Category Archives: Family Life

Don’t wait for a health alert to get your attention

Last year May 31, 2015, I received a health alert of something the doctors advised me is genetic. The alert caused me to take note of what I needed to begin doing differently to take better care of myself so that it wouldn’t become more serious.  There have been many changes and more to come — some easier than others, but all necessary to live the lifestyle that is important to me.

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The lessons we learn as Moms pay-off, even the hard ones

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There is so much more to being a Mother then giving birth.   A Mother loves unconditionally, nurtures, edifies, leads, guides, prays, nurturers, disciplines, respects and adores her children.  A Mother apologizes for her own actions and forgives that of her children easily. Her love doesn’t keep a record of wrong doing.   She sacrifices without complaint to ensure that her kids are fed, clothed and loved on.  A Mother realizes that her children are gifts from God not her own property.  A Mother understands that it’s a privilege to be called Mother. She is reverential to God and desires to parent her children in a manner that pleases Him and when she fails, she is quick to own her own behavior, words and actions and to ask God to forgive her and to help her in the care of her children.

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Lately the cleaving is even stronger

 

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“See to it that there is nothing that stands in any competition with God in your esteem; value Him more than all riches; value His honor and glory more than all the world; be ready at all times to part with all things else, and cleave to God.”  Jonathan Edwards

Lately the cleaving to God grows even stronger.  As the winds blow, the storms come and the waves attempt to overwhelm those whom I love, I cling to God even more praying for them, praying for me and praying for others who are hurting. I can feel His grip on my hand reminding me that the waves will not overtake us.

At times life throws situations at you that can make the palms of your hands sweaty but His grip is a sure thing! At times, the pressures can be so intense that you can grow fatigued spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally and feel your own grip loosening but even then, His grip is strong and firm and He won’t let you go! What a blessed assurance.

The older I get in age I am prayerfully getting older in the wisdom of God and one thing I know for sure is that I need Him, desperately.  I enjoy what He has blessed us with and I use what He gives to us to bless others but those things do not have me, Jesus has me–my heart.  I am determined to cleave to Him; to stay close to His side.  I find myself praying as David prayed:

Psalm 57:1 (AMP) “Be merciful and gracious to me, O God, be merciful and gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge and finds shelter and confidence in You; yes, in the shadow of Your wings will I take refuge and be confident until calamities and destructive storms are passed.”

What are you facing right now? What attacks of the enemy are happening against you or those whom you love? Do you know that God is merciful and gracious toward you and that you can take refuge in Him with the confidence that the storms will pass and not overtake you?

I love what the Psalmist said in Psalm 67:1 (AMP) “For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice.”

Indeed He is our helper and I am thankful that it’s under the shadow of His wings that we can rejoice, sing, dance, pray, praise, worship and be safe!

Are you cleaving to the God of the Bible or to the things in your life?  To which are you giving priority?  Things will come and go but the love and presence of God is everlasting.  Let’s continue to cleave to Him–our hand in His; His hand holding on to ours assures us that we will be standing when the storm passes!

Blessings to you!  Contact me if you Need Prayer as you continue to cleave to God and trust Him through the issues of life.

Lisa Shaw

Help for Young Mom’s

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Titus 2:3-5 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children,  to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

As a young couple raising our children we had challenges but the blessings far outweighed. However, I remember the times I felt overwhelmed, unheard and exhausted as a mother trying to meet everyone’s needs and feeling inadequate at times. I didn’t have a network of Godly women around me to lean on. Grandma went to the Lord when my oldest was 3.5 shortly thereafter I was married and in time added another child and at times I felt alone as a Mommy. I did all I could to love and nurture them along with my hubby but there were moments when I could have used a Christ-centered mature aged woman’s wisdom to pour into my soul. Now, I’m a Grandma of two and I pour into them and their parents and it caused me to think about all of the other young mothers who need to be supported with the day-to-day parts of parenting while celebrating the blessings of being a Mommy. Continue Reading

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