This Week’s #Devotingmothers Devotional: Kindness

IMG_3260

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.

Kindness

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

Paul tells us that when we walk in the Spirit we gain the fruit of KINDNESS. The attitude of consideration, friendliness, and warmth to others.

Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart once said, “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” What a lovely word picture of what our kindness can produce! When we allow God to infiltrate our thoughts and actions, we become that giver of life; the planter of goodwill in the lives of those around us. Let’s commit to be kind and watch what growth stems from it.

 

9V5A0739Reflection

He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

The Lord requires us to love kindness. No where is this more needed than in our own homes, with those we are closest. On the surface, it seems the easiest to be kind to those we love the most, but often it is with those we love that we lose our patience, lash out with a harsh word, or hold onto past hurts and wrongdoings. When these feelings come, and they will, remember that God showed His kindness to you when He offered the gift of salvation. Take a deep breath, extend grace to your loved ones, and live out Ephesians 4:32, “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”

Reflection II

Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3

It takes much kindness to care for little ones. They are so cute, and often sweet, but there are many moments filled with crying, frustration, sleep deprivation, selfishness and dirty tasks. Motherhood is a great joy and a monotonously long workload all in one. Our young children do not have the self control to maintain their composure, but with God’s help, we can. For we area blessing to our family when we do not let kindness leave us, as God’s word explains. Let kind words flow from your mouth, wear your smile and give it away to others, and remember that kindness matters in all we do.

Processed with VSCOcam with m3 presetPrayer

The Lord is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness.
Psalm 145:17 

Lord,
You are so kind to Your people, including me. Thank You, Father, for giving of Yourself, although I do not deserve Your benevolence. As a mother, I want to parent with the type of kindness that You display. I desire to not only be kind to my children, but to my husband, as well, and all others around me.

You are generous in Your grace. Let me be as well when those I love are undeserving.

You are unselfish and giving. Let me be as well when serving those around me.

You are considerate and helpful. Let me be as well when my assistance is needed.

You are warm and tenderhearted. Let me be as well when those in my care need comfort.

God, please fill me with kindness so that I may share it richly. In my marriage, my home, my community and my world.

Amen

Remember

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
-Albert Schweitzer

 

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply