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Gift For Mother’s Day 2018

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This upcoming Mother’s Day is going to be particularly special for me…because Robby and I are expecting a baby!! It’s a surprise to say the least, but we’re very excited to welcome home our little one this coming November. (And no, I’m not changing the name of this blog from BigSisterKnows to BigMamaKnows, so don’t even suggest it!:))

To help us all celebrate this Mother’s Day in an extra-special way, I’ve pulled together several blog posts that speak to the awesome, hard-working, crazy moms who provide for us, support us, and walk with us throughout our lives. This is a great gift for any mom!

Simply click here to download your FREE ebook, “Mothers Day Musings 2018”…and then share it with the moms who have impacted your life.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!!

 

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Mama Tiger

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The following is an excerpt from Girls with Gusto, a book I am writing for young women. I always think of the image of the mother tiger with the baby piglets around Mother’s Day. I hope you appreciate it, too. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Tiger with her baby piglet. (Photo obtained online, courtesy of the zoo in Thailand.)

Fear

I’ve always struggled with the idea of fear as it’s shown in the Bible. Over and over, Scriptures tell us not to fear, whether it’s the future; an individual; groups of people; or strange, miraculous events. But then the Bible commands us to fear God (see Joshua 24:14 and Proverbs 3:7). In fact, there are warnings throughout the Bible for those who don’t fear God (see Exodus 9:30, Jeremiah 5:22, and Malachi 3:5).

If God is love (see 1 John 4:16), why should we fear Him?

 

Mama Tiger

Strangely enough, I found my answer in a story about a tiger…and a litter of piglets.

I once read of a zoo in Thailand that would coax tigers to suckle piglets. (Don’t ask me why.) I’ve seen the pictures of one of the tigers, all teeth and claws, loving on her adopted babies, oblivious to the fact that they had curly tails and flat snouts and made grunting noises instead of mews. The piglets were also oblivious to the difference, and climbed all over the tiger without a care in the world. To be sure, that tigress was a dangerous creature…but not to the ones she called her own. To them, she was a protector, provider, and source of love and comfort. She was Mama.

 

God

That’s how I envision our relationship with God. When we first come face to face with Him, our sin makes us feel exposed and vulnerable—like a defenseless piglet in the tiger’s den. We’re afraid of God because He is righteous and can execute judgment against us. We have the urge to run the other way, with our curly tails between our legs. Thankfully, the Spirit speaks to us in loving tones, encouraging us to trust in God. If we do, He forgives us and accepts us as His own.

Once we belong to God, we no longer have to be afraid of His judgment. We can rest securely between His teeth and claws and know that He will use them to protect us and provide for us, and nothing can separate us from Him (see Romans 8:38-39). There is no greater safety or calmer peace than in God’s presence.

 

Believe and Obey

But, like any good parent, God has given us rules for our own good. When we fail to be obedient, there are consequences. He still loves us, but we have to learn from Him so we can mature in our faith and take the next step in our journey.

Moses said it this way: “You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.” (Deuteronomy 13:4) When we fear God, we cling to Him with loving obedience. This is the opposite of being afraid of something and running away from it (like I run from spiders).

The statement, “Fear the Lord your God,” means two things:

  • Believe in God—that He exists and His Word is true (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17); and
  • Obey God—that we should accept Him into our hearts and follow His commands daily (see Deuteronomy 13:4).

This is why the Bible says that we are to fear only God (see Deuteronomy 6:13 and 1 Samuel 12:24). He is the only one worthy of such honor.

If we will believe in God and obey Him, we will have the same peace and security as those little piglets snuggled up warm and safe in the arms of the tiger.

 

Encouragement

Doesn’t God care for you, nurture you, and love on you? Isn’t He every bit as attentive and protective as a new mother? As you celebrate Mother’s Day, I encourage you to think about the “mothering” role God has in your spiritual life.

What is a mother?

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The following is a guest post by my lovely sister, Madeline. Enjoy!


Ashley took this photo of a buckeye butterfly in 2009.

Ashley took this photo of a buckeye butterfly in 2009.

What is a mother? Someone who cooks for you? Cleans up after you? My mom is so much more. She’s a confidant and she’s my best friend. She gives me the best advice and has taught me to be a strong warrior and champion for Jesus.

My first memory of Mom is from when I was around two years old. I was waiting for my sister to get off the school bus, and Mama was playing with me and giggling and giving me snacks. Little did I know the important role Mama would have on my life.

When I was 13, I noticed how my friends looked up to her and how she was always there for them if they needed anything. She would continue to be a mama to so many of my friends over the years.

When I was 17 years old, I came home past my curfew one night. She chewed me out and let me know that I was the kid, that I had rules, and I’d better obey them. She knew when to be my parent and when to be my friend. Little did I know, I would need her to be both throughout my life.

When I was 18 years old, I went through a breakup with my first love and numerous lies were spread about me. Mama continued to tell me that it didn’t matter what people said, that my people knew me and my life would speak for itself. Little did I know how much her advice would mean to me and how her courage would rub off on me.

When I was 19 years old, I was hospitalized with a serious illness. It took over two years for me to get well. Mama was there with me every day, fighting with doctors and nurses, praying for me, taking care of me. She took my pain on her shoulders and helped me through that terrible time. Little did I know how strong and fearless Mama could be, and how much I would need her during this time.

When I got engaged and married to my favorite nugget of a Cajun husband when I was a young 22 years old, she supported me. I only wanted 20 people there at my wedding, but I knew some people might hate my guts for not including them. Mama encouraged me to do it my way – It was my day! Little did I know that, even in good times, I would need Mama to be my champion.

These are just examples of how Mama has been there for me, supporting me, encouraging me, and keeping me on the straight and narrow. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that Mama will be in my corner every single day of my life. That’s what a mother is. And I don’t know what I’d do without mine!