Most of this post is an excerpt from Nancy Campbell’s latest email to moms around the world. With Mother’s Day upon us, it is good to remember that our children look up to us. We are like “small g” gods to them. And therefore, we must give a true representation of Him as well as we can.
God is compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in love.
Nancy brings out a great point. Our God is the God Who is There. We need to “be there” for our children. We need to be their teachers, caregivers, nurturers. Raising children is the greatest work you will do. Yes, you! Right there in your home. Why have them, if you aren’t going to raise them and teach them what is right?
So, since Nancy shows us from the Bible how God is always there, let’s be inspired to be there for our children. In twenty years, your paychecks will not be remembered, but sitting on your lap will, being patted on the back will, be tenderly shepherded will be remembered. Following is Nancy’s devotional:
Jehovah-Shammah–The Lord is There
We now look at the last redemptive name of God, another precious name. We find this amazing prophetic promise in Ezekiel 48:35, “And the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there.” The temple was destroyed, Judah had been taken as captives to Babylon, and only a small remnant remained in the land. There did not seem any hope for the restoration of Israel or the temple. But God’s promise comes to give hope. Again He says in Ezekiel 43:7 that this will be the “place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever.”
The understanding of this name is the holy and glorious presence of God. It is God in the midst! What could be more powerful? In the Old Testament, God dwelt in a temporary tabernacle and then the temple. God said, “I have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle” (2 Samuel 7:6). But, when Jesus died upon the cross, the thick veil protecting the Holy of Holies was torn apart and now He wants to abide in your heart. He also loves to dwell in your home, because He is a dwelling God.
He wants to live and walk with you in your home. He wants to fill every room of your home. Because your body is the dwelling place of His Holy Spirit, every task you do is sacred. Mothering is a holy career. Nothing is mundane. When you are changing a diaper, scrubbing the floor, doing endless dishes and laundry, and tending to the myriads of needs of your little ones, God is with you. Every little thing you do is sacred and holy because God is with you.
God also wants you to reveal to your children the awesome understanding of Jehovah-Shammah. As you are home with your children and available to them, you show to your children this quality of the character of God. Your children learn that “God is always there,” just as you are always available and there for them.
Do you have special memories of your years at home with your mother?