Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Everyday Hero

Housewives are a special breed.  Really!  How many folks can juggle working from the moment they wake up til they crash on the pillow at night, raising all ages of children, cook meals, do laundry, clean house, run errands, some even teach school at home, then add in sports practices, church, and even make time for friends and family, and possibly a work at home job?

Only those dedicated housewives (or homemakers--whatever you prefer). 

You are an every day hero!

You can wipe away a little child's tear with a single tissue.  You can change a poopy diaper in seconds.  You can whip up a meal for 15 in minutes (even if it does mean calling up the local take out restaurant!) 

What is the source of your super hero strength?

The Lord, Jesus Christ.

No, housewives don't go around wearing capes with a big S, but each is a hero in someone's eyes.  You teach your little ones how to pray, how to draw strength from Jesus.  You are there for your children and husband when they need you.  You have the answers your family needs (or at least they think so, or else they wouldn't run to you asking for the missing toy/sock/boot/shoe/book/etc).  To them, you are special.  You are a hero.

Did you know that Supermom is even in the bible? 

Take a look at Proverbs 31 for starters.

Pro 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Pro 31:11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

Pro 31:12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

Pro 31:13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

Pro 31:14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

Pro 31:15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

Pro 31:16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

Pro 31:17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

Pro 31:18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

Pro 31:19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

Pro 31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

Pro 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

Pro 31:22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

Pro 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

Pro 31:24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant
Pro 31:25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

Pro 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

Pro 31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Pro 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Pro 31:29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Pro 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Pro 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

This lady can do a lot, and she is a Godly woman--her strength comes from the Lord. 

Another Supermom can be found in Exodus 2.  Rather than giving her son to die, this woman used the strength God gave her to give him over to another.  In turn for her sacrifice, her son grew up to be a leader who is one of the fathers of faith.

Exo 2:1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.

Exo 2:2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three

Exo 2:3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.

Exo 2:4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

Exo 2:5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.

Exo 2:6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.

Exo 2:7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?

Exo 2:8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother.

Exo 2:9 And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
Exo 2:10
And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

Moses' mother not only kept her home, raised children (Moses' brother Aaron and his sister), but was also a slave in Egypt.  Can you imagine how it felt during that time when Moses would have otherwise been killed with the other baby boys?  Moses' mother gave him a chance at life by giving him away, and he came back to her to raise.  She had to trust in God. 

These are only 2 examples of many in the Bible of women who can easily be considered heroes.  They didn't wear capes, but what they left behind in a legacy has been known to billions of people.  They were everyday heroes to their families during their lives.  They are Women of Faith to us in our day.  Granted, the duties and methods of doing tasks have changed throughout the years, but the heart is still the same.  Serve the Lord.  Serve the family. 

Whatever you do throughout your day as Supermom, don't forget to draw upon the only true source of strength--Christ Jesus.  Thank Him, praise Him, sing to Him, ask Him when you need help.  He's right there waiting!

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