“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32
“Peace begins with a smile.” Mother Teresa
- Remember, one of the most important components of the Help Club is praying and having someone to pray with you. Have you been praying with your prayer partner? Be honest. If the answer is no, do what you can to connect this week. Text her to set up a quick time to pray. We are ALL busy, but prayer should be a priority. I (Deb) have a quick prayer call with someone most days of the week. It has TRULY changed my life!
- Call your prayer partner for your quick 10-minute phone call.
- Read John 15:4-9, James 1:22, and Ephesians 4:31-32. Write Ephesians 4:31-32 in your journal and record it on your phone. Pray and ask God to help you to stay close to Him instead of living independently from Him. Ask Him to speak to your heart this week about what it means to be kind and compassionate. Ask Him how to stay close so you can obey Him and be kinder to the people with whom He has blessed you.
I know when my children were little, I had many mornings when I had a wonderful time with God in my Bible study. I felt inspired, ready to go out to my world and be like Jesus to my husband and children. Then, all of a sudden, my kids would start to argue, something would get spilled, the dog would potty on the carpet (no lie), and it would all be over!
It was during these times that I would completely blow it, get angry, and start yelling at my poor children. Ugh! Then the condemnation would come, and I would feel so sad for the rest of the day. It happens to all of us; however, even on those days, it is God’s will for us to obey what we read in His Word.
Imagine for a moment reading today’s passage and truly applying what you learned about kindness and compassion to your life today. How would your heart be? How would your family be?
You know it would be totally awesome!
Now you ask, “How on earth can I be kind instead of losing it when my day starts to fall apart?”
I’m glad you asked!
I believe the secret to obeying God’s Word to be kind or anything else is tucked away in John 15 verse 5:
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Did you see that? Apart from living close to Jesus, you can do nothing!
Jesus wants you not only to read an inspiring passage in the morning, then put down your Bible and go on with your day; He wants you to be with Him ALL day. He wants you to talk to Him ALL day. He loves you SO much that He wants to keep you close, talking to Him and asking for help ALL DAY LONG.
Jesus longs to be a part of your day.
Let’s look at my example from when my children were little. Instead of getting angry and frustrated, blowing it when the kids were fussing, the spills were happening, and the dog was ruining my carpet, Jesus’s heart longed for me to cry out to Him and say, “Jesus help me!” He wanted me to come to Him instead of losing my patience and forgetting to be kind. He wanted me to speak the Word of God out loud and say something like, “Love is patient and kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4).
It can be challenging to be an intentional mom who does what she can to be kind, rely on Christ, and redeem your day if things go awry. We all fall sometimes, and we will never be perfect.
Remember the words of Dory, the fish, in Finding Nemo: “Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming!” Just keep trying to do better each day and rely on Jesus for help. Keep practicing what you are learning in God’s Word each day.
As my husband, Randy, always says, “Perfect practice makes perfect.” You’re still going to fall, but you will be falling forward a few steps each time, instead of falling backward. Try to get a little better each day!
Questions to Ponder
- Is there something that is continually ruining your mood and messing with your day? Try to focus on at least one thing that is the culprit and every day for a week submit that to God. Write out a prayer committing this culprit to Jesus.
- Remember to give your thoughts to Jesus “… we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5.
- He is in control and will lessen those struggles and burdens, and He wants us to trust Him completely and submit our problems to Him.
I asked one of our Help Club team members, Rachel Jones, what she does in her home when things start to go haywire during her day with her four children. She said some great things I think all of us should put into practice:
- “Any day spent in the Word of God will start my day off right. I have a better mindset and can focus on being like Jesus to my family. If I feel myself start to lose it, I simply whisper a prayer and ask Jesus to help me to be slow to anger instead of letting the little things ruin my day.”
- “If my day starts out as a struggle and things go wrong, I do what I can to recover the day. Even if my morning is bad, there are still many hours left in the day that God can redeem. I change the mood by getting out of the house and finding a change of scenery. We will go to a park, a friend’s house, or simply take a walk together. Whatever we do, the main goal is to keep trying to have a good day and stay positive, trusting God to be my helper.
- “I try to remember how blessed I am that I get to be a mom. I only have one life to live, and one shot at being a godly Mom. God helps us to accomplish this when we rely on Him to help us every day of our lives, one moment at a time, one prayer at a time.”
- “Lastly, I want to redeem my day, so I can be a joyful wife for my husband when he comes home. I am not only a mom, but I am also a wife and want to make the most of every day with my husband.”
PS- This is a wonderful teaching by Joyce Meyer that I have been listening to this week. It’s awesome and worth the investment of time to listen. Our thoughts are powerful, and Joyce shares how important it is to be careful what you allow your mind to think.
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