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The following is a guest post by my friend Jenna Rader. I am excited to have Jenna’s leap into the blogging world here on Raising Inspiration. She has such a wonderful spirit and I know that you will enjoy her writing as much as I do! Show her some love! 

At nearly seventy years of age, my mother underwent her third hip replacement surgery on the same joint. The surgeon botched the first surgery by inserting an oversized apparatus. Several months later, when she was still unable to walk and one leg was an inch longer than the other, the doctors finally admitted the mistake and scheduled another replacement surgery.

After the second surgery and several more months of pain and inability to walk, my mother discovered that the second hip replacement apparatus had been recalled by the manufacturer due to reports of severe allergic reactions in patients.  In the third surgery, the doctor reported that the site where the apparatus was located was covered with tumors. Not only was her hip-joint replaced for a third time, reconstruction was conducted on much of the tissue.

Upon awakening from this third surgery, my mother, still groggy from anesthetic, asked the nurse’s aide if she knew about the Bible App that she could access on her phone. She tried to download it for her and when she was unable to, I received the following text:

Text Message

 

Rather than being bitter and angry from the numerous surgeries, the inability to walk for nearly three years and the trauma that has been caused to her body through no fault of her own, my mother continually chooses a good attitude and possesses a beautiful godly spirit. She always shares God’s love with others.

She may never be able to walk without help again. I know that she will continue to have joy and spread God’s blessings no matter the circumstance.

Paul, writing from prison, possessed this same attitude – an attitude of joy because of the grace and love that God has bestowed upon his children. “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13

This kind of joy is not a human-based happiness or an emotion that comes and goes. True joy is divine in origin and emanates from the grace of God. It is a spirit-given expression of God’s grace that flourishes best in hard times. It is a timeless joy that flows out of people directly from God.

And I want to be just like that.

 

What is this thing Raising Inspiration?

Raising Inspiration is a place for Christian moms to come and be inspired, challenged, encouraged spiritually. Motherhood is hard work, no one ever said it was easy, but no matter what it is one of the most rewarding tasks before us. As a mom our lives can be full of laughter, tears, organization, chaos, spit-up, diapers and a pile of laundry. It can be difficult to find a moment alone to spend with our Father who has given us this beautiful life. God has placed it on my heart to start this blog so that Christian moms can come together and not only be inspired and encourage but also spend some time with Him all while forming a community. Each of our lives are different, our families and children are all unique to us but one thing is common for us all and that is Christ and the need we have to spend time with Him!

 

A True Understanding of Love

This November I became a mom for the first time. What a joyful day that was! The moment I saw my son and felt the overwhelming and unconditional love for him something clicked inside me. I love my son with all my heart, there is nothing I would not do for him and there is nothing he could ever do that would change my love for him, and this is how God loves me and yet even more! I am a child of the almighty God and he loves me as his child! I have always known God loved me but the extent of that love was almost not as real to me until I became a parent myself. There is nothing that I can ever do that will change God’s love for me nor is there anything that I can do that will make him stop loving me. We are his children. That will not change just as your son or daughter will always be your children. When you look into the face of your child today and feel how much you love them think about how God is doing the same thing today when he looks at you! Your Father loves you unconditionally!

You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.” 1 Thessalonians 5:5 (NIV)

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1 (NIV)