Thursday, September 22, 2011

"Lioness"

My dear sisters, I have a simple faith. 
I believe that as you are faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God,
 as you draw closer to Him in faith, hope, and charity, 
things will work together for your good.14 
I believe that as you immerse yourselves in the work of our Father...
God will encircle you in the arms of His love.15 

Discouragement, inadequacy, and weariness 
will give way to a life of 

meaning, grace, and fulfillment.


I was feeling discouraged. I was feeling inadequate. I was feeling weary. 
I knew I needed to "draw closer" but I hadn't made the time, and I'd waited long enough to become a little desperate.

When ever I do that--wait to long-- I always expect the Lord to make me wait (to get even?)
But He never does. 

Even though I'd been weak and swirled around in my own negativity and pity for far too long, 
He was immediately ready (and willing) to succor me. 
like always. 
And every time, I'm amazed.

Even though I procrastinated really asking & really seeking answers, letting myself get worked up and full of anxiety instead of going to Him
There He was with exactly the right tender mercy to teach me (again)
that He knows me--
every thought, worry and concern
He knows and He cares. Cares enough to show me He cares.

The bible is big. And the Old Testament is full of some long sections of less-inspiring portions--he begats lists and cubit descriptions. And in all those pages the Lord knew I needed
to turned to Ezekiel 19, and read the word:

"lioness"



Ezekiel 19:2 And say, What is thy mother? lioness:
 she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps ...


The Lord knew I had already read about this metaphor in Sister Beck's talk, and that just one scripture would conjure up the image of strength, and hope and determination I needed.


"I have said lately that women are like lionesses at the gate of the home. Whatever happens in that home and family happens because she cares about it and it matters to her. 
She guards that gate, and things matter to that family if they matter to her.... If that lioness at the gate knows about renewing her baptismal covenants with God, she will be in sacrament meeting on Sunday, and she will prepare her children to be there... If the lioness at the gate knows about and understands missions, missionaries, and the mission of the house of Israel, she will prepare future missionaries to go out from that home. It is very difficult to get a lion cub away from a lioness who doesn’t believe in missions, but if the lioness believes in a mission, she will devote her life to preparing the cub to go out and serve the Lord. 
That’s how important she is. Service happens if she cares about it.
Sisters, you are each like the lioness at the gate. This means that there has to be some prioritizing."


Prioritizing. Making choices. Picking up my cubs and moving.
Protecting. Safe guarding. Here was what I knew I needed to do.
Here in this metaphor was the courage & inspiration to do what I had known all along.
"Mothers who know do less. They permit less of what will not bear good fruit eternally. They allow less media in their homes, less distraction, less activity that draws their children away from their home. Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world’s goods in order to spend more time with their children—more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying. These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all. Their goal is to prepare a rising generation of children who will take the gospel of Jesus Christ into the entire world. Their goal is to prepare future fathers and mothers who will be builders of the Lord’s kingdom for the next 50 years. That is influence; that is power."


I am the lioness of my home. My vigilance is our protection. 


I protect. I protect our family. I protect our time. 
I protect our bonds. I protect our emotional reserves. 
I protect our spiritual strength and traditions. 
I protect our energies and ensure it is being spent in things that will bear eternal fruit.
I protect my "whelps".











"Taking care of our posterity takes precedence over all other things"
 Sister Beck's dying father


And those "little whelps" just want us! 


Need us to see them. To hold them. To believe they are worth it.
To see them as the "young lions" they can become and show them how to get there. 


And we need to see ourselves. See how strong we really can be.
Strong enough to make the hard choices, the right choices.
See ourselves as the Lord sees us and not give into lesser perceptions, 
from whatever source.














And as we see ourselves and our little lions as we really are, the direction and purpose will also become clear.
And believing we will get there.
That as we follow the Lord, 
He will always lead us, guide us and walk beside us.









Even if that guidance come in one word.
one answer to prayer.
one tender mercy at a time. 

9 comments:

jesscan said...Best Blogger Tips

you are so amazing!! Need to tell you that I stole about 1/2 this post to print VERY LARGE and stick on my kitchen cupboards where I can read them every day!! Mothers who know also sometimes need a little reminder that they are - Mothers who know!!!!

Mom2Eight said...Best Blogger Tips

THANK you so much for this. I too needed this image and LOVED your blog it was a great blessing to me today!

Anonymous said...Best Blogger Tips

I've never met you but was blessed by this post! I came it across it randomly while searching for pics of lioness' on google. If you haven't read the book Lioness Arising yet, please do! It's written by Lisa Brevere and is about how the Lord is awakening up the women in the body of Christ! It's a life changing book and I know it will bless you!

Anonymous said...Best Blogger Tips

Amazing! I happened to come across it by looking up lioness pictures on google, and I am glad I did! Thank you so much!

I love lions!

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I love you!!!!!for taking the time to do this!!!! becasue it is so true!!! thank you so much!

Me said...Best Blogger Tips

Not to be rude but housewives aren't lionesses.

Me said...Best Blogger Tips

P.S. I love lions too. Especially the lioness.

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