Monthly Archives: September 2012

God Created YOU and He is Pleased!

By: Sarah Smith

God looked at everything he had made, and he was very pleased.

Read: Genesis 1:1-31

PLEASE GO LOOK IN THE MIRROR!
God created YOU!  And he is very pleased with his creation.

When we fill our heads with negative self-talk, we are telling God he is wrong to be pleased with us.  God created us just the way we are for a very specific purpose.  When we say something about ourselves, we need to ask, “Does God agree with this?”  We need to align our thoughts with the thoughts of God.

We can apply this to our children as well.  Have you ever referred to your family by their labels or certain phrases?  “Oh, he’s my forgetful one.”, “Dreamer.”, “I’m sure he’d lose his head if it wasn’t attached.”, “Hyper”, “Shy”, “Bossy”, “Easy going”, “Stubborn”, etc…  There can be positive characteristics behind each of these.

My son is great at retracing his steps in order to find things.  I marvel at how well he can do that.  Do you realize the difference in how my son would feel if the next time he loses something, I say to him, “But, you are so good at finding things!”?  Let’s just re-trace your steps.” instead of “Not again. Why do you always lose stuff?”  The item will be found much faster when he is feeling good about himself than if he focuses on the ‘problem’.

Maybe that ‘stubborn’ child will stand up to peer-pressure because they are so sure of themselves that they don’t need to please their friends when they are certain of who they are  and where they stand in God’s plan.

Personally, I have a hard time thinking of “easy going” as a bad thing.  However, if we label our child “easy going” we might not realize when they need us to help them with a problem. We have to be willing to ask the questions in order to get them to open up.  The easy-going child is often forgotten.

I learned once that if we say negative things to ourselves or those around us often enough, then we will live like they are true. Our children may think thoughts like:

“If Mom says it, then it must be so.”

“If mom says I’m lazy, then I must be lazy.  Guess I don’t have to clean my room or do my homework because I’m lazy.” 

“If mom says I’m shy, then I must be shy.  Guess I don’t have to meet new friends at school because I’m shy.” 

“Moms are almost always right so she must be right about this, too.”

So, let’s help our kids start believing the best in themselves!  How great it will be to know our children are thinking to themselves.“If mom says I’m a child of God, then I must be a child of God.” Better yet, “If God says he is pleased with his creation, he is pleased with me.”  And, then watch how they start to live according to his purpose and plan.

 

 

 

The Journey: A Year in Review

“…(you) cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

By: Jennifer Mullen

This article is a follow-up to Even Though.

So, a year and half ago I was sitting in a parking lot pouring my heart out to the LORD when I received the vision for this blog.  I had no idea of how to execute it.  I did, however, purpose in my heart to take the journey.  The first steps were taken. In the months that followed, I met with Gretchen, Kerri, and Melissa.  More than anything, we prayed. 

We prayed that this blog would be what God wanted it to be.  We prayed that God would give us insight into what our readers needed to hear.  We prayed that our words and actions would glorify Him.  (I prayed that we would have readers, period.)

Since we launched one year ago today, we have had over 15,000 visitors to our site.  That may sound like small potatoes to the big time bloggers, but in Heavenly terms it is very significant. 

It warms my heart that over 15,000 times we have brought the encouragement of the LORD into the hearts of our readers. 

Not only have our readers been encouraged, so have our writers.  I have been told by our regular writers and our guests alike that the writing process was so much more difficult than they expected.  We are passionate about our topics, but the actual process of putting our words in black and white has stirred up many emotions. We have touched on issues such as infertility, foster care, marriage, prayer, and so many others that are close to our hearts.  At times, it has been painful to share.  To be effective in our ministry to you, we have had to be transparent. 

The most painful, yet rewarding series for me was when I shared with our readers my struggles with postpartum depression. The enemy did not want me to be so open.  Since I wrote those articles, I have received many public and private messages thanking me for sharing.  The private messages were so compelling.  They all had themes of shame, of relief, and of hope.  It made me realize going through those dark times was worth the journey. 

So…EVEN THOUGH

….we, in reality, don’t know how to blog

…we, at times, feel that nobody is reading our articles

…we continually sacrifice ourselves by making ourselves vulnerable for the sake of our readers

…we may never know our impact

it has been worth every step!

I have said over and over that this blog is “an act of obedience”!

EVEN THOUGH I may never see “the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end,” I have been blessed by the small glimpses He has allowed.  These glimpses have given me insight in understanding how a few moms with a computer can make an eternal difference.

*In the coming months we will be rolling out some changes in logo and layout.  We are excited about these changes!  Until then, “like us” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mosaicofmoms to get the most update information.

Even Though

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews 11:8

By: Jennifer Mullen

Have you ever felt as though you have had a calling on your life, but not sure how to execute it? 

Have you been standing still because you cannot fathom how it will all work out? 

Do the questions of the unknown paralyze you?

I think about Abram (a.k.a. Abraham).  He too must have felt that desperation when God called him to “go”.  (Genesis 12)

The conversation may have went something like this:

God: Go.

Abram: Go where?

God: Away from everything you have ever known to a new land I will give you.

Abram: I have no idea how to get there.

God: I will show you.

 So Abram had a choice: To walk in obedience or to stand in disobedience.

Hebrews 11 is known as the faith chapter.  In it we gain a deeper understanding for what Abram did as he took the first step. It says that he:

obeyed…

went…

lived in tents as a stranger in a foreign land…

trusted in God to fulfill what He had called him to do….

EVEN THOUGH!

Even though he did not know where he was going.

Even though it did not make sense.

Even though he would never see the full picture.

Even though he “did not receive the things promised; (he) only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.” (Hebrews 11:13)

So what has God called you to do? How have you responded?

Are you willing to take that first step of obedience…even though?

Are you will to feel out-of-place in uncharted territory…even though?

Are you willing to trust God to fulfill His purpose in you…even though?

Your obedience sets into motion the fulfillment. But, like the heroes of faith, you may not see the fulfillment. “…none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” (Hebrews 11:39-40)

So…EVEN THOUGH…are you going to step out in faith? Your work is a part of a grand scheme. Are you going to join in the effort? It is, after all, your purpose. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10) He created you with a specific plan. 

His plan is not that you experience a life of great adventure for your own enjoyment. It is that you experience a life in His hand for His glorification.  Whether it be seasons of mundane routine (diaper after diaper) or it be a whirlwind adventure of worldwide travel or both, your obedience to do what He called you to do is about so much more than you!  It is

…. so that God be glorified.

…so that you can reflect on the path and testify to His sustaining power.

…so that others can peer into your life and KNOW that God is!

…so that those around you will see Christ through you and be redeemed.

I love you, dear sister.  Do not be afraid of the journey.  He is just waiting for you to help show the world His love. Take the first step. The journey is the thing!