Motherhood

Suzanne Phillips
March 05, 2019
Since it’s Holy Week, a post honoring Jesus Christ is in order. He’s known by many names and titles that describe his purposes and roles. Here are 50 of them. I pray you’ll read the list slowly, perhaps with your children, and think about who He is for you. I pray, mostly, that He is your Savior and Lord. That you have trusted Him to save you and to be your source of all joy and peace. I had thought of asking you to choose your favorite names or to ask your children to do this. But then I tried. It’s impossible! Because Easter is approaching, I’m drawn to Resurrection and the Life. Then Savior. Deliverer. Immanuel. Our Hope. Sacrifice. Truth. Wonderful Counselor. Every name matters because of how much Jesus matters. If Jesus isn’t your Savior and Lord, or if you’re not sure, I get that. I was once lost, too. Please take a few minutes to read “What is the Gospel?” by my friends at EvanTell. Be blessed as you get to know Jesus better through these 50 names: Advocate – “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” 1 John 2:1 Almighty One – “…who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8 Alpha and Omega – “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:13 Author and Perfecter of Our Faith – “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 Authority – “Jesus said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Matthew 28:18 Beloved Son of God – “And behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17 Bread of Life – “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” John 6:35 Bridegroom – “And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” Matthew 9:15 Chief Cornerstone – “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone.” Psalm 118:22 Deliverer – “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” 1 Thessalonians 1:10 The Door – “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9 Faithful and True – “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.” Revelation 19:11 Good Shepherd – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 Great High Priest – “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” Hebrews 4:14 Head of the Church – “And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church.” Ephesians 1:22 Holy Servant – “…and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4:29-30 I Am – “Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58 Immanuel – “…She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God with us.’” Isaiah 7:14 Indescribable Gift – “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15 Judge – “…he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.” Acts 10:42 King of Kings – “These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” Revelation 17:14 Lamb of God – “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 Light of the World – “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 Lion of the Tribe of Judah – “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5 Lord of All – “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11 Mediator – “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5 Messiah – “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).” John 1:41 Mighty One – “Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” Isaiah 60:16 One Who Sets Free – “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 Our Hope – “…Christ Jesus our hope.” 1 Timothy 1:1 Peace – “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,” Ephesians 2:14 Prophet – “And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” Mark 6:4 Redeemer – “And as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth.” Job 19:25 Resurrection and the Life – “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” John 11:25 Risen Lord – “…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Rock – “For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:4 Sacrifice for Our Sins – “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 Savior – “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 Son of Man – “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 Son of the Most High – “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.” Luke 1:32 Supreme Creator Over All – “By Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.…” 1 Corinthians 1:16-17 True Vine – “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.” John 15:1 Truth – “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 Victorious One – “To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Revelation 3:21 The Way – “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 The Word – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

I vividly remember standing in the den and thinking it has only been 45 minutes.  Not again.

Big denim shirt hanging open, black leggings stretched over all the remaining weight and nursing bra hard at work trying to maintain coverage over what rivaled the larger varieties of fruit in the produce department…..he wanted to nurse again.  I’m not sure who was crying more - me or my newborn son.  Exhausted and overwhelmed I tried to keep up with his hunger. As if that wasn’t enough, every time I sat down and he latched on, my 2-year-old, who HAD been potty trained, would walk behind the red sofa and deliberately, well…. you know where this is going and let’s just say it wasn’t a quick clean up.  UGH…….

Over and over this pattern played out in the same corner of the house. It seemed that my life had been reduced to a walking milk dispenser who was fresh out of her bag of tricks as M&M’s and potty songs failed me time and time again.

Motherhood offers nonstop opportunity to get lost in the mundane and forget that we were created on purpose, for purpose, with purpose.  That purpose?  It’s pretty simple - to glorify God and enjoy Him.  Ephesians reminds us that we are created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared in advance.  Those good works include all of the quiet, hidden, repetitive acts of love that are offered each and every day inside our homes.  In fact, I will go out on a limb and suggest that perhaps the acts of service that are overlooked by others but known deeply by you are the very works that most glorify God.  He knew all of the good works that came with the gift of motherhood in advance.

The primary meaning of the word glory is shining, brightness, and splendor.  Think of it this way,: we, our lives, are to magnify the light of God and enjoy Him in the process.   We can rest knowing that this is our purpose regardless of the circumstance.  It is so hard to believe this truth as we scroll through the façade of social media adventure and beauty with unbrushed hair and more pots in the sink, isn’t it? Can we really live out our God-given purpose at home?

Several years ago the Lord taught me a sweet lesson. It was one of those days.  I was tired after having for three children during a stomach virus.  27 loads in 2 days……need I say more.

My laundry room, at the time, was in the basement and had no windows.  I had been in that cave and running up and down three flights of stairs to meet needs continuously for days.  On top of this, the regular laundry was way behind and I had not ironed in days.  It is very important for you all to know how much I loathed ironing. ( past tense)   I mean, a lot.  I am not good at ironing and it always felt like a waste of time.  Exhausted and completely frustrated I looked at the piles, pulled out the ironing board and gave into the dread.  I didn’t like that my heart was so annoyed about the work but it just was and I knew God knew it. There was no reason to pretend to Him. I confessed the yuck in my heart to God as I bent over and stuck my head into the dryer pulling out another load and as I did I sensed a small voice inside saying, “Suzanne, why don’t you pray for the person that sock belongs to.”

What?

That was not me. I can assure you of that! I had never considered such a thing.

Again, I felt the nudge.  I believe with all of my heart that God used that moment of confession to meet me in the mundane and give the moment purpose…..His purpose.  Be a light and magnify me even when nobody is watching.

It clicked.

I turned to my ironing board and pulled out the first crumpled item. With every stroke of that iron, I prayed for Lane.  And one by one, piece by piece, it continued.  Peace rested on me and God was glorified while I was all alone in that basement.  He took the darkness in my heart and shed light on the mundane giving that monotonous task purpose and you know what…… I enjoyed Him!