This Week’s #DevotingMothers Devotional: Beginnings

Each weekday on our FaceBook page you’ll find a prayer, reflection, or Bible verse centered around a weekly word. Each Friday we will share the recap of our FB posts here on our blog. Our hope is that we band together to devote our pregnancies, birth experiences and parenting to God our creator.

We want this to be a place for all of us to share our hearts, thoughts, blessings and challenges. Please comment and share so that we can together benefit from becoming #devotingmothers.

 

 BEGINNINGS

It’s the time of the year when we talk about beginnings.  A new calendar year, full of potential and fresh hope.  For the most part, we like beginnings don’t we?  I know we do here at Alpha Childbirth.  Our name “Alpha” means beginning!

There’s something exciting about a beginning; it’s clean, full of potential and expectation of what’s to come.  I picture a brand new set of Crayola crayons – perfectly formed with no wear and tear from use.  No matter how old I get, a fresh box of crayons makes me happy.  

We are now in the second full week 2016.  How is your new beginning?  What fresh starts are you fostering in the new year?

 

 Reflection

Alas, the new year – just like the new crayons – doesn’t stay shiny and bright for long.  Real life happens and expectations are often set off kilter.  Just like the crayons, commitments are broken and effort is dulled.  That’s when discouragement so easily sets in.  Whether you made a resolution to be more present with your family, eat healthy, watch less TV, exercise more, or something else, we all need to have grace with ourselves when we fail.  

Remember that we serve a God who is willing to begin a new work in us. God doesn’t expect perfection from us.  He is the one that makes all things new!

So if your effort is faltering, call on God instead of depending on yourself alone.  He loves a willing and humble heart.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  

2 Corinthians 5:17

 

 Reflection II

Parenthood is one of the best beginnings.

“Every child begins the world again.”  Henry David Thoreau

What has becoming a parent begun in you?  What are your hopes and prayers for your children as they begin to make their way in the world?

 

 Prayer

Father,
Your Word says that you are the Alpha and the Omega, both the Beginning and the End.  You are Creator God, making all things new.

Thank you for allowing us to take part in your magnificent beginnings; for giving us our children to love and care for during the beginning of their lives.

Forgive us when we take the credit and falsely believe that is it in our own power that we do good, or raise children, or change our own behavior for the better.   Let us turn to You each and every morning.  We want to acknowledge that it is You who gives us life and breathe.  We ask for blessing upon our day.  Provide us wisdom, discernment and self control to love ourselves and our families.  

Help us to teach our children about your perfect love by displaying our love imperfectly.  And when we fail – which we will – let us humbly turn to You as ask for forgiveness and yet another beginning.       Amen

 

Remember

Motherhood is a holy privilege.  You don’t lose yourself, you become so much more.  

The moment a child is born,

the mother is also born.

She never existed before.

The woman existed,
but the mother, never.

A mother is something

absolutely new.

                     -Rajneesh

 

 

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