Delightfully Devoted

A place for women to find encouragement to joyfully love, trust and be devoted to Jesus.

A Father's Compassion

As my relationship with my father has grown over the years, I have become more aware that his words of advice or encouragement are also words of compassion.

We are called to honor our parents (Exodus 20:12, Ephesians 6:12), and over time I have been more thankful for the compassion of my earthly father, as well as my Heavenly Father. I appreciate more and more things Dad says like, “Take good care of your health. Eat right and exercise. Stay at peace with your brother and always keep communicating with each other.”

I’m grateful for my father Eli, and for his words of advice and care that come from a father’s heart for his children.


Psalm 103:13 says, “Just as a father has compassion on his children,so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.” 

 

I believe the more our son, Adam, honors his father, his grandfather, and God the Father, the more he will see their direction, discipline and encouragement, as coming from a father's heart of compassion. 

Teaching our children to honor and have a healthy fear of their father through the example we show by honoring their father and our own fathers, can help them not only to do the same, but also to hear their words of correction, concern, and direction as words of love.

 

 


I'm eternally grateful for my Heavenly Father's compassion towards me, as displayed by sending His Son to save me, His Word to light my path, His Spirit to guide and help me, and the people He has put in my life.  He is mindful of us because He loves us and created us.

May you receive the compassion of God the Father today and always.

 

There are few people in my life that have inspired, mentored, encouraged and motivated me like my amazing Mom, Jeanette. I have been blessed to have a Mom who, despite my mistakes and sins, disappointments, headaches and heartaches, did not give up on me, but rather was and remains a mentor, a discipler, an encourager and a good friend. 

I am blessed and thankful that, even when I had a rough patch, and was on medication for anxiety and depression, she prayed and believed God to get me to the point that I would not need it anymore. I don't want to know who I would be if my Mom didn't pray for me, encourage me, direct and mentor me.

The amazing thing is that she is not only this way with me.  Cousins who have lost their mom, sister-in-laws, friends and countless others have gone to my sweet Momma to be to the encourager, comforter, mentor and friend to them as she has been to me, and I am glad to share her love.

I had a "diagnosis" that came about after an emotionally difficult time in my life. I took medication to help me cope with the disappointment and pain that led me into a tailspin.  My mom knew this wasn't my sentence for life, that it didn't define who I was, even though a family member said that, just as he was on diabetes meds for life, I would be on meds for anxiety and depression for life.

My mom and husband, both believers, would not settle for that definition of me. I have thankfully been set free from being on those meds.  My son presently is on meds for emotional issues, and just as my Mom believed I could overcome my "diagnosis" that called for meds, WE believe, pray, encourage and inspire him to believe and pray that he can overcome. 

My mom is my inspiration to be that mentor, cheerleader, prayer warrior, believer, guide and trustworthy friend to my son Adam, as well as to all of my family, my friends and my brothers and sisters in Christ.

We all need people who will see us, not by our mistakes or failures, a label, a rebellious period in life, a diagnosis, or a tragedy or obstacle that has set us back. What would the church be like if we stopped and saw people by what they were capable instead of incapable of doing?  

I choose to be like my Mom with my son, not like the family member who tried to give me a life sentence, a definition of me based on the selfish need to be justified, control my future or play god. Only God knows the future. It's time to stop and pray that people will be set free, to inspire them, cheer them on, and believe that the God who raised Jesus from the dead and saves all who call on Him in truth, can heal the sick and broken-hearted. 

I'm so glad my mom did not give up on me, and that she, to this day, brings out the best in me. May I do the same, not just with my son, but with every person I come into contact with.

You are not defined by anyone other than God. Find a faith, truth and Spirit-filled mentor who will not give up on you but inspire you and bring out the best in you! You are worth it and He is worthy!

"May the God of all hope fill you (and _______) with all joy and peace as you (and ______) trust in Him, so that you (and _______) may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."  Romans 15:13

Who are you mentoring, encouraging, and inspiring?  

Listen to my interview with Kristina on her Faith Breathed Hope Podcast.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-faith-breathed-hope-podcast/id1492585861?i=1000514070077



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-Claudette 


Great devotional! This book is a must read for every Christian woman.  It will guide you to a more intimate relationship with your Savior.

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-Miriam 

 

Awesome devotional! Draw closer to God with this one. So needed and well written!

-Kate