1. Her coffee table never has dust on it.
2. Many have eaten off her kitchen floor.
3. Better Homes and Gardens just did a photo shoot in her living room.
4. She does all of the housework herself while the kids play Wii.
5. All of the words that flow from her children’s mouths are blessed.
6. All of her children are straight A students, musical geniuses, and all-star athletes.
7. Her hair is always fixed perfectly and her make-up is artfully applied.
8. She never makes a bad decision.
9. She is the perfect classroom mom, PTO President, the bearer of orange slices at soccer games, and the church committee queen. 10. Her meals are homemade, on time, and everyone is smiling round the kitchen table in perfect unison.
Here is a partial list many woman in the world adhere to, to try to live up to their idea of what a perfect woman, mom, or wife is. We, as Christian women have our own lists, don’t we? We try to fit it in with the perfect Proverbs 31 model, and if we fall short, we take a daily beating from OURSELVES! No matter how many books we have read on being the “perfect” woman, wife, or parent, we still cannot be perfect before God.
Who do you think had a superwoman to-do-list, Mary or Martha in Luke 10:38-42?
Luke 10:38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Having a list is not a bad thing per se, but when we use that list to guage how much love or appreciation God has for us personally, it is. God views us differently. If we humble ourselves before our Father and elder brother Jesus Christ, while striving to become like Him, He gives us grace when we fall. There’s that word that many women do not understand. It’s by grace that we are saved, not how perfect we do anything or accomplish on our personal to-do list. When we think this way, what we are saying is that God will hold back His love if we aren’t perfect.
I can’t imagine taking a whip after my children if they got most of their room clean, but forgot a spot. Do we want our children to believe that it is what they do perfectly that gains our love? What’s on your “perfect” list for God to love you? Christ was the only “perfect” sacrifice. That’s why He died for us, so what we couldn’t do for ourselves perfectly, He could.
He is very pleased if we strive to follow Him. He does not just wait for an opportunity to whip us into submission. There is a place for God’s discipline, but it isn’t when we ARE trying our best. Satan is very willing to hand us a whip and to cheer us on. If we are feeling this way, we need to go before God and beseech Him to change our heart, to help us to accept His love on His terms and to fight off what Satan puts in our minds to discourage us. He died while we were sinners. Why do we think we have to be perfect now that we are baptized to receive His love? Don’t let Satan whisper in your ear and don’t believe his lies.
I pray that during these Holy Days we will take in the wine as the symbol of the sacrificial blood of Christ – the very life blood of Christ, and the unleavened daily bread, the perfect body of Christ to help us feel His presence daily. These Holy Days are beautiful pictures of what we can do in this life, so that Christ can dwell in us, give us strength and encouragement and forgiveness upon repentence in our daily walk with Him. We are His children. He loves us for us because we are in His image, not because of our efforts. Praise God for His loving kindnesses and tender mercies! Thank you Father!
John 17:21 “May they all be one! Even as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, so let them be in us, so that all men may come to have faith that you sent me.”
Matthew 26:26 “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.”
Matthew 26:27 “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it.”
Matthew 26:28 “For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” [Grace]
John 16:27 “For the Father himself loves you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.”
2 Thessalonians 2:16 “Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace.”
1 John 4:19 “We love him, because he first loved us.”
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