This Week’s #Devotingmothers Devotional: Gentleness

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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.

Gentleness

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23a

Here at Alpha Childbirth we have a favorite verse that grounds our teaching.

“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11

This verse is a beautiful and serene picture of God’s caring for us mommas. He does not demand or over-extend us. He doesn’t make us to feel guilty for all that we are not getting accomplished, or reprehend us when we don’t do something correctly. Instead, the book of Isaiah says that He gently leads us in this special time in our life.

And we, as parents, are to lead our children in this same gentle way. Forever imitating our loving Savior. So believe that God will give you what He wants you to have, and ask the Holy Spirit to provide gentleness in all of your ways.

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But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 (ESV)

Today we reflect on another intimate picture the Bible provides in the book of 1 Thessalonians; the picture of a mother gently nursing her baby. If you are considering breastfeeding, you may have learned that each time we nurse, our bodies naturally release the hormones prolactin and oxytocin, which in addition to helping physically, also help create feelings of love, calmness and connection between momma and baby. God has created both our bodies and our minds with purpose!

Even if you are not a gentle and quiet person naturally, you are equipped by God to put on gentleness, especially in this special time of early parenting. And, He has supplied all that you need to be this child’s mother. Thank You Father!

Prayer

“It’s the hard things that break; soft things don’t break. It was an epiphany I had today and I just wonder why it took me so very, very long to see it! You can waste so many years of your life trying to become something hard in order not to break; but it’s the soft things that can’t break! The hard things are the ones that shatter into a million pieces!”
-C. JoyBell C. 

Dear Lord,

Soften me.
Mold me into who You want me to be.
Make me into a gentle and loving parent to my children.
Give me a tender heart for my husband.
Don’t let me be swayed by all of the external demands that harden my spirit.
Wear away the sharp edges of my mind and attitude.
As your Word reminds me, clothe me with the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious to You. (1 Peter 3:3-4).

Amen

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A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. Proverbs 15:1

What we say can be gentle or harsh. As Scripture details, our tongue holds the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). We can be life-giving, or destroy with just a few small words. If we are honest, we can easily kill with our words. It can feel really good.

Our words and tone are an area that most of us struggle with. It’s difficult to always be gentle, but it’s important. For soon, if not already, little ears will be hearing, little eyes watching, and little mouths repeating. So keep trying, keep praying, and keep going to the foot of the Cross and asking for forgiveness from the God who gently leads us.  

Remember

“I choose gentleness… Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.”
– Max Lucado

Today, with the Help of the Holy Spirit, choose gentleness.

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