Devotions By Jan


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Scripture for Today: Psalm 86:16 “Turn to me and have mercy on me; show Your strength on behalf of Your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did.”

It is practically inevitable!  Those “mommy-isms” uttered by Mom so many years ago come back mysteriously to my own lips in raising my children.  And now I hear my children repeating them to their children!  “Money doesn’t grow on trees.”  “Who said life was fair?”  “How do you know you don’t like it if you haven’t tried it yet?”  “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”  And my personal favorite; “Go ask your Father.”

Today’s verse is part of David’s prayer for deliverance from attacking enemies.  He appeals to God’s mercy, compassion, love and faithfulness (verse 15).  David acknowledges his need for God’s strength as His servant and begs God to save him.  At this dangerous time of personal peril, David remembers his mother.  It is her example of service to God that David follows.  Because he serves God as his own mother did, David feels confident that God will answer his prayer and deliver him.  We do not know her name, but whoever she was, she had an amazing influence on David.

I am very different from my Mother, and yet I sometimes feel as though I sound just like her!  Her imprint on me is deep and lasting.  I remember her words of advice but more importantly, she is an example.  Her biggest influence is the way she lives her life.  Like David’s mother, she too serves the Lord.  She models that service to me.  My deepest desire is that I can somehow model that same service to my children and grandchildren!

Thank you Lord, that despite my failings You can use a mother’s influence!



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