Monday, October 3, 2011

Moms In Touch Monday: God is eternal


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"The eternal God is your refuge, 
and underneath are the everlasting arms."
Deuteronomy  33:27

This week at Moms In Touch we focused on the eternal nature of God, and the difference it makes as we consider life in relationship with him.

Adoration:

"As a father has compassion on his children, 
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; 
For he knows how we are formed, 
he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass, 
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone, 
and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting 
the Lord's love is with those who fear him, 
and his righteousness with their children's children--
with those who keep his covenant 
and remember to obey his precepts.
The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all."
Psalm 103:13-19

We praised God for the fact that he always has been, and always will be, that nothing happens without his full knowledge and nothing takes him by surprise.  We praised him for his constant presence, for his compassion for us in our time-bound nature, his faithfulness to every generation, and his ultimate authority.

Confession:

"Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting a way, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."  2 Corinthians 4:16-18

We spent some silent time asking God to show us any areas where our focus is off--where we might be making too big a deal of things that don't matter so much.  Where we are thinking too much about what bugs us and missing the beauty in life.  We asked him to replace our shortsightedness with his eternal perspective.

Thanksgiving:

We thanked God for his daily renewal, and for the fact that our troubles will actually somehow result in eternal glory.  We also thanked him for recent answers to prayers and his provision and blessings in our families' lives.  We thanked him for the teachers and staff members at their schools who have helped them through the transition into a new school year.

Supplication:

"Teach us to number our days aright, so we may gain a heart of wisdom."  Psalm 90:12

We prayed that God would give our children his perspective on their lives:  that they would know they were created for a purpose, that they were made for eternity.  We prayed that when things don't go right God would remind them it's not the end of the world.  We prayed that when they feel like they don't fit in that God would remind them of his complete acceptance and love. We prayed that they would seek things that bring lasting satisfaction rather than things that bring only momentary pleasure but leave them only wanting more. We also prayed that God would give their teachers wisdom in helping our kids understand what is truly important in life.

This week, may you sense God's eternal presence with you, going ahead of you to prepare the way, and walking each step with you, providing what you need.

2 comments:

Crazy Sister said...

What a wonderful post! I am coming back to read it properly after I do a bunch of Mothering Stuff.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Thanks so much for this post Tracy - I especially love the statement that nothing takes God by surprise. I'll be bookmarking this post. blessings, marlene