadow of His wings. Please pray for my family.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
I really need some hope.
Praise God for we know that all things work together for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28).
Lately I’ve been wrestling with some child rearing opinions. One place says, “Do this! It works!” Another source says, “Oh no! Absolutely NEVER do that to your child!! It might “work” but it will be damaging to their spirit and break their will! It will ruin them!”
So whose opinion is the “right one”? They sure make it sound like if I decide wrong then I can really hurt my child in the long run! FEAR rules in this kind of warning!!!
Turns out there are LOTS of things that people — Christian people — disagree on. (No surprise, really!)
In John 7, there were so many conflicting views about who Jesus was!
John 7:27, 31, 40-44 —
“But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from…Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, “When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”…When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So there was a division among the people over him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.”
These people were actually confused! Some thought He was the Christ, others thought that was impossible! They were confused because of what they ‘knew’ about the Scriptures and what they ‘knew’ about Jesus’ earthly origins!
One of the main key words in chapter 7 is “know“. It’s used in v.4,17,26,27,27,28,28,28,29,49 — 10 times! The people argued over who Jesus was – using the word “know” — “but we know!” Like they wanted to believe in Jesus but were confused because of how they had understood the Scriptures. I’ve certainly done that — how about you?
But as the Lord says elsewhere: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about Me,” (John 5:39).
So how do we find the right answer in the sea of conflicting opinions? Here is Jesus’ take on it in verse 17 —
“If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.”
He says if our will is to do God’s will then we will know if the teaching is from God or not. While that’s not the easiest answer, it does give us some guidance. Another great reason to pray always and to seek to do God’s will in all things! Psalm 63:8: “My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” Cling to the Lord – t’s relationship with Him that will lead us to the truth — not how well we ‘know’ the Words of God!
So why is it that having any rules with consequences will damage my children? Maybe it’s the opposite! But as I read in Hebrews 12:10 “For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them,” my only option is to discipline as it seems best to me (and my husband!) as we listen to the Lord Himself. And to remember that discipline is painful, so it may in fact seem damaging, but —
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11
So for now i’m praying to do the right thing and seek His will in training my own children, remembering to do what seems best to me while I listen to hear what His teaching is.🙂 And as a friend always reminds me — the Lord can redeem all of my mistakes!
Well friends – i have decided to start blogging again. Writing has recently been creeping up on me again…ha! What i really mean is that i’ve missed writing a lot and am just now coming bac.
Unfortunately my ridiculous eyboard is struggling.
if you haven’t noticed i have some serious typos already in this post – and i hate that!!
My comma and my cays and my i’s and my number eight do not wor.
it’s driving me nuts. But in all future posts i will simply fix the errors before i actually post. i have to go to other websites and copy/paste the letter or number that i need. it taes forever! Right now i have the “i” copied so i “ctrl v” every.single.time. that i need an i.
——(below this line all errors are fixed)—–
Today is my brthday! Last night after midnight decided to read Psalm 29 and Proverbs 29. Proverbs 29 really blessed me. The Lord has been teaching me some of these things so t was very pertinent to my life right now!
“The rod and reproof give wisdom,
but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.”
“Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;
he will give delight to your heart.”
Up until recently i have been attempting to ignore Benny’s (my almost 2 year old son) screaming. i simply hoped and prayed it would go away. Unless i reached my breaking point of annoyance and irritation. At that point i would simply scream back at him and threaten something insignificant.
But apparently what he’s been searching for — and what is apparently the Word of the Lord — is discipline for his screaming! About two weeks ago – around the same time that I started praying and declaring God’s Word over him at night — I decided that when he screamed, he would get one warning and then I would bring him into his bedroom, lay him down on his sister’s bed and leave the room for ten seconds. I had always avoided doing something like this because I didn’t want to leave him there for too long or do it out of anger. But it seems that ten seconds is the perfect amount of time for him! I go back in to him, remind him not to scream and pick him. He is usually still angry and attempting to kick me or hit me at this point, but when I take him in my arms and remind him that I love him, he calms down almost immediately! This is such a difference! It’s amazing! I am so happy that I am reproving him and teaching him this way. I’ve been so reluctant because I’ve heard time out is too “harsh” or something, but it’s working for our family — and it prevents ME from getting so angry that I want to harm him! Praise God thank You Lord!
That’s all for now, folks! Have a lovely blessed God-filled day!
Last night I was at a Bible study. I love that this particular Bible study has a time slot of silence where we can sit with the Lord and pray and ask Him to speak. Last night during the quiet I asked the Lord to speak.
He gave me a vision of a tornado, with me in the center, in the quiet stillness, the “eye” of the storm.
I heard Him say, “Peace, peace, daughter. As the storm whirls, stay still, right in the middle of it.”
That hit me between the eyes. During the weekend, my husband and I had spat after spat after spat. If you’re married, I’m sure you might had this happen once or twice (wink… ) It happened simply because he was very stressed out over a lot of work and deadlines, and he was sick. Instead of taking the understanding and compassionate route, I would respond to his irritation and accusations with my own anger and frustration, which would only escalate the problem.
So when the Lord spoke the above, I knew he was referring to the arguments we had had. Then I was reminded of Isaiah 43:2–
““When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flame will not consume you.”
God is saying that no, He will protect us, protect our hearts and help us keep the peace that He promised us (John 14:27). We must put our hope in Him alone–and not in our own ability to “handle” a fight or a situation we don’t especially like by “stepping out of the stillness” and right into the storm in order to defend ourselves. How often do we become “swept up” into an argument because of someone else’s attitude?
Being offended or insulted always tempts me to walk into someone else’s storm. Through the vision, God was saying, “Stay in the stillness, where it is safe. Don’t add your anger to their storm.”
“As much as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”
“Be angry, but do not sin.”
“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.”
“The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”
Lord, help us stay in the middle where it’s safe, in Your sanctuary, in Your high tower, in Your name. May we not run off with our mouths, but stay still, stay silent, stay calm with Your peace. I pray we will make every effort to keep ourselves united in peace, trusting that this flame will not consume us, and You will fight for us. Thank You Jesus for making this way possible, just as You did not revile when you were reviled against.
1 Peter 2:23
“He did not retaliate when He was insulted,
nor threaten revenge when He suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God,
who always judges fairly.“
I flipped to Proverbs this morning and saw this verse:
“But wise men turn away anger.” (NASB)
Have you ever considered that you can turn away anger? I can choose whether I’m going to say yes or no to being angry! By God’s grace, I will choose to forgive and turn away anger.
I have this little image in my mind after reading this verse. Anger is ringing my doorbell. I get to the door and see that it’s him, and I just say, “Oh, you again.” And I wave him on, not even opening the door! I can either let him in, entertain him for a while, and try to make him leave, or I could just turn him away at first sight.
Praise God! He has given us the choice. Will we forgive? Or will we remain angry? Thank You Lord Jesus, for the strength and the grace to turn away anger. Give us Your will and enable us to do all that You call us to. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Glory to God. Be blessed today! With love.
While reading the Word this evening, these words struck me as amazing. What a gracious God, to fulfill the requirement of the Law for us.
“For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”