NOT BARREN YEARS


I’m pretty sure I’ve posted this poem before, but since tomorrow is Mother’s Day, I thought it would be a good reminder to all of us moms out there who have children that have left the Truths we taught them, and gone their own way, following the world and it’s teachings.

This poem really resonates with me.  Sometimes we think we’ve failed as moms…but then, out of nowhere, your ear catches a phrase…maybe just a word, and you KNOW  in your heart, that God is still at work in your child!  You hear them say something about Him that they learned from you long ago; It brings such joy!

God promised He would save you…and your household!  Don’t ever forget that!  I know the following verse to be true…” The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”  -2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) but, I remind the Lord almost daily of His promise to save my children and grandchildren; I think perhaps, I’m really reminding myself of His promise, for I have doubts and fear.  But then I remember that   He also said this concerning our children…” Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6 KJV

Hang on to these promises as you read the following poem! -anita

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One day while bending low in deep contrition,

My heart seemed broken for the years gone by;

They seemed to me, but barren years, and wasted.

And then the Lord stooped down and heard my cry.

 

“Those years, those bygone years,” He gently told me

“They are not barren, though they seem to be;

For in those years you gently rocked a cradle,

And prayed that each new life belong to Me.

 

“And when those falt’ring feet began the journey

Along life’s rugged road, and times were hard;

With tender hands in yours, and yours in Mine, child,

You borrowed strength to lead them to their Lord.

 

“The first new word you taught them lisp was ‘Jesus,’

And they have found salvation in that Name;

And though the years will bring both joys and sorrows,

Because you prayed, they’ll never be the same.

 

“Some day before the throne you’ll stand in glory

And hear from Me these words of comfort clear:

‘Those years of motherhood, they were not wasted,

For lo, dear one, your children are all here.’ ”  -Olga J. Weiss

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