To all you momma’s out there, thank you for all that you do! If you have a momma, or have been blessed by a woman who has nurtured you, please remember to tell them how much you love them! As for me, I’d like to say “I love you” to my own precious mother, who not only gave birth to me, but who has faithfully loved me in the good times and the bad. I also thank God for the women — my dearest grandmother, special aunts, older cousins, women in the body of Christ, and even female co-workers, who have made personal sacrifices to help me be the woman I am today. Women truly are life-givers and I thank the Almighty for each and every woman who has providentially been placed in my life.
It was my hearts desire to write a special reflection piece on Mary and Elizabeth for Mother’s Day. We have been studying those 2 women in the young women’s Bible study and I have so much to share … but there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I ended up spending most of my Saturday with the sweetest 9-year-old girl and all of my plans — well, they just kind of fell to the wayside. So, in light of that, I’m sharing a piece that I wrote some time ago on Eve. I trust it will be a blessing to you! Wishing you all a very beautiful Mother’s Day!
All my love,
Given it is Mother’s Day weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about Eve. She is, after all, the first wife and the first mother. Genesis 3:20 says that, “Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.” How interesting that Adam would call her “the mother of all living” after she completed her part in ushering sin and death into the universe. How strange that Adam would call her this after God’s judgment on the serpent, the woman, and Adam. Despite this terrible fall from grace that held such unspeakable consequences for generations to come, God was making a promise. Woven throughout God’s pronounced judgment in Genesis 3:14-19 was everlasting hope. The Lord’s promise? Salvation comes! When God cursed Satan, He promised to put enmity between the woman and Satan’s offspring. Satan would forever despise and loathe the woman. But there was something else too. God would hard wire the woman in such a way that she also would hate Satan and his seed. Though Satan would bruise the heel, her seed would deliver the fatal blow and crush his head. In theology this is known as the “protoevangelium” or “the first gospel”. God punishes Adam and Eve for their disobedience but in mercy promises that the offspring of the woman will triumph over evil. This promise is ultimately fulfilled in Christ. Given that our Saviour is the Seed of the woman and he has taken part in the same flesh and blood, I cannot help but wonder what a born-again woman represents to Satan and his kingdom. Whereas the enemy “comes to steal, kill and destroy” a born-again woman comes with a message of life. Hers is the Gospel proclamation that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners! Her “feet are fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:10) and although she knows that in this world there will be trouble, she also knows that Christ has overcome the world! (John 16:33). A regenerated, blood-washed, and born-again woman is a life-giver who cannot help but have an inner and holy hatred for all that contests the finished work of Christ on Calvary. Quietly pulsating through her veins is a defiant opposition to everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. A woman like this will stand in the face of fiery trials and not be moved because she knows that God always gives the victory through Christ! Salvation in Christ! Forgiveness in Christ! Hope in Christ! Eternal life in Christ! This is her life-giving message and everything that she says and does is a sermon! Do you know any women like this? I do. In fact, I’m proud to say that I know a few! This Mother’s Day let us honor and pay tribute to the life-givers in our world! And finally, let us pray for the grace to walk like Eve, wherever our sphere of influence, in our unique, and God ordained calling as life-givers!
***Reposted from Mother’s Day 2010 with a few tweaks here and there!***