Posted by: heisourstrongtower | October 28, 2013

Many Strands Challenge ~ Seeking God’s Wisdom for 2014 ~ Day 29

Seeking God's Wisdom - Day 29

Today’s Assignment ~ Make sure that you have your prayer journal with you as you complete each day’s reading.  You are going to want to keep track of the verses that are resonating with you, as you read.

1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;

https://heisourstrongtower.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/many-strands-challenge-seeking-gods-wisdom-for-2014/

If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.

2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.

3. Read 1 Timothy 4 – 6 and as you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…  

  • What is the main point of this portion? 
  • What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself? 
  • What insight am I given into myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim? 
  • What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action? 

 

A reflection on today’s reading… 

3 “Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her. 4 But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God. 

5 Now a true widow, a woman who is truly alone in this world, has placed her hope in God. She prays night and day, asking God for his help. 6 But the widow who lives only for pleasure is spiritually dead even while she lives. 7 Give these instructions to the church so that no one will be open to criticism. 

8 But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.” 1 Timothy 5:3-8 

 

Parenting our Parents from the NIV Mom’s Devotional Bible 

There may come a time when the roles are reversed, and we who are children must learn to parent our parents.  Instead of mothering our children, we face mothering our mothers.  Three lessons learned from our days as moms can help us in this transition with our parents. 

First, guide your parents to do things for themselves whenever possible.  Holding yourself back from doing too much for your parents preserves their self-respect and gives them dignity.  Instead, help them keep lifelong skills sharp and encourage them to develop new ones to cope with their changing health and circumstances. 

Second, protect your parents when necessary. As you protect your children from responsibilities too great for their years, so you can shield your parents from things their years are too great to handle.  You have to be their advocate in decisions regarding their health, finances, living arrangements, etc. 

Third, provide for your parents.  Whether it’s a bag of groceries, a ride to the doctor or sensitive listening, consider their needs and provide for them.  Ask them what they feel they most need and then try to meet those needs. 

When God calls you to mother your mother, to parent your parents, he helps you draw from the skills you have learned raising your own children.  He also gives you the strength you need.  Caring for your parents will not be easy, but you’re better equipped than you think!

 

I, personally, needed to read these words today.  I am so glad that I felt the urge to read today’s assignment in this bible .  I am heading into this season of life; sooner rather than later with my own parents.  One thing that brings me lots of comfort and peace is this – God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.  What I need, when I need it…He will provide it.

This has been heavy on my mind today, especially after visiting my mom’s best friend (my second mom) in the hospital today.  She broke her hip yesterday…in the past three years she has broken both hips, broken her shoulder, and broken her neck…decisions that she will not like, have to be made.  I share this with you because your prayers for her would be appreciated, her name is Mickey.  I am so thankful that God has blessed my life with all of you to walk with me and pray with me.  God is so good!!!

 

 

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