Did you know that over 150 times in the Book of Proverbs, the subject is your lips, tongue or mouth?
In fact, in the Book of Genesis we can see that when God wanted something material created, He spoke! Over and over in Genesis God is creating and speaking the universe into existence! He doesn’t wave His hand. He doesn’t twitch His nose, like Samantha on Bewitched… He spoke the material world into existence. He speaks….and things are. Isn’t that wild?
We can connect ourselves to God with our mouths and words which I like to call vertical speech.
Psalm 100:1-5 “Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”
God is giving us clear instruction for coming into the presence of God! He says to ‘come into His presence with singing, to enter His gates with thanksgiving, and to enter His courts with praise! All these things are done with our words.
Another way to connect with God is through prayer. Even very simple prayers, offered from a sincere heart, will connect you to God. I believe that sincere “praisers” (could this be a new word?) always get the Lord’s attention!
The Bible also tells us to ‘pray without ceasing’ (I Thess. 5:17). This will keep us connected, or plugged into God all day long! In the morning, when you’re putting on your mom uniform (yoga pants and t-shirt) tell him that you’re going to need help today. Say out loud what you’re afraid of and ask Him to give you direction. He’s there!! He hears you!!
As special needs mothers we need to be serious in our pursuit of Jesus. We need to be broken over our sins and desperate to become the example of Jesus to our children and families.
We need to pray continually, pray passionately and pray specifically. Our job as mothers isn’t to be a supermom but to surrender to God and trust Him with every detail of our life. You may not feel equipped to handle every challenge that comes with raising a special needs child, but God has such a beautiful purpose for this season in your life and will strengthen and guide you along the way.
So why not set aside a period of time today — and every day — just to worship and praise Him?
It’s easy! Just open your big mouth….