How Do You Measure A Mom?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It reaches out the military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. We need to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more updates about the new book. 

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+ Update! The book has been sent to my editor recently. Now I wait and see how many red marks she will have in it. 🙂

There will be some incredible interviews with veterans in this book. Up to twenty different veterans agreed to let me ask them some very personal questions. Some answers will have you in tears.  Some are actually humorous. 

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How Do You Measure a Mom?

Measure defined means a unit or standard of measurement; the extent, dimensions, quantity, of something; any standard of comparison, estimation, or judgment; and so on. Some of the synonyms are model, example, scope, portion, scale, test, pattern, and gauge.

So, taking that into consideration, how do you measure a mother?

*by how tall she is?

*by the size of her brain?

*by the size of her gloves?

*by the size of her shoes?

Well, yes and no. As Christians, we usually use the ideal woman (or wife) description in Proverbs 31 as the standard of measurement. Her worth being far above rubies, so it says. In addition, verses 28-29 tell us:

Her children stand and bless her; so does her husband. He praises her with these words: “There are many fine women in the world, but you are the best of them all!” (TLB)

But how do you measure that?

*By their love for her in the eyes of her family, you can measure how tall she is.

*By the scope of her thoughts, words, and prayers, you can measure the size of her brain.

*By the extent of her giving and doing for her children, you can measure the size of her gloves.

*By where and how she walks, you can measure the size of her shoes.

I guess if we went by that, a valuable mom would then be very tall, have a very large head, and have large hands and feet. Well, I know that sounds silly. But not if you apply it spiritually.

I love this quote: “The measure of a woman’s character is not what she gets from her ancestors, but what she leaves her descendants.” ~ unknown

As a mother, how large am I, spiritually that is? How do I measure up to all this? How do I leave my daughter and my sons those values and character that I desire them to have? How do I make my husband and family proud of me and not bring shame to them? How am I an example to others?

To be and do all that is necessary, my life must mirror one pattern, one example, one standard…Jesus!

Other than the character traits of Proverbs 31, Paul listed several other traits in his letter to Titus.

The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. (Titus 2:3-5 NKJV)

All this, plus grace, strength, and faith, was passed on to me by my mother and my grandmother…so what am I leaving to my children? How do they see me? How do others see me? How am I being measured?

Not all mothers can stand the scrutiny of the ideal mother description. Not every mother will be “the best of them all.” Many come from backgrounds that did not supply the best conditions for learning to be a great mom. Others lack the communication skills to relate properly with their children. Therefore, trusting in the Lord becomes essential.

Proverbs 31 is the survey for which every mother should self-analyze herself. Is she following the Lord in all she does? We all as mothers fall short. However, having the desire in a mother’s heart to show love and care to her children is the beginning.

If you are a mother reading this, what are you passing on to your children? How do others measure you?

Mother’s Day blessings…

Lynn

lynnmosher.com

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Who Did You Say Won the Election?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others. Look for updates here.

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Things aren’t what they really seem sometimes.

The election is over. We have a new president, and the world seems to be turned upside down because of it. Donald Trump pulled off one the biggest upsets in political history, unless you count Dewey losing to Harry Truman.

Everyone including myself thought for sure that Hillary Clinton would win. She lead in the polls in many of the battleground states. (Important states.)

She led as much as 08% points in one state and still lost. WHAT HAPPENED!

From insider “experts,” we hear that many Trump supporters were “closet,” supporters. They wouldn’t tell anyone who they were voting for until they casted their ballots. This happened across the United States. States that were once blue states became red states.

So, we have a new president who never held political office before. We all fell into the trap ,”Not everything is what it seems to be.”

Have you had that problem happen to you? Have you thought something was different than what it turned out to be?

It is hard, at best, to face this kind of adversity sometimes. We are hit blindsided, and are sent reeling to the ground. It is what we do when we get up that counts.

Here are some thoughts I live by when this happens:

  • Not everything is as bad as it seems. We can survive if we just hang on.
  • All things work to the good for those who believe.
  • God is always there for us to calm the storms and trials we face.
  • God is in charge so maybe it is His plan for Donald Trump to be president.
  • 99% of what we worry about never happens. Just turn the other 01% over to God.

I have survived through some very raging storms using those thoughts. I can truly say I have faced adversity more times than the average person has. Six major surgeries and counting might qualify.

Through all of those nightmares, I held my head high. I didn’t scoff at God or go into deep depression.

Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t like it, and I even asked God why a few times, and He reminded me of a verse in the Bible that says, “My grace is sufficient for you.”

Don’t let the dark side over come you.  Storms always end, and then there is the Son.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

 

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Helping Others Through Pain

We have a new winner in our promotion adventure. The person will be notified, and receive the prizes. We move on to yet another promotion where there will be prizes. The next winner will be the person who is our 95,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes very fast. We average over 30 new subscribers a day. We will get there pretty fast. We just passed 90,500.  If you haven’t already subscribed please do by clicking on the icon right after the title of this post.

