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encouragement for a mother’s heart :: treasures, part 1

encouragement for a mother’s heart :: treasures, part 1

{an edited post from the archives…}


“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21

So many times our mother’s heart is filled with thoughts of what we need to do...the organizing, the managing, the daily tasks and the running here and there.

Other times we have concerns, questions and doubts that crowd our hearts and minds.

Or we think too much on what needs improvement in our lives or the lives of our children. What is the primary beat of your mother’s heart right about now – does any of this ring true?

It’s not that these things necessarily go away or even need to.  As Moms we have much to do and we’re often prompted to be concerned about an area.

That’s all normal, we cannot be lazy in our approach.  It’s when these tasks or questions so fill our heart, leaving little room for the precious, the uplifting.  We miss out on having a heart full of joy.

In your mother’s heart, are you storing up treasure?

Not solely of the faces, the events or the words of little ones in your care, but of what is right in your journey of motherhood. Hmmm….self-focused or prideful you may ask?  Consider with me this scripture:

“Finally MOTHERS (okay, the NIV says ‘brothers’), whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthythink about such things.” Phillipians 4:8 (emphasis added)

So as you recognize areas of weakness in yourself as a mother, also store up thoughts of when there was a confidence about what you were doing.

How you might have failed, but didn’t. Not necessarily to drive away the doubt, but to store up treasure of God’s faithfulness to us so that our hearts can be in the right place.

I’m not trying to promote an attitude of thinking we’ve arrived. However, it’s humanity’s default mode to condemn ourselves. Perhaps that is the reason why we needed the command to think otherwise?

Pause this week and think on the excellent and admirable parts of the motherhood journey you’re currently experiencing.

And then, give Him praise for it.


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  • SharonMarch 19, 2008 - 3:09 pm

    I just gave up trying on clothing for the cruise. Needless to say I was thinking some very bitter thoughts until your blog remineded me of that teaching.
    I also wanted to say I saw the first yard sale sign of the season!! I am very excited that money saving time is almost here. Have a Blessed Easter.ReplyCancel

  • MelissaMarch 19, 2008 - 9:22 pm

    I did get your name signed up but unfortunately yours wasn’t drawn. But, if I don’t hear from Tori’s Mimi in a few days I’m redrawing. But, I do have another thing you can participate in. I’m hosting an Easter egg swap. All you do is decorate a plastic egg with ribbons, stickers…whatever and you can put a nice “surprise” in the egg (sticker, little letter..whatever but no candy or chocolate so it doesn’t melt in the mail). Well-I had an odd number sign up so I’m the oddball left without a partner to swap an egg with-want to be my partner? Just let me know ok! You can email me at
    So-you said hello fellow Pastor’s wife-are you one too?ReplyCancel

  • Fruitful VineMarch 22, 2008 - 3:53 pm

    Thanks Daniele for such encouraging words. I know that I do focus on what still needs to be worked on. Today I am going to take time to think of things that are going right. Thanks again.

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