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May 13

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for helping me be awake and strong enough — physically and mentally — to have had a good time with the family yesterday. It was delightful to spend so much time and energy in playing with the four youngest children, to see their different personalities, and to encourage each one just a little bit in their individual strengths and interests. Thank you for the mirror that each of the dozen different peeps provided, always helping me understand myself and life better, just by being themselves. Thank you for the awesome little puppy that one of the households just got — please help them to keep training him and developing his potential. They are off to a wonderful start!!

 
Galatians 4:19-28 ERV

My little children, I am in pain again over you, like a mother giving birth. I will feel this pain until people can look at you and see Christ. 
I wish I could be with you now. Then maybe I could change the way I am talking to you. Now I don’t know what to do about you. 
Some of you people want to be under the law. Tell me, do you know what the law says? 
The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons. The mother of one son was a slave woman, and the mother of the other son was a free woman. 
Abraham’s son from the slave woman was born in the normal human way. But the son from the free woman was born because of the promise God made to Abraham. 
This true story makes a picture for us. The two women are like the two agreements between God and his people. One agreement is the law that God made on Mount Sinai. The people who are under this agreement are like slaves. The mother named Hagar is like that agreement. 
So Hagar is like Mount Sinai in Arabia. She is a picture of the earthly Jewish city of Jerusalem. This city is a slave, and all its people are slaves to the law. 
But the heavenly Jerusalem that is above is like the free woman, who is our mother. 
The Scriptures say, “Be happy, woman—you who cannot have children. Be glad you never gave birth. Shout and cry with joy! You never felt those labor pains. The woman who is alone will have more children than the woman who has a husband.” 
My brothers and sisters, you are children who were born because of God’s promise, just as Isaac was. 

 
Lord, I thank you for the awesome mercy you have had on me this past year in regards to motherhood and the like. Thank you for keeping each one of my own children safe, but thank you also for helping me get to know the two women on this earth who are most like mothers to me — my mother-in-law and my sister with whom I am once again residing. Thank you also for all the progress in understanding and forgiving my own biological mother. Lord, today I ask you for a particular blessing for each woman out there who is a mother in heart only, but in body may have no children. I ask you to lead them to the verses referred to above, from Isaiah 54 — a chapter that has brought me endless support and comfort for other reasons — one of my favorite parts of the whole Bible!

 

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