Friday, May 10, 2013

Faithful Friday - "The Highest Calling"


It may not feel like such an honorable "job" when we're caught up in the busy(ness) and sometimes craziness of home from day to day, but I truly believe that being a mother is one of THE highest callings.  God loans us our children and raising them to trust and serve Him is a huge responsibility and blessing! 

I count it a blessing that even though I'm not out in the world making a difference, I am making a big difference when I pour myself into our home and raising our children.  My children, husband, and home are my ministry.  I take this seriously.  I'm far from perfect at it, but I love the standard God gives us mothers to follow, as far as striving to be a virtuous woman and mother.

Who can find a virtuous woman? She is far more precious than jewels...
Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come.

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.
Her sons rise up and call her blessed.
He husband also praises her:
Many women are capable, but you surpass them all!
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.

  ~Proverbs 31:10, 25-30 ~

Who knows, we just might be raising the next Billy Graham, Amy Carmichael, Mother Teresa........  I think about THEIR mothers and how THEIR mothers helped shape who they were. 

I love these words of encouragement.  We can really use these words of encouragement as mothers!

Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.
Don't' worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving; let your requests be made known to God.

And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 
~ Philippians 4:4-7 


And I love this one because it even tells us what to do with our thoughts.....  :)

Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of a good report - if there is any virtue and if there is any praise- think on these things.
 
~Philippians 4:8 ~ 
 
 Adding children to our family didn't come easily (or quickly).....they were all quite a journey.  I thank God for the gift of motherhood!  I stood on and believed this scripture for each one of my children.  As a matter of fact, it was posted on my mirror.  (I liked the idea that it was plural too). 

He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.
 
~ Pslam 113:9  ~ 
 
Our 3 blessings
 
And I thank God for MY mother who helped shape me into who I am.  She invested her life in her home and children and I am so thankful.  She gave me my favorite scripture and instilled it in me.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
 
~ Proverbs 3:5-6 ~
 
My mother
 
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!  Remember YOU do make a difference!  You are special!  God bless you all!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
 
 
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Have a great weekend!
 

♥ Tammy ♥

9 comments:

Terri said...

Sweet tribute!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Loved your beautiful post!!

Susan Roquet said...

Being a Mother is a beautiful life. Always love reading the message of the Virtuous Woman in Proverbs 31.

Please pray for the Mothers whose children are in Heaven. My only daughter's sweet daughter went to Heaven last October. While it's wonderful to honor our mothers this coming Mother's Day, so many Mommies are missing their sweet precious babes. Let's not forget them in their heartbreaking sorrow. Thank you.

Simply Shelley said...

Very well said dear Tammy. Happy Mothers Day to you as well, my friend....blessings

Paula Fraker said...

Such a beautiful tribute to Mothers (and women!) everywhere, Miss Tammy!!
And love the picture of your kiddos! :)

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...

Mama,

This was so sweet! I'm so glad that you take such importance and pride in raising us. It's definitely making a difference! Happy Mother's Day to the best Mama ever! :D

Love you! 8!

Love,
Joy :)

Raggedy Creations said...

Lovely post Tammy. Happy Mothers Day to you.

Felicia

Laura Lane said...

You have a beautiful vision of God's call in your life.

Blessings to you,
Laura
Harvest Lane Cottage

Maple Lane said...

Lovely pictures of your children and your Mom. God bless you this Mother's Day.