Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Psalm 34

I just started reading a new book, The Power of a Positive Mom by Karol Ladd...yes, a book for ME not because I have to for class, but because I want to read it. The first chapter, Influence Beyond Measure, really puts a price on motherhood, if you could actually do that. As mothers, we have an influence over our children that is unbelievable. What we do with it, is how our child will develop. And how motherhood isn't always looked upon as a real job. No, we don't get paid but we put in many long hours and hard work every day. Our job is beyond what any congressman, athlete or super star does, but our pay is much less. Yet, it has more rewards than any of those careers.
The end of the chapter gives a scripture to read and reflect on, I thought I would share it:
Psalm 34 (from the Good News Bible, New English Version)
"I will always thank the Lord; I will never stop praising him. I will praise him for what he has done; may all who are oppressed listen and be glad! Proclaim with me the Lord's greatness; let us praise his name together! I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me; he freed me from all my fears. The oppressed look to him and are glad; they will never be disappointed. The helpless call to him, and he answers; he saves them from all their troubles. His angel guards those who have reverence for the Lord and rescues them from danger. Find out for yourself how good the Lord is. Happy are those who find safety with him. Have reverence for the Lord, all his people; those who obey him have all they need. Even lions go hungry for lack of food, but those who obey the Lord lack nothing good. Come, my young friends, and listen to me, and I will teach you to have reverence for the Lord. Would you like to enjoy life? Do you want long life and happiness? Then keep from speaking evil and from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good; strive for peace with all your heart. The Lord watches over the righteous and listens to their cries; but he opposes those who do evil, so that when they die, they are soon forgotten. The righteous call to the Lord, and he listens; he rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope. The good man suffers many troubles, but the Lord saves him from them all; the Lord preserves him completely; not one of his bones is broken. Evil will kill the wicked; those who hate the righteous will be punsihed. The Lord will save his people; those who go to him for protection will be spared."