Today’s Scripture: …but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6b-7

There was a young man having a hard time finding a girlfriend that his mother approved of. Finally, he met the girl of his dreams and was certain she would be his wife. He invited her home to meet his mother, but had her invite four of her friends to join them. He did not tell his mother which girl it was that he wanted to marry.

The dinner went well, and afterwards, the young man asked his mother if she knew which girl it was that he wanted to marry. To his shock, his mother replied, “Yes, it was the one with the short hair.”

“How did you figure it out,” he asked, stunned.

“She was the one I didn’t like.”

Sometimes life can be like that. The frustrations of everyday living can wear us down and threaten to undo us.  The remaining qualities in our list can help to alleviate that stress.

5. Virtuous moms are honest with God – they bare their heart to God. They bring things to God. Even though God already knows what is weighing on your heart, He still wants you to bring it to Him. He wants you to talk to Him. The word “prayer” in this verse refers to bringing your requests to God, but also implies adoration and worship. If you start recognizing and adoring God for His goodness and greatness, realizing that He is big enough to solve your problems, it will remove the anxiety and worry.

6. Virtuous moms involve thanksgiving as part of their prayer. I don’t know a mom that doesn’t’ work hard to teach their kids to say, “Thank you.” When you say thank you, you are acknowledging someone greater than yourself doing something for you that you did not necessarily deserve. When you are thankful to God, you are going to be a person that realizes you need God. 

7. Virtuous moms showcase supernatural peace (verse 7). Even in the midst of everyday household frustrations, you can live a life that showcases the peace that you have from God and the peace that you have with God. (Isaiah 26:3)

8. Virtuous moms show the world that they do belong to God (verse 7b). It is a wonderful ability to be able to show to people that you belong to God, He keeps you, and you are His. 

Don’t let things that are out of your control have control over you. Turn it over to the Lord and let Him work on it. He will help you to display these eight virtues in your life.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.