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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I need to take time to thank all of you who have been joining me here. It is amazing. I started this blog in 2009 with maybe three new subscribers a week. I learned how to write better, and centered my thoughts on the readers and not worldly things.

The site took off. we are now over 90,000 subscribers, and growing fast. It is all because of your loyalty.  We average over 30 new subscribers everyday.

The main reason we are now growing so fast is that we send out hope. Every day we suggest ways to survive in this not so friendly world.

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I have been slowly getting better with my health. I spent the whole summer in the hospital, or bedridden with a spinal infection. I missed so much during this summer. My family went on camping trips, to vacation homes, to the beach, and I was confined to my bedroom with only a view out my bedroom window. The pain was just too much to endure if I moved around.

Time to have a pity party? Shouldn’t I expect everyone to feel sorry for me?

My view is that God has a plan no matter what we are going through. I went through months of severe pain, to help others. Yes, my pain reached out to many and they wanted to know why I was so cheerful, and praising God? That is when I was able to serve God the most. Through my own pain.

Don’t get me wrong. I still wondered why. I still was upset. I still wished it could have been someone else. But God reminded me:

2 Corinthians 12:9New International Version (NIV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

So, I can take that thorn in my side. I can endure through the storm.

Whenever I get ready to complain, I think of the pain that Jesus went through for me on the cross. Then my pain seems so minimal.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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Clothes Tattered and Worn? No Worry.

We just started a new promotion. The next winner will be the person who is our 90,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes very fast. We average over 50 new subscribers a day. We will get there pretty fast. We just passed 88,850.  If you haven’t already subscribed please do by clicking on the icon right after the title of this post.

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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Our guest blogger for today, is our most consistent writer we have. She has never missed an assignment and they have all been done by deadline. This dedication shows in her work. Thank you so much Lynn Mosher for being there every month for your readers.

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My Robe is All Scrunched Up!

‟For He has clothed me with garments of salvation

and draped about me the robe of righteousness.”

(Is. 61:10 TLB)

This robe cannot be rented, and it cannot be put on lay-away. It cannot be tried on for a while and, then, taken off.

I have one. God wrapped a covering of deliverance, prosperity, rescue, liberty, safety, welfare, and victory around me as a believer, to cover and clothe me in His garment of rightness, justice, and virtue.

It’s called the robe of salvation. David said, ‟For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.” (Ps. 149:4 NKJV)

It is a forever gift…but it was not free. It came with a great price tag to the Giver: the blood of Jesus.

In His pleasure, the Lord clothed me in a robe of spiritual refinement beyond compare, beautifying my soul with heavenly grace. I cannot work to purchase this robe or work to keep it, no matter how hard I try.

Jesus told The Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22 about the king who arranged a marriage for his son. When the king went to greet his guests, he spotted a man without a wedding garment.

It was the custom of many countries in Jesus’ day to wear long, white robes at public festivals, weddings, and other occasions. Royalty and the wealthy provided wedding garments for those invited to a wedding. Noblemen also gave a garment to someone they wished to honor.

Refusing to accept or wear the gifted garment was not only the highest insult and deepest disrespect, but, in some countries, also worthy of punishment.

The robeless attendee to this wedding presumptuously entered in his own attire, in his own way, without the garment given him by the king and, therefore, he dishonored the king.

As Christ died to purchase my wedding garment, I cannot enter the heavenly wedding feast without it.

So, what am I to do with this gifted garment? How do I wear my regal robe of righteousness, my beautiful wedding garment..

* inside out?

* backwards?

* upside down?

* thrown over my shoulder?

* dragging it on the ground?

* casually tied around my waist?

* all rumpled and scrunched up?

Do I drag my robe of beauty through the mud of disobedience? Crushed by Israel’s adulterous behavior and attitude, God said to them, ‟You dragged your beauty through the mud.” (Ezek. 16:25a GNB)

What do I do to de-beautify my robe? What is my behavior beneath it? Do I use it to hide under or try to throw it off to misbehave?

In the past, I would sometimes squirm beneath it or struggle to throw it off, to act the way I wanted. But instead, Paul reminded me to ‟Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” (Eph. 4:22-24 NLT)

And I’ve learned to follow Paul’s other advice, ‟Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” (Rom. 13:14 NLT)

When I first tried it on, it felt uncomfortable and scratchy like burlap. It felt as though it didn’t fit right; it was too large.

But now, I’m growing into it! It’s comfy, falling in velvety smooth folds of peace and joy around me. I love twirling around in it and praising the Lord, for He has given me ‟the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” (Is. 61:3 NKJV)

So, wherever I go and whatever I do, I must remind myself I am clothed with Christ’s presence, with His robe of holiness, and, therefore, I must keep that robe clean and unscrunched!

Do you have a precious robe like this? How are you wearing it? Is it all scrunched up?

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

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