by Rhonda Stoppe – No Regrets Woman
Who doesn’t love springtime? I always feel a sense of renewal in the spring – sort of starting over point, don’t you?
This spring, on our ranch, we have brand new baby bunnies, our hens are once again laying eggs – free range chickens stop laying eggs in the wintertime. Our peacocks all have a new growth of their glorious feathers – did you know peacocks loose their feathers each year? And of course, there is a new growth of wild flowers all over our hillsides. Ahhh, to breathe in the scent of spring is just wonderful (my heart goes out to you if your allergies act up this time of year.)
As a mom, spring can be a wonderful opportunity to begin again as well. No, I am not talking about spring cleaning your house. I am referring to…
a time of transformation, like the caterpillar that turns into a butterfly!
Maybe you have spent all winter in survival mode:
- Have you lost hope of ever getting to the bottom of that laundry pile?
- Are the attitudes of your kids so far out of control, you are not sure how to get them back on track?
- Has getting your kids to do their school work, or trying to entertain your little ones indoors, because it’s been too cold to play outside, put you into a dormant mode?
It’s time to change out of those sweat pants and BREAK OUT OF THAT COCOON. God has plans for you!
If you have a relationship with Christ then you can know from God’s promise in Ephesians 2:10, He has ordained to do specific things through you that even YOU wouldn’t believe–And I don’t want you to miss them! (And if you do not yet have a relationship with Jesus you have no idea what a fantastic renewal awaits those who are in Christ! To know more about how to become a genuine Christ follower, message Rhonda on her facebook page Rhonda Stoppe No Regrets Woman.)
Take a moment to ponder these incredible truths:
– The Creator of every tiny wildflower created YOU as well. And Jesus said if God cares about the lilies of the field how much more does He care about you? (See Luke 12)
– God knows your name. And He is more interested in building up the character of the kids you are raising than you are. Seriously, take a moment to ponder this incredible concept. In light of this amazing truth, King David of the Bible spoke what is often my heart’s cry to The Lord:
Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far (I Chronicles 17:16)?
– THERE IS HOPE. No matter how passive you may have become through the winter, there is hope for you to become ALL that God intends for you to be! Consider Lamentations 3:21-23
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
BUT GOD who is rich in mercy, does not keep record of our wrongs – His mercies are new every morning – isn’t that amazing? Here you are beating yourself up over those ten extra pounds you put on during winter’s hibernation, and God is mercifully calling you to live a life that is far above the trivial issues of daily life.
“Your [kid’s] generation longs to see what genuine Christianity looks like. They are aching for someone to lay down all the trivial cares of life and show them, by example, what it really means to live for Christ. Your [children] can come to understand the infinite importance of surrendering their future to the Lord if they see you living with total abandon for the Lord. And through your example, your [kids] can learn to joyfully expect the Lord to direct their future as well…
Your willingness to lay aside anything that besets your passionate pursuit of Christ and His leading will not only set an example for your [children] to follow, but create an appetite in them to do the same.
To make a lasting impression on your [kids], you must be set on fire by the single most glorious purpose of life––to know Christ and joyfully exhibit His greatness in all areas of life!”*
As a faithful, loving Father, He is calling you and I to more than just survival. Apathy is our enemy. Let springtime inspire you to renew your passionate pursuit of Christ. God says, I know the plans I have for you (Jeremiah 29:11). If you sit quietly and listen, above the gentle spring breeze, you may hear His still small voice whispering in your ear.
For more inspiration watch Rhonda’s Video:
GOD CHOSE YOU in this Generation FOR THIS TIME:
*Excerpt Moms Raising Sons to Be Men (PG 187-188)
Rhonda is an enthusiastic communicator who unfolds the doctrine of Scripture with a contagious passion for Truth, as she teaches and challenges her listeners to connect with God in an intimate walk of obedience. Rhonda encourages and inspires women to LIVE DELIBERATELY to become the women God intends them to be. Recently, Rhonda spoke at Valley Home Educators Convention, and at Spirit West Coast.
Rhonda is the author of MOMS RAISING SONS TO BE MEN, a book published by Harvest House Publishers. Women are drawn to Rhonda’s ability to weave biblical truth into everyday issues, which has led readers to make her book sell an average of 1000 books per month. She is currently writing her next book for Harvest House. She teaches on this and other topics at women’s events throughout the country. She spends much of her time mentoring women and counseling along side her husband, Pastor at First Baptist Church Patterson, CA.
To hear Rhonda’s recent radio appearance How Moms Can Find Purpose and Passion listen HERE!