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Jochebed a Mother of Faith

“Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.” – Exodus 2:1-2, NIV

Jochebed, the mother of Moses, lived in a heartbreaking time. By the decree of Pharaoh, the sons born to Israelite women were to be drowned by the mid-wives.

But when Moses was born, Jochebed hid her son for three months. She must have heard the stories from other mothers, seen their empty arms, and wept with them as they whispered the names of the children they would never see grow up.

So when she could no longer hide Moses, she put him in a basket and sent him down the river. Then she left and returned home, leaving his sister to watch from a distance.

What faith that must have taken to leave her little boy in the arms of God. Her trust was rewarded when a few hours later, she heard her daughter calling. Moses had been rescued from the basket!

As a mom, there may be times when you have to place your child in God’s arms and trust what He is doing. Perhaps your daughter has struggled with an addiction for many years. Maybe your chronically-ill son needs yet another surgery.

It’s not easy to walk through these situations. But rest in the knowledge that God has a beautiful plan for your child’s life and He can fulfill that plan no matter how dim things might look right now.

God, please help me to trust You with my baby. Let me be like Jochebed and trust You in all things, even the moments when this mother’s heart is breaking. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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A Difficulty Pregnancy

“The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” – Genesis 16:7-8, NIV

Hagar found herself alone and pregnant. She’d been instructed to sleep with her mistress’s husband and the union had resulted in a pregnancy. But even this did not make her mistress happy.

So, Hagar felt she had no choice but to flee. She was traveling alone in the desert when God reached out to her. He asks where she’s from and where she’s going.

When Hagar explains that she’s run away, God instructs her to return to her mistress. Then He goes on to speak of her unborn child, promising that he will live freely in the land among the rest of his family.

The conversation leads Hagar to this revelation…

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” – Genesis 16:13, NIV

Not every pregnancy is easy or fun. Yours may be difficult due to disease or illness. You may lack the support of a community or be under a heavy load of stress. But just as God saw Hagar, He sees you. He sees your difficult pregnancy and He is watching over you.

God, when I’m tempted to worry or fret, help me to turn to You. When discouragement calls my name, let me remember that I am seen by You, my loving Heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Defiant Mothers

“The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.” – Exodus 1:17, NIV

The Israelites had lived in Egypt since the great famine. But as the years passed, a new Pharaoh came into power.

He watched the Israelites multiply so he sent a decree to the mid-wives in the land. Any baby boys born to Israelite women were to be killed on the spot.

But two mid-wives, named Shiphrah and Puah, chose to defy Pharaoh and allowed the Israelite children to live. Eventually, word reached Pharaoh and he demanded to know what was happening.

The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.” (Exodus 1:19)

Because of their brave stand, God granted both Shiphrah and Puah families of their own. These two women became defiant mothers.

It’s not easy to stand up to evil. It’s risky and in some cases, it could be deadly. But these two women didn’t let the threats stop them. They were faithful to God anyway and He rewarded them for it.

God, when I’m tempted to ignore evil, give me courage. Remind me of the bravery of Shiphrah and Puah. Help me to speak up for the oppressed and protect them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.