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A Mother’s Life Redeemed and Restored, Happy Mother’s Day to our Moms!

A Mother’s Life Redeemed

by Pamela Gauthier

Genesis 3:25 “and she shall be called the mother of all living”.

Have you ever bought a painting? You are drawn to it because it’s picture-perfect. Everything in the scene is in the right place. It’s a must-have. I always loved pictures in doctors’ offices of far off places, like France and other beautiful sceneries. While I waited to be called to the back, I would always see myself in them. I would paint my own life and how it should look. 

Eves’ life started out picture-perfect. She talked with God face-to-face, she had the perfect marriage and the perfect home. Her home was called Paradise. One day something happens that would change Eve’s happy home forever. A scandal arose concerning Eve, that turned out to be true.

Gen. 3:6, “so she took some of the fruit and ate it, then she gave some to her husband, who was with her and he ate it too. 

This action brought on by Eve, is a problem every woman will have to face until the end of time. 

Genesis 3:15, “Then he said to the woman, I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. You will desire to control your husband but he will rule over you.”

Sadly, Eve had to start all over and embrace a new way of living. Eve had brought this tragedy on herself by disobeying God. She and her husband together caused sin to enter the world. Even though Eve had brought this on herself, sometimes in life’s case the offense can come from another place causing just as much harm. Thousands upon thousands of mothers today face circumstances that seem hopeless or out of their control. 

Not only did Eve lose her home, but she also lost two of her children. Genesis 4:8, tells us that Eve lost one child through an act of violence and the other through homelessness. 

This is not a picture-perfect situation. This is a cross too heavy to bear. The weight of condemnation can cause one to blame his or herself and receiving blame for wrongs done can be unbearable. Romans 8:1, “says there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” What do we do when everything seems to be a total loss? We hope again! Jesus has the power to redeem every loss imaginable. 

The story is not over. As we look back on Eve’s life again in Genesis 4:28, “Eve gave birth to another son. She named him Seth, for she said God has granted me another son in place of Abel”. Seth’s name means “appointment”. Genesis 5  begins the genealogy of Adam’s descendants beginning with Seth, which places Adam and Eve in the purposes of God. 

Today we as mothers can look at our lives and rejoice because God has an “appointment” with each one of us that will place us in His perfect plan of redemption. When we surrender all to Him, we can dream of seeing a picture-perfect life through Jesus Christ. It’s called Redeemed!

HeARTune Creations Poetry, LLC., is owned by Pamela Gauthier. Pamela is a writer and poet, who has been writing for over 20 years. She formally started her poetry as a business in October of 2013.

Her poetry has been at several boutiques and stores in the Baton Rouge area. Pamela is a native Baton Rougean, who has lived here all of her life. She is the wife of Ronnie Gauthier, and the mother of four: Mrs. Jamie Baham, Mrs. Jessica Chatman, Joshua and Joseph Gauthier. She is also the proud Grandmother of Five.

Pamela started her writing journey by writing poetry as a way to uplift the spirits of those in nursing homes and the like. This is still the goal today, to touch hearts and lives wherever encouragement is needed.

Pastor's Perspective, September 2018

Pastor’s Perspective, Rest and Be Restored

Pastor’s Perspective, Rest and Be Restored

By: Andrew Bates

Dry. Dry can be a good thing when you’re dealing with laundry or freshly mopped floors, but when it pertains to your spiritual walk with Christ, dry is not ideal. Scratch that — dry is downright dangerous.

A couple of years ago I was experiencing a very spiritually dry time in my life and the sad thing is that I knew it but couldn’t do anything about it. I was striving so hard to please God and to put in extra hours at my church, so much so that I actually planned to skip out on a family vacation to Navarre Beach, Florida, to stay at the church and “work.” Needless to say, neither my wife nor my family was very pleased, but I thought it was what I needed to do. I needed to work my way out of dryness.

After an event on the Wednesday night of vacation week, my assistant looked at me and boldly said something to me I will never forget: “You’re never going to work your way into pleasing God. Go love your wife.” So needless to say I jumped in my truck, packed a bag, and drove through the night to the beach.

When I arrived, the sun was just starting to rise. I knew my wife would not be awake yet, so instead of banging on the condo window and scaring everyone inside, I grabbed my bible and walked down to the beach. To say I was tired would be an understatement, and not just from the drive. I was spiritually, emotionally, and physically exhausted. So before I dove into Scripture, I prayed, “God, I am so tired. I am tired of being tired. Please renew me.”

I then opened my bible to Isaiah 40 and read verses 29-31: “He gives strength to the weary and strengthens the powerless. Youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.” (HCSB)

As soon as I finished reading that passage, I looked out over the water and noticed a very large boat I had apparently overlooked before. As I began to study the boat, I realized it had a large pipe connected to it that ran all the way to the shore, where it was pumping in new sand to restore the beach.

At that moment, it hit me. I needed to be restored. I needed God to restore my strength. But the thing was, He didn’t need my help to do it. All I needed to do was be like the beach. I needed to slow down, stop my fighting, stop working and worrying myself thin, and simply rest in who He was and who I was in Him. Dry could not fix dry, but if I rested in the One who gives life, then I would be restored.

I think too often in life we respond a lot like I did in this story. We feel the pressure. We feel the need to grow. We feel the tension of the oncoming dryness. But instead of resting in God, and allowing Him to renew us in the way that only He can, we want to try to work and transform ourselves. It’s in our nature to be “fixers” and overcome our own shortcomings, but the gospel of Jesus teaches us that we are fully incapable of overcoming these obstacles. He’s the only one who can do that for us, and thankfully, He loved us enough to come and overcome all of our trials and struggles for us. It is with this heart Jesus said the words of Matthew 11:28: “Come to Me all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (HCSB)

Next time you are feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, dry, or overrun with the treadmill of life, rest in Jesus. Trust in the one who has overcome the world.

Andrew Bates is the Teaching/Site Pastor at Chapel in the Oaks in Baton Rouge. With his wife Emily, he “invests in people’s lives”— opening up their home for meals and fellowship, discipling younger believers, engaging people where they are in life, and attempting to bring a smile to everyone they meet. He can be reached at Andrew.bates@thechapelbr.com.