"Twas The Night Before Jesus Came"

'Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house Not a creature was praying, not one in the house. Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care In hopes that Jesus would not come there. The children were dressing to crawl into bed. Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap. When out of the East there arose such a clatter. I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash! When what to my wondering eyes should appear But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here. With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY! The light of His face made me cover my head It was Jesus! returning just like He had said. And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself. In the Book of Life which He held in His hand Was written the name of every saved man. He spoke not a word as He searched for my name; When He said "it's not here" my head hung in shame. The people whose names had been written with love He gathered to take to His Father above. With those who were ready He rose without a sound. While all the rest were left standing around. I fell to my knees, but it was too late; I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate. I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight; Oh, if only I had been ready tonight. In the words of this poem the meaning is clear; The coming of Jesus is drawing near. There's only one life and when comes the last call We'll find that the Bible was true after all!

written by Unknown Author

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

                       















    
Mom's Influence

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother"
"I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother."
-Abraham Lincoln

"Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall;
a mother's secret hope outlives them all."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

It never fails when talking with a group a woman that someone says (although they wish they could) "no one can live up to the Proverbs 31 standard". I think we can, we must acknowledge though to our shame that she is a precious commodity and hard to find. This doesn't mean you can't be a great mom! Ladies we must dedicate ourselves to being a wonderful Mother. The following is not exhasustive by any means, just a few things to add to your 'to do' list.

M-O-T-H-E-R-S
M - Magnificent Imagination!
We need to me changeable to meet others needs. It is a well-known fact that mother is the 1st person to establish goals in a young person's mind. Long gone is the generation of self-entertainment, gone are the books, the games etc. Mom we have to get back to the basics, get down to their level and play with your kids. Washing sheets today? Why not take a little extra time and take that flat sheet whip it over the kitchen table and play 'tent' with your child today? They will not forget how cool mom is LOL!
O - Open Identification and Devotion
Not intimidated to stand in the shadows while her family excels due to her training, yet is willing to stand and proclaim her devotion to her family and the Lord Jesus Christ w/o apology.
T - Total Dedication!
In our society today the big goal is to be a multi-tasker, when I think about this I don't think it is anything-new LOL! I have been a multi-tasker since the day I married. However, today the term is used for women that hold jobs, positions outside of the home and still manage to put food on the table. Yes, this is all possible, sometimes even necessary in given situations. The truth of the matter is though if you want to be the best mom you can be that only comes with being there 27/7. I have a sewing business IN my home and there are days when I can see that IT needs to be let go to be there for my family.
H - Hopeful Expectations
Consider Hannah with Samuel, she most likely realized that there was a good future in this for her son. We need to be in constant prayer for our children. There is nothing wrong with expecting our children to serve God and to do right!
E - External Jubilation
SMILE, remember to show some happiness. A husband holds the house together, a wife is the weaver, and we set the mood in the home. There are times you will not feel like being happy then just FAKE IT. The Bible says to 'put on' .. Do so, get excited about spiritual things. You can always be happy in your salvation Amen.
R - Righteously Regulated
No matter how good it was the way you were raised, or how poorly things were, we all need to 'pattern' our lives according to what God has to say. Break the mold; the mold is no excuse. We cannot be regulated by our past. The Word of God must regulate us.
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw... All I am I owe to my mother... I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
-George Washington


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