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How to Live Large and Free When the World is Dark and Dead

…So, how do you live large when news of the world is all dark and dead?

I mean, tell me, how are you supposed to be all cheery and bright, when you know that half way on the other side of the world, there is nothing but utter despair, complete tragedy?

What hope is there when the fear of danger, real or perceived, plaqued the mind?, bombard the soul?

How do we go on living? How do we go on parenting?

Motherhood is meant to sculpt and shape, but what if media portrays only the bad –  the piercing of one heart-wretched mum, crying in bitter despair over the loss of her one, healthy son? , or one mother who went berserk over her thug-wannabe-boy?

What hope is there in a world replete with darkness and death, for a mother to live free and large?

“Arise…from the depression…in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life! Shine…be radiant with the glory of the Lord, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness all peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you…, and His glory shall be seen on you.” (Isaiah 60)

What we need is a strong anchor that hauls our anxious thoughts to the Tree, and turns our motherly woes into acts of faith

Ever felt frazzled before? Ever felt like you are a bit of a mess? Ever felt undone? Motherhood has a way to do just that… when nothing seems within our control, when it feels like we can barely make it through the day,  when we experience more fear than faith…

“For the word of God is alive and active…Sharper than any double-edged sword…, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (…Hebrews 4:12)

But one thing we mums must never do is just that – to QUIT.

Weariness breaks us down and makes us wanna quit. We admit defeat to  the fear of our day, cower to the voices of our age, surrender to the pressure of our society, kow-tow to the ideologies of our world…but to break free, to let loose, to go large, and to spring light into a life of momentous – is to possess the confidence that the sovereign God is indeed in control of our lives. 

One mother made a D.I.F.F.E.R.E.N.C.E

One. LIGHT. in the darkness. of her days…

One Jochebed, in the deep abyss of her dark. world….

Modern day Jochebeds who are making a contrast in our day. #COURAGEOUSMOTHERHOOD – that’s what we’ve been called to be.

When the world screams fear, the #JochebedMums shout FAITH!

The #JochebedMums who conceive the seed and let them blossom into greatness…who wears ordinary faces of love, compassion and faith defying the fear of her day and her own need to be in control…

The #JochebedMums impregnated with all the budding possibilities of life, for what that child may one day be… the very answer to a child whose life might otherwise dissipate into death…

For when faith is conceived with letting go of control and allowing God to be in control that Glory is given a chance to shine…

Shine in one dark world…

Shine in one messy, broken, sinful lineage of men and women marred with sin…

What are you pregnant with today?

Being pregnant with fear paused you on the path to growth, but being filled with God causes hope to rise upon hope, grace to overflow from grace…

The #JochebedMums who conceal the Word into tiny hearts, doing that ever so faithfully, understanding that the time will one day come, when her child will be thrust out of her safe arms into a world that sees no God…

One mum who takes the time, and lays her life down to hide her child in safety, even if it means she will remain just that – a nobody Mum – will you be just #MUMENOUGH?

Will you today, #JUSTFORTODAY, instead of being afraid of planes falling and kids orphaned,  be the  #JochebedMums who commit your children completely to the Lord, and not only them, but your whole entirety, your whole life totality?

Instead of trying to control the variables, interject instead fear with trusting in the God whose attribute is sovereign over all?

Will you,#JUSTFORTODAY, as an act of faith, be the #JochebedMums who out of a walk nurtured with Him, choose to acculturate your children – those under your wings, those who sit around your dinner table, and nibble away at your laboriously cooked meals, to have a heart after Him?

When living in a dark and dead world, if you were to live large and free, then time is of essence…and time has to be redeemed #JUSTFORTODAY

Knowing that this side of heaven on earth will one day end, you walk the rope of time respectfully, maximising it…living it for Him…,#JUSTFORTODAY

And then, counting everyday, breathing the air of gratefulness, and thankfulness

How can then a mum like you and me live large and love free?

By knowing bone deep that NOTHING. in our life, NOTHING. can ever…

happen outside of His knowledge…

occur apart of His will…

take place outside of His control…

or mistakenly, randomly meets without His ability to save,

and that nothing in heaven or under the earth can ever separate us from His love, and that He will definitely, yeah most absolutely, fulfil all His purposes concerning us.

May grace cover over you and me, today.


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