Love you all, praying for you.
What a gift! Of all the natural gifts that God gives – how many have more lifelong impact than the influence of a mom? Funny thing about moms – you either have one, you are one, you are raising one, you will marry one, or you will become one. How closely we are tied to Mom’s. They’re important! Few things have more influence than Mom. Mom’s love you unconditionally, like God does. Mom’s feed you and clothe you and listen to you, like God does. They take you where you need to go, they hug you and they correct you, like God does. They always have band-aids, whether you are two or twenty-two, like God does. They are a daily example of the love that God has for you. Mom’s have so much influence that with few exceptions, when you are a Mom, you will probably be a lot like yours.
I was wondering and asking God – what makes a Great Mom? Of all the things that Mom’s do… what could be the most important things that make a great Mom? Here are the three things – that could be most important. 1) They believe God, 2) They believe in you, and 3) They pray. If you want to be a great mom - these three might be what separates the good from the great. There is perhaps no greater influence in early life than Mom. She’s the one with the closest proximity in the foundational years. Some studies say that personality is fully developed by age seven, others say evidence of character is formed by three years of age. Who is typically most responsible for this? Mom. That’s why those three things are so vitally important. You see, if mom believes God, you believe God, if mom believes in you, you believe in you, and if mom prays – well… that’s when God moves. When Mom prays… maybe that why she believes God, and believes in you. When Mom prays – God moves. When Mom prays – those prayers are never lost – ever (like that selfie you knew you never should have taken, now forever enshrined on the internet) In the Spiritual realm - Mom’s prayers spoken into the atmosphere remain for eternity. God hears, He gathers them, collects them – He remembers them. That’s why a praying mom – is a world changer. Because a praying mom is a child changer.
Luke 1:34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. OOOH – moment of truth, no advance warning. What will you do? “I am the LORD’s servant.” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said…” Great Mom’s believe God. They believe what He says. Even if it sounds crazy. Mom’s like that impact you – they change your life. When Mom believes like that – you see God do crazy things – and you start to believe God – like mom believes.
John 2:1-5 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, why do you involve me? Jesus replied. My time has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” I love this. This mom believed in her son. Now granted it was God who led him and empowered him to do that great miracle. But it reveals a mom who believes in her son. And it wasn’t just her son that she believed in… It was the power of The Almighty God in her son. Now, we’re not talking about mom’s who really should please tell that poor child – ‘Sweetie, American Idol is not for you… honey you can’t sing…” We’re talking about a Mom who believes God, no matter what He says, and that belief has translated into that child. This is a mom who believes that whatever God has destined that child to do – if they will obey - nothing will stop them.
2 Timothy 1:5 – “I am reminded of your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.” This was a great mom, who’s daughter became a great mom. These women believed God, they believed in their son, they prayed, and their faith was birthed in a young man – that God would use to impact an entire city of Ephesus.
One more thing that is so encouraging. Paul was instructing Timothy. I Timothy 4:7 – “Have nothing to do with godless myths and fairy tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” So maybe your mom wasn’t even a believer, or wasn’t present in your life – God was still faithful. Or maybe your mom wasn’t perfect, and you don’t have a great example to follow. God says the past does not equal the future. You can be a great mom. God says – just train yourself in Godliness. Let PRISM transform how you think and how you act. Do PiVAT before dinner and God will direct your steps. And if you have a Daily Call with another Mom – God can show you together what great mom's look like and become - so you can be like a Mary, a Lois, and a Eunice. Your life on this earth is so fleeting, but how you believe God, how you believe in that child, and how you pray - those prayers will continue forever before the throne, and in those who come after you.
To the Greatest Mom’s I know, Levina, Darlene, April, Adair, Haleigh – and others like them – Happy Mother’s Day! And for the great Mom’s that are soon to be – Kelsey, Jibby, Arden, Allie, Ariella - Happy Mother’s Day. I’m praying that you will be Great Mom’s who make great mom’s and powerful young men and women who believe God like you, who believe in their children like you, and who pray like you – to impact generations!
Love you all,
PS: Praying for you! that you will remember PiVAT Weekly – today. You can’t follow God’s plans for you this week unless you know what they are. He wants to tell you, He can't wait for this week! He has ridiculously good things for you! PiVAT Weekly will help make you a great mom, a great dad, a company changer, a nation changer, a world changer. Love you all, dad.
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