Mother’s Day

imageMOTHER’S DAY 2016

What a great day that was. It was nice to be home. Church was amazing. My family was happy that I was home. My church received me well. People showered me with gifts and took me out. It was just nice for a change to be celebrated on this day. I woke up early and found this passage of Proverbs 31, as I have been meditating on all these attributes of the “power” woman! Gosh, this is a tough task to live up to. But what I do know is that all that we lack, we find that through Him. God the Father, He makes us great mommies indeed!

This is my acronym for “Mother” below. This is what I believe a mother can be.

🔹MENTOR
🔹ORIGINAL
🔹TRUSTING
🔹HUMBLE
🔹EXCELLENT
🔹RESILIENT

All of that is found here in this particular passage.

Proverbs 31:10-31
Who could ever find a wife like this one
She is a woman of strength and mighty valor!
She’s full of wealth and wisdom, the price paid for her it was greater than many jewels.
Her husband has entrusted his heart to her, for she brings him the rich spoils of victory.
Oh throughout her life she brings him what is good, and not evil.
She searches out continually to possess that which is pure and righteous. She delights in the work of her hands.
She gives out revelation truth to feed others.
She is like a trading ship bringing divine supplies from the merchant. Even in the night season she arises and sets food on the table for hungry ones in her house and for others.
She sets her heart upon a nation and takes it as her own, carrying it within her. She labors there to plant the living vines.
She wraps herself in strength, might, and power in all her works.
She tastes and experiences a better substance, and her shining light will not be extinguished, no matter how dark the night.
She stretches out her hands to help the needy and she lays hold of the wheels of government. She is known by her extravagant generosity to the poor, but she always reaches out her hands to those in need. She is not afraid of tribulation, for all her household is covered in dual garments of righteousness and grace.
Her clothing is beautifully knit together–a purple gown of exquisite linen. Her husband is famous and admired by all, sitting as the venerable judge of his people. Even her works of righteousness she does for the benefit of her enemies. Bold power and glorious majesty are wrapped around her as she laughs with joy over the latter days.
Her teachings are filled with wisdom and kindness, as loving instruction pours from her lips.
She watches over the ways of her household and meets every need they have.
Her sons and daughters arise in one accord to extol her virtues, and her husband arises to speak of her in glowing terms.
There are many valiant and noble ones, but you have ascended above them all! Charm can be misleading, and beauty is vain and so quickly fades, but this virtuous woman lives in the wonder, awe, and fear of the Lord. She will be praised throughout eternity.
So go ahead and give her the credit that is due, for she has become a radiant woman, and all her loving works of righteousness deserve to be admired at the gateways of every city!

They act as a mentor, a wise and trusted counselor or teacher; they are an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

Proverbs 1:8-9
Pay close attention, my child, to your father’s wise words and never forget your mother’s instructions.
For their insight will bring you success, adorning you with grace-filled thoughts and giving you reins to guide your decisions.

They have Grace-Filled Thoughts!!!

Proverbs 14:1
Every wise woman encourages and builds up her family, but a foolish woman over time will tear it down by her own actions.

They are original – belonging or pertaining to the origin or beginning of something, or to a thing at its beginning; new; fresh; inventive; novel; arising or proceeding independently of anything else;
capable of or given to thinking or acting in an independent, creative, or individual manner: an original thinker; being something from which a copy, a translation, or the like is made and a primary form or type from which varieties are derived.

Isaiah 60:1 NET
Arise! Shine! For your light arrives! The splendor of the Lord shines on you.

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭139:13-16‬ ‭MSG
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”

They are trusting, reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence or confident expectation of something; hope; a person on whom or thing on which one relies; the condition of one to whom something has been entrusted; the obligation or responsibility imposed on a person in whom confidence or authority is placed: a position of trust; charge, custody, or care: to leave valuables in someone’s trust; something committed or entrusted to one’s care for use or safekeeping, as an office, duty, or the like; responsibility; charge.

Proverbs 19:1
It’s better to be honest, even if it leads to poverty, then to live as a dishonest fool.

Proverbs 25:9-10 MSG
In the heat of an argument, don’t betray confidences;
word is sure to get around, and no one will trust you.

They possess humble characteristics, not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful;
having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience, etc.; place themselves low in rank, importance, status, quality, etc.; lowly: of humble origin; a humble home; courteously respectful; to lower in condition, importance, or dignity; abased.

Proverbs 3:34
If you walk with the mockers you will learn to mock, but God’s grace and favor flow to the meek.

They are excellent by possessing outstanding quality or superior merit; remarkably good; Archaic. extraordinary and superior. They stand out!

Proverbs 12:4
The integrity and strength of a virtuous wife transforms her husband unto an honored king.
But the wife who disgraces her husband weakens the strength of his identity.

The are resilient in every way, springing back; rebounding, returning to the original form or position after being bent, compressed, or stretched; recovering readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyant; elastic, expansive, quick to recover, rolling with punches, strong or stretchy.

Proverbs 4:25-27
Set your gaze on the path before you. With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead, ignore life still stretches. Watch where you’re going! Stick to the path of truth, on the road will be safe and smooth before you. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked for even a moment, will take the detour that leads to darkness.

Proverbs 24:16
For the lovers of God may suffer adversity and stumble seven times, but they will continue to rise over and over again. But the unrighteous are brought down by just one calamity and will never be able to rise again.

That is a mother to me. I have one of those and I am one of those through Christ!

Happy Mother’s day to all. ❤

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor. We have been together for 25 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 17 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me.

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