Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you (Isaiah 49:15, NKJV).
I decided to go on a three-day fast a few weeks ago. I was hurting and crying. Depression was trying to creep in. I didn’t want to get out of bed and my attitude at work was horrible.
Nothing I tried helped and no one could help me, but I was reminded of what Jesus told his disciples. This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. I was desperate and willing to do whatever it took to get what I needed. That meant no food. No television. No social media. It was a fight, but I was tired of hearing my flesh, my wants and my desires and I wanted to hear God.
I usually pray throughout the day – standing, sitting down, lying down, walking, but this day I was lying prostrate on the floor, on my face, crying out to God, asking Him to help me. I didn’t pretend like everything was alright. I didn’t tell him what I normally tell my family and coworkers.
No, I got honest with God. I know He knows and sees everything, but I told him anyway. Then, I told him what I wanted Him to do for me and that I was giving him three days to do it. I know. That’s pretty bold, but that’s how God wants us to come before Him. Besides, a lot can happen in three days. Jesus is a great example of that.
Each day, God gave me scriptures to read. Here I was crying because I felt rejected, but God began to show me in the scriptures how I rejected Him. You see, any time you reject the truth, you reject Him . When I realized what I had done to Him, all I could do was cry, repent and ask for His forgiveness.
By the third day, the Lord said, I have done what you asked.
The following morning, the Lord said, Whatever you fight to get, you will have to fight to keep. God did what I asked. It was His job to give it, but it was my job to keep it.
This reminds me of the parable of the lost coin. That woman became so desperate to find her coin that she lit a candle and swept the whole house.
Sometimes we lose things because we don’t understand the value of what we have. Because she was diligently seeking it, she found it and when she found the coin, she acknowledged what she did. She didn’t blame anyone for this. I found the piece that I lost.
What that woman did was what I had to do to get back what I lost. I lost my joy because 1) I couldn’t see my value and 2) I couldn’t see the value in the words that God gave me. I stopped believing what He said and I didn’t trust Him like I should. I was acting like Esau – like I was going to die if God didn’t give me what I wanted now. But I forgot that God hated Esau (flesh).
Today, I’m so grateful for what God has done, but I’m asking the Holy Spirit to help me not to take what God did for me lightly or for granted – that I keep, protect and guard what He has given me because what He has given me is too valuable to lose.
If Jesus won’t lose all that the Father has given Him, then I shall not lose all that He’s given me.
[Scripture references: Matthew 17:21; Luke 15:8-10; Romans 9:13; John 6:39]
The woman with the issue of blood was in her condition for twelve years. According to law and according to man, she shouldn’t have been in the crowd to see Jesus, but she heard about the miracles he performed and she wanted a miracle. Some of us have been in situations longer than twelve years and we’ve heard about Jesus, too. We hear about him at church, on television or reading the bible. But the difference between her and some Christians is she believed what she heard and acted upon it.
And it wasn’t easy. She pressed through the crowd, she pressed through sickness, she pressed through her feelings, she pressed through what people might say or think and she went after what she belonged to her – healing, wholeness, and peace (Mark 5:34).
She followed Jesus and she kept following him. There were many distractions, but she kept moving in his direction. She didn’t give up. She didn’t feel sorry for herself. She took action. She didn’t wait for him to touch her. She touched him.
Some of us are waiting for opportunities to fall into our laps, but you have to get up and go get it. You must pursue it and stop making excuses for why you will never have or never be.
You have a choice. Don’t choose to stay where you are. There is better for you. And don’t compare your life with others. We are all going through something, but know that if we’re going through something, that means we will also come out of something.
Move forward. Press toward what you are believing God for until what is intangible becomes tangible and what seems impossible becomes possible.
Some of us are still waiting for the right time. The moment you don’t feel like doing something is the best time to do it. If you wait for everything to be right before you do something, then you will never do anything.
Learn from the example of this woman. She took a risk. According to religious laws, she was unclean, which meant she would contaminate anyone she touched. When Jesus asked who touched him, she was ‘fearing and trembling’ (Mark 5:33) because she didn’t know what Jesus was going to say or what the crowd would do to her. She didn’t know how things were going to end, but she just took a chance and that day she became whole.
So, keep pushing and keep pressing. Don’t give up. And even if you’re afraid of what may or may not happen, take a chance anyway.
My mom passed away when I was 13 months old. I don’t remember anything about her and I don’t understand why God allowed me to grow up without her, but I’m grateful that He used her to get me here.
I am also grateful for all the women he brought into my life, such as my grandmother, my aunt, my neighbor across the street, and my pastor’s wife. I thank God for their prayers and for helping me to become the woman that God created to be from the very beginning.
And I thank God for every mother reading this.
Happy Mother’s Day to you!
A woman came to Elisha crying because her husband was now dead. Not only was her husband one of Elisha’s servants, but he was a man who feared the Lord. Unfortunately, he owed a man money and now that man was coming to take away her sons. He was going to make them work to pay off a debt that they didn’t even owe.
The prophet asked the woman, What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in your house? She initially told him that she didn’t have anything, but then she remembered she had something left – a pot of oil.
Sometimes when you suffer a loss (death, divorce, etc), it seems like you have nothing left. You don’t know how to move on. Your confidence or self-esteem is low. You’re sad. You’re angry. But the one thing that remained in this woman’s life never lost its value. She probably couldn’t see any good in what she was going through, but the oil was still good. It was still worth something. It could still be used.
Elisha told the woman to borrow empty vessels from her neighbors. Then, he told her to take what she had left (her oil and her sons), go home and shut the door. She and her sons poured the oil in the vessels. When she asked her sons for another vessel, they told her there were no vessels, but she still had oil left.
After she followed the instructions Elisha gave her, she went to the man of God to find out what she should do next. (Your obedience is important). Go, sell the oil and pay your debt. You and your sons can live on what is left (2 Kings 4:7, NIV).
This woman already had what she needed, but she didn’t understand what she had. Elisha never did anything. He just told her what to do to show her what was in her. She just wasn’t a woman or a mother or a wife. She was a businesswoman. Sell the oil. Had he done everything for her, she would have come to him the next time she had a problem – and the next time, and the next time.
There is nothing wrong with desiring a husband, but don’t get married because you’re lonely or because you’re tired of paying bills. This woman had no idea that her husband was going to die this soon. And he didn’t just leave her. He left her with his problem – his debt. The man God gives you will not be perfect. Just like you have problems, they have problems, too. Instead of looking for someone to complete you, become complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10).
Don’t focus on what you lost. Focus on what you have left. Some of us have been crying over what we lost or what someone did to us or what was stolen from us. The enemy may have stolen some things, but he didn’t steal everything. Take what you have left and live. Take what you have left and give it to God. Give Him your best praise. Give Him your worship.
If you’re going to focus on anything, focus on how good God has been to you. Focus on how He spared you and gave you another chance. I know some people have left you and some things have left you, but HE never left you. I will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5).
Stop crying over what you lost and thank God for what you have left.
[Scripture reference: 2 Kings 4:1-7]