"Feeding people is more than giving them life-sustaining calories; it's an opportunity to share with them soul-reviving grace of God"
Friends that was huge for me - as recently I have felt like I live in my kitchen - I finish cleaning up one meal and its time for snacks and then after a snack its time for another meal and so forth and so forth - but if I could just put some perspective on it like from the statement above - oh how that would change things!!! Every time I go to prepare a meal for those 5 precious souls I have the golden opportunity to live out the gospel..... making PB&J's with some peace and love all from our Savior of course...
And of course as I kept reading along tonight I came across this other little thought provoker....
"What would our hospitality look like if we believed that Jesus's death on the cross was the measure of God's compassion for someone?"
Oh how I need to think that way? I don't often think of hospitality in regards to my children - but I should. My hospitality to them should be far greater as they are the souls God has entrusted to me to care for!! So tonight I had to ask myself - will I serve my kids this way?? I must look at each one of them and know and believe that Jesus's death on the cross was the measure of God's compassion for that one child. That one child that might be causing me to go gray early or eat my weight in bon bons (just kidding they don't even make bon bons anymore!!) The point is they are His - they are created in His image and I must seek to serve them for Him.
Oh how this mothering thing is tough business!! Thankful for God's sustaining grace in my life. Please pray with me that I will uphold this high calling of motherhood for the Glory of God and that my sweet children will love their Savior more!!!! Allow me to close with this "Prayer of Love" from the Valley of Vision a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions.
Grant me more and more
to prize the privilege of prayer
to come to thee as a sin-soiled sinner,
to find pardon in thee,
to converse with thee;
to know thee in prayer as
the path in which my feet tread,
the latch upon the door of my lips,
the light that shines through my eyes,
the music of my ears,
the marrow of my understanding,
the strength of my will,
the power of my affection,
the sweetness of my memory.
May the matter of my prayer be always wise, humble, submissive, obedient, scriptural,
Give me unwavering faith that supplications are never in vain,
that if I seem not to obtain my petitions
I shall have larger, richer answers,
surpassing all that I ask or think.
Unsought, thou hast given me the greatest gift,
the person of thy Son,
and in him thou wilt give me all I need.
Yes God help me prize the privilege of prayer....