When Mother’s Day isn’t all Roses

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope and pray this weekend is special for each one of you.

Mother’s Day is a beautiful idea at a lovely time of year– it’s nice to set aside some time to recognize Moms. But we probably all realize that, for many reasons, Mother’s Day can bring with it more emotions than just overflowing joy.

I asked the Lord what I should share with you for this occasion. He pointed me to two songs by dear Abigail— I have told you about her before. She has embraced motherhood in such a beautiful way it can just be felt in her songs.IMG_0010First, a song for the Momma who is just surviving day by day, and feels that her humble efforts are never enough. For the one who feels fairly doubtful about accepting thanks on Mother’s Day, because at times she’s pretty sure she is messing the whole thing up. For the one who feels so inadequate for this task of raising arrows for the King of kings. For the one who is giving all of what little she has to offer to the Master. One pot of oil is all I’ve got Lord, and I’m pouring it out for You. Please make it into something so much more.”IMG_0080

One Pot of Oil
by Abigail Miller
(2 Kings 4:1-7)

She stood before the rows of empty vessels,
One little pot of oil was in her hand.
And though she may have never seen a miracle
She willingly obeyed the Lord’s command.

She bent and poured the oil into each vessel.
It flowed out in a full and steady stream,
And did not cease until they said, “There’s not a vessel more.”
And then she saw that what she’d had
Was more than what it seemed.

Pour out your life, freely now,
See what the Master can do.
Though it seems unbelievable,
He can use me, He can use you.
Though all you have seems weak and poor,
He sets before you an open door.
One pot of oil becomes so much more
When you pour it out to the Lord.

Each day I face my rows of empty vessels
I’m conscious of the weakness of my hands.
And though I know I can’t perform a miracle,
By His grace I follow His command.

Lord, pour Your Life through me into each vessel,
Each one that You would place within my care.
And let me not cease giving ’til there’s not a vessel more.
Father, let my life be poured out, may it ever be my prayer

Pour out your life, freely now,
See what the Master can do.
Though it seems unbelievable,
He can use me, He can use you.
Though all you have seems weak and poor,
He sets before you an open door.
One pot of oil becomes so much more
When you pour it out to the Lord.

Won’t you pour it out to the Lord?

(listen to this song here)IMG_0089

Second, a song for the one whose heart is sad on Mother’s Day. For the one who longed for motherhood but it never became a reality. For the dear one who is missing her own Momma today and wishing she could see her and hear her voice. For the one who poured out her life for her precious children, but in turn has had her heart broken by a wayward one. For the one who just can’t believe how fast the motherhood years have flown, and would love to go back and have some more days like the ones I described above. Here is a song that I hope will encourage you today. Our heavenly Father knows and understands._MG_2507

He Knows
by Abigail Miller

He knows the way the river flows
On its path down to the sea.
He knows the way of mountains
In their silent majesty.
He knows the way of sparrows
In their flight so swift and free.
And with all His wisdom, power and love,
He knows both you and me.

For the eyes of God in every place
Are watching all we do.
And before you chose each step today,
He was there, and He knew.
He knew the times your joy would flow
And when your heart would break.
He is never far from where you are
And He knows the way you take.

So if you’ve ever wondered
At the path God led you down.
When it seems He can’t be watching,
Or His presence can’t be found.
Remember how He loves you,
How He sees each sparrow fall.
Like a shepherd He will gently lead
And His sheep will know His call.

For the eyes of God in every place
Are watching all we do.
And before you chose each step today
He was there, and He knew.
He knew the times your joy would flow
And when your heart would break.
He is never far from where you are,
And He knows the way you take.

And when days of time lie far behind;
When in heaven we will dwell.
We will see the path He led us on and say,
“He does all things well.”
He knew the times your joy would flow
And when your heart would break.
He is never far from where you are,
And He knows the way you take.

(listen to this song here)IMG_0046

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