Conforming to the Pattern of the Woman God Created Me to Be
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:3-7
Flipping through an old journal, I noticed the last sentence on the very last page was unfinished. The sentence read, “Become a better mom by becoming...” God created us in his image and equips us with all we need for a life of godliness (2 Peter 1:3). We are fearfully and wonderfully made. All of our days are written in His book (Psalm 139). We can become better moms by becoming ourselves, through Christ Jesus. Step into the shoes of the woman God created you to be before time began!
Our lives are strengthened, our faith fortified, when we rely on the presence of the living God in our lives. Seek Jesus’ face. Follow after God’s heart for you.
There is no formula to becoming the perfect mom. We simply must do our best, living out our days faithfully, and pray that God would direct our steps.
When we seek after God’s heart, we are guaranteed direction and can obtain godly wisdom. Through God’s Word, we can learn more about the character of Christ, and put on his attributes for ourselves. Jesus was wise, prayerful, discerning, patient, forgiving, giving of compassion and mercy, fortified by God’s Word, reliant on His presence, and obedient to God’s plans to complete his purpose.
“Lord not my will, but your will be done” (Luke 22:42).These words spoken by Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane challenge me. They implore me to live for the King and seek first God’s righteousness.
If we are striving for Christ’s righteousness in all that we do, then we are doing a God-honoring job. We will mess up. But there is grace along the way. There is no such thing as a perfect mother, wife, or person other than the Lord Jesus Christ.
Because of the cross, Jesus’ righteous blood covers us. We cannot be righteous in and of ourselves. But in becoming more like Christ, conforming to the pattern of the woman God created us to be, we can live righteous lives and cultivate the beautiful, aromatic character traits of Jesus within our hearts that pour out into our lives, and bless the lives of our littles ones and all we know.
Thank you for your Spirit in my life that directs, guides, and goes before me. In motherhood and in life, help me to reflect your heart and character. Instill in me the fruits of patience, discernment, forgiveness, mercy, and compassion. My heart’s desire is to diligently seek you, and rely on your presence in my life more and more, each day. Jesus, strengthen me. Help me to walk in obedience to your Word and Will. In Jesus’ heavenly name, amen.
Steps of Faith:
Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:12
I love this verse. Some Bible versions substitute the word “favor” for the word “love.” When we rely on the Lord’s love in our lives to surround us, we are immersed in his favor. By faithfully seeking Jesus’ presence in our daily lives, we can live within the freedom boundaries of God’s love and grace.