Like Mother Used To Make

Like Mother Used To Make by Kirk Hunt

Moreover his mother used to make him a little robe, and bring it to him year by year when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.

1 Samuel 2:19 NKJV

Samuel had been lent (read: surrendered) to God by his mother, Hannah.  Determined to honor her oath to God and still love her precious son, Hannah’s hands worked her loom.  Samuel could proudly speak of “just like Mother used to make,” then model a freshly made demonstration of mother love.

Consider that in 1065 BC that a robe (or coat) had to be hand-made.  Despite being the beloved wife of a wealthy, generous man, Hannah insisted on making for her son with her own hands.  Samuel grew up with physical proof that he had the tender love and affectionate attention of his mother. 

Maybe your son or daughter is physically distant or otherwise separated from you.  Like Hannah, you can chose to make sure your precious child has physical proof of your tender love and affectionate attention.  Maybe you cannot be there with them physically, but you can send evidence they are always in your mind and heart.

Samuel grew up physically distant from Hannah, but he never lacked for unescapable evidence of her love and care.  Who needs a care box from you?  Who needs proof that the miles mean nothing to your heart and mind?

Spend the time to make with your own hands.  Be sure to deliver the message that the distance does not impact your love and affection.  Your son or daughter may be surrendered to God, but that does not mean you cannot deliver some mother (or father) love anyway.

Think:      What a mother (or father) makes for a child is extra precious.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to prove my love to Your children, no matter how far away they are.”

 

Copyright © May 2019, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

We Call Her Blessed

We Call Her Blessed By Kirk Hunt

Her children rise up and call her blessed

Proverbs 31:28a

 

The church was large and full.  Any one you asked would claim to be Mother Hunt’s son or daughter, regardless of age or family-line.  Certainly, we all call her blessed.

 

At first, she would convince you she was the most fragile and delicate creature you ever met.  Eventually she would target you, for your own good, with her iron determination and steely strength of character.  Still, you would love her and call her blessed.

 

Momma always appreciated what you did for her.  Then she would tell you how you could have done it better.  You might roll your eyes, but you would call her blessed.

 

She beamed with delight and pride over her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the fifth generation she held in her arms.  No matter how large the crowd near her, she concerned herself with who was far away.  We would sigh, then call her blessed.

 

Her work in God’s Kingdom generated a host of spiritual sons and daughters.  Everyone close to her understood the demands and privileges of being one of her children.  And when they rose up, they call her blessed.

 

Momma spent her life trying to lead others to Christ and Christ-like living.  Her love could be fierce and severe, but was always from the deepest part of her.  The part of her that taught and corrected loved you, and more importantly, loved God.  No wonder we call her blessed.

 

Think:        The children of a true Mother rise up and call her blessed.

 

Pray:           “Lord, thank you for providing true Mothers for Your earthly children.”

 

Copyright © May 2017, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

More Perfect Love

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More Perfect Love By Kirk Hunt

Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.

Isaiah 49:15 NKJV
(Please also read Jeremiah 49:14–18

I cannot imagine a mother forgetting about her infant.  Or see the picture of her heartlessly condemning her baby.  Among human beings, a mother’s love is the gold standard.  Still, even a mother’s love is second-best, compared to the perfect love of God.

 

He loves us.  Despite how we speak and act.  Despite our disobedience and flaws.  He loves us, absolutely.  Tenderly and graciously, God cares for us, no matter what.  Sound familiar?

 

Human mothers are flesh and blood.  Money, knowledge, health and time itself place limits on even the best mothers.  With perfect knowledge and infinite power, God has the will and the means to do what is best for us.  And He does so, more often than we think or know.

 

Of course, one of His best instruments for demonstrating His love for us is through your mother.  As beloved and honored as our earthly mothers are, their love is a pointer to perfect love.  A mother’s love reflects an infinite and flawless source.

 

God loves you purely.  God loves you endlessly.  God loves you perfectly.

 

Think:                Not even a mother can love me as well as God loves me.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, remind me again how much You love me.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2016, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.   

A Mother’s Nerve

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A Mother’s Nerve by Kirk Hunt

 

The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

Mark 7:26 KJV

 

She was not Jewish, or from Israel.  She came from the Phoenician coast of Syria.  In fact, she was a descendent of Greek conquerors.

 

To the Jews, this woman represented a corrupting foreign influence.   Certainly, she knew how the locals viewed her.  Still, she came to Jesus with her possessed daughter.

 

As only a mother can, she pushed to the head of the line.  Boldly, she asked for a miracle from Jesus, knowing she had no rights or entitlement.  She even refused to take “no” for an answer.

 

Somewhere along the line, someone needs you to have a mother’s nerve.  Be willing to ask for big things from folks who have every reason to refuse you or yours.  Be sure to have a strong expectation for your miracle.

 

This mother went away with her daughter cured.  She had the faith to approach.  She had the faith to ask.  She even had the faith to stay and contend for her miracle.

 

Faith is more than mere belief.  It is expectation that conflicts with the facts and data.  It demands acts, that lead to an outcome, that does not follow the flow of events.

 

Mom got her miracle.  Daughter got her healing.  Who needs you to have faith like a mother?

 

Think:            I should be bold and forward in seeking to bless and benefit others.

 

Pray:              “Lord, give me the heart and courage to seek Your good for others.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2013, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

Power Mothering

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“Power Mothering” by Kirk Hunt

 

And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.

Judges 4:4-5 KJV

 

Deborah was just a simple housewife, except the entire nation looked to her for leadership. Scripture does not record that Deborah birthed any children, but she served as mother to a nation. On her word alone, an army marched and brought deliverance to Israel.

 

You may not feel like a power Mom right now. Early morning feedings, late morning laundry loads and mid-afternoon taxi driving take their toll. Still, you can be a powerful mother in Zion.

 

Take time to keep up your relationship with God. Extend your leadership to those around you. Do not be afraid to ride with the troops to God’s appointments.

 

The modern nation needs power Mothers. We need women who are not afraid to follow after God. Don’t forget to lead others to their divine appointments.

 

The only real qualification for mother in Zion is a heart that seeks to build God’s Kingdom. That heart will lead you to bless and lead those around you. His power in your life will give you all the authority you need.

 

Think: You are called to be a power Mom

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to be a Mother in Zion, no matter my age or place.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2011, Kirk Hunt