Cultivate Peace

James 3:13-18-

13 ¶ Who among you is wise and understanding? By his good conduct he should show that his works are done in the gentleness that comes from wisdom.

14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t boast and deny the truth.

15 Such wisdom does not come down from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

16 For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without pretense.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace.

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Cultivating peace. Just as our gardens require cultivation and care, so does peace. Other words to describe the act of cultivating: trying to acquire, pursuing, fostering, encouraging, nurturing, working hard at, or trying to develop.

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1 Peter 3:10-11-

“For the one who wants to love life and to see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit,

11 ¶ and let him turn away from evil and do what is good. Let him seek peace and pursue it…”

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Proverbs 12:20-

“Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.”

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Did you know you might be invisible?

What if I told you that much of what you’ve done for someone will be forgotten? Would you still do those things? Even if that person erases your presence from that period of time in their lives?

Suddenly you understand what it feels like to be invisible. Truth is- you’d probably still do all those things again and more.

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Welcome to motherhood: one long journey of random acts of kindness and self-sacrifice. Day after day of laying down even your most personal needs to attend to the needs (and wants and wishes)  of someone else.  All along, knowing those deeds may never be appreciated or even remembered. It’s one big roller coaster ride of emotional gambling. Russian-roulette with your heart and sanity.

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Day after day you’ll put things on hold, give stuff up, and put stuff off- all in sacrifice to help your child. Chances are pretty good, they’ll never ever know or remember even the half of any of it…unless they become mothers themselves. (And even then, maybe not)

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Motherhood is being quite aware of your invisibility and still working yourself spent anyway! This is a perfect example of love in action…knowing what you do may never be noticed and possibly not remembered and proceeding on as usual.

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So, to all of you weary mommas who feel forgotten and are struggling with trying to find one more ounce of emotional energy to keep up the good task of raising children-

I have some advice.- Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish. Its vital. If you don’t attend to your own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs (and wants) then you will become as “spent” as an overdrawn bank account. To keep all the above in perspective as a momma? See the scripture below for the best advice…

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Most important advice from the Apostle Paul:
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”(Colossians 3:17)

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