by Melody Merritt


Mother’s Day is coming!

Are you excited and full of anticipation?  Or are you tired and feeling discouraged? Mother’s Day is a day set aside to celebrate Moms. We go look for cards, we buy gifts, and more phone calls are made this day than any other day of the year.  And as moms we look with expectancy to what this day will bring for us.  A card, a gift, an “I love you,” or loneliness, sadness, or broken dreams. Moms, I want you each to know that you are loved and appreciated!

As I began thinking about writing this blog, I was bombarded by thoughts of how to encourage moms.   Moms, we are in a battle. The world is not a safe place to raise children. Evil is standing outside our homes looking for a way in. The family is under attack at every turn. It is easy to get discouraged and just want to give up.

But ladies, I am here to tell you it is worth it!  Whether you have biological children of your own, have adopted children, or act in a mom/mentor role for children in need:  YOU are important. This is a calling from God.  

As moms we have been given a job by God to love our children, teach our children to love God, teach them God’s Word, pray for them, and be a godly role model for them.  This is a big assignment!  The only way we can fulfill our assignment is for God to be first in our lives.  

Moms, do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? Are you putting God first in your life? Take time to be sure that you have a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.  

In John 14:6, Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” 

1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12.  The enemy wants you to believe his lies.  

Some of his lies that you hear may be:  you are not enough, you can’t parent this child, you don’t have the right home, or clothes, or enough education, you are from a dysfunctional family, or this child is impossible. These are just a few of the lies that the enemy sends to bombard our minds.  Ladies, the enemy and these lies are wrong.  God does not make mistakes.  

God placed your child or children in your life because you were His choice to be their Mother. We are not called to be perfect. In Christ Jesus we are all new creations. We are works in progress. As moms we will not be perfect, but we are forgiven and given everything we need when we call out to God in prayer.  

If you’re feeling all alone, as a single mom or married, God is with you, He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).  Arm yourself with Scripture.  

God’s Word is “living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword,” Hebrews 4:12.  

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you,” James 4:7-8.

Maybe you feel like you are just not enough, you didn’t have a good role model, or you’re just tired of feeling like a failure.  These are all lies.  

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philippians 4:13.  

“For You have equipped me with strength for the battle,” Psalms 18:39.

“But He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you,” 2 Corinthians 12:9.

Whatever lies of the enemy you have been believing¸ decide today that you are not listening anymore or going to let those lies control you.  Make the decision to believe God and take Him at His word.

“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,” Hebrews 12:1-2.  

Moms, remember, God loves you and is enthralled by you.

“The Lord is with you. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful singing,” Zephaniah 3:17.  

Melody Merritt


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