Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Identity Shift

The Lord God is my strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk (not to stand still in terror, but to walk) and make spiritual progress upon my high places of trouble, suffering, and responsibility. – Habakkuk 3:19 (Amplified Bible)

If you have any drama in your life, you have probably experienced what I call identity shift. Accusations  can wear away our confidence. They can shove us off our secure platform, where we see ourselves as a capable, effective Mom, to the sucking mud, where we believe ourselves to be a bumbling, selfish Problem. That’s identity shift.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mom Power

He will gather the lambs in his arms… and gently lead those that are with young. –Isaiah 40:11

At church this week, we learned that our message and power are Christ himself. The sermon was mostly about service throughout the church and beyond, but I felt it also applied perfectly to the very ordinary ministry of raising children. The key verse was Colossians 1:28-19: “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.” “Everyone” includes our kids. Note that it’s Christ’s energy in us – not our own.