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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For May
Every Sunday A Psalms: Mother's Day
5/14/2017

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Psalms 137:1-9 KJV
(1) By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
(2) We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
(3) For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
(4) How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land?
(5) If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
(6) If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
(7) Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
(8) O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
(9) Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

This has been the celebration week of women and motherhood. Celebrating hard work of women both inside and outside the home. If you ever created a home and seen it destroyed, you know the horror and pain of having to rebuild and restore it. Every woman that has ever cleaned house know as soon as the kids and hubby gets home, it will be destroyed once more. Women have been resilent for decades long before men ever were or could be. Imagine the first home of Adam and Eve, only to loose paradise the perfect home, and having to make do with their new location. Women have a maternal nesting instinct. Men tend to have more of a wandering spirit, though both men and women possess wandering spirit and the nesting extinct.

Israel had returned from Babylon having to reestablish their homes after the rebuilding of the temple. It would seem the natural order of things would be houses and then the temple, but the temple probably held more people and would have been a general meeting place. Building house become second priority. The forgetting of Zion and music within the walls of Jerusalem that played, as the people were exiled to Babylon. Something that is for sure, the exile can cause one to forget things of home. And no doubt as memories began to flood back of the old and stories began to be told within the rebuilding, good and bad would flood the telling. The anger of the heart has Jerusalem was rebuilt of what Babylon did as well as other countries that would take over Babylon. Desire for destruction of the enemy would flood the soul. The thought of their destruction would cause anger and not peace.

This motherís day consider picking up inside and outside the home for your mom. Consider doing that extra thing she needs doing, like fixing a cabinet, or handing a picture upon the wall. Consider how many times she picked up after you and all your mess. Never once complaining or grumbling about the picking up after you. God hears the anger hearts of those abused and misused. He desires not for his people to feel the pain of hardship or sorrow. Yet sometimes judgment must come to show we to are not invisible only human. Sometimes those around us need correcting and sometimes it is us. God is able to fix the problems. When we choose to love our enemies and to treat them as we desire to be treated the lines of anger and hate can be broken. When we allow God to bring judgment instead of bring judgment ourselves, God will do impossible and that is bring healing through Christ Jesus. Healing of hope and victory over the enemy will come. To destroy the enemy is sometimes to pour out more love then humanly possible, by an act of God working between the people of our world.

When Israel came out of exile King Darius sent the Israel home with supplies. Yet instead of relishing in the victory, they wanted destruction for their enemies. Motherís never stop loving their children or their spouse, instead they continue to the work of a mother. They continue to nest and rebuild, with the wandering heart of a needed vacation. If we would have that mother heart that can only come from God for our enemies, we would heal our land and the land around the world.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to love our enemies and our friends equally. Help us to bring peace not war. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion: Ruth 4:11 KJV
(11) And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:

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